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Languages in Balkans

Languages in Balkans

Languages on Balkans include:
  • Albanian, which is spoken mainly in Albania, Kosovo, and parts of Macedonia;
  • Bosnian which is spoken in Bosnia and Herzegovina;
  • Bulgarian, which is spoken in Bulgaria;
  • Croatian, which is spoken in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina;
  • Macedonian, which is spoken mainly in Macedonia;
  • Montenegrin, which is spoken mainly in Montenegro;
  • Romanian, which is spoken in Romania;
  • Serbian, which is spoken mainly in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Montenegro.
  • At one time in the history, Serbian, Croatian, Bosnian, and Montenegrin were all considered branches of a single language, Serbo-Croatian. These languages, except for some accents and specific words, are practically same. Indeed, national languages of most of the countries in the former Yugoslavia (Bosnia, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia) and Bulgaria are members of the South Slavic language group ? therefore, due to much commonality between words and language structure, it is possible to communicate verbally between countries if you have a basic understanding of Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian, Montenegrin, Macedonian or Bulgarian. Some other useful languages might be Turkish, which many people in Greece and Bulgaria speak, and Romani may be useful in all of the Balkan states. Most of the people, especially in cities and touristic areas speak English, and sometimes German, Italian, French (in Romania).

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