Скринька “Батьківська Хата”

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Carol of the Bells” is a popular Christmas carol composed by Ukrainian composer Mykola Leontovych in 1914 with lyrics by Peter J. Wilhousky. The song is based on a Ukrainian folk chant called “Shchedryk“.  Wilhousky’s lyrics are copyrighted, although the original musical composition is not.

The song is recognized by a four-note ostinato motif. It has been arranged many times for different genres, styles of singing and settings and has been covered by artists and groups of many genres: classicalmetaljazzcountry musicrock, and pop. The piece has also been featured in films, television shows, and parodies.

Conductor of the Ukrainian Republic Choir Oleksander Koshyts (also spelled Alexander Koshetz) commissioned Leontovych to create the song based on traditional Ukrainian folk chants, and the resulting new work for choir, “Shchedryk”, was based on four notes Leontovych found in an anthology.

The original folk story related in the song was associated with the coming New Year, which, in pre-Christian Ukraine, was celebrated with the coming of spring in April. The original Ukrainian title translates to “the generous one”  or is perhaps derived from the Ukrainian word for bountiful (shchedryj),  and tells a tale of a swallow flying into a household to proclaim the bountiful year that the family will have.

With the introduction of Christianity to Ukraine and the adoption of the Julian calendar, the celebration of the New Year was moved from April to January, and the holiday with which the chant was originally associated became Malanka (UkrainianЩедрий вечір Shchedry vechir), the eve of the Julian New Year (the night of 13–14 January in the Gregorian calendar). The songs sung for this celebration are known as Shchedrivky.

The song was first performed by students at Kiev University in December 1916, but the song lost popularity in Ukraine shortly after the Soviet Union took hold. It was introduced to Western audiences by the Ukrainian National Chorus during its 1919 concert tour of Europe and the Americas, where it premiered in the United States on October 5, 1921 to a sold-out audience at Carnegie Hall.  The original work was intended to be sung a cappella by mixed four-voice choir. Two other settings of the composition were also created by Leontovych: one for women’s choir (unaccompanied) and another for children’s choir with piano accompaniment. These are rarely performed or recorded.

Wilhousky rearranged the melody for orchestra with new lyrics for NBC radio network’s symphony orchestra, centered around the theme of bells because the melody reminded him of hand bells,  which begins “Hark! How the bells”.  It was first aired during the Great Depression, and Wilhousky copyrighted the new lyrics in 1936 and also published the song, despite the song having been published almost two decades earlier in the Ukrainian National Republic.  Its initial popularity stemmed largely from Wilhousky’s ability to reach a wide audience as his role as arranger for the NBC Symphony Orchestra. It is now strongly associated with Christmas because of its new lyrics, which reference bells, caroling, and the line “merry, merry, merry, merry Christmas”. 

An alternate English version, “Ring, Christmas Bells”, featuring Nativity-based lyrics was written by Minna Louise Hohman in 1947.  Two other versions exist by anonymous writers: one from 1957 titled “Come Dance and Sing” and one from 1972 that begins “Hark to the bells”. 

American recordings by various artists began to surface on the radio in the 1940s. The song gained further popularity when it was featured in television advertisements for champagne in the 1970s by French a cappella group the Swingle Singers.  “Carol of the Bells” has been recorded into over 150 versions and re-arrangements for varying vocal and instrumental compositions.


Start learning with reading. Read Ukrainian easily!

A written language is the representation of a spoken or gestural language by means of a writing system. From the ancient times people used different signs to express their thoughts in the way when information can remain longer than just a pronounced sound. They wanted to preserve their knowledge, memories and thoughts. Written language was one of the greatest inventions of the human civilization. It made people’s life to improve significantly and develop much faster. Usage of a written language is a fantastic skill which, as we know, isn’t available to any other creature on the Earth except a human.

Reading is the synthesis of a complex network of perceptual and cognitive acts along a continuum from word recognition and decoding skills to comprehension and integration. Beyond the printed page, a skilled reader draws conclusions and inferences from what he or she reads.

Several steps are involved in reading and reading comprehension. Both oral language and the written context play a role in word recognition and in the ability to construct meaning from print. Comprehension emerges from the interaction of letter, sound, word meaning, grammatical and contextual processes, and a reader’s prior knowledge.

Reading is one of the first steps in learning a foreign language. It is essential and extremely important, basic component of any language. Reading skill, actually, opens a language to the learner.

Ukrainian Reading Training is a unique tool for learning to read Ukrainian. I’ve designed it especially for my lessons to get the best and the fastest results with my students.

Exercises in the book are arranged so that, students gradually and naturally get acquainted with all the letters and sounds, their combinations in different positions which exist in Ukrainian. The system of the exercises allows to memorize and be able to use reading principles of Ukrainian very soon an easily.


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13 reasons to learn a foreign language.


Learn anything faster.

Learning a foreign language starts very important and useful processes in your brain. You automatically train yourself to recognize, understand, memorize and use any information much better and faster

Boost your confidence.

When we set out to achieve something and find success, it boosts our confidence levels — no matter how small the progress is.

Even being able to carry a 30-second conversation with a native speaker can significantly make you more confident, because you know it’s something you wouldn’t have been able to do before.

“Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.” — E.E. Cummings

Increase your brain power and prevent potential brain diseases.

