Ukrainian language – Nathan Gregson

This is an example of the Ukrainian language, and why it is difficult to learn. Below are listed the ways you can say the verb “to go” (By foot) in past (Perfect/imperfect), present, and future (Perfect/imperfect) tenses. All English verbs have a similar process, which is why they call Slavic countries “cлов’яни” which means “Words nations”.

This is in no way all the forms of the verb “To go”, but is all I know at the moment. There are more forms I have not yet been taught. In case you did not want to try to read all of it, there are 7 English forms, and 91 Ukrainian forms (To be fair, there is a slight difference between these words that I do not understand. To a Ukrainian, these are not interchangeable, but I do not really understand the difference between them, because I would just say “Go” in all of the places these words are used.)

English: To go
Ukrainian: іти́, піти́, йти, ходи́ти

English: Went, was/were going.
(He went) пішо́в
(He was going) ішо́в, йшов, ходи́в
(She went) пішла́
(She was going) ішла́, йшла, ходи́ла
(It went) пішло́
(It was going) ішло́, йшло, ходи́ло
(We, you (respectful/plural), they went) пішли́
(We, you (respectful/plural), they were going) ішли́, йшли, ходи́ли

English: am/are/is going.
(I am going)іду́, йду, ходжу́
(You are going) іде́ш, йдеш, хо́диш
(He, she, it is going) іде́, йде, хо́дить
(We are going) ідемо́, іде́м, йдемо́, йдем, хо́димо, хо́дим
(You (respectful/plural) are going) ідете́, йдете́, хо́дите
(They are going) іду́ть, йдуть, хо́дять

English: Will go.
(I will go) іти́му, йти́му, піду́, ходи́тиму
(You will go) іти́меш, йти́меш, пі́деш, ходи́тимеш
(He, she, it will go) іти́ме, йти́ме, пі́де, ходи́тиме
(We will go) іти́мемо, іти́мем, йти́мемо, йти́мем, пі́демо, пі́дем, ходи́тимемо, ходи́тимем
(You(respectful/plural) will go) іти́мете, йти́мете, пі́дете, ходи́тимете
(They will go) іти́муть, йти́муть, пі́дуть, ходи́тимуть

English: Go! Let’s go!
(Singular: Go!) іди́, йди, піди́, ходи́, іди-но, йди-но, піди-но, ходи-но
(Plural/Respectful: Go!) іді́ть, йдіть, піді́ть, ході́ть, ідіть-но, йдіть-но, підіть-но, ходіть-но
(Let’s go!) іді́мо, іді́м, йді́мо, піді́мо, піді́м, ході́мо, ході́м.

Also, these words have the same root, but we have different words for them in English: хід (a move), прихід (arrival, coming), підхід (approach), перехід (passing, crossing), ходіння (walking), вхід (enter, entrance), вихід (exit), обхід (patrol), прихід (community), відхід (departure) etc.


Mykola Amosov

Mykola Amosov

Mykola Amosov

“Conscience – my judge” was one of the slogans of Ukrainian surgeon Mykola Amosov. He started as an ordinary military surgeon during World War II.

Amosov always spoke the truth and he had a good sense of humor. To perform heart surgery, it must be done dry. During surgery, the heart has to be disconnected from the body which is then connected to a device to keep the blood pumping. Amosov with a group of researchers developed an artificial circulation device called an “artificial heart”. The longest the heart could be isconnected from the body using the device – 1 hour 44 min. Amosov traveled very much. In the US, he saw an artificial heart valve. He bought a nylon shirt to use as material for an artificial valve. Continue reading

Bohdan Khmelnytsky

Bohdan Khmelnytsky

Bohdan Khmelnytsky

Bohdan Khmelnytsky lived peacefully in the village of Subotiv. But once when Bohdan was not at home, his possessions were burned by Polish noblemen. The “Riot of Khmelnitsky” began a national liberation war of Ukrainian Cossacks against the Polish king. Khmelnitsky was the main enemy of Yarema Vyshnevetsky – a Polish nobleman. Yarema led the Polish army.

The biggest battle – near Zhovti Vody (Yellow Waters) – was in 1648. Khmelnitsky practiced new tactics – creating the illusion that he had a big Tatar army as his ally. He started an information war in the 17th century. Continue reading

Stepan Bandera

Monument to Stepan Bandera in L'viv

Monument to Stepan Bandera in L’viv

For some, Bandera – is a symbol of the struggle for an independent Ukraine, for others – a collaborator and criminal.

On June 15, 1934, Polish Minister, Bronisław Pieracki, was killed at a coffee shop in Warsaw. By the young Ukrainian nationalist, Gregory Maciejko “Honta”. The boy fled to Argentina and died 30 years later. The initiator and organizer was Stepan Bandera. It was not the first attack, but the first of this rank. According to Ukrainian nationalists, Bronisław Pieracki was guilty of pacification – policy of appeasement against Ukraine. Continue reading