Today a new Ukrainian speaking club is launched in Kharkiv to celebrate the Day of Ukrainian Writing and Language.
This is a school where spoken, written and business Ukrainian will be taught at no cost. Also, free teaching will include rhetoric and linguistic management. Furthermore, the organizers are planning to deliver some lectures and hold specific tours.
Although Ukrainian has been taught in secondary schools and universities and it is used in official documents, it remains mostly the formal language in Kharkiv. Russian still dominates everyday speaking, prevailing in supermarkets, cafes and restaurants. It often causes conflicts after some customers get offended by not being serviced in Ukrainian.
This is considered to be a consequence of long-term genocide of Ukrainian intellectuals, oppression of Ukrainian culture and language and the very spirit of Ukrainian in Eastern Ukraine, including Kharkiv. It used to be mostly Ukrainian speaking back in 1920-1930s. The tragic Budynok Slovo history is one of this oppression numerous pages.
The new city speaking club has been presented today in Nakipelo media center.
Kharkivites are offered the opportunity to take part in the development of the club’s program and the trend creation to promote speaking Ukrainian into everyday life.
Reference: The Day of Ukrainian Writing and Language is the annual holiday, celebrated in Ukraine since 1997 on November 9. According to the Orthodox calendar, it is the day of commemoration of Nestor, the Chronicler.
Text, photo: Olena Sokolynska