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Why learn Ukrainian with Mariya?

Why Ukrainian language?

                     Ukrainian is an East Slavic language. It is the official state language of Ukraine. There are nearly 50 millions of people who speak and understand Ukrainian in the world. Written Ukrainian uses a variant of the Cyrillic script. Historical linguists trace the origin of the Ukrainian language to the Old East Slavic of the early medieval state of Kievan Rus’. Ukrainian language is one of the most similar to the ancient Slavic languages. It absorbed the features of ancient languages of the peoples who came to live to this fertile and beautiful land. It got its almost modern form in the times of Kievan Rus’. The language was developing and thriving as well as the culture until the Tatar-Mongol invasion. After the fall of the Kievan Rus’ as well as the Kingdom of Galicia–Volhynia, the language developed into a form called the Ruthenian language. The Modern Ukrainian language has been in common use since the late 17th century, associated with the establishment of the Cossack Hetmanate.39187

                           Ukrainian linguist Stepan Smal-Stotsky denies the existence of a common Old East Slavic language at any time in the past. Similar points of view were shared by Yevhen Tymchenko, Vsevolod Hantsov, Olena Kurylo, Ivan Ohienko and others. According to this theory, the dialects of East Slavic tribes evolved gradually from the common Proto-Slavic language without any intermediate stages during the 6th through 9th centuries. The Ukrainian language was formed by convergence of tribal dialects, mostly due to an intensive migration of the population within the territory of today’s Ukraine in later historical periods. This point of view was also supported by George Shevelov’s phonological studies.

                       From 1804 until the Russian Revolution, the Ukrainian language was banned from schools in the Russian Empire, of which the biggest part of Ukraine (Central, Eastern and Southern) was a part at the time. It has always maintained a sufficient base in Western Ukraine, where the language was never banned, in its folklore songs, itinerant musicians, and prominent authors.

                             The Ukrainian language is really beautiful and melodic. It has a wide range of grammatical devices to express the thoughts, though its sounds are soft and speech is very light and pleasant to hear. It is very romantic and little sad. Ukrainian is the language of loving people, it always comes from the heart. It holds all the history of great nation: its sufferings, its struggle, its hope… Ukrainians say – the language is a soul of people.

 

 

 

Українська мова.

                      Українська мова — національна мова українців. Належить до слов’янської групи індоєвропейської мовної сім’ї. Кількість людей, що розмовляють та розуміють українську мову в світі – приблизно 50 млн. Українська є державною мовою в Україні. Для запису української мови використовують адаптовану кирилицю. Вчені стверджують, що українська мова походить від Старої Східно-Слов’янскої, яка використовувалась у середньовічній Київській Русі. Українська мова, за своєю формою, найбільш близька до древніх Слов’янских мов. Вона ввібрала ознаки древніх мов, народів, які прийшли на нашу родючу та прекрасну землю і сформувала свій майже сучасний вигляд у часи Київської Русі. Українська мова і культура успішно розвивалися і процвітали до Татаро-Монгольскої навали, після чого настав їх занепад.  Після падіння Київської Русі, як і Галицько-Волинського Князівства, мова перейшла у русинський діалект. Сучасна українська мова використовується з 17-го століття і асоціюється з заснуванням Козацького Гетьманату.

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            Українскій лінгвіст Степан Смаль-Стоцький заперечує існування загальної Старої Східно-Слов’янскої мови у минулому. Цієї ж точки зору дотримуються і Євген Тимченко, Всеволод Ганцов, Олена Курило, Іван Огієнко та інші вчені. Згідно з цією теорією діалекти Східно-Слов’янских племен розвинулися поступово з загальної Прото-Слов’янскої мови  без жодних проміжних періодів у 6-9 століттях. Українська мова сформувалася у перетині діалектів племен, які інтенсивно заселяли територію сучасної України в різні періоди часу. Ця точка зору була також підтримана фонологічними дослідженнями Ю. Шевелова.

           З 1804 і до Російської революції українська мова була заборонена у школах Російської Імперії, частиною якої була більш ніж половина території сучасної України (Центральна, Східна та Південна). Та все ж, мова підтримувалась і зберігалась, особливо у Західній Україні, у народному фольклорі, піснях, та творах патріотичних авторів.

