Belarus's two official languages are Russian and Belarusian; Russian is the most common language used at home, used by 70% of the population, while Belarusian, the official first language, is spoken at home by 23%. Minorities also speak Polish, Ukrainian and Eastern Yiddish.
Taraškievica or Belarusian Classical Orthography (pronounced [taraʂˈkʲɛvʲit͡sa], Belarusian: тарашкевіца / клясычны правапіс) is a variant of orthography of the Belarusian language, based on the literary norm of the modern Belarusian language, the first normalization of which was made by Branisłaŭ Taraškievič in 1918, and was in official use in Belarus until the Belarusian orthography reform of 1933.
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For some time in the 1920s, Yiddish was an official language in East Belarus along with Belarusian, Polish and Russian. Yakov Gamarnik , a Ukrainian Jew, was First Secretary of the Communist Party of Belorussia (i.e. the de facto head of state) from December 1928 to October 1929.
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- 78,859 Belarusian immigrants to Israel (in the years 1989-2013)
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Turkmen (türkmençe, түркменче, تۆرکمنچه , [tʏɾkmøntʃø] or türkmen dili, түркмен дили, تۆرکمن ديلی , [tʏɾkmøn dɪlɪ]), also referred to as Turkmen Turkic or Turkmen Turkish, is a Turkic language spoken by the Turkmens of Central Asia, mainly of Turkmenistan, Iran and Afghanistan.