Page F30 poll results on your favourite Slavic language

Saturday, August 13, 2011

The repeatedly extended reader poll on favourite Slavic language(s) has finally ended. Without an idea for a new poll just yet I let it go until it reached 300+ votes, a much more satisfying one than the original 100+ about a week after it first went up. The poll results are a bit of a surprise:

Which Slavic language(s) do you like the most? Select based on personal preference alone, not economic advantage / ease of learning, etc.

Russian 138 (45%)
Ukrainian 25 (8%)
Belarusian 8 (2%)
Czech 45 (14%)
Slovak 18 (5%)
Polish 56 (18%)
Bulgarian 26 (8%)
Macedonian 14 (4%)
Serbian, Croatian, Bosnian 88 (28%)
Slovenian / Slovene 26 (8%)

Votes so far: 305
Poll closed

The surprise (to me at least) is how little popularity Czech had compared to what I expected, and conversely how many votes Serbian/Croatian/Bosnian got. I had assumed that Bohemian imagery and popularity of the capital Prague would have given the language itself more votes than the relative population and bring it to third or maybe even second place, but this doesn't seem to be the case.

First let's rearrange them by popularity:

Russian 138 (45%)
Serbian, Croatian, Bosnian 88 (28%)
Polish 56 (18%)
Czech 45 (14%)
Bulgarian 26 (8%) and Slovenian / Slovene 26 (8%)
Ukrainian 25 (8%)
Slovak 18 (5%)
Macedonian 14 (4%)
Belarusian 8 (2%)


Russian at the top is no surprise. After that in terms of population would be Polish, then Ukrainian, and after that Serbian/Croatian/Bosnian, then maybe Czech or Bulgarian...after that it gets a bit difficult especially with Belarusian which is spoken as a second language even by a lot of Belarusians themselves.

New (and related) poll coming up in a few minutes...

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