What Are The Slavic Languages?
Slavic countries are absolutely fascinating. If you ever get the chance—you must go.
From the cathedrals of Kiev, Ukraine to the Charles Bridge in Prague, many countries are very unexplored and yet have an incredible beauty. Of course, in some of these countries, the English is not top-notch. Knowing a few phrases here and there will really help you out immensely.
So what are the Slavic languages?
Generally speaking, they include…
- Ukrainian (very similar to Russian)
- Belorussian (also very similar to Russian)
- And many, many more!
Which One Is Best to Learn?
Generally speaking, I’d say that Russian is your best bet—simply because the most people speak it. Often times, speakers of other Slavic languages speak at least a little bit of Russian. But, they’re very similar as far as many basic phrases.
For example, to say “Good day”.
- Russian: Dobre den
- Czech: Dobre deen
- Polish: Dobre gin
Yes, those are not exactly how to write them—but for an introductory introduction to these Slavic languages, it will suffice. As you can see, they are all close enough that a Polish speaker would be able to understand what you meant in Russian, and vice versa.
That doesn’t mean that they will be happy about it, though 😉
For example, you should be very careful about speaking Russian on the western side of Ukraine.
In any case, that’s a brief introduction to Slavic languages. We’ll be reviewing the best programs to learn the various languages in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!
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