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Extending all over Eastern Europe, the Slavic languages have strong similarities to Russian in both vocabulary and grammar. Although this language uses the Latin alphabet, it still has close links to other Slavic languages which use the Cyrillic alphabet. There is no definite article in Slavic languages, which means that a noun, say, 'book', could mean just 'book', 'a book' or 'the book'. §

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Croatia

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Serbia

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Fun facts about 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 (plava kosa).

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