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Hello all,I am thinking of starting to learn Bosnian. I almost have no idea about it so I want to ask some questions.first , what other languages will learning Bosnian make easy to learn? Will I be able to learn -say- Serbian faster?What resources are there for learning Bosnian (books , audio , video etc...)Are there dialects in Bosnian that I must be aware of? and if so , which one will allow me to communicate with the largest number of Bosnians?Is the online Bosnian language-learning community large?I would appreciate any answers.Thanks
u should xd i'm learning it too/
thank you very much :)
I'm learning Bosnian and Croatian too!!
Bosnian and Serbian are very close, with differences mostly down to accent, pronunciation and some vocabulary. Serbian has cyrillic though (although it can be avoided). Croatian, while still very close and easily understood by speakers of either, does have more notable differences.
As for online resources, Im curious for this myself atm im learning Serbian slowly and want to work more on it now.
The old Foreign Service Institute course is available online for free:
Back then the languguage was called Serbo-Croatian. The modern textbooks call it Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian (BCS). The best new textbook is "Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian, a Textbook: With Exercises and Basic Grammar" by Ronelle Alexander.
Thank you all for the comments :D
It has really been hard to find good sources for learning the language. I even gave up on it. Thanks for the help , it has rekindled my interest for the language.
Hi Oussama, the languages you have mentioned are almost the same. Knowing Bosnan, for example, you would be able to commincatewith the people in Serbai, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro. If you need some help, let me know.
I do learn Serbian for quite a while now and I write and speak in Serbian - ekavica.
Up to now I have not had any problems communicating with people from all parts of former Jugoslavia. There are a few differences in Grammar, pronunciation and vocabulary - but then I do not know all the words in Serbian either.
I do read articles / newspapers etc on the internet and books, listen to the radio and watch films in all mentioned languages.
I also use learning material for all languages because the choice of learning material for just for Serbian is not very big.
I wish you all the best in your endeavour!
thank you all :)
I am a native Bosnian speaker and I teach a Bosnian Online course at Boise State University. I use Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian (BCS) books.