You are here

Belarusian language: why does it attract Belarusians and linguists from abroad?

Rich lexicon, unique history and interesting facts of the Belarusian language always attracted attention of both Belarusians and linguists from abroad.

Imagine: the Belarusian language has three alphabets at once: Cyrillic, Latin and Arabic. The first appeared at the same time as the Old Belarusian language and remains the most popular alphabet now. The Arabic one appeared in the 16th century, when Tatars left their own letters after their invasion of the Belarusian land. The Latin alphabet was used in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania.

Having withstood all the tests of time, the Belarusian language rose like Phoenix from its ashes in the late 19th century. In the 20th century, it even was used in the newspapers, books, scientific studies and documents. Its main value, the folk speech, was kept as well.

The live folk speech is a faithful guardian of the language. However, it is considered as the state language only due to the presence of its literary form. The famous Belarusian writers Yanka Kupala, Yakub Kolas, Maksim Bahdanovich made an invaluable contribution to its development.

In the summer 2017, the 135th anniversary of the birth of Kupala will be celebrated. His works will be read all over the world. The first national poet of Belarus could easily rhyme the sound of the wind or the rustling of leaves on his native language.

MORE: Foreign diplomats read poems in Belarusian

Five million people consider the Belarusian language their mother tongue. This means that the language is still heard on the Belarusian land as many centuries ago.

The Belarusian romantic writer Uladzimir Karatkievich quote: “Those who forgot their ancestors lose themselves. Those who forgot their language lose everything”.

Belarusian language: why does it attract Belarusians and linguists from abroad?