The Belarusian language is sweet and melodious even though you can’t hear Belarusian words on streets very often. Let’s fix this!
Here are 15 words that will cater for different life situations. Why not learn them and surprise your Belarusian friends?
1. “Fajna” means cool, topnotch and super-duper!
When a friend asks you to a cool night out in Minsk or Grodno, you respond “Fajna!”
2. “Samota” is a feeling of sadness, melancholy, vague anxiety. It also means a pleasant but poignant longing for something important and intimate.
Remember Lana’s “summertime sadness”? That’s samota 100%.
3. “Zahaplennie” is when you feel fascinated and charmed by something or someone – an impressive landscape or a your favourite actor or actress.
4. “Piashchota” is the word used to describe tenderness, limitless delicacy, mother’s care and a sense of light and warmth.
The adjective from it would be “piashchotny”.
5. “Trymciennie” stands for awe, a pleasant or a disturbing tremor.
The word is often used in the sense of leaves’ trembling.
6. “Mroya” or “mroja” means airy dreams and pleasant fantasies, or daydreaming.
Which is useful and so pleasant sometimes!
7. “Impet” is what comes when you’re eager to turn your “mroja” into reality.
The word means assertiveness, commitment and driving force, motivation and creative energy discharge similar to inspiration.
8. “Gareza” stands for madcap, prankster or hellion.
Do you have a friend who is always ruining your perfect photos and falling into risky situations? Well, congrats, there’s a “gareza” in your company!
9. “Kali laska” is a Belarusian version of “you are welcome” but said in a tender and “piashchotny” way.
Try pronouncing this beautiful phrase!
10. “Znichka” or “znička” means a falling star.
And you can see many of those during hot summer night in Belarus!
11. “Dziakuj!” is how we say “Thank you!” in Belarusian.
Certainly a helpful word to know.
12. “Asaloda” is used to describe special sweetness and charm of the moment, or luxury of getting pleasure from life.
Sort of dolce vita!
13. “Pamiarkounasc” is a trait of character meaning towardness, tractability and tolerance.
The word describes Belarusians perfectly!
14. “Shchymliva” or “ščymliva” is an adverb that means сausing a feeling of heartache that can be pleasant and aching at the same time.
For example, many tourists feel so when leaving Belarus.
15. “Kachannie” is very easy to explain. Cause it’s the best feeling in the world!
Text by Nadzeya Prasvirava for BelarusFeed.
Video by TUT.BY.