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. Belarusian, although not as widely used as Russian, is the mother tongue of 53.2% of the population, whereas Russian is the mother tongue of only 41.5%.
In Belarus, people do not speak Belarusian. Almost. The country has 2 official languages, Belarusian and Russian, the first one is only studied on a separate subject at school, while all the other classes, as well as official documentation are conducted in Russian.
But, closer to the borders of Poland, Lithuania and Ukraine, the language is changing, where people talk in “trasyanka” (a mixture of Belarusian and Russian) and other language mixes.
Despite this fact, in recent years, the Belarusian language has gradually been gaining ground and a large number of young people are switching to the Belarusian language again.
In part, this can be considered as a trend or simply an opportunity to distinguish oneself, but many believe that the Belarusian language has not died yet and there are chances to revive it.