Serbian: The language with two writing systems
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9 facts about the Serbian language
Origin of the language
Serbian emerged in the Proto-Slavic region which is now known as Serbia.
History of the language
It is believed that the Serbian language originated in the 9th century.
Learning the language
It takes about 1100 hours to learn Serbian as an English speaker.
Serbian language for beginners
Ten basic words to start learning in Serbian:
Time is an illusion. Time only exists when we think about the past and the future. Time doesn't exist in the present here and now.
Imagine a part of the USA, from which the USA started - where is the cradle of your history? This is Kosovo for Serbia.
Let us turn to the future and not deal with the past.
President of the National Assembly of Serbia
Fun facts about the Serbian language
Calling each other turtles
An amusing catchphrase in the Serbian language isti si kornjaca(Korn-ya-cha) which means “You are a turtle!”
The word “vampire”
The word “vampire” originally comes from the Serbian language.
Latin vs. Cyrillic script
According to a 2014 survey, 47% of Serbian speakers use the Latin script and 36% prefer the Cyrillic script.
The Charter of Ban Kulin
If the Shtokavian dialect is considered the official Serbian language, then the first work was a governmental text which was the Charter of Ban Kulin of 1189.
The modern standard dialect of Polish is dubbed "correct Polish" by many and is intelligible across the country.
Complete language makeover
Serbian was completely re-structured in the mid-1800s by Serbian linguist Vuk Karadžić when “Old Serbian” was modernized.
A tried and tested, basic principle for learning the Serbian language to keep in mind is “Write as you speak and read as it is written.”
Serbian Word for German
The word for Germany in Serbian is Nemačka, which means “can’t speak” or “can’t understand.”
Three Serbian dialects
The language has three variants, but, on Serbian territory, only two are found which are known as Ekavian and Ijekavian (the third variant, Ikavian, is only found in Croatia).
Unified with Croatian as one language
In the 19th century, Serbian and Croatian were once unified into one language primarily to secure the basis for an independent South Slavic state.