Ukrainian language is a language of the East Slavic sub-group of the Slavonic languages and is fairly recognized as the most ancient, melodic and romantic language with dramatical fortune among the Slavic languages group.
Modern Ukrainian language draws its origins to the early medieval state of Kyivan Rus and is a real successor of the language spoken in Kyivan Rus. Ukrainian language uses a variation of the Cyrillic alphabet.
Despite of numerous obstacles and attempts to destroy, Ukrainian language is still exists and is in use not only in Ukraine but also in many other countries such as Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Brazil, Canada, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Paraguay, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia and counted more than 50 million speakers around the world. It has always upheld a decent base in Ukrainian lively music, literature, arts scene, vibrant folk culture and well-known writers. Studying of Ukrainian language opens the door to an ancient (more than 5000 years B.C.!!!) and intriguing heritage of culture, history, exceptional music, architecture, literature and customs of Ukraine. You’ll get an insider's opinion about Ukrainian culture and expand your personal horizons.
After attainment of independence in 1991, Ukraine is quickly changing. That is why your time spent in learning Ukrainian language may be the wisest investment you made. The current situation in Ukraine invites Ukrainian-speaking specialists in fields of education, interpreting and translating services, journalism, trade, finance, diplomacy, art, tourism, sport, food, science, technology and etc.
In Ukrainian history, history of Russian imperia and USSR you can find such a great variety of bright historical persons of Ukrainian origin like Aleksey Razumovsky, Alexander Bezborodko, Ivan Paskevich, Stephen Yavorsky, Feofan Prokopovich, Dimitry of Rostov, Bohdan Khmelnytsky, Petro Sahaydachniy or such ambiguous characters like Nestor Makhno, Symon Petliura, Stepan Bandera or such influential like Leonid Brezhnev and many others.
Ukraine is very rich in figures in different sides of human beings. In literature - philosopher Hryhorii Skovoroda, Ivan Kotlyarevsky, Mykola Kostomarov, Mykhailo Kotsiubynsky, Taras Shevchenko, Ivan Franko, Lesia Ukrainka, Panteleimon Kulish and etc. In music - Mykola Lysenko, Kyrylo Stetsenko, Mykola Leontovych, Levko Revutsky.
The development of Science and technologies in Ukraine has begun in the 18th century, when the Kyiv Mohyla Academy became an important research centre. Among notable Ukraine’s scientists are : mineralogist and geochemist Volodymyr Vernadsky, historians Antonovych and Hrushevsky, mathematician Boholiubov, botanists Fomin and Kholodny, scientists in medicine Vladimir Filatov, Yanovsky, Bohomolets, space designer Sergei Korolyov, engineers Yevhen and Boris Paton.
Almost all aforesaid persons known as Ukrainians but you will be for sure surprised if you get know that a lot of world known writers, artists and scientists commonly known as Russians were or are Ukrainians because they lived or became famous in times of Russian imperia or USSR when Ukraine was a part of that states. Just to name a few:
In literature - novelists and philosophers Mykola Gogol and Mykhailo Bulgakov ( novel The Master and Margarita, which was called the masterpieces of the 20th century by “The Times” of London), satirists Mykhailo Zoshchenko and Ilya Ilf, philosopher Mykola Berdyaev, poets Hanna Akhmatova, Maximilian Voloshin, Yevgen Grebinka (who wrote a world nown as a Russian romance "Ohci chernie" ("Black eyes") and others.
In art: Ilya Repin, Kazimir Malevich, Petro Konchalovsky, Leonid Pasternak and others.
In music: composers Sergei Prokofiev, Borys Lyatoshynsky, Isaak Dunayevsky and others.
In theatre: Serge Lifar –one of the greatest male ballet dancers of the 20th century.
In science: Igor Sikorsky - pioneer of aviation in both fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters, Dmitro Pavlovich Grigorovich - aircraft designer, Mykola Amosov a heart surgeon and inventor, Ilya Mechnikov - Nobel awardee, bio- and zoologist and many-many others.
There are also some famous persons who lived or were born out of Ukraine but had Ukrainian parents: Composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky; writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, poet Boris Pasternak and others. If you study Ukrainian language, get acquainted with ancient (5000 B.C.!!!) Ukrainian culture, people, spirit, you will feel and understand where and how all these famous people found their muses.
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