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What are the major differences between Belorussian and Russian?

I'm just curious to know

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Belarussian language is close to russian, but the major difference in pronunciation. I think that belarussian language more beautiful, more melodical. And belarussian language alike with ukrainian very much! 
The funny question is -- do you think Russians would agree that Belarussian is more beautiful and melodious?...

That's interesting.  Can Russians essentially speak Belorussian?  Are the differences more like American English and British English?  Or are the differences more like Spanish and Italian? 

the difference is that belorussians live in Belorussia, and russians in Russia. Belorussian, russian and ukrainian are pretty similar languages. They have almost identical grammar rules and orthography. But.. but they are still different languages. With different words, letters. It differs much than US from GB. Our languages are older then US, so I can suppose that sooner or later US will less look like British english. If you're a ukrainian and you lived some time at Belorussia you WILL be able to understand everything you hear, and speak in a "not that bad" way.

 Ukrainians will understand belarussian, but russian people will understand not all. Our language is called "trasyanka"(трасянка)-it means russian+belarussian language, thats why russian, belarussian and ukrainian alike.

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Rusiian is more beautiful than Belorussian, I believe ^__^
and it is developed better )

yes, Russian, Ukrainian and Belorussian appeared from Old Russian about 500 years ago
BrE and AmE parted not as long ago
and I think that Spanish and Italian appeared about 3000 yrs ago (not sure about it, but it was long ago)

decide yourself, which are closer

Russians cannot understand Belarusians but Belarusians can understand 90% Ukrainian speech, and about 75% Polish speech. Most Belarusians also speak Russian, although (arguably) they have a version of their own called trasianka. The trasianka is generally looked down at by more educated people.
 

Culture, mentality, language...

First of all I want to say that each language is beautiful and unique!!!
   The distinction between Russian and Belarusian languages is essential: in an alphabet, in grammar, in phonetics, in a dictionary, etc.
   In my opinion Russian and Belarusian are comparable with Italian and Spanish. Languages have an Common Slavic basis as Latin is for the European languages. However Russian and Belarusian developed absolutely separately. I think Belarusian is closer to Polish and Ukrainian than Russian. First of all languages have a lot of similar words. Then Poles, Ukrainians and Belarusians (provided that they speak Belarusian) understand each other very well while Russians understand separate words. This fact conveys a great deal. Example from my work: the Polish drivers always asked to speak Belarusian because of the best understanding.
    And some words about trasyanka)
    Trayasyanka is Russian with the Belarusian accent and inserts of Belarusian words. IT IS NOT THE BELARUSIAN LANGUAGE. Unfortunately the greater part of the population speaks trasyanka.
But I know many young people and cultural figures who speak Belarusian at home and at work. I would be glad if more foreigners began studying Belarusian. I hope you will come to our country and will see what a friendly we are))

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