The Croatian Language – Akorbi

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Things You Should Know about Croatian

We’re very passionate about languages at Akorbi! There are so many languages to celebrate in the world that have rich histories. One of those languages is Croatian. It is one of the Southern Slavic languages spoken in the Balkans. It is a rich and beautiful language with a lot of fascinating complexities. So, we’ve decided to focus one of our Akorbi blogs on a brief overview of the Croatian language.

There is so much more that we could not fit in this blog, so make sure to do some more research on your own. You don’t be disappointed. The Croatian language, its history, and the people who speak it are all vibrant and interesting. Read on to discover more!

The Alphabet

Due to the Western influences throughout history – like the Austro-Hungarian Empire – Croatian speakers now use the Latin alphabet. However, historically they employed the Glagolitic alphabet. There is a town in Croatia called Hum – which is famous for being the smallest city in the world – is home to the Glagolitic alley. It is a string of 11 monuments celebrating the Croatian languages original script. Though it is not widely used anymore, it is still a rich part of the history of the language.

The Speakers

Croatian is the official language of Croatia. The Croatian people are a very proud, warm, and passionate people. There are an estimated five million Croatian speakers in the world – not all located in Croatian itself. There are pocket communities of Croatian speakers in places like St. Louis and Chicago.

The Dialects

The Croatian language is divided up into three dialects: Čakavski, Štokavski, and Kajkavski. They are used in different areas of the country. Čakavski is spoken in the coastal regions. One of the defining characteristics of Čakavski is that “Ča” is the word for “what.” Similarly, “Kaj” and “Što” are the words for “what” in their respective regions.

Štokavsko is used in the inland parts of the country, while Čakavski is used in parts of the country that are closer to Bosnia and Serbia. Štokavski is the dialect that the Standard Croatian is built on. It is the most widely used and official dialect of the language. It is what is spoken in the capital, Zagreb, and the surrounding areas.

Contact Akorbi Today!

At Akorbi, we are very excited about languages! Akorbi offers expert translators and interpreters who are native speakers of the language they work with. Croatian is one of the languages that we have translators and interpreters for at Akorbi. So, if you find yourself in need of translation or interpretation in Croatian, make sure to contact Akorbi to find out more about what we can do for you!