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Testimonials about Anna Ogoiko

The best prepared teacher ever

On my own, I invested time in the Duolingo Ukrainian course and various Memrise vocabulary lists but I wasn’t improving my language skills as quickly as I wanted, especially for speaking, which was the main point for me. I discovered Ukrainian Lessons podcast while looking for more resources and found the quality so good that I invested in the premium membership and private lessons with Anna.

She is the best language teacher I have ever had! Each lesson is always fun and incorporates a lot of conversation as well as structured lessons that are tailored to me and my ability level. Anna keeps notes in a doc while we meet so that it is easy to keep track of everything I learned in each lesson. I have taken 11 lessons so far and my language skills have improved from mostly just reading and saying “hello, good morning, etc” and simple phrases to being able to construct whole, unique sentences in present, past, and future tense. I feel much more confident in my ability to handle ambiguity and have (simple) conversations with native speakers.

The quality of the podcast notes, of the lesson notes, of the website, of the social media handles (Instagram and Facebook are the ones I follow) is so impressive and once you meet Anna, it makes sense. I would highly recommend Anna as a teacher!

Sara LaVigna
FromUSA

The best teacher ever!!!

The best teacher ever!!!
I have been Anna’s student for 8 months and in that short time I can honestly tell that she is the best teacher. I learnt a great deal from her.
• She is always prepared.
• She is very creative.
• She gives great lessons.
• She is nice and patient.
• She speaks, reads, and writes in English and Russian fluently it comes handy for me because I speak a little bit in Russian too and when I mix the two together she can correct me.
• Usually our lessons only in Ukrainian, we only use English if I completely lost, but then she always tries to explain everything in a simply way in Ukrainian so I could understand.
• She is caring and shows interest.
• She is always well-prepared and organized.
I hope one day we can meet in person.

A legjobb tanár!!!
Most már nyolc hónapja mondhatom el azt, hogy Anna tanítványa vagyok és ezalatt a rövid idő alatt nagyon sokat tanultam tőle.
Mindig felkészült, kedves, aranyos, és türelmes. Minden kérdésemre tud válaszolni. Jól beszél angolul, de nem nagyon használjuk az angol nyelvet, mert megkértem, hogy az óráink csak ukrán nyelven legyenek. Természetesen tökéletes beszél oroszul, ami kapóra jön az én esetemben, mert én is beszélek egy kicsit oroszul és ilyenkor ő ki tudja javítani a hibáimat. Ha valamit nem tudok vagy nem értek mindig megpróbálja a legegyszerűbb módon elmagyarázni a dolgokat, hogy megértsem őket termesztésen ukrán nyelven.
Remélem találkozunk egyszer személyesen is.

Найкраща вчителька у світі.
Я студент Ані за 8 місяців і за цей короткий час я можу чесно сказати, що вона найкраща вчителька. Я навчився багато від неї. Вона просто супер.
Я надіюсь, що ми можемо зустрітися. І я теж надіюсь, що я довго міг би бути її студент.

Attila Bruneker
FromBudapest Hungary

Extraordinary teacher!

Anna has been my teacher for almost 2 years. I live in the United States and she lives in Kyiv, but we have our lessons through Skype or FaceTime. We have also had some in-person lessons when I traveled to Ukraine a few times.

  • Anna is an extraordinary teacher in every way:
  • She is very intelligent and is an expert in her subject.
  • She is always well-prepared with lesson plans.
  • She presents things in an organized manner and makes things easy to understand.
  • She gives me just the right amount of challenges without overwhelming me.
  • She encourages me and offers support when things are difficult.
  • She praises when I succeed.
  • She is always enthusiastic about the subject being taught.
  • She exceeds my expectations. For example, when I was in Ukraine, she went with me to the Thaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine to help me communicate with the faculty and staff. She also assisted my communication during the lesson as I studied piano with one of the professors at the Academy.
  • She expects excellence in herself and her students.
  • She speaks, reads, and writes in English fluently.

I enjoy my lessons with her very much!

Scott Smith
FromOverland Park, KS, USA
https://music.ku.edu/

Ukrainian Lessons Podcast Reviews

Фантастично! Fantastic!

Привіт! Я дуже люблю Ukrainian Lessons Podcast. Я волонтер корпусу меру, і я живу в Україні. Моя вчителька мене сказала я розмовляю українською дуже добре. Я слухала кожного уроку. Дякую!

