Serbian

For this week's Mango Monday we will present Serbian.

Serbian is spoken by 9 million speakers in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovnia. It is a Slavic language in the same family that has Russian, Ukranian, Czech and Bulgarian. The appeal of Serbian migh be captured by this blurb from Mango:

As the sunlight dances on the Danube River, you signal the waiter by saying Molim! and order a sarma and mineral water just like a local. Known for its breathtaking beauty, Serbia has so much to offer! Ancient Roman ruins, luxurious spas, stunning castles, traditional villages—the country is known for its fresh air and hospitality. City or countryside, ancient hospitality or ultra-modern luxury, Serbia offers amazing experiences to those who speak the language!

Here are some interesting facts about Serbian for native English speakers. Serbian is written in both Cyrillic and Latin scripts, and it is one of the few languages to do that. For your convenience, the lessons are presented in Mango using the familiar Latin alphabet. The language is also phonetic, meaning there is a one letter/one sound correspondence. Serbian does use three grammatical genders. It also uses seven different cases, similarly to Russian. English uses cases, too, (ex. I, me, my, mine), so this won't be a completely new concept in practice. Serbian even has question and negation particles. If all that seems strange, don't worry. Mango's speaking course is color coordinated to make it all easy to hear and see!

All conversational languages give you different language skills and situations to practice (Making Friends, Shopping, etc). Here are some phrases you can learn from Chapter 2, Getting to Know You.

  • She's beautiful! Prelepa je!
  • Do you think so? Misliš?
  • Yes, I would like to meet her. Da, voleo bih da je upoznam.
  • She's my friend. Ona je moja drugarica.
  • I will introduce you. Upoznaću vas.
  • Let's meet for coffee. Hajde da se nađemo na kafi.

    Serbian is available through both Mango Languages and Pronunciator. Each language product has different interfaces, and some will work better for you depending on what you want to get out of your language experience. Don't forget to take advantage of each product's mobile apps for language learning on the go!

    Next Monday we will be back with a new language you can teach yourself with resources from your library.