Lesson 10
John Yak tebe zvaty? What's your name?
Sofia Mene zvaty Sofiya. A tebe? My name is Sofia. And you?
John Mene zvaty Dzhon. My name is John.
Xochesh obidaty zi mnoyu? Do you want to have lunch with me?
Sofia Tak! Davay! Yes! Let's do it!
John Chomu ty vchyshsya ukrayinskoyi movy? Why are you learning Ukrainian language?
Sofia Tomu shcho ya xochu pratsyuvaty v Ukrayini. Because I want to work in Ukraine.
John Yaka tvoya profesiya? What is your profession?
Sofia Ya prohramist. I'm a programmer.
John De ty pratsyuyesh? Where do you work?
Sofia Zaraz ya pratsyuyu v Turechchyni, Right now I work in Turkey.
Ale ya xochu pratsyuvaty v Ukrayini. But I want to work in Ukraine.
Shukayu robotu v Ukrayini. I'm looking for work in Ukraine.

Grammar Notes

In this dialogue, John and Sofia are speaking to each other informally. Thus they use the ty form of [you] rather than the vy form.

There are two ways to ask [Whats your name?]:

Yak vas zvaty? is the formal way.

Yak tebe zvaty? is the informal way.

To ask the [Why?] questions, you can use the Ukrainian word Chomu?.

When expressing your profession, again note that the [is / am / are] verb is omitted. Thus to say, [I am a programmer], you say simply:

Ya prohramist, which means literally [I programmer].

To ask someones profession, Ukrainians use the word [how]. Note that the word [how] has a version for masculine nouns Yak, and a version for feminine nouns Yaka. Since profesiya is a feminine noun, we use the Yaka form and say:

Yaka tvoya profesiya?. Note that in this question, the [is] verb is omitted.