Belarusian: The language with a 32-letter alphabet
10 facts about the Belarusian language
Origin of the language
Belarusian originated in Russia. The first effort to unify and regulate the language was made after the Russian Revolution in 1917.
History of the language
It is believed that Belarusian originated towards the end of the 18th century.
Learning the language
An English speaker is expected to need about 1100 hours to learn Belarusian.
Romanian language diversity
Romanian is the official language of Romania and the Republic of Moldova.
Some very significant dialects include Swiss French (CH), Canadian French (CA) and Belgian French (BE). Additionally, there are numerous varieties of French. In France, for example, speakers in the bigger cities of France speak Metropolitan French while speakers in some regions communicate in regional dialects such as Meridional French.
Apart from the well-known French dialects such as Swiss French and Belgian French, there is also Aostan French in Italy. Two primary types of French in Canada are Quebec and Acadian French. In Cambodia, Cambodian French is spoken while Laos French is spoken in Laos.
In Lebanon, Lebanese French is spoken because French was the country’s official language until 1941. French is both officially and unofficially spoken in the Maghreb countries of Africa (Algeria, Mauritania, Tunisia), as well as in other countries all over the African continent. French is also spoken in some parts of India that were previously colonized by the French.
Did you know?
Romanian is written in the Latin morphological case differentiation.
Nearly 72% of Romanian words are derived from a Latin root and 15% from a Slavic root.
The popular song “Dragostea din tei” by the music group O-zone is in Romanian.
Unlike most languages, Romanian has three genders: masculine, feminine and neuter.
The verbs usually precede the object in Romanian sentences.
Romanian officially switched from the Cyrillic alphabet to the Latin alphabet in 1989.
Belarusian for beginners
Ten basic words to start learning in Belarusian:
Say what you know, do what you must, come what may.
Mathematician and Educator
Suffering makes us human. A person without suffering is just grass.
Author and Novelist
Hatred will always give birth to more and more hate, and love has the power to demolish the borders between us.
Journalist, Author, and Oral Historian
Fun facts about the Belarusian language
Russian sister language
In addition to its similarities with Ukrainian, 80% of written Belarusian is similar to written Russian.
Unlike the English language, which has a 26-letter alphabet, the Belarusian alphabet has 32 letters!
Belarusian was an official language of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania which stretched across modern Ukraine, Russia, Lithuania, and Poland.
The language of Nobel laureates
Belarus can claim five Nobel Prize laureates, including Svetlana Alexievich, who won the prize for literature.
Spoken by small groups
It is considered a "familiar language" by about 316,000 residents, including approximately 248,000 Belarusians. This accounts for roughly 30.7 % of Belarusians living in Russia.
Preservation of Belarusian Language
Despite the fact that the majority of indigenous Belarusians do not speak Belarusian as their native language or as their primary language, the language is still thriving in many places.
Recognition by world famous company
The popular, well-known game World of Tanks was translated into Belarusian by the renowned organization Warming to show its appreciation for the Belarusian language.