15 Important Belarusian Words And Phrases You Must Know

15 Important Belarusian Words And Phrases You Must Know
Belarusian words

History is very fascinating but it can also be difficult to read. There is also pain and suffering that humans had to endure in the past. Although things aren’t rosy everywhere today either, but our ancestors suffered the worst wars and plagues. The medical facilities were scarce, wars and conflicts were common, and basic necessities were not available to the majority. Reading all of that is no fun, which is why most people, despite being interested in history, don’t read it to avoid coming across horrifying details. One interesting aspect of the world’s history is the borders of different countries and how they changed throughout the years.

There are a few countries that did not go through too many changes. They saw more activity in the government of the state and their rulers changed every half a century. These lands remained occupied for the most part of their history and then gained independence and changed around their lives. Some of those lands never recovered from the oppression of their previous rulers and continue to suffer economically even today. There are also a few countries who were a part of various state at different points in history. Such countries were never allowed to develop an identity for themselves. They were always a part of one state or another.

The worst thing they had to face was the different systems of governments. If a democracy was put under the rule of a dictator, the citizens were definitely going to suffer. Communism and fascism were also some systems that were experimented on some lands and the public had to suffer as a result. Poverty reached an all time high, state censorship and control tactics kept people scared, and opportunities were extinct. When the results led to an overthrow of the government, the occupied states managed to gain the independence they had wanted for centuries.

Belarusian words

Belarus of today is not the same as it was a century ago. Its borders changed shape during the Polish-Soviet war of 1919-1921. The country suffered a lot of damages during the second World War. After the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Belarus declared independence, but it has been under an authoritarian rule since. The president of the state has been in power since 1994 and the elections held during his tenure have been termed unfair by the international community. Belarus is not considered a free country by most human rights organizations. It has the lowest ranking in Europe on the democracy index.

15 Important Belarusian Words and Phrases You Must Know:

Belarusian words

Belarusian is one of the two official languages of Belarus. It is also spoken in Poland, Ukraine, and Russia. In Russia, it is called “White Russian”. It is mutually intelligible with Russian and Ukrainian to some extent. But sadly, the language is at risk because the citizens of Belarus are more inclined towards Russia. Majority of the population of Belarus cannot write Belarusian which is why it appears as ‘vulnerable’ on UNESCO’s list of dying languages.

The language itself is pretty interesting and catches the attention of many linguists. Here are the fifteen important words and phrases in Belarusian that you must know:

 

  1. Pryvitannie:

Nothing starts without a ‘hello’, so say this word when you want to begin a conversation with a Belarusian.

  1. Fajna:

Do you want a fancy word for saying cool or super-duper? This is what you should go for. Fajna can also be said in response to a friend when they ask you to hang out with them.

  1. Zahaplennie:

Fascinated by an actress but don’t have the right word to express the feeling? This word is here to help you. You can also use it when you are fascinated by a landscape.

  1. Mroja:

If thinking of pleasant fantasies (in other words daydreaming) is your favorite pastime then you will love this word because that’s exactly what it means.

  1. Impet:

The commitment to do something is called impet. It is the creative energy that inspires you to get things done.

  1. Hareza:

Need a Belarusian word for your friend who is a prankster? Here is the best one for you.

  1. Dziakuj:

This is the word for ‘thank you’ and will be helpful if you plan on traveling to Belarus. There is nothing better than being polite to strangers.

  1. Prabatsce:

Where are your manners if you are not wondering about sorry? Well, there is no need, here is the Belarusian word for it.

  1. Yak spravy?

This is how you ask someone ‘how are you?’ in Belarus. This is the first step of getting to know someone.

  1. Kachannie:

This word may not look very cute but it does mean love and that will change your perception about it.

  1. Znichka:

You can say plenty of shooting stars on summer nights in Belarus and this is the word you can use for them in Belarusian.

  1. Kali laska:

This means ‘You are welcome’ but in a much more tender sense.

  1. Piaščotny:

This is the adjective you can use to describe something’s tenderness and warmth.

  1. Da pabachennia:

Bidding them farewell? Say this and they will know you are leaving.

  1. Heta nailepshaya kraina u svetse!

“This is the best country in the world’ is something you can say about any state but once you visit Belarus, you won’t be able to help but say this about it.

Hopefully you will enjoy this little Belarusian lesson.

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