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Initiatives for Ukrainian language education on the rise in Japan


Tokyo, April 19 (Jiji Press) — Amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine, efforts to stimulate people’s interest in the Ukrainian language are spreading online in Japan.

Nataliya Gudziy, a Ukrainian musician from Tokyo who plays the bandura, a folk instrument, has been posting about the language on Twitter daily since March 22, about a month after the invasion began on February 24.

Using the hashtag “katteni Ukrainago kaiwa” or “Ukrainian conversation lessons on my own”, Gudziy, 42, tweeted everyday Ukrainian phrases such as “dyakuyu” and “bud laska”, which mean “thank you ‘ and ‘you’re welcome’, respectively. The sentences are transliterated into Japanese “katakana” characters.

According to his office, Gudziy, who wants the Japanese to feel closer to Ukraine, posted between training sessions.

The operator of language-learning app Duolingo released an introductory guide to the Ukrainian language online in mid-March. The guide includes unique pronunciation and grammatical features compared to Russian, a similar language.

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