Posted by Marco on September 28, 2003 at 04:31:40:
In Reply to: Russian and Ukranian languages posted by Tony Warren on August 01, 2003 at 10:38:22:
: How similar are Russian and Ukranian from a structural point of view? Are the similar in the same sense that Spanish and Portuguese are similar (generally the same grammar and language structures, just a different vocabulary and some differences in pronounciation.) Are dates, numbers, cases and gender similar? Or are the differences larger? Such as between Dutch and German, or even broader, such between Spanish and Italian.
In reply to your question:
Belorussian, Russian and Ukrainian are distinct languages that all belong to the East Slav branch of the Slavic language family. Belorussian and Ukrainian are the most closely related, and share a lot of phonics, vocabulary and grammatical forms that are unfamiliar to Russian, a result of Belarusians and Ukrainians living together, apart from Russians, for almost 300 years within the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.
Russians are having a lot of difficulty understanding Belorussian or Ukrainian.
In your comparison, I guess Russian and Ukrainian are about the same as Dutch and German or Spanish and Portuguese.
Any comments on this are highly welcome.
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