1.6 - The hard vowels
The hard (normal) vowels all sound roughly like English vowels. Click on a letter to hear how it sounds.
Doubly useful vowels!
Most of the above vowels also function as words in their own right (these are very useful and easy to learn):
|У||is one of the words for in|
|А||is a contrastive and/but|
|О||is used (when telling the time) for at|
In spoken Ukrainian, as in many other languages, the vowel sounds play an important part in expressing emotion:
|А-а-а...||astonishment, annoyance, disappointment|
|Е-е-е...||confusion, suspicion, doubt, indignation, disagreement, regret, reproach|
|І-і-і...||surprise, disappointment, doubt, reluctance|
|О-о-о...||despair, enthusiasm, surprise, incredulity|
|У-у-у...||annoyance, reproach, threat (as well as surprise, delight);
also used for booing, howling and wailing!!