Wow, it’s an article about Ukrainian exclamations! But hang on, how do you say ‘wow’ in Ukrainian? Of course, people often use exclamations without even realizing it, that’s why it’s hard to remember foreign ones. Let’s give it a try, shall we?

1.
Ой! [oj] – Oops!

This is the first word Ukrainians say when they realize they have made a mistake. You can find some examples in our article about apologizing in Ukrainian.

Ой, я знову це зробила. – Oops, I did it again.

2.
Фу! [fu] – Eww!

This is another example of emotional Ukrainian exclamations. It expresses dislike or even disgust

Що це смердить? Фу! – What smells in here? Eww!

3.
Га? [ha] – Huh?

This is the fastest way to ask someone to repeat the thing you didn’t quite catch. Be careful: it’s very colloquial, so don’t overuse it.

Га? Що ти сказав? – Huh? What did you say?

Ukrainian Exclamations

4.
Ого! [oho]  – Wow!

Use Ого! when you are impressed or astonished:

Ого, це неймовірно! – Wow, that’s incredible! 

 

5.
Ура! [ura] – Woohoo!

A very emotional Ukrainian exclamation which is used to express joy:

Ура, новий епізод подкасту! – Woohoo, it’s a new episode of the podcast!

 

6.
Фух! [fukh] – Phew!

Imagine avoiding some danger, what would you say? Ukrainians would say Фух! Also, we use it when some hard work is over. In general, Фух! expresses relief.

Нарешті ми закінчили цей проєкт! Фух!We have finally finished this project! Phew! 

 

7.
Ням-ням! [n’am-n’am] – Yummy-yummy!

You’ll say Ням-ням! when you try some delicious Ukrainian cuisine.

Ням-ням! Можна ще? – Yummy-yummy! Could I have some more?

 

8.
Нічого собі! [nichoho sobi] – Whoa!

Нічого собі! can be used to express amazement.

Нічого собі, ця сукня розкішна! – Whoa, the dress is gorgeous! 

 

9.
О Боже! [o bozhe] – Oh my God!

This Ukrainian exclamation is highly multifunctional. We use it to express surprise, fear, disbelief, frustration, or excitement. It’s very common even among atheists – it’s not religious.

О Боже, вкрали мій гаманець! – Oh my God, my wallet has been stolen!

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Ivanna Voitsekhovych

Hi! My name is Ivanka, I'm 27 and I'm a teacher based in Kyiv. My passions are reading and writing. When I get tired of words and letters, I go cycling or dancing with my friends.

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