A bit about Rusyn

I know its similar to Ukrainian (sometimes considered a dialect) but I haven't seen it here

Are there any speakers here?

--I decided to expand this a bit to help you understand more about Rusyn--

The Rusyn language also known as Ruthene or Ruthenian, is an East Slavic language spoken by approximately 62,000 people across the Carpathian region of Eastern Europe most of whom are ethnic Rusyns. There language is sometimes considered a dialect of the Ukrainian language but it uses its own form of the Cyrillic alphabet and more resembles pre-Soviet Ukrainian and has more loanwords from languages such as German, Polish and Hungarian. It is most closely related to the Canadian dialect of Ukrainian also known as Kanads'ko-ukrayins'ka. Today it enjoys status as a minority language in the Czech Republic, Serbia, Slovakia and Ukraine.

Slovakia is home to the most Rusyn speakers at about 33,000 (over half of the population):

It is also widely spoken in Vojdovina, Serbia:

There are eight main dialects of Rusyn. They are:

  • Hutsul, which is spoken in Southern Ukraine and Northern Romania.

  • Boyko, which is spoken on the northern side of the Carpthian Mountains in the L'viv and Ivano-Frankivsk Oblasts and also across the border in Poland.

  • Lemko, which is spoken outside Ukraine in the Prešov Region of Slovakia along the southern side of the Carpathian Mountains. It is currently being revived in Poland.

  • Dolynian and Subcarpathian, these dialects are spoken the Zakarpattia Oblast in Ukraine

  • Priashiv is also spoken in Prešov along with Lemko.

  • Pannonian and Bačka are spoken in Vojdovina, Serbia and also in parts of Croatia.

The alphabet is more close to the Russian orthography as Rusyns separated from Ukrainians before the spelling reforms.

You can read more here:

February 5, 2017


You're right, it doesn't seem to be on the language request thread yet, and it does have an ISO693-3 code. You could get in contact with Lrtward or Jrikhal, and ask for it to be added.

February 5, 2017

Thank you :)

February 5, 2017

It's added to the list! Thank you for bringing that to my attention :)

February 5, 2017

Thank you have a lingot! :D

February 6, 2017

Rusyn is currently not a koine language but rather contains a few variations, similar to Norwegian (Bokmaal/Nynorsk) and Sorbian (Upper/Lower). I've been studying the Lemko (variant of Rusyn) and am currently working on how to teach it to English speakers, with intention to procede with an application to get it on Duolingo. There is currently a Rusyn revival movement in Slovakia, Poland and Serbia, so I presume the other variants may make it on Duolingo eventually. But at the current moment, I will try to get the Lemko-Rusyn into Duolingo. I'd like for people to know it and for the culture to be carried on, especially since I am a Lemko.

December 9, 2017

Speaking of Rusyn....

I've been brushing up on my French here on Duolingo to get my written verb endings back in shape (speaking and listening aren't the same as writing), and decided to start learning Russian and Ukrainian to learn Cyrillic because Rusyn wasn't on the list.

My grandmother was fluent in what she called 'Ruthenian' (she emigrated in the early 1900's). My grandfather's last name and place of birth indicate he was probably Rusyn as well (they would speak to each other in what I assume was Rusyn). I know phrases, names of foods, etc. that are all Rusyn, I believe. They were from the East Prešov area; my grandmother considered it part of Ukraine. I've watched the YouTube Lemko lessons. My grandmother never used the hard 3rd variant referred to in the very first lesson, if that helps. I'd really like to add my voice to vote for Rusyn as part of Duolingo.

My biggest question would be - in Lemko Rusyn, what are pierogies called? Phonetically, my grandmother called them 'pedaheh'. It sounded completely different than pierogies, and people always thought my family was neither Ukrainian (varenyki) or Slovakian (pirohy). I do know a few people, not related, whose families call them what mine do...

February 19, 2019

Hello. I'm so happy that someone is interested in Rusyn language, it's my mother language though. Pirohy are ruthenian dish and are very delicious

February 20, 2019

My grandmother also called them pedehe. I think it's still something like пироги, but the г softens a lot, almost to an English H sound, and the P(R)-sound hardens like it does in Japanese. And some slight vowel changes.

June 11, 2019

Yay! My grandparents as far as I knew were from Poland, Ukraine, and Slovakia... but all from the dark blue part on that map!
I think that makes me a Lemko too?

How will I know when this is added? Thank you!

January 23, 2018

Quite possible. For the time being, check out "Lemko Language Lessons" on Youtube. The channel has a few lessons for beginners

May 12, 2018

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    I like Rusyn folk music, and I would like to learn this language more!

    January 20, 2018

    This girl says that she is Rusyn. May someone say is she singing in rusin language?

    June 9, 2019
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