I also speak Ukraine and have spent lots of time in Ukraine. If you like Russian, you’ll also love Ukrainian!

A March 8th Ukrainian Love Song-Дякую тобі

As you’re congratulating all the wonderful women in your life I thought I would give you a lovely background song to do it to.  Since I’ve been posting lots about music lately I thought this beautiful love song by Okean… Continue Reading →

Ukrainian Song of the Day: Квіти в волоссі-Бумбокс

As many of you might remember, I also love Ukraine and Ukrainian.  In fact, some of my most favorite music comes from Ukrainian artists.  So I think it’s only fair to include a few of my favorite Ukrainian songs. Boombox… Continue Reading →

Russian Word and Carol of the Day- Вертеп-nativity

Actually, if you look up вертеп in it translates as a ‘puppet show booth’.  But I’ve only ever heard it when referring to the nativity or the acting out of the nativity. This is especially common to do the… Continue Reading →

Russian Word of the Day-Колядки-Carols

Our theme this week is going to be (Christmas) carol related.  Why did I put “Christmas” in parentheses you might be wondering? Well, let me explain. So the word Колядка actually comes from the word Коляда, which was the ancient… Continue Reading →

Don’t Afraid: My terrifying appendectomy in a po-dunk Ukrainian hospital, Part II

The following is the email I sent to friends and family after my surgery, written exactly eight years ago today: The parts in Italics are the parts I’m adding post facto. Read Part I here Hello, everyone, I have survived… Continue Reading →

“Don’t Afraid”: My Terrifying Appendectomy in a Po-dunk Ukrainian Hospital

Part 1: My intimate moment with Babushka and the hospital of death Eight years ago this week I went to visit my friend, Pasha, in Ukraine.  This memory became more dear to me last fall after Pasha passed away.  We… Continue Reading →

In Praise of Ukrainian (and the school where I learned it)

Let me begin this post by explaining my experience learning Russian in Moscow. I tried to communicate with the school I was planning to attend, ЦМО, (Центр международного образования, part of Moscow State University) to get the necessary information about… Continue Reading →

Pondering These Things in My Heart

On Thursday I took my girlfriend to a Georgian restaurant in Kiev.  I orded some dishes for us, one of which was tabaka, but I put the emphasis on the wrong syllable and ended up ordering a male body part… Continue Reading →

Kyiv, Kiev, Linguistic Chaos

Disclaimer: I know that the true Ukrainian spelling for the city where I am currently located is Kyiv, please forgive. The other way is just easier for me. So I’m now in Kiev. I have been here for several days… Continue Reading →

The Cemetery and the Wedding

Wow, it’s been a busy week. I’m now in Kiev and I need to start conducting my experiment for the thesis but everybody’s been asking me when I’ll write a new blog and coincidentally I’m not feeling in the mood… Continue Reading →

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