5 Minute Ukrainian Podcast

Як іноземці козака рятували

Ця книга — для всіх, хто вивчає українську мову! Вона написана просто, містить вправи, словнички та аудіо. Книжка доступна в друкованій і електронній версії. Ви готові до пригоди?

This book is for everyone learning the Ukrainian language! It is an easy read with exercises, vocabulary lists and audio. The book is available as paperback or ebook. Are you ready for the adventure?

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The Story

Іспанка Беатріс та американець Браян прибули в село Вишеньки, щоб досліджувати ґрунти. Попереду на них чекає незабутнє українське літо: трохи досліджень, ще більше пригод, щира дружба, минуле, що оживає, дрібка магії та кохання. А почалось усе з вивчення української мови…

Beatrice (from Spain) and Brian (from the USA) arrived in the village of Vyshenky to examine the soils. An unforgettable summer awaits them: some research, more adventures, sincere friendship, return of history, a pinch of magic and love. Everything began with learning Ukrainian…

The Author

Наталія Пендюр народилася в Києві. Жила й у великому місті, і в селі – із роботою на городі й усіма сільськими пригодами, про які йдеться у книжці. Наталія навчалася в Інституті журналістики університету Тараса Шевченка, а пізніше вивчала славістику в Університеті імені Томаша Масарика в Чехії. Довго працювала на радіо. З 2016-го Наталія мешкає в Чехії, де вона викладає українську мову, перекладає та пише.

Natalia Pendiur was born in Kyiv. She lived not only in a big city, but also in a Ukrainian village ― with work in the garden and all those village adventures, as described in the book. Natalia studied at the Institute of Journalism at Taras Shevchenko University and Slavic Studies at the Masaryk University in Czechia. Then she worked at a radio station for quite a long time. Since 2016, Natalia lives in Czechia where she works as a Ukrainian teacher, translator and author.

What’s inside?

Fun illustrations

Hand drawn by the author!

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Vocabulary lists

After each mini chapter, there is a word list with stresses and translation to English.

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Exercises

Extra vocabulary and grammar practice. Answers included!

Free audio

Included with both printed and e-book. The audiobook is slowly read by the author.

Have a look!

Printed Book

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Ebook

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Our first readers…

Such a fun story!

I just love reading this book – such a fun story – it’s read out loud so well (so good for reinforcing correct pronunciation in a fun way) – so good to have vocabulary at the end of each chapter – and good introduction of grammar in small chunks with workable (not too demanding) exercises! Thank you and your friend for your excellent work!
Ljuba
Australia

If another book is written like this I will buy that too!

Ukrainian Lessons Easy Book

I bought this book so that I could improve my Ukrainian in an enjoyable way. I find it quite challenging so am working through it quite slowly. I’m reading each chapter and trying to do the exercises. I haven’t listened much to the recordings yet.

I find the vocabulary lists very useful – and the illustrations. I like the physical feel of the book too. Personally I find it quite challenging, yet the chapters are all nice and short.

I would recommend this book to others. I haven’t read enough of it to be able to comment on the actual story, though so far it seems amusing enough. However, having the vocabulary lists at the end of the short chapters is great. I’m not aware of anything similar existing. If another book is written like this I will buy that too!

I will try to finish reading the book this Summer!

Thank you for all the materials you have produced for us to study Ukrainian. My only suggestion for new material is for more grammar exercises!

Irena Henderson
London

I think we need more books like this

Ukrainian Lessons Easy Ukrainian Book
On the photo: reading with Сіра! My cat!
I bought the book as I liked the format (also to support Natalia). I think we need more books like this, Ukrainian with key English translations.
I have only read the book, I haven’t had the time to listen to it. Reading it was a good challenge. I enjoyed the story line and the new Ukrainian vocabulary, especially the language that is now commonly used in Ukraine.
I found the overall format of the book to be very interesting and useful. I would actually re-read each chapter both quietly and loudly after reviewing the notes.
I would definitely recommend it to others who are of the same level. I hope Natalia can write some more books.
Thanks and take care.
Andrew Sobol
Thousand Oaks, USA

Everything you need is right there

Як іноземці козака рятували
My main reason for buying “Як Іноземці Козака Рятували” was to improve my grammar, and phrasing. Though, I quickly realised that it would also be an excellent way to improve my vocabulary, and find native expressions and idioms. I’m still not terribly confident in my language skills when speaking – and I feel that this is a good way to improve my confidence (alongside, actually speaking more.) The audio is excellent. It is easy to listen to, is a great further listening practice, and is helping me to solidify the correct stress patterns – which is an area in which I often make mistakes!
I’m about halfway through the book, currently – listening to the audio, primarily, and trying to comprehend everything aurally, but also reading along. I generally then look at the questions to gauge how much I understood, and to use the vocabulary list to fill in the gaps. After which, I re-read any sections that I misunderstood or failed to understand from context, on the first pass. I plan to go through the book multiple times to try to familiarise myself with as much of it as possible. I find my passive vocabulary is vastly better than my active vocabulary – I’m hoping to use the book to improve that!
The most useful aspect to me is the self-contained nature of the book – almost everything you need to make the content comprehensible: is right there. With the addition of the audiobook version – it’s perfect for immersive comprehensible content. As I can’t be in Ukraine currently – it’s perfect for me, in that regard.
I would definitely recommend it – and in fact I have! I imagine Bohdan will have already ordered it!
Nick Wysoczanskyj
Aberdare, South Wales, UK

Nice Book and very interesting to learn ukrainian

I really recommend this book to all the people who would like to take Ukrainian language learning to a whole new level.