A psychologist at York University in Toronto, Ellen Bialystok, has found that students who study foreign languages tend to score better on standardized tests than their monolingual peers, particularly in the categories of math, reading, and vocabulary.

Additionally, a study conducted around a similar time by Researchers from University College London has shown that learning other languages altered grey matter – the area of the brain which processes informationin the same way exercise builds muscles.

Improving our health is something that should be a priority for every one of us, no matter how old we are. Most of us consider improving our health in a few major areas, like our physical appearance. But we tend to miss out on the most important part that runs our entire body — the brain.

We are nothing without the vital functions of our brain, and we need to prioritize its health like we would with any other vital organ in our body.

When it comes to the brain, learning a new language can prevent or delay Alzeihmer’s disease and dementia by 4.5 years. This is a far more powerful than the best drugs which only delays the symptoms by 6–12 months.

The American Academy of Neurology has performed studies showing that speaking more than one language increases the amount of neural pathways in the brain, allowing information to be processed through a greater variety of channels.

Get a new perspective about your own culture.

See bigger picture! You know your country and your culture, but to know it better, to value it you should have a look at it from very different, new point of view. Too many people live their entire lives never questioning the universal “truths” they take for granted in their own culture. But step outside this narrow scope, and it’s like stepping out of the Matrix; once your eyes are truly opened to that new perspective, you can never go back.

Improve your native language.

According to the Impact of the Second Language Education, studying a second language alone will significantly improve the grammar, reading, vocabulary, and speaking skills of your first language.

This makes sense because learning a new language allows you to understand the structures and breakdowns of a language, whereas this is something you intuitively picked up when you learned your native language.

Increase your creativity.

Language learning is one of the best ways to become more creative. It’s a lot like putting together the pieces of a new puzzle. And the usage of a foreign language is both: a skill and an art.

Open up new career opportunities.knowstartup.com-towards-startup-success

We live in an increasingly globalized world and companies are constantly expanding overseas and dealing with clients from all over the world. Between two candidates with the exact same skill set and experience, the person who is bilingual is arguably much more likely to get the job. You also can grow significantly at your current job if you can speak a foreign language.

Meet new people and develop life-long friendships or deepen your relationships.

Meet new and interesting people! Speak to people in their language and you’ll understand their soul, you’ll be able to see the truth about their life and feelings, you’ll find out really exciting and amazing things from them. Develop life-long friendships or, who knows, even the love of your life!

Impress people around you.

People always admire those who have some specific skills, especially speaking a foreign language. This always considered to be the privilege of intelligent, well-educated and smart people, which can do something meaningful in their life.

Improve your decision making skills.

A study from the University of Chicago found that when people speak in a language other than their native tongue, it helps eliminate their tendency toward so-called loss aversion—that is, getting too caught up in the “here and now” to make choices that could profit us further down the road.

Bilinguals are more confident with their choices after thinking it over in the second language and seeing whether their initial conclusions still stand up. This means that if you learn a second language, this might well improve your ability to make wiser financial choices, for example. Who would’ve thought?

Enjoy works of art in their original language.

There are a lot of great masterpieces in literature (prose and poetry), folklore, songs all over the world. But we only can see their real beauty, know their real value, feel their depth and magic, if we get aquatinted with them in their original language. So, don’t miss such a great opportunity in your life and open the world of art from the different side.

Become more open-minded.

Learning a foreign language and getting soaked into an entirely new culture and world view is the surest way to become an open-minded, understanding individual, and that is really priceless. Seeing the world from a different perspective, and understanding where you and others come from, is a fantastic, eye-opening experience.

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So many people want to learn a foreign language, but very often they find too many reasons why they “can’t achieve it”. All of those aren’t real, believe me. Whatever doubts you have, you really can learn another language. Earlier you start – faster you’ll have the results! Don’t hesitate and don’t waste your time and your life, do something great for yourself – learn a foreign language!


Vocabulary. My day. Мій день.

My day. Мій день.


Ранок     morning

День     day

Вечір     evening

ранкові вправи     morning exercise

вставати     get up

вмиватися     to wash face

чистити зуби     to brush teeth

снідати     to have breakfast

обідати     to have lunch

вечеряти     to have dinner/supper

працювати     to work

вчитися    to study

відпочивати     to rest

дивитися телевізор     to watch TV

читати книгу     to read a book

лягати (йти) спати     to go to bed


red letters are stressed


Vocabulary. Holidays. Свята.

Holidays. Свята.


свято     holiday

вихідний     day-off

канікули     vacation (for pupils and students)

відпустка     vacation

День народження     Birthday

весілля     wedding

річниця     anniversary

Новий Рік     New Year

Різдво     Christmas

Великдень     Easter

Трійця      Holy Trinity

Івана Купала     Midsummer

стіл      table

гість     guest

подарунок     present

пісня     song

сміх     laughter


red letters are stressed

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Vocabulary. Time&dates. Час і дати.

Time&dates. Час і дати.


час     time

секунда     second

хвилина     minute

година     hour

день     day

тиждень     week

місяць     month

рік     year

минуле     past

теперішнє     present

майбутнє     future

ранок     morning

день     day

вечір     evening

ніч     night

стрілка     hand (of the clock)

годинник    clock

пізно    late

рано    early

вчасно     in time


red letters are stressed

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