Rusyn (русиньский язык / русиньска бесїда)

Rusyn is an East Slavic language spoken in Slovakia, Serbia, Ukraine, Poland, Croatia, Hungary, Romania and the Czech Republic. In the year 2000 there were about 636,000 speakers of Rusyn, which is also known as Ruthene or Ruthenian in English.

Rusyn has two distinctive dialects: Carpatho-Rusyn, which is spoken in Ukraine and is closely related to Ukrainian and Russian; and Panonian-Rusyn, which is spoken in Slovakia, Hungary and the Serbian province of Vojvodina and is more closely related to West Slavic languages, particularly Slovak, with some influence from Hungarian. There are also speakers of Rusyn in the USA and Canada.

Rusyn alphabet and pronunciation

Rusyn alphabet and pronunciation

Corrections by Michael Peter F¨stumum

Download an alphabet chart for Rusyn (Excel)

Sample texts

Тож Шануйме Рідне Слово
Од Велика Аж До Мала
Вшытко Інше Зме Стратили
Лем Бесіда Нам Остала


Respect your native language
From the oldest to the youngest
While we've lost everything
Only our language has remained

Вшыткы люде ся родять як слободны і рівны в достойности і правах. Суть обдарованы розумом і сумлінём і мають робити в духу братства.

Translation provided by Максим Кебкало


Všutky ljude sja rodjat’ jak slobodny i rivny v dostojnosti i pravax. Sut’ obdarovany rozumom i sumlinëm i majut’ robiti v duxu bratstva.


All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
(Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)

Sample videos in Rusyn

Information about Rusyn | Phrases | Numbers


Information about the Rusyn language

Carpatho-Rusyn Society

World Academy of Rusyn Culture

Rusyn Radio

Free Cyrillic fonts

Slavic languages

Belarusian, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Kashubian, Knaanic, Macedonian, Montenegrin, Old Church Slavonic, Polish, Russian, Rusyn, Serbian, Silesian, Slovak, Slovenian, Sorbian, Ukrainian, West Polesian

Other languages written with the Cyrillic alphabet

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