Learn Belarusian

Learn Belarusian phrases and sentences by selecting the phrases that you want to learn from the list. These cover a wide variety of Belarusian topics, including the numbers in Belarusian, days in Belarusian, Belarusian greetings and Belarusian months. The Belarusian phrases have audio recorded by a native speaker.

Belarusian phrases

A few first words. 1, A few first words. 2, Buying things. General phrases, Colours, Countries, Communication problems, Conversation. Introductions, Conversation. Small talk. 1, Conversation. Small talk. The weather, Days of the week, Directions. 1, Directions. 2, Eating phrases, Emergencies, Family, Food and drink. 1, Food and drink. 2, Food and drink. 3, Fruit and Vegetables, Getting around. 1, Getting around. 2, Months of the year, Numbers. 1 to 10, Numbers. 11 to 20, Numbers. 20 to 100, Parts of the body, Sightseeing, Somewhere to stay, Telling the time, Words to do with food. General.

Belarusian language learning games

As well as the flashcards for the Belarusian phrases on the right, there are additional learning games for colours, days, fruit, months, numbers and vegetables in Belarusian.

Colours

Fruit and Vegetables

Months

Numbers. 1 to 10

Numbers. 1 to 20

Belarusian Vocabulary Builder

Increase your Belarusian vocabulary with some extremely common Belarusian nouns with flashcards or multiple choice.

Belarusian

Belarusian (also known as white Russian) has between 6 and 9 million speakers in Belarus and surrounding countries.

The Belarusian alphabet is written in a version of cyrillic. Surface Languages allows you to learn either using Cyrliic or by using a romanized version of the Belarusian aplhabet.

Belarusian has historically been written using the Latin (and arabic) alphanets. Łacinka is the common name of the several historical alphabets used to write Belarusian (Cyrillic) text in Latin or romanized script. Łacinka is similar to the Sorbian alphabet, incorporating features of the Polish and Czech alphabets including diacritics such as ś and ż.

Belarusian is closely related to Russian and distinguished by a characteristic sound pattern and large numbers of Polish loan words.

Most (almost all?) Belarussians also speak Russian fluently - perhaps in a way comparable to the use of Welsh in Wales.

Related languages

Belarusian is an East Slavic language. Other East Slavic languages include Ukrainian and Russian. The East Slavic languages are mutually intelligible to a degree (as can be seen to some extent from the phrases on Surface languages).

Numbers in particular illustrate the similarities between these languages and can be found both in Cyrillic and romanized versions on Surface Languages.

More distantly related Slavic languages (from the Western and South Slavic branches) include (South Slavic) Bosnian, Bulgarian and Macedonian and (West Slavic) Czech, Polish and Slovak.

Audio

The Belarusian audio was supplied by Dmitry Slomov who also runs www.courseofrussian.com. This is an excellent resource for learning Russian with 60 units and audio.

Resources

Fundamentals of modern Belarusian vitba.org/fofmb/introduction.html