Want To Learn Croatian?
Croatia, located in Southeastern Europe, is a popular tourist destination. It is not difficult to see why. Stunning scenery and friendly people play a part in attracting the interest of travellers worldwide. Croatia borders with Slovenia and Hungary to its north, and with Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro its south and east. It is said to be part of the Balkans, a set of countries that share a history together. Let’s look at the Croatian language.
The national language of Croatia, Croatian, is spoken by over 5 million people. It is also an official language in neighboring Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is written with a variety of the Latin alphabet which consists of 30 different letters. It is derived from the Slavic family of languages and is closely related to other languages in the region. There are several different dialects within Croatian as well, with the standard form of Croatian being based on the Shtokavian variety.
Due to its Slavic roots, Croatian shares many grammatical elements with other Slavic languages. Most notable is its extensive use of inflection in the formation of words thanks to the seven grammatical cases as well as the three grammatical genders and two numbers. Word order is relatively free in Croatian thanks to the use of inflection however, though the SVO structure is seen as the standard. It is possible to make sentences without using pronouns where it is inferable through the grammar as well.
There is a certain charm to Croatia that you do not get in many places. Maybe it is the beautiful landscapes or perhaps the culture. Whatever it is, learning Croatian will help you experience it in a new way. Go and see the capital of Zagreb for yourself using your language skills and see the joy on the locals faces when they hear you speak Croatian. That alone makes it worthwhile to learn Croatian.