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As a language learner and teacher, I strongly believe that it is important to listen a lot about the topics you enjoy in your target language. This way you get used to the real (not textbook) intonation, expand your vocabulary, learn to catch the whole phrase and understand in context and observe how people speak in their daily life.

That is why we have created the Ukrainian Lessons Podcast and posted on the blog about the best Ukrainian movies and best Ukrainian radio stations online.

Today I want to share with you some great Ukrainian Youtube channels that you could watch to surround yourself with real Ukrainian language wherever you are.

A Challenge to be a Ukrainian Youtuber

If you have already searched for the Youtube videos in Ukrainian, you might have found those difficult to find. The truth is most Ukrainians prefer to record their videos in Russian and they have obvious reasons for that.

People in Ukraine might be Ukrainian speakers in life, but we all speak Russian very well that allows getting much more audience on the Internet. I am talking about numbers like 1-4k subscribers of Ukrainian speaking channels vs 50-200k of Russian-speaking ones on the same topic. Quite a difference.

So, those few Ukrainian-speaking Youtubers are basically highly enthusiastic people who just like to do what they do not expect huge popularity or income from their channels. Let’s look at a dozen of those heroes.

Література – Literature

It is not surprising that there is no lack of the Youtubers who talk about books and literature in Ukraine. Those people are intelligent and educated, so they prefer to speak Ukrainian. Moreover, their Ukrainian language is very clear, rich in vocabulary and has good style. Here is my favorite blog of Anya:

AnnikaBlog
Level: Advanced (fast casual speech with some idioms)

You can also check more Ukrainian channels about literature in her suggested channels on the right.

Стиль життя – Lifestyle

Христина Соломаха
Level: Intermediate and Advanced (everyday topics with a slight Lviv accent)

Христина Соломаха is a blogger and photographer from Lviv. In her videos, she talks about fitness, lifestyle, healthy nutrition, and blogging on Instagram. I especially recommend the Ukrainian learners to watch a video in which Hrystyna is doing a plank exercise while her coach is asking her a series of alternative questions (like море чи гори? – sea or mountains?):

 

Andrian Vityuk 
Level: Intermediate to Advanced (everyday topics)

I guess most of the Ukrainian lifestyle Youtubers are teenagers. Here is one of the most popular ones. Andrian Vituik is a 15-year old Ukrainian from Zalishchyky, in Chernivtsi oblast. He is making vlogs, cooking and traveling videos, challenges. Here is a video in which he and his friend are guessing the food they are trying:

 

JuliaKit
Level: Intermediate to Advanced (everyday topics in clear Ukrainian

Юля is a young mom with two kids on her maternity leave. In her free time, she makes videos about beauty, children care, lifestyle, and shopping. Also, Yulia interviews the owners of Ukrainian new businesses and start-ups.

If you want to learn how to do a simple makeup Ukrainian style, here is a video in Ukrainian for you:

Кулінарія – Cooking

КОСТЯНТИН ГРУБИЧ
Level: Beginner to Advanced (how-to videos are good visualization of the words you learn)

Костянтин Грубич is a well-known Ukrainian journalist and showman on TV. His program Смачна країна (Tasty country) has been on TV for years.

Now he has also his Youtube channel where he posts two cooking videos every day. You can find some great recipes of Ukrainian food and practice your Ukrainian language at the same time.

Here, for example, Kostya and a local man from Zakarpattya region are cooking a traditional Zakarpathian dish – бограч.

 

First Culinary Ukraine
Level: Beginner to Advanced (how-to videos are good visualization of the words you learn)

Very simple videos with the recipes of the various Ukrainian dishes, from the classics like the Chicken Kyiv to the original recipes and ideas for every day.

The titles of the videos are in two languages: first in Russian, then in Ukrainian. However, the videos are all in Ukrainian (though sometimes the cook gives the translation of some words to Russian). This technique made this channel so popular among Russian speakers in different countries, even though the videos are in Ukrainian!

Подорожі – traveling

Blog 360
Pre-intermediate to Advanced (Pre-intermediate learners can watch a video with the subtitles)

Blog 360 is an interesting project about traveling in Ukraine created by a group of enthusiastic people.

I found that their first video (about Ivano-Frankivsk) has both Ukrainian and English subtitles which are useful for Ukrainian learners:

Ukraїner, The Expedition
Pre-intermediate to Advanced (Pre-intermediate learners can watch the videos with subtitles)

Ukraїner is a series of beautiful videos made during the ethnographical and anthropological expedition around Ukraine.

While enjoying the beautiful sceneries, you can practice your Ukrainian, as their videos have subtitles in different languages, including English and Ukrainian:

Олексфільм
Level: Intermediate to Advanced

This channel has different groups of videos about funny movies, hand made, social experiments, etc. I found quite interesting their series about the history and modern times of Kyiv, shot in a nice informal way:

 

Відвідати всі країни (Dima&Inna)
Pre-intermediate to Advanced (Pre-intermediate learners can watch the videos with subtitles)

Відвідати всі країни (“to visit all countries”) is a travel blog of Dima and Inna. They make videos about their trips in Asia, hitch-hiking experience, life in the USA, etc.

Their Ukrainian language is informal and could be a good example of some surzhyk (using some Russian words in mostly Ukrainian speech).

The great thing is that some of the older videos have the Ukrainian subtitles, like this one:

Техніка та ігри – Technology and games

Pingvin Pro
Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Pingvin Pro is a Ukrainian-speaking channel with reviews of gadgets, movies, and games. As a Ukrainian learner, you will like the clear nice voice of the presenter.

Here is their review of найцікавіші фільми 2017 року – the most interesting movies in 2017:

 

PlayUA
Level: Intermediate to Advanced

Probably the most popular gaming channel in Ukrainian, Play UA features the reviews of games and movies.

Телебачення – Television

Сніданок з 1+1
Level: Pre-intermediate to Native speaker (you can choose between various topics depending on your level)

This is a recommendation of my Hungarian student Attila who says he watches this program every day.

It is actually a TV morning program called Сніданок з 1+1 (“Breakfast with 1+1 (name of the TV channel)”).

Every morning they have different short episodes about a great variety of topics: lifestyle, celebrities, fashion, health, fitness, traveling, interesting facts, and even Ukrainian language lessons for Ukrainians! You can choose what you like on their Youtube channel.

Here is an example of the lesson for the Advanced and Proficient Ukrainian speakers:

If you are already following a Ukrainian Youtube channel that helps you to improve your language skills, let us know in the comments and we will add it to the list. 😉

Приємного перегляду! – Enjoy watching!


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Anna Ogoiko

Привіт! Мене звати Анна. I am a Ukrainian linguist, teacher, and the Ukrainian Lessons founder. My biggest hobby is to learn foreign languages and my passion to teach the most beautiful one. I also enjoy traveling, cooking and being with my friends and family.

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