The Ukrainian Dictation Contest

Украина // Україна // Ukraine
Украина // Україна // Ukraine

I really wish I’d known about this, everyone. I definitely would have entered. From RFE/RL:

Ukraine’s annual dictation contest has always carried political undertones.

The competition, officially titled Ukrainian Dictation of National Unity, was launched in 2000 to promote the Ukrainian language in a country where almost one-third of citizens consider Russian their mother tongue.


The contest, held annually on the eve of Ukrainian Writing and Language Day, is popular in the country. Last year, more than 13,000 participants sent in their copies.

This year’s dictation was broadcast live on radio as part of a two-hour show featuring politicians and cultural luminaries.

The presenter, respected linguist Oleksandr Avramenko, read a 180-word text packed with grammatical traps and complex spellings.

“The dictation is difficult,” Avramenko, the author of schoolbooks on Ukrainian language and literature, told RFE/RL. “If 700 people were able to write it flawlessly, this would not be a competition.”

I loved dictations in Russian class, so I think this one sounds like so much fun. If I had known about it, I would have entered.