What about the interslavic language?
Imagine going to Christmas in Russia or Poland or enjoying the summer in Croatia or Slovenia knowing only one language with which you can communicate in the 13 existing Slavic countries. Well, this language exists and is the interslavic, summarizing it as much as possible the interslavic is like a Slavic Esperanto.
It was created in 2006 by Ondrej Rečnik, Gabriel Svoboda, Jan van Steenbergen, Igor Polyakov, Vojtěch Merunka and Steeven Radzikowski with the aim of creating a language that can connect all speakers of Slavic languages (approximately 400 million).
It is a relatively new language but it could be of great interest for both business and politics. It is necessary to accept that Esperanto is a great ambition very difficult to get the whole planet to speak that language but with the interslavic the same doesn't happen, since being quite easy to learn for a speaker of a Slavic language, it could be implanted in the educational centers (although that idea seems to be far away :p).
The only way that this great language can be driven and popularized is by ordinary people like us, who love languages, if there is anyone who knows this language or is willing to learn the language and help create a course, write in the comments. If you don't want to contribute to the course but you would be interested in learning the language I would like you to share the idea through different places or like this comment so that it can be viewed in the forum and more people could know more about this language. Greetings! ^^
Learning another Slavic language is more beneficial than learning an "international" language spoken only by enthusiasts.
Yes, but I do not natively speak any Slavic language and all 13 of them look equally like an unsurmountable mountain to me (we have 6-12 verb tenses in Portuguese depending on how you define them, but no cases - Latin and German are already a struggle! -, and do not let me begin on neuter gender), and also equally like remote possibilities - I just want to know the basics in case I ever visit the countries in question, or need to read a news article or some Wikipedia page. I am 6,25% Kashubian, but that is also the hardest Slavic language due to lack of resources into learning it and having to do it from Polish.
In my opinion the problem with Slavic languages is that Polish, Silesian and Kashubian will always stand aside because Poland was outside of the influence of Old Church Slavonic which itself made impact on the rest of Slavic languages. So all attempts of an interslavic language will look as kind of Russian/Bulgarian or Serbo-Croatian and they will hardly be understood by Poles :(
For the record, I would recommend someone to learn Neolatino before learning Portuguese, Spanish or Italian. Creates more of a clean slate at the beginning and keeps people from making portuñol and similar constructs.
It's basically Interlingua but with Slavic languages instead of Romance languages. It's a good idea.
Since I ended up starting to learn Russian and Polish at the same time (bad idea, I know. It's a long story), I'm curious to see if I'll end up speaking either language or a weird version of Interslavic... XD
As someone as involved in Esperanto as I am, this comment may surprise some, but I think Interslavic is not a good choice for a learner's first Slavic language. I love the idea, but a learner would be much better served learning a language with multiple fluent speakers and a good choice of materials. Every time that I think I'd like to learn some Interslavic, I think I should dust off my Croatian instead.
My advice, pick one or two Slavic languages and dabble in them using many different materials to learn. Once you're around A2 or B1 in one of them, then try learning Interslavic.
I'm absolutely agree with you, that's why I wrote that for a native slavic speaker this language should be easier to study, but if you want to learn, you can do it. :D
You know that internet phenomenon where people see an original post, skip the comments and then post a reaction - not seeing that a dozen people already said exactly the same thing? I confess that my comment here is sort of the opposite. That is, I skimmed over your OP, read a few of the reactions, and then decided to comment based much on my reading of the comments, even if I didn't exactly study the OP in detail.
I think it's easy to underestimate how difficult it is to learn a language without resources or speakers. English speakers who want to learn Esperanto have at least a few decent textbooks to choose from, plus anybody who really wants to can spend time with fluent speakers and pick up the language from them, but I've tried at times to learn other planned or constructed languages but without success - because the resources were limited (or just plain bad.) It's almost certain that Interslavic suffers from the same problems.
the interslavic is like a Slavic Esperanto.
Well, I certainly wouldn't suggest that to learn Esperanto one should learn a different language first. Esperanto is also not meant to be understood by people who haven't studied it yet -- so if it's like a Slavic Esperanto, it is such only in the most superficial way.
It is necessary to accept that Esperanto is a great ambition very difficult to get the whole planet to speak that language but with the interslavic the same doesn't happen, since being quite easy to learn for a speaker of a Slavic language, it could be implanted in the educational centers
Sometimes the medium is the message. If you meant to pitch this as an idea for native speakers of Slavic languages, why post about it here in English? Post instead in Polish or Russian or ... Interslavic.
Nice to see we agree somewhat. I really should work on my Croatian. :-)
I love the idea, though I wonder if it could ever take off.
Do you have any links to materials?
Currently there are not many links to learn it, at this time I use the online dictionary: http://steen.free.fr/interslavic/dynamic_dictionary.html It's a little boring study with that. And searching on YouTube you can find some videos...but if I find something else I'll let you know ;)
Old Church Slavonic was in reality the Old Bulgarian dialect of Slavic language so not really. It was used in the Eastern Europe in the same fashion as Latin in the Western Europe.
Old Bulgarian was by far the closest, but not the same thing.
Church Slavonic was designed by SS C&M to be mutually intelligible with the existing tongues, which meant something similar to, but not the same, as old Bulgarian.
My native language is Polish and I find it more "distorted" than the other Slavic languages and I can understand Interslavic only because I know Russian. :P
The same. I can understand only what is similar to what I know from Russian.
Right now on Memrise, I've started "Slovene" and "Luxembourgish" and I'm really enjoying learning the languages. I'm wondering if they do put this interslavic on I'll be able to grasp it better. :) Any language added is GREAT! :) Enjoy your language learning journey! :)
Nice idea. Since I often go to the East European countries (hence learning Russian and Hungarian) I would be interested.
It sounds like a great idea for people who speak a little bit of many Slavic languages. (Or maybe not. My Slovak relatives used to be able to speak to Poles and Russians in Slovak and understand them.) I, however, am not good enough at a first Slavic language to start a generic one!
Interslavic already exists. There's some fun videos on YouTube where various Slavic speakers try to understand a speaker of Interslavic.
I would stick with Russia than anything else. All the other Slavic languages will follow.
It's a cool idea, but not concrete enough for learners who don't know Slavic languages.
I am Slovak and never heard of this language. However, I would love for Duolingo to offer Slovak as another option to learn a Slavic language. Would love to help as much as I can. Any idea?