Is Belarusian and Ukrainian the same language

Interesting facts about the Belarusian language

 
 
Прывет! - that's what they say in Belarus Hello!
 
Almost eight million people in the world speak Belarusian. Most of them live in Belarus. Many Belarusian speakers have also emigrated and live in Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Kazakhstan and the USA.
 
In Belarus itself, the language has a difficult time. Alongside Belarusian, Russian has been the country's second official language since the mid-1990s and Russian is used by most people for official matters, such as dealing with authorities, as well as in school lessons and in everyday life. Belarusian is mainly cultivated, spoken and also written by artists and students.
 
Belarusian - a Slavic language
 
Belarusian is one of the East Slavic languages ​​(together with Russian and Ukrainian). The Slavic languages ​​are a subgroup of the Indo-European language family. The Germanic languages ​​(including German, English, Dutch, Swedish and many more) also belong to this large family. For this reason, certain grammatical structures will sound familiar to you when you learn a Slavic language from German. For example, the principle of inflection (the inflection of words) is common to all Indo-European languages. You will also find the inflection in Belarusian.
 
However, there are some things that you definitely need to rethink when learning a Slavic language. At first glance you will notice that Belarusian is not written with Latin letters, but with the Cyrillic alphabet. By the way, did you know that Belarusian was written in Arabic letters between the tenth and twelfth centuries? Only then did Belorussian put on paper with Latin letters, and Cyrillic has been the official alphabet of the language since the beginning of the 20th century.
 
Many of the Slavic languages ​​are written using the Cyrillic alphabet. In addition to Belarusian, this is the case with Bulgarian, Macedonian, Russian, Serbian and Ukrainian. In our language course for Belarusian you will always find a description in Latin letters under the word written in Cyrillic. This will definitely make learning easier for you.
 
Differences between Belarusian and Russian
 
Belarusian and Russian are not very different from each other. The differences between the two languages ​​are more in the details: Belarusian is also recorded with the Cyrillic alphabet, but this alphabet has been adapted to the Belarusian language and letters appear in Belarusian that you cannot find in the Russian alphabet. Belarusian is also written as it is spoken. The written language is therefore closer to the actual sound of the language than is the case in Russian.
 
The two languages ​​also differ in terms of vocabulary: In Belarusian you can find many loanwords from Polish and Ukrainian, which are not used in Russian.
 
At the level of grammar there are only minor differences: In Belarusian, some inflected endings in particular are different from those in Russian.
 
A linguistic peculiarity that can be found in Belarus is also interesting to learn: The fact that both languages ​​are used there in parallel has resulted in a mixed language called trassyanka which combines Russian vocabulary with Belarusian pronunciation and grammar.