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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