Beginner's Ukrainian is designed for both the classroom and self-instruction for students with little or no Ukrainian language background.
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I purchased this book to gain a basic reading knowlege of Ukrainian and was extemely disappointed. Verb conjugations and noun declensions are usefully laid out in charts, but Poulard's book lacks basic features which are necessary in any intoductory Ukrainian language text. To start, it does not adequately explain how the verb 'buty'/'to be' functions in the Ukrainian language. When it does provide a conjugation of the verb, it fails to explain that the verb, when conjugated, has a future meaning--i.e., 'will be.' Generally, the verb is not conjugated but rather implied in the present tense in Ukrainian. I knew there was a problem with how Poulard explained things (or rather, failed to explain things) only because I had studied Russian for several years and thus was already some basic features of Slavic linguistics. A beginning student would likely become confused by Poulard's presentation. Another pervasive problem is the lack of accents throughout. Like Russian, Ukrainian has a complicated stress system--there is simply no way for a beginning student to figure out the proper stress for a given word without memorizing it, since stress can even shift within the declension or conjugation of a given noun or verb. Furthermore, the meaning of certain words changes altogether with a different stress. Thus, it is absolutely crucial that any introductory Ukrainian book address the problem of stress and provide accents throughout. Unfortunately, serious language textbooks tend to be expensive because of the research, review process and specialized typesetting involved. Books like Poulard's may be more affordable, but in the long term they can actually hinder progress in language acquisition. Whether you're studying on your own or purchasing this for a class, I recommend hunting down a text by a more qualified language teaching specialist.
312 pages of common phrases, dialogs, grammer and exercises containing Ukrainian history, culture, religions, poems and songs.