№291 по английскому языку за 11 класс Н.В. Юхнель, Е.Г. Наумова, Н.В. Демченко
авторы: Н.В. Юхнель, Е.Г. Наумова, Н.В. Демченко
Учебник по английскому языку 11 класс Н.В. Юхнель. Страница 291
In my experience, such as it is, Belarusians are extremely sociable both amongst themselves and with visitors. I remember meeting a man who travelled throughout the world for the Ford Motor Company and visited Belarus frequently. He told me that Belarusians were the most hospitable people he had encountered. Many is the time that, as a stranger, I have visited a village and spontaneously been invited into a house for dinner which was always generous.
Compared to the people in many western countries Belarusians are not materialistic. This is not to say that they do not want a car, good clothes and a nice apartment. Certainly younger people, and many of their elders, have embraced new technology and have up to date cell phones and computers but consumerism does not come close in scale to what is found, say, in Europe or the States. Not many people think of shopping as a leisure activity. Over time though, this may change as the market economy develops.
One thing that always impresses foreign visitors to Belarus is the strong sense of community. Belarus is a country that, throughout its history has suffered many hardships. People have survived because of their network of family and friends. In fact, it often seems to me, that there is little distinction made between family and friends. Wherever my wife and I have travelled throughout the country it seems that we always find a connection with someone who knows my wife or her family and will always put themselves out for us.
There is a high respect for education and culture. Most houses and apartments I have visited have a large number of books and conversation is often about complex and intellectual topics. Teachers are highly respected and viewed as professionals. I have visited many schools and am always struck by the politeness of the students and the good order and discipline of the classrooms.
The countryside holds a special place in the hearts of Belarusians. Even though Belarus has become increasingly urbanised and industrialised there always remains a link to rural life. On the weekends during the spring, summer and early autumn Minsk seems to empty out as urbanites go to their dachas. They garden, fish and the more courageous pick mushrooms.