I have managed to learn how to speak conversational Russian quite well and am approaching fluency. I can now understand hour long news broadcasts in whole and can work out the meaning of words from their roots, prefix and suffix.
I wrote the above not to show off, but to illustrate my strange problem. Despite the fact that I have only about a year to go to really master russian, I cannot pronounce Ukrainian correctly. Despite the fact that these two languages are quite phonetically close, I cannot make many Ukrainian sounds correctly.
My question (finally) is: Is it difficult for native Russian speakers to pronounce Ukrainian? Also, has any other American learning Russian found it far less difficult to pronounce Russian than Ukrainian.
Sorry if this is such a boring question, but it really makes me mad that I cannot say "hovorit" correctly! (Wife laughs at me.)