The focus of today’s post is words that can be confused with each other. «Слова» [pl. words] that seem to be «однакові» [the same] but really are «різні» [different].  In linguistic terms, these words are defined as «омоніми» [homonyms].

Many, if not all, languages have homonyms. Ukrainian is no exception. It might make things confusing even for someone advanced in the language when you see a word like ручка and don’t know if this time it means a handle or a pen. I’ll give you some examples of Ukrainian homonyms.

homonyms in Ukrainian

1. Метелик —bow-tie; butterfly.

homonyms in Ukrainian

2. Пара – couple; steam.

homonyms in Ukrainian

3. Місяць – the moon, month.

homonyms in Ukrainian

4. Блискавка – lightning; zipper.

homonyms in Ukrainian

5. Люлька – tobacco pipe; cradle.

homonyms in Ukrainian

6. Ручка – pen; handle.

homonyms in Ukrainian

7. Замок – castle; замокdoor lock, padlock.

homonyms in Ukrainian

8. Кран – tap; crane.

homonyms in Ukrainian

9. Косаbraid; scythe.

homonyms in Ukrainian

10. Оселедець – herring; topknot hairstyle favored by Ukrainian Cossacks.

This was a list of some of the most common homonyms in the Ukrainian language – feel free to add more to it in the comments!

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Iryna Podoliak

In 2013, Iryna graduated from Ivan Franko National University of Lviv and got a Master's degree in Philology. She specializes in the methodology of teaching Ukrainian as a foreign language. Iryna worked with students from the United States, Canada, Brazil, Germany, Italy, Estonia, Poland. She appreciates the opportunity of cultural and worldview interchange during the lessons. Iryna is interested in early learning methods as she has a little son.

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