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.
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
Unlike the English language, which has a 26-letter alphabet, the Belarusian alphabet has 32 letters!
Belarusian was official language of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania which streched across modern Ukraine, Russia, Lithuania, and Poland.
Russian sister language
In addition to its similarities with Ukrainian, 80% of written Belarusian is similar to written Russian.
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.
Native language in Ukraine
Around 55,000 Belarusians, or 19.7% of Belarusians living in Ukraine, have chosen Belarusian as their "mother tongue." Belarusian is recognized as a "language spoken at home" by about 40,000 Belarusians in Poland.
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.