UKRAINE – On 9 November, the Day of Ukrainian Writing and Language, Go_А band joined taking the Radio Dictation of National Unity. The representatives of Ukraine at the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest took the dictation at the National Vernadskyi Library together with other honourable guests.
“I am glad that the radio dictation has become so popular in Ukraine and beyond. It is especially cool that we can show that the Ukrainian language is a part of the Ukrainian culture and it is important to know your mother tongue. It means a lot for me because my great grandmother was a teacher of the Ukrainian language and literature for more than 60 years. This is a small tribute to her from me. Generally, I had no difficulties with the dictation. The only thing was punctuation as, due to the new spelling rules, I am not sure about some nuances,” said Taras Shevchenko, a Go_A founder.
This year marked a jubilee 20th dictation. No matter where people are — at home, at an office or a coffee shop, at work or in university — they stop for 15 minutes to take the dictation and unite with others around the language. The Radio Dictation of National Unity was broadcast on all platforms of UA:PBC: radio, television and social media.
“We liked everything. It was an interesting experience as we took such a dictation for the first time. We were happy to participate in the important event on such a big day. The text was engaging, especially in Rymma Ziubina’s performance. We were lucky to talk to interesting people in a positive atmosphere,” shared Kateryna Pavlenko, the Go_A lead singer.
The text for dictation was written by the well-known writer and publisher Ivan Malkovych. Professor and PhD in Linguistics Larysa Masenko was an academic consultant of the project. The actress Rymma Ziubina dictated the text from “Public Studio” of UA: PERSHYI TV channel.
A paper letter with the text hand-written at the radio dictation should be posted to 26 Khreshchatyk St., Kyiv 26, 01001, no later than 10 November. An electronic copy of the hand-written text can be also emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. The official dictation text will be published on the website of UA: Ukrainian Radio on 11 November at 11:00.