          Українська мова дуже гарна та мелодійна. У ній є величезна кількість граматичних засобів для вираження думки, а звуки мови м’які, легкі, співучі, і мовлення приємне на слух. Вона дуже романтична, та дещо сумна. Українська – мова закоханих, вона наче йде від серця. У ній історія великої нації: її страждання, її боротьба, її надія… Українці кажуть: мова – душа народу.

 

About Ukraine.

                    Ukraine is a sovereign state in Eastern Europe, bordered by Russia to the east and northeast, Belarus to the northwest, Poland and Slovakia to the west, Hungary, Romania, and Moldova to the southwest, and the Black Sea and Sea of Azov to the south and southeast, respectively. Ukraine is currently in territorial dispute with Russia over the Crimean Peninsula which Russia annexed in 2014 but which Ukraine and most of the international community recognise as Ukrainian. Including Crimea, Ukraine has an area of 603,628 km2 making it the largest country entirely within Europe and the 46th largest country in the world. It has a population of about 44.5 million, making it the 32nd most populous country in the world.13592211_1632395280410653_5398996625325165690_n

                     The territory of modern Ukraine has been inhabited since 32,000 BC. During the Middle Ages, the area was a key centre of East Slavic culture, with the powerful state of Kievan Rus’ forming the basis of Ukrainian identity. Following its fragmentation in the 13th century, the territory was contested, ruled and divided by a variety of powers, including Lithuania, Poland, the Ottoman Empire, Austria-Hungary, and Russia. A Cossack republic emerged and prospered during the 17th and 18th centuries, but its territory was eventually split between Poland and the Russian Empire, and later submerged fully into Russia. Two brief periods of independence occurred during the 20th century, once near the end of World War I and another during World War II. However, both occasions would ultimately see Ukraine’s territories consolidated into a Soviet republic, a situation that persisted until 1991, when Ukraine gained its independence from the Soviet Union in the aftermath of its dissolution at the end of the Cold War.

                      Ukraine is a beautiful and friendly country, full of kind, hardworking, talented people. Ukraine has fertile land, many rivers and lakes, forests and parks, mountains and the sea shores. There is mild climate in Ukraine which forms 4 seasons, each of them is beautiful. There is a heroic history, interesting, ancient origin of people, language and traditions. Lots of historical sites prove that. Ukrainians have rich, amazing, bright and unique culture which is tightly connected to the spirit of the Ukrainian nation. For centuries the greatness and importance of Ukraine was suppressed by the enemy forces from different sides, (pay attention – Ukraine has never started a war against anyone) so many features and proves were lost or destroyed, many best people were killed or had to leave, and that’s such a big despair and grief for Ukraine. But, still, Ukraine is here, alive and independent.

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Just watch these and see for yourself:

Experience Ukraine

Ukraine my home

Ukraine in the heart

My beautiful Ukraine

 

 

 

Why learn Ukrainian with me?

 

                      There are a lot of teachers and schools out there nowadays which offer to teach you. You can choose from a great variety of methods, prices and opportunities. But remember – the good teacher, the proper one, is at least 50% of your learning success!!!

  So, why you should choose my Ukrainian lessons?

Here are some reasons:

 

 

  • I have two higher educations.

  • My first specialty is a teacher of a foreign language and literature.

  • My second specialty is a psychologist.

  • I’m a native-speaker. I’m Ukrainian and love my country, language and traditions with all my heart!

  • I have over 10 years of teaching experience.

  • I held more than 7500 individual and group lessons.

  • I teach adults and children.

  • I also have been working as a psychologist for 3 years.

  • My students always get results.DSC_0173 ch2

  • All the materials I use in the teaching process I’ve created by myself.

  • I use different ways and methods for each student to make the learning effective.

  • I develop and improve my knowledge and skills all the time.

  • I work at the comfortable time for you (time difference doesn’t matter).

  • I’m friendly and open-minded person.

  • I love teaching and I do my best to be good at it.

  • I’m happy to see the success of my students.