Beginner's Ukrainian with Interactive Online Workbook (Ukrainian) Paperback – 1 Oct 2013
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To compare, I have also used the other main Ukrainian textbook: Complete Ukrainian with Two Audio CDs. It is okay, but it doesn't have nearly enough exercises or audio for a student to test his understanding of the language.
The exercises are excellent.
The grammar tables at the end of the book are very helpful.
A Ukrainian - English/ English - Ukrainian dictionary is contained at the end of the textbook.
The online audio has hours and hours of people speaking Ukrainian to go along with the exercises.
And exercise key is included on the textbook's website, so a student can check whether he understands the material.
The not so good:
1 The order of in which grammar is introduced seems a little strange to me. Perhaps this ordering is necessary because Ukrainian is a very complex language for English speakers, but it was something that I found strange. Two examples:
A1. The past tense is introduced before the present tense, so a student learns many verbs -- thinking he's mastered them -- and then, when the present tense is introduced, the student must go back to those verbs and learn their present-tense conjugation pattern. This was frustrating for me.
A2. The singular and plural of different cases are learned in different chapters. If you want to learn how to say, "I hear my grandmother", go to Chapter 7, but if you want to learn how to say, "I hear my grandmothers", sorry, you have to wait until Chapter 14. Again, this may be necessary because of the complexity of Ukrainian grammar, so it's hard to blame the book.
2. The the voice of the person who introduces the exercises on the audio (I assume this is the author) is louder than the people who actually speak Ukrainian in the recording. I like to listen to and practice the audio while running. After Exercise 6.1 finishes, a new voice screams into my ears EXERCISE 6.2. SAY AND WRITE THE SENTENCES IN UKRAINIAN. Maybe I'm being too critical, but I figure I should mention this.
3. Some of the audio doesn't match the exercises exactly.
4. There isn't a sequel! Somebody needs to write an intermediate Ukrainian textbook -- I hope Dr. Shevchuk is the person to do it!