so I've started to get a bit more of an interest in slavic languages lately, and since they seem to be a group of interest to many here I thought this would be an interesting topic for many people, perhaps... anyway, I started russian because I thought it'd be helpful with my studies of certain languages and because many resources are available in it, but since I've started studying it, I've started to really like it. I've since started to become curious about other slavic languages... so I went to the library the other day and got some books on Polish, Czech, Slovak, and Serbian. Here are a few of my observations about them regarding my own interests:
really long, odd-looking words with what seems like 4-6 consonants in a row possible (though I realize this is merely a feature of the orthogdraphy)
nasal vowels, this is an interesting feature to me
an active form of the verb być in present tense (not available in russian)
latin alphabet (preferred spelling standard for latin alphabet relative to other slavic langs using the latin alphabet)
the feel of this one kinda bugs me a little... I'm not sure why exactly, but Slovak just feels a little nicer to me... perhaps it's the way the words look or the grammar used...
I don't really have much of an opinion about czech, it didn't really strike me as a very interesting language...
I've been told this has features of both western slavic and southern slavic languages... I noticed this a little bit in the forms of the być verb (I'm using the polish spelling regardless of language for the latin alphabet standard for this verb) I didn't look too much further into the language besides that the words look a little nicer to me than the Czech ones and that the być verb resembles southern slavic langs a bit more...
I love Serbian's cyrillic alphabet, but I don't like how the latin alphabet is also usable for this language, as the cyrillic alphabet seems more than sufficient and looks much nicer to me than the latin version for this language... the idea of tones in this language seems a bit odd for me and the words feel really simplified compared to the other slavic langs...
I looked into this one a bit... the lack of cases kinda bores me for a slavic lang as this seems to me a major feature of the slavic family so without it, this language feels a bit lacking... it also seems to use the cyrillic letter for the u in bulgarian a bit excessively for my liking...
I'm curious about the other cyrillic languages and your opinions about them...
a few things I like and/or don't mind about russian compared to what I said about the previous languages:
it uses the cyrillic alphabet (major plus)
I like the way it makes use of the soft sign to indicate palatalization
I prefer the other slavic languages' verb conjugation style, but I like the russian verbs themselves better, they feel cleaner than the western slavic ones
I like russian grammar, though the noun inflection system seems a little messy... basically I like the use of prepositions and words like chto-to and kto-nibud and whatnot, but the inflectional system for certain groups of commonly used words (like demonstratives and pronouns and whatnot) seems a bit messy...
I don't mind the variable stress, it gives the language character and has an interesting feel... however, I could do without the large amount of odd exceptional word changes like drug -> druzja, etc.
I haven't checked out many of the eastern slavic langs yet, but I intend to look into them more... based on what I've said thus far about these langs, do you have any suggestions for ones I might like?
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