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Macedonian, Makedonski

Related languages Macedonian, with Serbian, Croatian, Bosnian, Slovene and Bulgarian, is a Southern Slavonic language. It is most closely related to Bulgarian, and the two share similarities to Romanian, Greek and Albanian. These five languages make up the Balkan Sprachbund (language league).
European speakers 2,000,000 speakers
Territories It is the official language in Macedonia, and officially recognized in the Korça district in Albania. Home speakers can be found in Serbia, Bulgaria, Greece and Albania.
Alphabet The language is written in the Macedonian Cyrillic script.
First examples The first texts that distinguish themselves as Macedonian, rather than some other Slavonic language, are 10th century religious codices, written in Glagolitic script.
Other facts Cyrillic, with Glagolitic, was an old Slavic script. Cyrillic survived instead of Glagolitic because it was closer to Greek. It was therefore an easier translation tool to use when scholars and theologians like Cyril introduced Christian writings to the Slavic people.
News in Macedonian BBC World Service in Macedonian.

Key Phrases
Da.
Yes.
Ne.
No.
Dobredojdovte!
Welcome!
Milo mi e što Ve zapoznav.
Pleased to meet you.
Zdravo.
Hello.
Prijatno.
Goodbye.
Vi blagodaram.
Thank you.
Se vikam ...
My name is ...
Dali zboruvate angliski?
Do you speak English?
Žalam, ne zboruvam makedonski.
I'm sorry, I don't speak Macedonian.
Mi treba pomoš.
I need help.
Ve molam kade e toaletot?
Where is the toilet, please?

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