середа, 20 травня 2015 р.

Ukrainian vs Russian: similar words with different meaning


A lot of people know Russian pretty good decided that he can understand Ukrainian very well. Of course, you will understand Ukrainian better with  knowledge of Russian, then without it, because we have a lot of similar and the same words, especially loaned from latin language and modern words. But don't be very confident! There are some words, which look or sound very similar in both languages, but they have different meaning. I want to show you this words, to avoid misunderstanding.

Some of words have completely different meaning, and some of them have just more then one meaning in one language, and several meaning in other language.


Ukrainian

Meaning
Russian
Meaning
Язик
yazyk
tongue
Язык
Yazyk
language, tongue
 


Неділя
nedilya
sunday
Неделя
nedyelya
Week




Чоловік
cholovik
man
Человек
chyelovyek
person




Час
chas
time
Час
chas
One hour






Мир
myr
peace
Мир
mir
Peace, world



Світ
svit
world
Свет
svyet
light
 

Брак
brak
defect
Брак
brak
Marriage, defect



Город
gorod
garden
Город
gorod
city






Луна
luna
echo
Луна
luna
moon





Гарбуз
harbuz
pumpkin
Арбуз
arbuz
Watermelon



Місто
misto
city
Место
myesto
place
 


Кіт
kit
cat
Кит
kit
whale




Другий
dryguj
second
Другой
drugoj
other



Пильний
pylnyj
alert
Пыльный
pylnyj
dusty



Вредний
vrednyj
naughty
Вредный
vryednyj
harmful




Запамятати
zapamyataty
remember
Запамятовать
zapam’atovat’
forget




Вродливий
vrodlyvyj
handsome
Уродливый
urodlivyj
ugly


Шар
shar
layer
Шар
shar
ball


Виступ
vystup
appearance, protrusion
Выступ
vystup
protrusion


Вершки
vershky
cream
Вершки
vyershki
tops


Страва
strava
dish
Отрава
otrava
poison


Зоря
zorya
star
Заря
zarya
dawn


Дурно
durno
a-waste
Дурно
durno
bad


Мешкати
meshkaty
live
Мешкать
Myeshkat’
delay