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.
Dutch language diversity
Dutch is the official language in the Netherlands. It is also spoken in the northern half of Belgium and in the South American country of Suriname. There are mainly two Dutch dialects .These are very similar and are spoken in the same language areas where standard Dutch is spoken. One very prominent variant is Flemish.
Some very significant dialects include Swiss French (CH), Canadian French (CA) and Belgian French (BE). Additionally, there are numerous varieties of French. In France, for example, speakers in the bigger cities of France speak Metropolitan French while speakers in some regions communicate in regional dialects such as Meridional French.
Apart from the well-known French dialects such as Swiss French and Belgian French, there is also Aostan French in Italy. Two primary types of French in Canada are Quebec and Acadian French. In Cambodia, Cambodian French is spoken while Laos French is spoken in Laos.
In Lebanon, Lebanese French is spoken because French was the country’s official language until 1941. French is both officially and unofficially spoken in the Maghreb countries of Africa (Algeria, Mauritania, Tunisia), as well as in other countries all over the African continent. French is also spoken in some parts of India that were previously colonized by the French.
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There is a vast difference between both dialects when spoken. There is a sense of a greater English influence with Dutch spoken in the Netherlands.
The Dutch may borrow words such as maréchaussée (military police) from French or überhaupt (after all) from German. The Flemish, however, avoid loanwords.
There is a difference in syntax in both languages. In Flemish, you might say, fauna en flora while in Dutch one says flora en fauna.
Numerous words are used in both dialects which are not interchangeable at all.
Other notable differences include the use of informal language in both dialects. Most Dutch speakers now use the informal je (you) when talking to strangers.
In Flemish schoon is used to indicate beauty while, in the Netherlands, it is used to express that something is clean.
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.