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16 5, 4:01am
Not that many people in the world speak Ukrainian
I don't know about others, but at least I was trying to pay attention to the pronunciations
It seems like "Kyiv" is one syllable (English speakers usually pronounce it with two) - it sounded like something that would be spelled "Keev" or "Keeiv" (bit of a dipthong) in English. Ukraine sounded like "Oo cry-ee na", but in phrases (for example, "Слава Україні") I heard it as "Oo cry-ee ni"; I assume that's a declension difference, e.g. accusative vs. nominative or something similar.
While I've seen Ukrainian written fairly frequently (from following the conflict in Donbas), I only rarely hear it spoken.