Tag Archives: Ukrainian

Daylight saving time (DST)

Image credit: National Research Council of Canada, “Time zones & daylight saving time” October 22, 2016. Dear All, This post discusses what DST is and where to get more information on the topic. DST is the practice of advancing the clock by one hour during spring, summer and autumn which allows extending the day by …

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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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Comparative linguistics

And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech (Gen. 11:1, KJV). Dear All, Have you ever heard the story about the tower of Babel? It is described in Genesis 11:1-9. The quote above is the beginning of this story. What is important for us in this discussion is that there is …

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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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Teaching and learning English, French, Polish, Russian, Ukrainian

Dear All, I have just come across an excellent resource for teachers and learners of English, French, Polish, Russian, and Ukrainian. This is a blog devoted to teaching and learning these languages. The blog is called Féru: https://ferulang.wordpress.com/ While teaching and learning resources are abundant on English and some other languages, they are much more …

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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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Giving flowers across cultures

Dear All, Flowers are considered to be an excellent gift in many cultures across the globe. However, there are certain cultural difference as to what flower gifts are appropriate and which ones are not. Below are several of them: 1) In Belarus, Hungary, Russia, and Ukraine odd number of flowers are presented to living people …

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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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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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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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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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