Are Ukrainians particularly fond of the banjo?
I wouldn't say so, banjo is little known in Ukraine :)
Bandura, for instance, is much more popular https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bandura
Yeah thanks. I'm actually ukie myself and even own a bandura. My comment was mostly tongue in cheek. It seems an odd thing for us to have to learn.
There are MANY oddities in these lessons.
I think it's there because it's an easy instrument to recognize when you read the word aloud.