Hi! I love this podcast! I am a Peace Corps Trainee, and I just moved to Ukraine, where I will be serving for 2 years. I listened to this podcast A LOT in the months before my departure, and now that I am here I made it into the advanced language study group. My teacher said I speak very well, and she was especially impressed that I know how to conjugate some verbs. When she asked where I learned, I told her about this podcast! I’ve listened to every episode. Thank you!

Кортні Коупленд
Каліфорнія, Америка

Perfect next step after Duolingo

I finished the lessons available for free at Duolingo. Anna’s lessons are the perfect next step. I found that I had a lot of the vocabulary and some of the grammar, but Anna’s explanations and examples brought me into the real world of Ukrainian speakers. How they talk in real life and how they interact.

Mark Hickler
Arizona USA

Great Introduction to Ukrainian

Thanks, Anna, for this series of lessons. You have a very engaging style. In just one week, I have learnt more than I ever expected and I am full of enthusiasm to continue. Very professional but friendly at the same time.

Colin Burdfield
Cambridge

Дуже Файна Вчителька Української

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to all her podcasts, multiple times. All of my in-laws only speak Ukrainian, so I had a vested interest to start learning. I found her site via a Ukrainian community site for those living in the US. I have no Ukrainian heritage or blood-relatives and never learned a foreign language extensively before becoming fascinated with this beautiful language.

The good:
Many real-world situational dialog that help teach relevant grammar and verb/noun conjugation
Lots of insight into Ukrainian daily life
Many pages with words and audio

The not so good:
Some audio is difficult to hear and understand during conversations
Teacher’s English is good, but she makes many common grammatical mistakes

Jared Roberts
Я зі Сполучених Штатів Америки. Я живу в Бостоні.

Дякую!!!!

I am loving the podcast as a support /adjunct to my study of Ukrainian using an app. I’m quite motivated because, although my Russian is very good, my dearest lives in Kiev. I want to be able to engage in simple politeness and greetings, etc. with family and friends when I arrive for New Year’s celebrations. Any tips on toasting in the New Year would be much appreciated. I’m only on episode seven. I have found the podcast both motivating and fun. Дуже дякую!!!

Лавид
Канада

Love this podcast

Привіт)

Я дуже люблю цей сайт)

I am from near Liverpool in England and I am passionate about learning Ukrainian language. I have completed the Ukrainian Duolingo but still practice every day. The part I find hardest about learning Ukrainian, is listening to spoken Ukrainian. I want to be competent enough where I can comfortably watch television shows in Ukrainian to further my language ability.

Since completing Duolingo I have found it difficult to further my progress without finding the time to sit down and read or watching videos over and over to try and translate. Finding this podcast has been amazing because I can listen to the lessons while I am doing other things or on the move and I feel like it is helping me a lot with being able to understand spoken Ukrainian.

I really like the lesson formats and the cultural information as well as the light hearted humour. I will continue to work through these lessons and keep improving my Ukrainian but I just wanted to leave a message to say дякую and keep up the good work, your lessons are awesome.

Many thanks,

Paul.

Paul Kirby
Liverpool, England

This podcast is lifechanging

Anna is clearly a brilliant linguist, and manages to convey masses of information in an engaging and exciting way. It means a lot that she has created a resource that is so helpful and accessible for Ukrainian language learners, and that includes contemporary Ukrainian culture. I will definitely stick with her program, and I really hope the community grows!

Irene SanPietro
NYC

Thank you for season two!

I recently have found season one. Having liven in Kiel Oblast for 5 years I quickly realised that I needed an intermediate – advanced option. I just wanted to be able to listen to regular Ukrainian again after a few years of not speaking with anyone. Season two is perfect! I love the Vilnee Stoyp and the 90% Ukrainan. It is perfect for me Thank you!

Ben
Australia (Rzhyshchiv)

Привіт Анна!I just discovered your

Привіт Анна!

I just discovered your podcasts, and I wanted to write and thank you- they’re amazing! I play in a Ukrainian band from Newfoundland, Canada called the Kubasonics; we’re in the middle of a tour of Ukraine now. A couple of us in the band don’t speak the language but I’m finding your podcasts to be so helpful. I dabble in many languages and they’re the best I’ve ever used. My Ukrainian friends are impressed 🙂

Thanks again,
Даррен

Darren Browne