According to Wikipedia, nearly four million people speak Belarusian as a primary language, although another three million speak it regularly. While not considered a major world language, it is still a common language for business transactions and professional interactions in certain parts of the world. This includes Belarus, Russia, Poland, and the Ukraine, although it may be used in small pockets of the world elsewhere, and Belarusian is very similar to the primary languages in these countries.

Belarusian has two major dialects: North-Eastern and South-Western, and several sub-dialects: Middle Belarusian and West Palyesian. The region mostly dictates the dialect spoken, but keep in mind that only 90% of Belarusians actually speak the language. Before beginning a project, make sure that this language is what is needed instead of Russian or Ukrainian, for instance.

In addition to Belarusian, the language has been known throughout the years by other names.The name of the language depends on era, location of the speaker, and whether the translation is literal. Some names also depend on the traditional view of the speaker, such as Great Lithuanian. Other names include:

  • Belarusan
  • Belarussian
  • Byelarussian
  • Byelorussian
  • Belorussian
  • Bielorussian
  • White Ruthenian
  • Great Lithuanian
  • Kryvian
  • KrivianBelarusan
  • Belarussian
  • Byelarussian
  • Byelorussian
  • Belorussian
  • Bielorussian
  • White Ruthenian
  • Great Lithuanian
  • Kryvian
  • Krivian
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