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Serbian language

The Serbian language is a South Slavic language, spoken chiefly in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Croatia, and in the Serbian diaspora. Standard Serbian is based on the Shtokavian dialect, like the modern Croatian and Bosnian, with which it is mutually intelligible, and was previously unified with under the standard known as Serbo-Croatian. It counts among the official (and minority) languages of Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Croatia, Romania, Republic of Macedonia and Hungary.

The alphabet used to write Serbian is a variation on the Cyrillic alphabet, devised by Vuk Stefanović Karadžić. The Serbian Latin alphabet is based on Ljudevit Gaj‘s reform.

Serbian orthography is very consistent: it is an approximation of the principle “one letter per sound”. This principle is represented by Adelung‘s saying, “Write as you speak and read as it is written”, the principle used by Vuk Karadžić when reforming the Cyrillic orthography of Serbian in the 19th century.


These are the basic phrases you will need during your contact with Serbs:

Thank youHvala Vamhvahlah vahm
Thank you very muchHvala lepohvahlah lehpo
Good morningDobro jutrodobro yootro
Good afternoonDobar dandobahr dahn
Good nightLaku no?dah
Good byeDo viđenjadoveejehnah
What is your name?Kako se zovete?kahko seh zovehteh
My name is…Zovem se…zovehm seh…
How are you? (formal)Kako ste?kahko steh
How are you? (informal)Kako si?kahko sih
Fine thanks, and you?Dobro hvala, a vi/ti?dobro hvahla, ah vee/tee
I understandRazumemrahzoomehm
I don’t understandNe razumemneh rahzoomehm
Do you speak english?Govorite li engleskigovoreeteh lee ehnglehskee
I speak a little SerbianGovorim malo srpski jezikgovoreem mahlo serpskee yehzeek
A beer pleaseJedno pivo molimjednoh peevoh moleem
How much does it cost?Koliko kosta?kohleeko koshta?