100/100

Franz Müller
Guatemala

It is probably the best Ukrainian learning book I have seen

I can definitely say that I was pretty impressed by the high quality of the book. It seems like an excellent resource, and the recording is great as well. In fact, I would say it is probably the best Ukrainian learning book I have seen (and I have lots).

I would definitely recommend this book to others. Unfortunately, I don’t know anyone else who is studying Ukrainian, but if I did, I would recommend this book.

Sam Slinn
Canada

Чудова книжка – дуже зручна для вивчення української мови.

Я зараз прочитала першу частину. Читати було не занадто важко, а теж не занадто легко. Читаю на іPad (додатка Good Notes) бо мені так зручніше.

Вправи класні. Мені дуже допомагають. Як на мене, книжка взагалі дуже крута!

Дуже Вам дякую і за подкаст. Ви справжня інспірація для мене. Дякую за все, що Ви робили для мене щоб мені легше спілкуватися з друзями та із сім’єю.

Гарного Вам вечора і СЛАВА УКРАЇНІ!

Теодора Гьоґер
Відень / Львів

I recommend this super book!

Just received my copy of “Easy Ukrainian Book” and would thoroughly recommend it for anyone with beginners Ukrainian who wants to improve. Dyakuyu!

Jenny Rimbault
UK

Ця книга дуже зручна

Ця книга дуже зручна. Я ще в сторінці 38, бо був на каникулі в Каліфорнії і також бо щойно солоджуюся слухати мову більше ніж читати. Але, знав що мені потрибно побачити нови слова щоб вивчитися ці. 10/10 цього книгу рекомендую. The difficulty is just right for my level of comprehension.

I also bought this book as a means to donate more money to Ukraine. Nonetheless, the book is very helpful for learning sentence structure and syntax of Ukrainian, while at a pace which promotes retention (reading over hearing). Furthermore, I believe the chapter lengths (1-2 pages) is VERY appropriate for someone just learning the language.

Stefan Bruvelis
United States
There’s a lack of intermediate level texts (with and without audio) for learning Ukrainian. This book was the only one I found.
I do a lot with a book:
– Listening and understanding (roughly, just getting the main ideas)
– Listening and following the text
– Reading and understanding (in detail, every word)
– Listening and repeating out loud (to practice pronunciation)
– Reading out loud
– Listening, writing down and comparing written text with the original (to practice spelling which is not that easy for me)
– Learning vocabulary (not every word, but the most important ones)
– Doing exercises
I found the most useful funny story that makes it interesting and audio that helps with pronunciation and stressing the words.
I’d love to have a series of these kinds of books. I have a lot of similar books of all levels from A1 to C1 in English and German, but only one in Ukrainian (which is sad).

I would absolutely recommend this book to others.

Sergei Kriger
Germany
I bought this book a few weeks ago to give more impetus to my Ukrainian learning. I have started teaching some of the Ukrainians who have arrived in the UK and therefore I have an opportunity to speak Ukrainian. I want to make every effort to improve my limited vocabulary. I read first and try to guess the meaning.  Then I read a second and a third time. The pictures help a lot. I remember one of my best childhood teachers – a Latin teacher – who said you will not understand a foreign language text on first reading, but if you keep looking, then each time you will guess more and more.
He was right.
After several attempts I listen to Natalia reading. She is a slow speaker which I greatly appreciate. I don’t always do the exercises but recently I have started re-reading earlier chapters and then I often do so. One of my Ukrainian students recently told me that my pronunciation of Ukrainian was a bit careless so now I sometimes use the book to try to improve this aspect. I now understand what she means. It is very interesting that her pronunciation of English is not careless enough! It is too precise. She pronounces every consonant. This is an interesting point of distinction between the 2 languages.
I am now 100 pages into the book. This represents around 60 hours of reading. I love the story. It goes with me when I go kayaking on the river. I listen to the story in the car. It seems to me that it complements the Ukrainian Podcasts really well.
Alas, few Brits seem to want to learn Ukrainian so i haven’t been able to recommend it to anyone.  They are missing out on the thrill of surprising Ukrainians with a burst of your beautiful language.
Colin Burdfield

I’ve understood what’s so special about this book!

I’ve understood what’s so special about this book! It is full of idioms of how to speak in everyday life. This way I will understand conversations much better. Thank you again for your precious work!

Yayoi Takano-Beck
Germany

I think it’s great!

I want to learn Ukrainian in a more conversational way (I can read much better than I can write!). I am in the process of working through reading and listening, and the exercises. I am finding it challenging for sure, but rewarding! The ability to listen is very helpful, my spelling is poor because some of the sounds sound the same to me, so it is helpful to listen as I read. I think it’s great! The idioms are amazing.

Shanna Jade
Calgary, Canada

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