Leaders of "Speak Ukrainian"

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Inna Sopronchuk

CEO

5 years of experience

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    Привіт-привіт! My name is Inna Sopronchuk, and I am a professional native Ukrainian teacher with Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Linguistics. I am the Founder, CEO, and content creator of the online language school “Speak Ukrainian”.I have been teaching Ukrainian since 2016. During Junary-June 2023, I taught Ukrainian coursesat the REES program at St. Antony’s College, Oxford.
    Teaching my native language was always a passion for me. Nowadays it is my sense of life and fight for saving and spreading it across the whole world.

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Ivan Protak 

COO

10+ years of experience

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    My name is Ivan Protak.I am an IT specialist by education, I graduated from the Zaporizhzhia National Technical University with a degree in computer systems and networks. In my third year of university, I transferred to a correspondence course and opened my own computer sales and service company. After graduating from the university, I moved to Kyiv, started working as a B2B sales specialist, then there were many interesting positions, I built sales departments, integrated CRM systems into the company, automated business processes in the company. However, I got the most valuable and interesting experience when I started implementing educational IT projects for children. In total, I launched four IT educational projects for children. I participated in the creation of the fifth educational project, but a war broke out in Ukraine.

Our Support Team 

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Halyna Konstantynovych

Administrator

15 years of experience

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    Hi, I'm Halyna! With 15 years of administrative experience, I've been helping things run smoothly at Speak Ukrainian for almost 2 years now.Beyond my administrative role, I've spent 5 years teaching English and working as a copywriter. All of that helps me keep communication flowing smoothly with students from all over the world, and with some, we've become true friends.What I love most is seeing students grow, learn, and enjoy their time here. It's not just a job for me. It's about creating a great experience for everyone at our school. 

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Svitlana Hrushko

Administrator

3 years of experience

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    My name is Svitlana Hrushko. I am a graduate translator and interpreter from English into Ukrainian and vice versa. I worked as a teacher at the university for 6 years. I taught business English and specialized translation courses. I also have 2 years of experience in the IT sphere and have worked as a QA engineer till now.

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Tetiana Gorodniuk

accountant

5 years of experience

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    Hi, I'm Tetiana, the accountant at Speak Ukrainian. I take care of the money stuff. Also, I make sure all orders are processed smoothly. I pack and send them with care.I enjoy keeping things organized and making sure all the orders are done just right.


Our Teachers

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Nataliya Trots

Senior Lecturer

10 years of experience

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    My name is Nataliya Trots. I am from Lviv. I have been teaching Ukrainian to English-speaking students for more than two years. I teach adults and children, starting from the age of five and also worked as a teacher of English both in physical classrooms and online for several years. I am a senior teacher of the Online School “Speak Ukrainian” and a co-author of the textbook “Easy Ukrainian Dialogues” (for Levels A2-B1.)I am interested in practical psychology.

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Inna Lynchak

Teacher

20+ years of experience

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    I'm Inna Lynchak. I am a professional Ukrainian language teacher with more than 20 years of experience at Kyiv University. For the last 5 years, I have been teaching Ukrainian as a foreign language to students from different countries and to everyone who really wants it (group and individual lessons).In addition, I am the author of more than 30 scientific articles, several books, and a number of educational materials (orcid.org/0000-0002-2756-6739).

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Nataliya Havdyda

Teacher

17+ years of experience

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    Associate professor with more than 17 years of experience teaching Ukrainian as a native, foreign and inherited language. PhD in Comparative Literature. Postgraduate education at the Ukrainian Studies Center of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. Teaches Ukrainian in the context of Ukrainian history, literature and culture. Author and co-author of more than 60 publications, on Ukrainian literature and Ukrainian-Polish cultural relations from the end of the 19th to the first half of the 20th century, methods of teaching Ukrainian language in the English spoken surroundings, and linguicide as a form of language policy. Author of the monograph "Literary and painting discourse of the creative works of Bohdan Lepky" (Kyiv, 2012). Co-author of the textbook "Ukrainian language for foreigners, Level B1-B2" (Ternopil, 2017). Experienced in teaching Ukrainian to American Peace Corps volunteers. Winner of the All-Ukrainian Literary and Art Prize of the brothers, Bohdan and Levko Lepky (2011).

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Oksana Dudnyk

Teacher

15+ years of experience

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    For over 15 years I have been teaching Ukrainian as a foreign language, working with international students from all over the world. I motivate learning Ukrainian through the knowledge of the culture, traditions, and peculiarities of the lifestyle of the Ukrainian people. I am always in favor of dynamism, innovation, communication, search and creativity in language classes; usage of different forms and methods; constant exchange full of discoveries.Аuthor of the "Introductory Phonetic and Grammar Course" (study guide on Ukrainian as a foreign language, elementary level); co-author of 8 educational and methodological manuals for international medical students (area: Ukrainian as a foreign language). One of the authors of the electronic educational and visual textbook “The doctor's language is important", that summarizes problems in communication and in the language culture of medical workers and shows solutions.Education: MSc in Ukrainian philology.

