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Learn Belarusian at Language Loop Chicago!

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What is the best way to learn Belarusian? A small Belarusian class? Private Belarusian instruction? A Belarusian Immersion week? You decide!

Belarusian is a Slavic language with about 7.5 million speakers in Belarus and is closely related to Russian and Ukrainian. Most Belarusians are bilingual in both Belarusian and Russian. Belarusian is spoken by abour 10 million people worldwide, with 6 million being from Belarus. Even though it is the “official language” about 75% of people in Belarus speak Russian as their native tongue. Our Belarusian faculty includes teachers from Minsk, Belarus.

We can create specialized vocabulary curriculum (Hospitality, Health, Business, Law, Construction, Food & Beverage, etc.) to meet specific language needs. Take Belarusian lessons at your location or in our office. And, when the famous Chicago weather allows, we conduct classes on our beautiful roof top. Language Loop gives you a unique opportunity to learn your new language in a private, professional, and relaxed environment.

 

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LANGUAGE LOOP’S BELARUSIAN PROGRAMS AND SERVICES:

Belarusian is a beautiful language. Are you ready to learn it?

Live Instruction (Face-to-Face): Belarusian lessons are offered for all proficiency levels. If you have background in Belarusian, please contact us to schedule a time for a free level evaluation.

INTENSIVE PROGRAMS

Dive & Survive in Belarusian-an Immersion Program:  Language Loop’s most intensive private course, Dive & Survive is the ideal program for frequent travelers. This course requires from students 7 hours per day, for 5 consecutive days. Complimentary lunch is included for every day of the program.

Group Intensive Belarusian Programs (2-5 students): These classes meet every day from Monday to Friday, 3 hours per lesson for the duration of:

2 weeks (30 hours of instruction)

3 weeks (45 hours of instruction)

4 weeks (60 hours of instruction)

 

 

PRIVATE COURSES

Private Belarusian Instruction: These lessons are one-on-one. Students enjoy flexible schedules. Each class meets for a minimum two hours.  Enroll in a customized program or take advantage of one of our packages designed with your language needs in mind.

Tutoring:  Tutoring includes private lessons and a flexible schedule. Class content is focused on particular aspects of the Belarusian language and the student’s needs.

Skype Lessons: If you prefer distance learning, we offer lessons via Skype.  Contact us for details.

 

GROUP CLASSES

Busy Loop Group (2-5 students): These classes meet once a week, two hours per lesson, for 8 weeks or students may choose to meet twice a week for 4 weeks to complete 16 hours of instruction.
(Schedule updates)

 

SEMI-PRIVATE COURSES

Semi-Private Belarusian Lessons: This course comprises of 2-3 students who wish to learn together, and who share the same proficiency level. This course features a flexible schedule.

 

OTHER PROGRAMS

Corporate Belarusian Private and Group Programs onsite or in our language center:  This program offers a flexible schedule. However, there is a minimum of two hours per class. Lessons are completely customized.

Belarusian Literature Courses:  Classes are private or in a small class setting.

Translation Services: Our team of experienced translators will be happy to assist you with the translation of documents in Belarusian.

 

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Facts About The Belarusian Language:

  • Belarusian is one of the East Slavic languages, and first appeared in the 1229 treaty between rulers of Smolensk, Riga, and Gotland.
  • Old Belarusian descended from the Old East Slavic languages.
  • Prior to Belarus gaining its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, the language was known in English as Byelorussian or Belorussian, transliterating the Russian name, белорусский язык, or alternatively as White Ruthenian or White Russian. Following independence, it became known also as Belarusian. *
  • An older form of Belarusian was used as the official language of administration in the 14th to 16th centuries in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, which included present-day Belarus as well as Lithuania and Ukraine. *
  • There are 7 million native Belarusian speakers.
  • The language is mainly spoken in Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, and Poland.
  • The Belarusian alphabet is a variant of the Cyrillic script, which was first used as an alphabet for the Old Church Slavonic language. The modern Belarusian form was identified in 1918, and consists of thirty-two letters. Prior to this, Belarusian had also been written in the Belarusian Latin alphabet (Łacinka / Лацінка) and the Belarusian Arabic alphabet. The Glagolitic script had been used, sporadically, until the 11th or 12th century. *

*Wikipedia

“Belarusian forms a link between the Russian and Ukrainian languages…” (Source: Britannica)

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