Serbian is a South Slavic language, and it’s is estimated that 9-10 million people speak Serbian. Mainly in Serbia, than across Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Croatia, and Macedonia. The interesting thing is that if you speak Serbian language you will completely understand Croatian, Montenegrian and Bosnian language. Also you will understand some of Slovenian and Macedonian.
Serb diaspora (Serbs who lives around the world) are mainly placed in Germany, Austria, France, Netherlands, USA, Canada and Australia). Learning Serbian language will make your life easier if you are planning to live or work in Serbia or in region. Some people say that Serbian is one of the hardest languages to learn. Keep in mind that Serbian grammar is a very complex. While the alphabet would be easy due to the fact that Serbian uses both Latin and Cyrillic (although, the Cyrillic is the only official one) and the language is phonemic. Maybe the biggest problem for the foreign is that every noun has a gender but it is easy to distinguish. There are seven cases like nominative, genitive dative etc, but if you make a table how the nouns are changed and remember it in your mind as a picture you can easily master this problem also.
The two most common ways to learn Serbian in your country would be: via Mobile App (the most popular and relevant are: L-Lingo, Learn Serbian, DuoLingo, Loecsen, etc);
And the another one would be to take classes.
As we explained earlier, Serb diaspora is pretty large, and most likely it would be easy for you to find someone to teach you.
In Germany, most popular school for learning Serbian is Sprachenatelier. In Austria you will find Sprachenzentrum which also have Serbian course. The land down under is having great Listen & Learn Australia school for all of you who want to become experts in Serbian language in no time! In Australia, there is also Preply with intensive Serbian course, were all tutor are native Serbians. In the USA, the most famous school for Serbian courses is Listen & Learn USA edition. Same school you will find in Canada as well.
And if you want to take courses in Serbia:
- Oxford Academy
- St Nicolas School
And of course, the best way to learn language is to talk with locals and to spend some time living there. If you are planning to visit Serbia, don’t forget that we have amazing food and awesome Nightlife.
GOOD TO KNOW: Do you know who was Ivo Andric? He was a Serbian writer who won Nobel prize in 1961.
Do you have some personal experience in learning Serbian? Maybe some tip how to learn it faster? Let us know in a comment bellow!