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  • Paperback: 431 pages
  • Publisher: Hippocrene Books (US); 2nd ed. edition (1 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: Ukrainian
  • ISBN-10: 0781813247
  • ISBN-13: 978-0781813242
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 22.2 x 27.9 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 817,979 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9944fbb8) out of 5 stars 17 reviews
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x991e4e28) out of 5 stars Your best choice for learning Ukrainian 8 April 2015
By M. Zabka - Published on Amazon.com
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I have been using this textbook to learn as much Ukrainian as possible before I go there this summer. As far as I can tell, this is the best Ukrainian textbook out there. Each chapter introduces a new grammar concept and then tests the students with tons of exercises. These exercises are exactly what a beginner needs in order to test himself. The website that goes along with the textbook includes the solutions to the exercises, as well as audio for most exercises, making the book excellent for self-learning. If this book were a Spanish, French or German textbook, the book would be sold for $150, the author would be rich and the students poor. Instead, the book is $30 and if you're interested in learning Ukrainian, you'd be silly not to buy it.

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 good:
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!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99492fc0) out of 5 stars Good program 2 Nov. 2014
By Georgia Dj. - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the best program for learning Ukrainian that I have found! Ukrainian is a very complex language - so no program will be easy or painless, but of all I've tried this one is the most complete. I have to go over the lessons a few times to be able to keep up with the speed of the audio - but once I do, I have it.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9944c018) out of 5 stars Good Ukrainian textbook 4 July 2014
By Michael Adams - Published on Amazon.com
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By far one of the best books to learn Ukrainian with FREE audio on the book's webpage given inside of the book. The passages are lively and fun to read and listen to.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9920ed98) out of 5 stars Great Ukrainian textbook 24 Jan. 2015
By rkononenko - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent Beginner's Ukrainian. I myself am a native speaker of Ukrainian, but bought it as an incentive for my lazy girlfriend to learn some Ukrainian.
HASH(0x99221198) out of 5 stars The only professional quality Ukrainian textbook on the market 30 May 2016
By J. Steffen - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been looking for a decent Ukrainian language textbook for years, and this one finally met my needs. Learning Slavic languages comes with a particular set of challenges, and Shevchuk's book introduces Ukraine's grammatical features in a way that works. In fact, it is the *only* Ukrainian language textbook published in English which uses established and sound pedagogical methods. Yes, that means that some of the grammatical features seem to be presented out of order. Just be patient, it works. The book includes many helpful exercises and online audio exercises to reinforce learning and guide correct pronunciation. (Use Google search to find the new website for the online and downloadable audio!) Considering how expensive college-level language textbooks usually are, this is a good deal.
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