It’s Odesa, not Odessa

How to pronounce and write the names of Ukrainian cities correctly.

Kyiv. Licensed via Freepik

“I’m from Kiev,” — I used to say to my friends as I immigrated to Canada many years ago.

I have always written and pronounced the name of the city I’m from in the Russian manner: Kiev. Kee-y-ev. Yup, I’m from a Russia-speaking family, Russian is my first language and Ukrainian is my second. I’m a native speaker of both, and my…

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Joanna Henderson

Joanna Henderson

Canadian. Mental health activist. Banker and financier who drinks too much coffee. Pursuing happiness and sharing my thoughts with others.