Let s talk about Belarus.
Let’s talk about our country. What can you tell me about our Motherland?
Belarus is my Homeland. It is a country with unique history and rich cultural heritage. Officially it is called the Republic of Belarus, a sovereign independent state with its own government, constitution, state emblem, flag and anthem. Belarus is situated nearly in the centre of Europe and borders on Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Russia and the Ukraine. The territory of Belarus is 207.6 thousand square kilometres. Its population is about 10 million people. The largest cities are Minsk, the capital, Gomel, Vitebsk, Mogilev, Grodno and Brest. Belarus is a country of rivers, lakes and forests. The longest river is the Dnieper. The largest lake is Lake Naroch. The largest forest is Belovezhskaya Pushcha. The climate of Belarus is temperate and mild. My country is a developed industrial state. Its enterprises produce tractors and automobiles, motor-cycles, TV-sets and many other goods. Beautiful Belarusian scenery and unique history attract a lot of tourists. There are a lot of famous people among Belarusians: writers and poets, politicians and cosmonauts, artists and sportsmen. They are historic figures and our contemporaries whom we are proud of.
What parts of Belarus have you visited?
I have visited a few towns in Belarus such as Minsk, Mogilev, Grodno but most of all I was impressed by my visit to Belovezhskaya Pushcha. As you know there is the Residence of Ded Moroz (Slavic Santa Clause) in Belovezhskaya Pushcha and we saw European Bisons there.
What questions do you expect to hear from a British teenager?
Where is Belarus situated?
What city is the capital?
Do people of Belarus speak Belarusian?
What places are worth seeing in Belarus?
I wonder people of what nationalities live in Belarus?
What sights would you recommend to visit in Belarus?
What dishes would you recommend me to eat in Belarus?
What Belarusian sights would you advise a foreigner to visit?
If I were you I would visit the National Library of Belarus, Mir and Nes- vizh castles and Lake Naroch. Mir castle is a UNESCO World Heritage site in Belarus. Brest fortress is a must for those who are interested in our history.
To my mind you should visit Belovezhskaya Pushcha, a beautiful national park, where you can see a lot of rare species of animals and birds, for example the European bison the oldest trees in Europe, the forest features the residence of Grandfather Frost, known as Ded Moroz, the Eastern Slavic Santa Claus.
Do you think it is important to follow our grandparents’ traditions?
Traditions are a part of our culture, so we should carefully observe them. We must respect our ancestors to feel that we are one nation. Such holidays as Kupalle, Dziady, Kaliady are wonderful examples of our rich Belarusian culture. We are responsible for this heritage and shouldn’t forget our history.