I'm Italian and I'm a beginning student of Ukrainian. I have no contact with the language in my daily life apart from the time I devote to it through self-study, and, as a consequence, I've been studying Ukrainian pronunciation from academic descriptions and by listening to Ukrainian songs and youtube channels. Because of this, I have never had any feedback on my pronunciation. It seems to me that from the point of view of an Italian the main difficulties in Ukranian are:
- Correct word-stress placement.
- The sounds of г, л, ль, ць and also, perhaps to a lesser extent, other soft sounds.
- Ukrainian prosody and intonantion must differ from Italian, although I haven't payed attention to this point.
I've put here a recording of myself reading a short story (П’ять хлібин) and I would be very grateful to hear some opinions on my delivery, so that I can focus on those particular aspects (there's no need to listen to all of it, of course). The text of the story is here. I've painstakingly checked the word stresses for all words using the online version of словники України. Any suggestion is welcome!