Can Slavic people generally understand each other's languages?

I have heard that Slavic languages under the same branch, such as Polish, Czeck and Slovak of West Slavic Branch or Russian, Ukrainian and Belarusian of East Slavic Branch, can quite close and similar and their speakers can generally understand each other, just like Spanish and Portugese.

Is that true?


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Most Helpful Guy

  • I don't know if they can fully understand but my polish friend understood this one Russian girl when she was speaking Russian. He said something about understanding some words or phrases.

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What Girls Said 3

  • I'm Polish and I don't really have trouble understanding other Slavic languages. Of course it's not easy, but some words sound exactly the same.

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  • Some of them.

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  • They can understand words and/or phrases.

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What Guys Said 2

  • A lot of them would know russian from the time of occupations.

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  • My experience is that most slavic countries such as poland, Lithuania, estonia just have better language education and some can speak five languages such as Russian and German.

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