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Halyna Matsyuk

Teacher

13+ years of experience

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    My name is Halyna Matsyuk. I am an associate professor of the Department of Ukrainian and Foreign Languages at Ternopil Ivan Puluj National Technical University. I live in Ternopil, Ukraine. I graduated from Ternopil State Pedagogical Institute with a specialist qualification “Teacher of Ukrainian language and literature”. I worked at school for 10 years. My experience of teaching Ukrainian as a foreign language is 13 years.I am author and co-author of 35 scientific publications and educational and methodological manuals, including textbooks for international students – “Ukrainian language. Practical course for foreigners (according to the new edition of spelling)”, “Tense forms of the most commonly used verbs in Ukrainian language. Handbook for foreign students”, “Every day with Ukrainian. Required phrases: a guide for independent work on Ukrainian as a foreign language.” The last two are co-authored.Working with international students and teaching them Ukrainian is a great pleasure for me. During our classes, we discover the depth of the Ukrainian word, immerse ourselves in the structure of the language, think and speak in Ukrainian.

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Nataliya Veselovska

Teacher

10+ years of experience

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    Experience: more than 10 years of teaching Ukrainian as a foreign language to students of the Ivano-Frankivsk National Technical University of Oil and Gas. Author and co-author of textbooks, methodological publications, scientific articles. Candidate of Philological Sciences.I tested the methodology of teaching a foreign language without an intermediary language, as well as the techniques of video storytelling and story reading in teaching Ukrainian as a foreign language.

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Anna Varavva

Teacher

10+ years of experience

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    I conduct 20-minute conversation sessions where you can practice your skills in speaking, reading, listening, etc.
    In addition, you are always welcome to contact me with any questions you may have in the process of learning Ukrainian.

    I am a seasoned journalist with a distinguished track record in journalism and media production. My passion for storytelling has garnered recognition, most recently with a nomination for the 2023 New York Press Club Feature Video award.

    I have organized and conducted numerous press conferences, roundtable discussions, and exhibitions. I closely collaborated with international media outlets to create numerous viral video stories.

    My hobbies are meditation and painting.

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Maryna Lavryk

Teacher

7 years of experience

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    I am Maryna Lavryk. I am from Sumy - the northern part of Ukraine. I have been making people fall in love with the Ukrainian language for over 7 years. I have experience working with different age groups. The main principle of learning is step-by-step. In the lessons, we don't just learn grammar - we get to know the Ukrainian soul - we listen to Ukrainian music, read poems and get to know prominent figures of Ukraine. I am waiting for you in my lessons!

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Nataliia Lopushanska

Teacher

7 years of experience

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    Ukrainian language teacherI possess a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Linguistics and a Master’s Degree in Pedagogy. I have been teaching Ukrainian as a foreign language to children and adults for more than 7 years. I have experience teaching Ukrainian to native speakers and working in an international school teaching the Ukrainian language as an inherited language to children, teenagers and adults, and I am a developer of the curriculum for teaching the Ukrainian language as an inherited language.

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Oksana Shostak

Teacher

10 years of experience

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    Key information• teaching foreigners the Ukrainian language from primary ("zero level") to level B1 ("borderline")• extensive experience: students of various cultural and linguistic backgrounds from different countries: Algeria, India, Bangladesh, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, China, Germany, Austria, Italy, France, UK, Canada, USA, Australia;• cooperation with governmental institutions of Sweden and Finland;• assistance to International funds and organizations;• responsibility, patience and love for teaching.
    Experience• Senior Lecturer of Ukrainian as a foreign language at two universities:-- the Open International University of Human Development "Ukraine"-- Private higher education institution "European University"
    Education• National Pedagogical University named after M.P. Drahomanov:Educational and Scientific Institute of Continuing Education (Kyiv, 2021):CERTIFICATE of advanced training under the program"Innovations in teaching Ukrainian as a foreign language";• Interregional Academy of Personnel Management (Kyiv, 2005)Management of organizations: economics and business management, business manager• Kyiv State Linguistic University (Kyiv, 2001)Philologist, teacher of English and foreign literature, Ukrainian language and literature
    Additional information• loves modern art, especially literature and theatre• is passionate about growing flowers in her own garden.

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Tamara Sabelnykova

Teacher

30 years of experience

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    I was born in Avdiivka in the Donetsk region and lived there till 2015. I have been teaching Ukrainian language for 30 years. Worked as a teacher at school, as an Associate professor at Donetsk State University of Internal Affairs (replaced after the war started in 2014). I have had a PhD since 2001. I have published tutorials in the fields of Ukrainian culture, Ukrainian language, communication, professional ethics of the policemen and more than 30 scientific articles. In 2023 my student was awarded for the winning in the linguistic and literary contest of pupils and students named after Taras Shevchenko. She took the first place in Ukraine. Now I work in Public serviсe. I enjoy teaching and studying languages, I love Ukraine, the Ukrainian people and the national culture.

