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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Begin with inactive learning


               If you’ve just decided to learn a foreign language there are some very simple and free activities with which you can start and make your further learning much more effective.
My own learning aDollarphotoclub_62627159-700x466nd teaching experience proves those methods to be very useful.
I call it passive learning and I’m sure it should be done before you start active learning.


          What do I have to do?
You just have to listen to or watch the Ukrainian language! Don’t be afraid or confused, you don’t have to understand anything! Just listen or/and watch and your brain will do everything by itself. In the beginning this may make you feel uncomfortable or bored, that’s OK, all the people feel this way, don’t stop. To get results from your passive learning and make it useful, you have to do the listening and/or watching for minimum 1 month, 30 minutes every day. It’s very easy because you can do your listening anytime and anywhere: going to/from work, during your lunch, cooking or cleaning at home, doing your sport exercises, before going to sleep etc.


             How it works?shhenok-v-naushnikah
With these simple exercises you will automatically:
• Train your ears to hear and recognize the sounds and words of Ukrainian
• Get a great amount of Ukrainian words into your inactive vocabulary (which will shift to your active vocabulary easily during further learning)
• Teach your speech organs to pronounce foreign sounds
• Prepare your brain for the quickest and the most effective learning


           a5a2ee694312c9709c5dWhat can be used?
I’ve made this list especially for you:)! I choose each of them carefully so all the links and material are popular, well-known, of a good quality and simple enough.




 Pay more attention to the listening, on this stage of learning it’s more important!


Radio stations (online):

(be careful – sound can be automatically very loud!)
music, information, news:











songs of 90th

modern ukrainian songs

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Audio books:


Movies and programmes:



I remind you: you don’t have to understand or translate anything! Just relax and


Plan of learning

             Ukrainian is not very easy, but if you follow recomended steps you’ll certainly get good results!


            Here I present you an approximate program of learning Ukrainian:

1. Inactive learning (you can find the discription in the article “Start for free”

2. Reading

3. Writing

4. Initial words & phrases from first easy topics

5. Elementary grammar + new words + practice*

6. Basic grammar + new words + practice*

7. New words from different topics + practice*

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Language Structure


            All languages in the world are beautiful, some are similar and some are different but all of them have the definite structure. Most languages have the structure which looks like a tree:  roots, trunk and branches, leaves and fruits…

             So, now you can see that you can’t use a language without its main, basic components. The words must be arranged on the grammar basis and the grammar can be expressed only by means of the words, all the rest is additional and can be learnt afterwards (in the process of speaking).

           Well, try to grow your own tree of Ukrainian!



Why The Grammar Is Important

                                 Why The Grammar Is Important

                   There are a lot of different modern (very promising) methods to learn a foreign language. Many of them attract people telling you don’t have to learn the grammar or rules, or words or anything at all! Some of them propose some new psychological (magic ) ways in which you do almost nothing and have good results! As a teacher and a psychologist I can assure you: any way of learning is good and useful, but in fact almost all of them aren’t quite effective. Here is the truth: to know something you have to learn it and work at it.  Most of modern methods claim to give you a possibility to learn a language in an easy way as if you were a child, simply absorbing information from some audio or something like that… But you have to face it, in 95% it’s not going to work! Because:

  1. We are adults and, unfortunately, we don’t have the same learning abilities and principles as we used to have when we were children. Our brain isn’t working like that now.

  1. You don’t have a constant foreign language environment.

Of course, you can use such materials as additional ones, anyway to get the best result the learning must be complex. But the main way to be able to use a foreign language is to know (not by heart, just as a fact) and understand basic grammar principles. Actually, it’s not so difficult as many people think :)

          Remember – Grammar is the basis of any language, it’s structure. You don’t have to know it perfectly-perfectly, but you have to be familiar with it, to be able to build your speech and to arrange your knowledge.