are many who shirk from accepting it as a language of choice. This reality
requires the democratic opposition to avoid the trap of making the language a
dominant issue in the upcoming parliamentary elections.
perspective on language is similar to that of many who left Ukraine during World
War II and came to America because they had no taste for the regime made in
One of my
friends played traditional music with his guitar. I remember the tune and
lyrics of a song he played which he learned in Halychyna as a teenager.
Translated: “Raven flies across a gully, and is cawing while flying. Young girl
in the forest is walking and crying.” Simple words — the same song my mother
knew from her native Poltava Oblast.