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Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP30 Nov 2010 1:21 p.m. PST

I thought this was an interesting article on the growing pains of Ukraine. A proud but troubled country no doubt.
(reposted from STRATFOR):

By George Friedman

The name "Ukraine" literally translates as "on the edge." It is a country on the edge of other countries, sometimes part of one, sometimes part of another and more frequently divided. In the 17th and 18th centuries, it was divided between Russia, Poland and the Ottoman Empire. In the 19th century, it was divided between Russia and Austria-Hungary. And in the 20th century, save for a short period of independence after World War I, it became part of the Soviet Union. Ukraine has been on the edge of empires for centuries.

My father was born in Ukraine in 1912, in a town in the Carpathians now called Uzhgorod. It was part of Austria-Hungary when he was born, and by the time he was 10 the border had moved a few miles east, so his family moved a few miles west. My father claimed to speak seven languages (Hungarian, Romanian, Slovak, Polish, Ukrainian, Russian and Yiddish). As a child, I was deeply impressed by his learning. It was only later that I discovered that his linguistic skills extended only to such phrases as "What do you want for that scrawny chicken?" and "Please don't shoot."


Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP30 Nov 2010 5:48 p.m. PST

Linguistically and practically speaking, fo you need to know more?

Personal logo Waco Joe Supporting Member of TMP30 Nov 2010 6:39 p.m. PST

Yes John, your forgot "You have pretty eyes" and "no that is not a kielbasa in my pocket" grin

Whatisitgood4atwork Inactive Member30 Nov 2010 7:52 p.m. PST

"Please don't shoot."

Don't knock it. Damn useful phrase.

Personal logo Dan Cyr Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member30 Nov 2010 8:51 p.m. PST

In any and every language.


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