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About Croatian

Croatian is an official language in Croatia, where it has about 4 million speakers, as well as in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Vojvodina in Serbia. Its vocabulary is primarily Slavic but it has borrowed lots of Latin, Germanic and Turkish words. Croatian speakers can understand Serbian, Bosnian and Montenegrin and vice versa. The biggest difference between Serbian and Croatian is that Croatian is written in a Latin script, while Serbian uses the Cyrillic.

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Where is it spoken?


Bosnia and Herzegovina


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Language family



South Slavic

Fun facts — Croatian

  • People with blonde hair are described as having blue hair (plava kosa) in Croatian.
  • The idiom 'tresla se brda rodio se miš', meaning 'the hills shook, a mouse was born' is used to describe someone who is making a fuss over nothing.
  • The Croatian currency is the Kuna, not the Euro. The word ‘kuna’ means marten, a weasel-like animal whose fur coats were used as payment in Roman times.
  • Red wine is described as black wine in Croatian (crno vino).

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