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2013-10-19 07:07 am (UTC)
It is indeed! The similarity varies drastically -- sometimes I hear Russian and I mistake it for Serbian because they sound so similar, and sometimes I hear it and I don't even recognize it as Russian because I can't understand a single word. The alphabet is a little different, but you're right that there's a lot of overlap! I can generally piece together written Russian, at least in terms of pronunciation.
That's really neat! A lot of the languages in that area seem to be related a bit. I remember once I was watching a tennis stream and I kept thinking the commentary was in Russian because I could understand snatches here and there, but it turned out to be Ukrainian or something. Ugh, maybe I should have gone into linguistics instead of history - it's all so interesting! I could have written an article comparing profanity in different Slavic languages and had a grand time. :D
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, but there's no tennis, I'm afraid. Next year I'm thinking about nominating and requesting Sam Stosur/Simmone Morrow - or maybe Jelena Jankovic and/or Marion Bartoli and/or Laura Robson having adventures (I have a lot of favorites, haha) - but this year I forgot until after nominations. Ah well.
(HA, there really really are! It's fantastic. True story: when I was twelve years old, my godbrother showed me the South Park movie with Serbian subtitles. I learned QUITE A BIT OF FUN WORDS.)
Hahaha! I bet!
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