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Dur­ing Ger­man-Ukrainian Year of Lan­guages un­der the ban­ner “Take the next step!” Em­bassy of the Fed­eral Repub­lic of Ger­many in Ukraine has been pub­lish­ing sto­ries of peo­ple who have taken a step for­ward in learn­ing Ger­man or Ukrainian as a for­eign lan­guage, about their ex­pe­ri­ences, im­pres­sions, and their pieces of ad­vice.

Li­ud­myla Ko­valenko-Sch­nei­der, Di­rec­tor, Wieder­strahl Ger­man Cul­tural Cen­ter:

I first heard Ger­man when I was about 8-10, when my great-grand­fa­ther sang me some Ger­man songs. At the time, Ger­man sounded very easy and melo­di­ous and when I got into 5th Grade, I be­gan to study it at school.

Ye­lyza­veta Styranko, stu­dent:

I be­gan to study Ger­man out of sheer in­ter­est: we had two of my grand­mother's books at home that no one in the fam­ily could read. I kept look­ing at the pic­tures and the um­lauts and I thought the lan­guage was en­chant­ing. I like to speak Ger­man be­cause it's a very beau­ti­ful lan­guage—the lan­guage of Goethe and Schiller. I love read­ing Ger­man po­etry in the orig­i­nal.

Maria Kara­p­ata, jour­nal­ist:

Ev­ery lan­guage is a liv­ing or­gan­ism. Those who learn lan­guages need to al­ways think about this as­pect. Try to sim­ply feel and de­velop an af­fec­tion for the Ger­man lan­guage—and you will open up much more than just “unattrac­tive” words like

Sch­metter­ling [but­ter­fly] and Kugelschreiber [ball­point pen].

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