Category Archives: Ukrainian

Google Translate

Dear All, Have you ever thought that it would nice to speak X language? Indeed, it would be. All it takes is to start and little by little to pursue the goal. While you are doing this, there is a tool that can help you to communicate in a different language in the meanwhile. The …

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Studying/teaching Ukrainian: Conjugations

Image credit: the image above is a screenshot of the website discussed in this post. Accessed May 19, 2016 from http://lcorp.ulif.org.ua/dictua/dictua.aspx. Dear All: This post provides a link to a valuable free online resource for learners, teachers, and speakers of Ukrainian who want to improve learning/teaching and speaking. Grammar is one of the most difficult …

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Easter greeting

Dear All: Pascha (Easter) is a very special day for people all over the world. Special food and traditions are associated with this day. Even greetings are special. If you go to Ukraine on this day, you are likely to be greeted with “Khrystós voskrés!” (Christ is Risen!). The appropriate answer to this greeting is …

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Easter baskets

Dear All, This post continues exploring traditions associated with Holy Pascha (Easter) and focuses on the Easter baskets. Pascha is the Feast of Feasts and Christians prepare for it by fasting and prayer. Pascha is the day when fasting ends. For this reason Christians bring baskets with food to Church for blessing. These baskets include …

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Pascha: Date

Dear All, Have you ever wondered why Pascha (Easter) is celebrated each year on a different day? Why it is always celebrated on Sunday and is referred to as “the Feast of Feasts”? This post focuses on these questions above. To clarify, how exactly the date for celebrating Pascha is defined each year I decided …

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Good Friday

Dear All, It is the special time of the year when people all over the world prepare and celebrate Pascha (Easter). This year Orthodox people celebrate Pascha on Sunday May 1, 2016. There are a lot of traditions associated with this Feast of Feasts and I would like to dedicate this post and the following …

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St. Nicholas – Sinterklaas – Santa Claus

Did you know that Santa Claus and Sinterklaas are one and the same person – St. Nicholas? Dear All, Children all over the world wait for the Wonderworker who comes each year, around the same period, and brings something for them and sometimes even plays with them. In North America this person is known as …

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Perogies

Image credit: Kagor, “Kapersy 027” May 4, 2008, via Wikimedia Commons, (CC BY-SA 3.0). Dear All, Today I would like to speak with you about perogies! Perogies (Canadian English spelling) are considered to be traditional Ukrainian food. They are also widely available (e.g. frozen at a store) in Canada and Poland. Did you know that …

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Flags: Ukraine

Dear All, When we travel to different countries it is sometimes difficult to find something to speak about with the local people. One of the things that attracts my attention and seems to be an interesting to discuss is the meaning behind the national flag. On BLOG|ON|LINGUISTICS, I am going to start with two flags …

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Ukrainian Easter eggs

Image credit: hobvias sudoneighm, “vegreville egg ~ world’s largest pysanka” May 9, 2007, via Flickr, CC BY 2.0. Dear All, Easter eggs (EEs) are an integral part of Easter celebration, however, traditions associated with EEs are different in different cultures. This post discusses Ukrainian traditions related to EEs. Many people know that Ukrainians decorate EEs with …

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Christmas traditions

Video credit: welcome2ukraine, “Колядка “Щедрик” Schedryk – “Ukrainian Bell Carol”” January 16, 2011, via YouTube. Dear All, Today I would like to speak about Christmas traditions in some countries and particularly about the date of celebrating Christmas and one of the best known Christmas carols, “Carol of the Bells”. In some countries (e.g. in Canada, …

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Becoming proficient in foreign languages

Dear All, Have you ever wondered, how long it takes to become proficient in a particular language? Typically, the evaluation of language proficiency is based on four skills: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. However, how long does it take to become proficient enough to be able to communicate in a foreign language? The Foreign Service …

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Ukrainian: Topical vocabulary+audio

Image credit: Jean & Nathalie’s photostream, “Kyiv: St. Michael’s Monastery” July 27, 2008, via Flickr, CC BY 2.0. Dear All, If you are learning Ukrainian or would like to do so, this resource may be of use: http://www.internetpolyglot.com/lessons-uk-en This website provides many different words in Ukrainian. These words are categorized by topic such as “Family”, …

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Chronemics: monochronic and polychronic cultures

Dear All, Today I would like to discuss two concepts: “monochronic culture” vs “polychronic culture”; both concepts are pertinent to chronemics (see “Types of nonverbal communication” post for the definition). Studying various aspects of interpersonal communication, famous anthropologist Edward T. Hall (1959; 1976) noticed that English has such expressions as “time is money” and “to waste …

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High- and low-context cultures

Dear All, In this post, I would like to discuss such concepts as “high-context culture” vs “low-context culture”. These concepts were first introduced by anthropologist Edward Twitchell Hall. According to Hall, “[h]igh context transactions feature pre-programmed information that is in the receiver and in the setting, with only minimal information in the transmitted message. Low …

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Introduction to linguistics and general linguistics (in Ukrainian)

              Dear All, Today I would like to share with you information on two of the best books in modern linguistics. They are both written by the same author, M.P. Kocherhan. The books are in Ukrainian; my apologies to those who do not read Ukrainian. The first book is entitled “Introduction to linguistics“. It consists …

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BibleQuote 6

Screenshot: BibleQuote6 software Dear All, If you are doing research on different versions of the Bible or if you need to find particular words (e.g. to compare their frequency, word form, etc.) in a given version, the following software may be of use: 1) BibleQuote6-20120312 (http://code.google.com/p/biblequote/downloads/list) 2) Modules (http://bqt.ru/Katalog) Different versions of the Bible (King …

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Speckie: spell check for Internet Explorer

Writing with correct spelling in any language is important because when people see our writing which is without errors they tend to form more positive attitude to the author, at least they may think that this person is well educated and attentive. With so much writing occurring online, it is important to be able to …

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Canadian Ukrainian (Ukrainian in Canada)

A lot of Ukrainians came to Canada at the end of the 19th – beginning of the 20th centuries. These people brought not only their excellent farmers’ skills that were in great demand in Canada then, but also their own language and preserved for over a century. The Ukrainian language in Canada has a number …

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Dictionaries

To follow up on the previous post (about thesauri)… Here are a couple of translation dictionaries which may be of use for both a quick reference and translation of complete texts: 1) Lingvo and 2) Google Translate. Both dictionaries are fit for multiple language translations including Ukrainian, English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, and Latin. Cheers, Iaroslav

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