TRASIANKA

A language mish-mash created by using both the Belarusian and Russian words in one speech is called trasianka. Even if you speak some Russian, you may get confused in a shop when a seller will quickly tell you how much to pay in a thick Belarusian accent. That’s especially tricky for foreign students who come to Belarus to learn Russian.

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“This is the wrong Russian language!” an Iranian student wrote in her essay about Belarus. “They pronounce sounds differently from those that I learned when I studied Russian in Tajikistan,” another student writes. If you’re keen to hear how this ‘wrong Russian’ sounds, visit Kamaroŭski Market in Minsk.

Kamaroŭski market

Listen carefully to those who sell regional produce, such as meat chops or cottage cheese. They come to Minsk from different regions and many of them have peculiar accents.   Видео-эссе №2 "Камароўка" / Video Essay №2 "Kamarouka" from Andrey Levkovitch on Vimeo.
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  • Address: 8 Charužaj St.
  • Opening hours: Tue-Sun from 09:00 till 19:00
  • Website: Kamaroŭski market