The old Soviet tradition dictates Belarusians to speak Russian in public places. Everyone understands Russian in Minsk; you can hear it virtually everywhere. One should know, though, that the Belarusian version of Russian language sounds a bit different than the original. Belarusians have different pronunciation that is easy to notice in such words as ‘dyeti (‘children’ in Russian) pronounced as [dzieci], or ‘gosti’ (‘guests’) – [hości]. Besides, there are some words in the local version of the Russian language that are not understood by Russians like ‘šufladka’ for Russian ‘yashchik’ (drawer). One word that should be a must for your understanding of Belarusian is ‘bulba’ (‘potato’). Belarusians often use it when they speak Russian instead of using the Russian word ‘kartoshka’.