Did you know that speaking well Russian you can partly understand some other languages?
That is because it’s part of the Slavic languages. The original Slavic had three divisions, depending on the area in which it was spoken, and each subgroup today has separate languages.
- East Slavic languages: Russian, Belarusian, Ukrainian.
- South Slavic languages: Slovene, Serbian, Croatian, Bosnian, Macedonian, Bulgarian.
- West Slavic Languages: Polish, Czech, Slovak, Kashubian, Upper Sorbian, Lower Sorbian.
This is the reason why on the one hand Russian, Ukrainian an Belarusian are similar languages, and on the other hand, there is a lot of common with the other languages mentioned.
My best friend, for example, has Croatian origin, and it’s very funny to note the words and expressions we have in common in both languages.
Do you speak another Slavic language? Do you feel the similarities? Tell us!