Yuri Shevchuk Quoted in NY Times on the Correct Pronunciation of Kyiv

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Yuri Shevchuk, Lecturer in Ukrainian, is quoted in the November 13, 2019, edition of the New York Times on the proper, Ukrainian, pronunciation of Ukraine's capital city, vs. the Russian pronunciation and spelling. 

The article includes an audio file with Shevchuk demonstrating the proper pronunciation.

"Key-EV or KEEV? Ukraine or THE Ukraine? The testimony in the impeachment hearing before the House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday spurred discussion of the right way to say each, so we asked two experts.
 
The first question, they said, is by far the trickier of the two.
 
Yuri Shevchuk, a lecturer in Ukrainian at Columbia University, said that native Ukrainians stress the first vowel, and pronounce it like the 'i' in the word 'kid' or 'lid.' The second vowel is pronounced as a separate syllable, and sounds like the 'ee' sound in 'keel.' The v is also pronounced a bit differently, like the end of the word 'low.' It’s a bit hard to describe."