Why Kyiv not Kiev {The Daily Dash: March 8, 2022}

by Sami

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As someone with family from Ukraine, I never even knew the proper pronunciation of the capital city…

Why Kyiv not Kiev {The Daily Dash: March 8, 2022}


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My grandmother was born in Kyiv and yet I never knew that Kiev was technically the Russian spelling/pronunciation. She passed away at the age of 92 when I was in college, so I never got to hear a lot of her stories of her youth. And to be honest, I learned more Yiddish from her than anything else. But if you were wondering why the newscasters all of a sudden switched how they pronounced Ukraine’s capital city, it’s because Kiev is the Russian pronunciation and spelling, while Kyiv (KEE-eve) is the Ukrainian spelling and pronunciation.

I know it can feel overwhelming when such heartbreaking events are happening on the other side of the world, but if you’re wanting to help, start by asking. Ask your church, neighbors or community group. Find great organizations on the front lines. And remember, there are always people hurting at home that need our help too.

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As we continue to pray for all the people of Ukraine, I pray you look for ways to connect in your local church and community to make a difference in your neighborhood and around the world.

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Why Kyiv not Kiev {March 8, 2022}

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