It provides a set of symbols to represent the pronunciation of Ukrainian in Wikipedia articles, and example words that illustrate the sounds that correspond to them. Integrity must be maintained between the key and the transcriptions that link here. Changes should reflect consensus; especially if the conventions of this key are already in wide use, any substantive change to it should be discussed on the talk page first so as not to create discrepancies between the key and transcriptions.
Ukrainian contrasts palatalized "soft" and unpalatalized "hard" consonants. Palatalized consonants, denoted by a superscript ⟨j⟩, are pronounced with the body of the tongue raised toward the hard palate, like in the [j] sound in yes.
^In Ukrainian, geminates are found between vowels: багаття[bɐˈɦɑtʲːɐ] 'bonfire', подружжя[poˈdruʒːɐ] 'married couple', обличчя[oˈblɪtʃːɐ] 'face'. Geminates also occur at the beginning of a few words: лляний[ˈlʲːɑnɪj] 'flaxen', forms of the verb лити 'to pour' (ллючи[lʲːʊˈtʃɪ], ллю[lʲːu], ллєш[lʲːɛʃ] etc.), ссати[ˈsːɑtɪ] 'to suck' and derivatives.