18 February, 2017

VALENTINE’S DAY Speed English

The Speed English activity (Window on America center in Dnipro, Ukraine) this afternoon gave the chance to discuss   the vital questions about the Valentine’s Day – should it be a national holiday, what single people should do on Valentine ’s Day, what are the best gift ideas, is Cupid a good symbol of romance, etc.
The newcomers and regular club members enjoyed the activity that allowed conversation with a big number of like-minded people.
Participants –  54 persons.

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New Friends and Valentine’s Day

This afternoon the Gabfest Club’s session (Window on America center in Dnipro, Ukraine) was attended by our US friends. Mr. Max is a new-comer from the Indiana State. He told us about the attractions in his home town and the popular pastimes – hunting and fishing. Mr. Spencer shared the information about the attractions of Oregon State and his home town Eugene. The club members on the other hand shared the information about local superstitions and habits (not to whistle, to avoid draughts in summer, not to seat on cold surfaces, etc.) The highlight of the conversation was discussion about the iconic Ukrainian dish – jellied meat. We hope Max has reconsidered his aversion towards “holodets” after we told him about why and how it is cooked.
The official topic of the session was “Valentine’s Day in the USA”. We watched a YouTube video that will help to avoid social mistakes in the USA during Valentine’s Day celebration. The highlight of the discussion was the video of unusual Valentines’ gift – a Daughter&Dad ballet class in Philadelphia Dance School. The group had a good laugh after their video that became viral on Facebook.
Moderator: T. Gavryliyuk
Pictures: S. Usenko
Participants –  54 persons.

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16 February, 2017

ABC at Basic English Group meeting

The DOUNB Library had new-comers again that got interested in the opportunity to study English in the library format.
The Window on America center offers the library patrons an “Express English” activity that will help adult students to learn the basics of the English language.
Ten two- hour lectures are offered for the patrons who studied other foreign languages, but now need to speak English.
The professional EFL lecturer T. Gavryliuk combines the phonetic, reading and lexical exercises with important cross-cultural information that will help the English learners to use the Basic English in communication with foreigners in Ukraine and abroad.
The new patrons were informed about the DOUNB’s resources and modern services.
Participant numbers – 105 persons.
Presenter: T. Gavryliyuk.
Pictures: S.Usenko.




15 February, 2017

Taxi Driver



Tonight we, the Wednesday Movie Club members (Dnipro Window on America center, Ukraine) offered the big screening of the film “Taxi Driver”.
 Taxi Driver” (1976) is an American “vigilante” film with “neo-noir” and psychological thriller elements. It was directed by Martin Scorsese and written by Paul Schrader. Set in New York City following the Vietnam War, the film stars Robert De Niro, and features Jodie Foster, Harvey Keitel, Cybill Shepherd, Peter Boyle, and Albert Brooks.
The film is regularly cited by critics, film directors, and audiences alike as one of the greatest films of all time. Nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, it won the Palme d'Or at the 1976 Cannes Film Festival.
The film was considered "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant by the US Library of Congress and was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry in 1994.
The group found some parallels between the US Vietnam veterans and the Ukrainian soldiers from Donbass battles. The happy end of the film surprised quite a few people.
WOA’s patrons enjoyed the film and the discussion that followed.
Participants number – 20  persons.

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14 February, 2017

Activate English Group 5.2.: My House

The DOUNB Library and the Window on America Dnipro center offer the library patrons an “Express English” activity that will help them to activate their passive knowledge of the foreign language and to overcome the fear of speaking in English.
 Ten two hour- lectures are offered for the participants to improve their conversational skills in pairs.
The professional EFL lecturer T. Gavryliuk combines the lexical exercises with important cross-cultural information that will help the English learners to understand their foreign counterparts better and to avoid awkward situations in communication.
The second session of the Activate Group in 2017 was attended by the WOA’s US volunteers Mr. Jason and Mr.

Joseph. The group was thrilled to meet 2 US volunteers during the session. Mr. Jason helped to practice the Introduction speeches. Mr Joseph made a short presentation about typical US homes and explained the difference between flats and apartments.
Number of participants – 112 persons.

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12 February, 2017

Happy birthday, Jason!


A birthday is just the first day of another 365-day journey around the sun.
Enjoy the trip, our dear volunteer Mr. Jason!

11 February, 2017

Wikipedia and Reliability

Today’s session of the Gabfest Club (Dnipro Window on America center, Ukraine) was attended by a big number of new-comers. The regular club members and the Club’s moderator told them about the rituals and rules of the Club, explained the meaning of the Club’s name, and introduced the US volunteers Mr. Jason and Mr. Stephen.
The official topic of the session was “Wikipedia & Reliability”. The session’s moderator shared the concern expressed by the American Library Association members regarding the reliability of Wikipedia as a source of information for academic papers and research. The club members shared their attitude towards the Free Encyclopedia project – both its English version and the Ukrainian- language version. As an example of Wikipedia’s weak points we read and translated an article about funny blunders traced on its pages – “The 15 Biggest Wikipedia Blunders” by J.R. Raphael (PCWorld , 2009). The group agreed that one must be very naïve to believe everything that is posted in Wikipedia, but as a source of basic information it serves its purpose quite well.
The informal conversation that took place in the second part of the session was dedicated to the marriage traditions in Ukraine. The WOA’s volunteer Mr. Stephen received our greetings on the occasion of his marriage to the WOA’s patron Ms. Natalie. The Club members explained to Mr. Stephen the symbolism of the funny Ukrainian wedding games and tricks. But the biggest challenge was to explain why we cry “Bitter!” at weddings. After a good laugh we all wished Stephen and Natalie a happy married life in Dnipro and in the USA.
Number of participants – 67 persons.