Croatian: The language with 30 letters
10 facts about the Croatian language
Origin of the language
The Croatian language originated in Croatia.
History of the language
It is thought that Croatian originated during the mid-18th century.
Learning the language
It is estimated that an English speaker can learn Croatian in 1100 hours.
Croatian language for beginners
Ten basic words to start learning in Croatian:
Thank you=hvala vam
Of all things, I liked books best.
Inventor, mechanical engineer, and electrical engineer
Yet we are all just ordinary people, and the only thing that matters is whether someone is good or not.
Short story writer and author
Listen: I always return to myself.
Fun facts about the Croatian language
The Croatian language mainly consists of four past tenses, one present tense, and two future tenses.
Absence of various letters
Common letters such as q, w, x, and y are present in English and other languages but not in Croatian.
Different letters but the same accent
While č and ć are known to be different letters, they have the same accent in the Croatian language.
Easy to learn and read
Croatian does not have any silent letters or combination of letters, making it simple to learn and read Croatian.
The longest word in the Croatian language is 24 letters long, prijestolonasljednikovica, meaning “heir to the throne.”
First man to speak in Croatian
The first man to speak in Croatian before the parliament was Ivan Kukuljević Sakcinski in 1843.
Three major dialects
Croatian has three major dialects - Kajkavian, Štokavian, and Čakavian - which also have their own dialects.
Written in three different alphabets
Due to Croatian’s geographical position, the language was written in 3 different alphabets: Cyrillic, Glagolitic and Latin.
Standardized form of Serbo-Croatian
It is a standardized form of Serbo-Croatian and is mutually intelligible with Serbian and Bosnian.