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Useful Belarusian phrases

A collection of useful phrases in Belarusian, an Eastern Slavic language spoken mainly in Belarus.

You can see these phrases in many other languages by clicking on the English versions.

Key to abbreviations: inf = informal, frm = formal.

English Беларуская мова (Belarusian)
Welcome Вiтаем (Vitajem) - We greet you
Прывiтанне (Pryvitańnie) - Greetings
Hello (General greeting) Вітаю (Vitaju)
Дзень добры (Dzień dobry)
Дабрыдзень (Dabrydzień)
Прывітанне (Pryvitańnie) - inf
How are you? Як справы? (Jak spravy?) - inf
Як маесься (Jak majeśsia?) - inf
Як маецеся (Jak majeciesia?) - frm
Reply to 'How are you?' Добра, дзякуй (Dobra, dziakuj)
What's your name? Як цябе клічуць?(Jak ciabie kličuć?) - inf
Як вас завуць? (Jak vas zavuć?) - frm
My name is ... Мяне клічуць ... (Mianie kličuć ...)
Where are you from? Адкуль вы? (Adkuĺ vy?)
I'm from ... Я з ... (Ja z ...)
Pleased to meet you Прыемна пазнаёміцца
(Pryjemna paznajomicca)
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Добрай раніцы (Dobraj ranicy)
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Добры вечар (Dobry večar)
Good night Дабранач (Dabranač)
Goodbye
(Parting phrases)
Да пабачэньня (Da pabačeńnya)
Убачымся (Ubačymsia)
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
За здароў'е (Za zdaroŭje)
Have a nice day Добрага дня! (Dobraha dnia)
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Смачна есьці! (Smačna jeści!)
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
Добрай дарогi! (Dobraj darohi!)
I understand Разумею (Razumieju)
I don't understand Не разумею (Nie razumieju)
Yes Так (Tak)
No Не (Ne)
Maybe Mожа быць (Moža być)
I don't know Я не ведаю (Ja nie viedaju)
Please speak more slowly Калi ласка, размаўляйце павольней!
(Kał łaska, razmaŭlajcie pavolniej!)
Please say that again
Please write it down
Do you speak English? Вы кажаце па англіскі?
(Vy kažacie pa anhliski?)
Do you speak Belarusian? Ці размаўляеце па-беларуску?
(Ci razmaŭlajecie pa-biełarusku?)
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
Так (Tak)
Speak to me in Belarusian
How do you say ... in Belarusian?
Excuse me Даруйце (Darujcie)
Перапрашаю (Pieraprašaju)
How much is this? Колькі? (Kolki?)
Sorry Прабачце (Prabačcie)
Выбачайце (Vybačajcie)
Please Калі ласка (Kali łaska)
Thank you Дзякуй (Dziakuj)
Дзякую вам (Dziakuju vam)
Шчыры дзякуй (Ščyry dziakuj)
Reply to thank you Няма за што (Niama za što)
Where's the toilet? Дзе туалет? (Dzie tualet?)
Падкажыце, калі ласка, дзе тут прыбіральня?
(Padkažycie, kali łaska, dzie tut prybiralnia?)
I love you Я цябе кахаю (Ja ciabie kachaju)
Help! Дапамога (Dapamoha!)
Christmas and New Year greetings З Божым нараджэннем
(Z Božym naradžeńniem)
Шчаслівых Калядау
(Ščaślivych Kaladau)
З Новым годам i Калядамi
(Z Novym hodam i Kaladami)
Easter greetings Са Святам Вялікадня
(Sa Sviatam Vialikadnia)
Хрыстос уваскрос
(Chrystos uvaskros) - 'Christ is riseń
Сапраўды ўваскрос
(Sapraŭdy ŭvaskros) - 'Truly he is riseń
Birthday greetings З днём нараджэння
(Z dniom naradžeńnia)
My hovercraft is full of eels
Why this phrase?
Маё судна на паветранай падушцы поўна вуграмі
(Majo sudna na pavietranaj padušcy poŭna vuhrami)

Recordings provided by Александр Баранов, Дмитрий Гилелес and Andrew. Corrections to the transliteration by Michael Peter Füstumum

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Links

Collections of Belarusian phrases (some with audio)
http://www.pravapis.org/art_phrases1.asp
http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/other/quickfix/belarusian.shtml
http://www.belarusguide.com/dictionaries/engblr/special.html

Belarusian learning software
http://www.linguashop.com/belarusian-courses

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