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Hanna Kraievska

Teacher

20 years of experience

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    Candidate in Philology Sciences (Ph. D), Docent, Associate Professor of the Department of Ukrainian Studies, National Pirogov Memorial Medical University.Education: graduated from Mykhailo Kotsiubynskyi Vinnytsia State Pedagogical University in 2006. Speciality «Pedagogy and Methods of Secondary Education. Ukrainian Language and Literature», qualification «Master of Pedagogical Education, Teacher of Ukrainian Language and Literature».In 2010, successfully defended dissertation «Folk Industrial Terminology of Central Podillia Dialects» for the degree of Candidate of Philological Sciences in the speciality Ukrainian Language (10.02.01).She is the author of more than 60 scientific works, including a monograph. In particular, she has developed textbooks on Ukrainian as a foreign language: «Вивчаємо граматику», «Моя країна». Head of the grant project (2021-2023) «Information and communication technologies as a tool for improving the quality of doctor-patient communication».

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Olena Lysenko

Teacher

20 years of experience

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    My name is Olena. I am a teacher at Speak Ukrainian School. I have been a teacher at Vinnytsia National Medical University for about 20 years. I work with Foreign students fromdifferent countries and Ukrainian students. I teach courses: “The Ukrainian Language in Healthcare Field”, “The Ukrainian as a Foreign Language”, “Public Speaking: How to Become a Successful Speaker”, “Effective communication as an indicator of quality interaction between a doctor and a patient”, “Ukrainian as a foreign language in the scientific field”.I worked as a teacher`s assistant at Little Blessings Preschool in the USA. I have experience teaching English to Ukrainian children in kindergarten.My education. Teachers Training College, Associate Degree in Elementary Education.Minor: English, Music and Choral Director in Elementary School.Vinnytsia State Pedagogical University, Bachelors Degree in Ukrainian Language and Literature and Foreign Literature.I am working on Doctoral project: “Semantic Motivation and Function of Indirect Nomination in Medical Discourse”.Сo-author of the project "Let's Communicate in Ukrainian"; – Ukrainian language courses for temporarily displaced persons, organized on the initiative of the staff of the Department of Ukrainian Studies of Vinnytsia National Medical University.Participated in national and international scientific and practical conferences, was published in several Ukrainian professional and international journals.I am a cheerful, friendly, sociable person. I am fond of traditional Ukrainian embroidery, do needlework and like to draw.Ukrainian is my native language and I will be happy to become your guide in the world of studying the Ukrainian language. I think that learning a foreign language with native speakersis very interesting because it is not only learning the language but also getting to know the culture and traditions of the country. I will be glad to help you speak Ukrainian.

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Liudmyla Trusova

Teacher

7 years of experience

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    I am a teacher of Ukrainian as a foreign language. I have considerable experience in teaching the language to foreign students at the university.Additionally, I have maintained a keen interest in the evolution of the modern Ukrainian language and explored various techniques for teaching Ukrainian as a foreign language.I have experience in research activities and publications in professional journals,participated in scientific and practical conferences in Ukraine and abroad.I am a co-author of textbooks on the language and scientific style of speech.
    I enjoy teaching in language, working with people, the opportunity to involve foreigners in the learning of Ukrainian and our culture. The outcomes of learning are somewhat magic. When foreigners start learning the language from scratch and in a few months students can speak, joke, sing songs in Ukrainian.I hope that my experience will be useful. One of my adventures is my constant desire to learn and improve my skills. Moreover, I believe that I am doing what I love and will be able to be useful in teaching Ukrainian at a time when Ukrainian is not only a demand of Ukrainian society but also a global trend.

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Nicole Petetska

Teacher

7 years of experience

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    Hello there! I'm an online Ukrainian language tutor with 7 years of teaching experience, based in Kyiv, with a passion for helping English speakers master the intricacies of our beautiful language. My teaching methodology, rooted in communicative and structural approaches, ensures you feel comfortable speaking Ukrainian from the very first lesson. As we progress, you'll notice enhancements in your grammar, pronunciation, and vocabulary, steadily building your confidence in using the language effectively. Language hides many historical facts as well as it shows the way people think. I love the fact that together with language one can unravel many interesting features about Ukraine and its traditions.
    In addition to being a Ukrainian tutor,I have also been working as a copywriter and an English language tutor, offering exam preparation services for those aiming to excel in language proficiency.
    Ready to explore the wonders of the Ukrainian language? Let's embark on this exciting linguistic adventure together!

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Iryna Topolnicka

Teacher

13 years of experience

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    I am a translator, Ukrainian as a Foreign Language Teacher, CELTA Qualified English Teacher and a curator of the course "From an Absolute Beginner to a Confident Speaker". Published some scientific articles in the Ukrainian Language studies and The Ukrainian Alphabet Book: Spelling, Writing, Reading. Despite all these regalia I'm very enthusiastic, creative, organised, responsible and a great team worker. In my spare time I adore watching crime investigations or murder mysteries, reading books especially Fredrik Backman's, or traveling.In addition to being a Ukrainian tutor,I have also been working as a copywriter and an English language tutor, offering exam preparation services for those aiming to excel in language proficiency.
    Ready to explore the wonders of the Ukrainian language? Let's embark on this exciting linguistic adventure together!

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