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  • #343909

    Anonymous

    I want to learn a language that will make me understand Belarusian, Ukrainian , Russian and Polish the most.

    I know Russian is Spoken in Belarus and Ukraine but I want to learn a language in between both so i have a good knowldge of both East and West Slavic languages.

    what do my slavic brothers and sisters recommend and why?

    thank you

    #393893
    Boris V.
    Boris V.
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    @dedushka

    You might want to try http://www.slovio.com/ :)

    #393894

    Anonymous

    thank you for the suggestion :) but it would be out of Belarusian, Ukrainian, Polish or Russian.

    #393895

    Anonymous

    You said you have Belarusian ancestry, so study Belarusian. But if you're going to learn only one of those languages, then learn Russian since Russian is widely spoken in Russia, Belarus and Ukraine, whereas the other languages are mostly spoken only in their own countries. Also, Russian is easier than Polish, and generally speaking, there is a varying degree in mutual intelligibility between Slavic languages.

    #393896

    Anonymous

    Russian, Belorussian and Ukrainian are pretty close. You coudl understand other two if you know either. I know Russian and could understand Belorussian and Ukrainian. While Polish is somewhat different, which is naturally becouse it belongs to other subgroup.

    #393897

    Anonymous

    I have a Polish grandfather and a Belarusian Polishchuky (her langauage was closer to Ukrainian) Grandmother

    Curious to know out of Belarusian or Ukrainian langauage which one is closer to Russian ?

    #393898

    Anonymous

    Well hard to say. Northern dialcts (Akavci) are closer to Belorussian dialects, Southern to Ukrainian. Russian literary language is based on central, which have more similarites with Ukrainian, IMHO. But on other side 71% of people in Belorussia speak Russian as their first language.

    #393899

    Anonymous

    Curious to know out of Belarusian or Ukrainian langauage which one is closer to Russian ?

    Usually Belarusian language seems more similar with Russian for me, at least the texts posted on Belarusian subforum here. There’s no policy or preferences, this’s just my personal impression.

    #393900

    Anonymous

    thank you for your comments so far.
    My aim is to travel through Poland, Belarus, Western Ukraine and maybe parts of Western Russia

    can anyone personally recommend a language software ?

    #393901

    Anonymous

    If I were you I would learn Polish and Russian together.

    #393902

    Anonymous

    You're not going to like my answer, but I say Russian. Does it matter that other people are studying it? It is by far the most useful and (to me) the most interesting Slavic language. However, if you must learn another language, learn Polish.

    #393903

    Anonymous

    I am thinking you might be right.
    I wish Rosetta Stone had a Ukrainian version !

    Has anyone been using Rosetta Stone for Polish or Russian ? If so how did you find it?

    #393904

    Anonymous

    I'm trying to learn Russian,  but don't have anyone to practice with.  I have heard both good and bad about Rosetta stone and it is very expensive

    #393905

    Anonymous

    Why don’t you start with a free online course and if you’re still interested in it, buy Rosetta stone (if you have that kind of money to spend). But I’m sure there will be someone offering lessons in your area; you live in the US after all.

    #393907

    Anonymous

    I just got a 3 cd leason set that i can listen to on the way to work.  I have picked up a few words and phrases online

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