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About Macedonian

The Macedonian language is spoken in North Macedonia which was once part of the former Yugoslavia. The language is Slavic and much of its vocabulary is similar to Serbian and Bulgarian. There is also a region of Greece called Macedonia which is different to the Republic of Macedonia. The dual use of the Macedonia name is a source of controversy.

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Where is it spoken?

Republic of Macedonia

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South Slavic

Fun facts — Macedonian

  • Street signs in the Republic of Macedonia are usually given in both the Cyrillic and Latin alphabets.
  • There’s a Macedonian proverb: ‘If my neighbour is happy, my own work will go easier too’.
  • The name Macedonia derives from the ancient Greek Kingdom of Macedonia which in turn was named after the Greek adjective μακεδνός, makednós, for ‘tall’. From this, experts speculate that the original Macedonians were considered either ‘tall’ or ‘highlanders’.

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