(A Short Tale)
New Year's Song
(I am Baking, Baking Bread)
(Little Bean, Little Haricot )
(Magpie - Crow)
(My Pussycat, My Pussycat)
(The Dream Passes by the Window)
( The Fish Was Dancing with the Crayfish)
(The Rooster Is Riding the Horse)
(Two Roosters, Two Roosters)
(Without a Pipe)
Please contribute a traditional song or rhyme from your country.
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Articles about the music, culture and traditions of Ukraine and more.
Belle wrote to us asking for help with a Ukrainian poem that she would recite for Christmas in her youth. Here’s her email: Hi, When my relatives would gather for Christmas, 55+ years ago, we children would have to say poems, sing songs, play instruments, etc. after receiving our gifts and [...]
Easter’s coming soon! Did you know that in many countries the day after Easter, called Easter Monday, is a public holiday? The map above shows in yellow all of the countries that celebrate it. There are picnics, egg rolling contests and dousing of people with water that was blessed on Easter [...]
Kim wrote asking for help with a Ukrainian rhyme her grandmother sings. She would like the correct spelling. Here’s Kim’s email along with a recording in which her grandmother sang the rhyme... Hi, My Grandmother was trying to teach me the words today to this Ukrainian [...]
My friend Maria Hayda shared this wonderful picture of a wooly caterpillar that she took, along with some fascinating weather lore: "Judging by this wooly caterpillar’s markings, it will not be a mild winter. According to my Ukrainian Grandma, very black ends that travel inwards [...]
Peter wrote asking for help with some Ukrainian rhymes. Here’s his email: I wonder if anyone can help me with some verses my father use to recite, all I have is some of the words, and the basic ideas behind the verses. One involved fish and vegetables dancing: (Parsnip) (Fish) The [...]
My friend Maria Hayda, who has family from Ukraine, wrote: "Lisa, pussy willow is what we use for our Easters :) since Eastern Europe is unable to grow palm trees... My Grandmother had a huge bouquet she saved thru the decades. Now I’ve started my own bouquet." According to [...]
Open Culture has a page of free language learning links covering 40 languages. Here are some of the languages you can find links for… Arabic, English, Chinese, French, Spanish, Bulgarian, Catalan, Danish, Dutch, Esperanto, Finnish, Gaelic, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Irish, [...]
Teresa wrote asking for help with the words to a Ukrainian song… I am looking for the words to Veewtsi Moyee Veewtsi in Ukrainian. Can you help? My father always sang this in church and I wanted to sing it to him for Christmas but I cannot remember the words, just the tune. I hope […] [...]
Stephanie wrote asking for help with a Ukrainian song. Here’s what she emailed: I just had a quick question. When I was a little girl my grandmother used to sing me a song in Ukrainian about "a little white sheep and a little black sheep". I was just wondering if [...]
Rodolfo Alcaraz Vardulakis wrote: Hi, I am trying to get information about a poem/song that my grandma, who lived in Ukrania until 1918, told my mother when she was a child. She just has her memories of the sounds of that poem, which are the following: Moikoufchic niepisshen ichvet nibagat [...]
Ukrainian Folk Songs about Animals with Scores - Mostly in Ukrainian
Romanisation of Cyrillic text.
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