Alternative name(s): srpski (sr), Servisch (nl), srbšcina (sl), serbiska (sv)

Language family: Indo-European

Language Group: Slavic

Geographical use: Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia-Hercegovina and Montenegro


Serbian can be written in both the Latin and Cyrillic alphabets, the latter now being the official administrative format. In the Cyrillic alphabet, there is one symbol for each sound, that is, there are as many letters as sounds (30), making it completely phonetic. This system was introduced by Vuk Stefanovich Karadzich, who followed the rule: write as you speak, and read as you write . The Latin alphabet is also phonetic, but some double letters are pronounced as one sound.

The spelling of Serbian does not present any difficulties, because there is one symbol for each sound. Serbian is thus one of the easiest language to learn to write. The order of the letters differs in the Cyrillic and the Latin alphabets.

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