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Serbian, Srpski

Related languages One of the Southern Slavonic languages, Serbian is most closely related to Croatian, Bosnian and Slovene. It's based on 'Ekavian', the variant of the formerly shared Serbo-Croat language spoken in Belgrade, and 'Ijekavian' spoken in western Serb areas. Serbian and Croatian are similar, sharing many pronouns and cases, and the languages are mutually understandable. There are however some differences in vocabulary and syntax.
Territories Due to the Balkan conflict, the different national groups established their own official languages, and the term Serbian is used to describe the official language of Serbia and Bosnia-Hercegovina. There is however continuing political and linguistic debate about how a common Serbian language should be established and what form it should take.
European speakers As a result of the conflict, statistics on the number of speakers are inexact, but in total, 21 million people throughout the world speak a variation of the formerly shared Serbo-Croat language.
Alphabet Serbian is written in Cyrillic script, but its Serbo-Croat heritage means it can also be seen written in the Latin alphabet.
News in Serbian BBC World Service in Serbian.

Key Phrases
Da.
Yes.
Ne.
No.
Dobro došli!
Welcome!
Drago mi je.
Pleased to meet you.
Zdravo.
Hello.
Dovidenja.
Goodbye.
Hvala.
Thank you.
Zovem se ...
My name is ...
Govorite li engleski?
Do you speak English?
Na žalost, ne govorim srpski.
I'm sorry, I don't speak Serbian.
Treba mi pomod.
I need help.
Izvinite, gde je toalet?
Where is the toilet, please?

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