My boyfriend is from Bosnia and I would love to be able to talk just a bit of his language. Does anyone know, if Duolingo is planning on making a course?
I wouldn't count on a Bosnian Course anytime soon. However, here a few suggestions:
You could also directly download the English-Bosnian and Bosnia-English audio files for listening. http://www.50languages.com/book2/EM/EMBS/EMBS-all.zip http://www.langufree.com/book2/BS/BSEM/BSEM-all.zip
You could get a copy of Colloquial Croatian and Serbian, 1998 right now there are used copies for $0.01. However, I'd suggest a copy of Colloquial Serbian, 2005 with free audio from Routledge or Colloquial Croatian, 2005 also with free audio from Routledge.
I think there was some talk about having a Serbian and/or Croatian on duo but it might not happen for another year or so. It's not even in incubator at this time. And if and when they do develop a course I highly doubt that they'll pick a Bosnian standard for duo, seeing as they go with the most commonly spoken language variant from the similar subset ie American English as opposed to British or Australian, Latin American Spanish and not Castilian and so on. But yeah I would love to learn it on here or any other Slavic courses they could provide :)
PLEEEEEEEEESE MAKE BOSNIAN (or Serbian/Croatian) A COURSE!!!! Like really. If you couldn't tell, I really, Really want a course for the at least one of the three similar balkan languages.
I would recommend you also voted in support of Serbian/Croatian language in those posts to increase a chance of getting one of those implemented.
As one user, Druden, stated, "I feel like there is tension in the incubator as far as which language (Serbian/Croatian/Bosnian/ Montenegrin) to teach. I hope the Duolingo enthusiasts from the four former Yugoslav republics can put their political differences aside and let the artist formerly known as Serbo-Croatian stand up! I'd like to start reading Milorad Pavic, so for that reason I'm looking forward to learning Serbian!"
Thank you so much. I totally agree with you. If all the Duo users and enthusiasts were to merge together and collaborate on putting the technical, political terminology of the language aside, it would become popular, easier to contribute, and more likely to go into incubator. In my opinion, I would hate to see people make a big fuss on what the language should be called (such as Serbian, Croatian, Bosnian, Montenegrin). I think a better, fair way to title this language can be (Serbo-Croat-Bosnian or Yugoslavic or Slavic) which I prefer since it correlates to all four sub-dialect. One issue is, however, what alphabets will it be in. Majority of Croatia, Bosnia use Latin alphabet while Majority of Serbia uses Cyrillic alphabet. I understand this should be a conflict of interest. Aside from the alphabet question, I believe there should be no other conflicts of interest. Again, my main point here is that they should be all be merged together as one language rather than separate sub-dialect languages.. They may all be different dialects, but it doesn't make it a different language. All the dialects could be included as there is always more than one way to say something. Can't wait for this to be solved and done. GO SLAVIC. HAJMO SLAVIC.
Another user, meSanti, stated this below perfectly so don't give those "It's two different language" excuses. No where is that ever stated from a unbiased, linguistic viewpoint. You only see these excuses from biased, and purely political viewpoints.
"To call Serbian and Croatian different languages just because "some" words are not the same makes no sense whatsoever. Following that exact same logic, the people from England, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, USA, Canada, South Africa, Australia, etc, etc they all speak different languages. The same goes for the 20 countries where Spanish is an official language, they all speak different languages. It's absurd. The root of the "Serbian, Croatian and Bosnian are different languages" is purely political and has no basis in linguistics. They are simply dialects of the same language, i.e. varieties of a language that is a characteristic of a particular group of the language's speakers. Regardless of the name you wish to use, it would a waste of resources to create 2 or 3 separate courses, one for each dialect of the same language."
Norwegian, Swedish, and Danish are largely mutually intelligible but linguistically not the same language.
Do you happen to know which is most widely spoken? I don't, but that would probably be the one I would be most interested in!
Serbian is by far the most widely spoken of them all. According to Wikipedia, in these 4 countries, about 9.5 million speak Serbian, 4.8 million speak Croatian and about 2.2 million speak Bosnian. Montenegrin, officially speak only about 150.000 people (this information is according to the last census).
My wife is Bosnian and I can barely communicate directly with my in-laws. Would love to learn Serbo-Croatian (or whatever we all choose to call it).
I would also like to learn Bosnian! I already know some, but not enough to be able to communicate with everyone else I know, including my family and relatives
Here my vote for Bosnian-Croatian-Montenegrin-Serbian (BCMS) language! It's said to be the phonologically most transparent language, which makes it easy to learn, but still makes you getting around all over the Balkan area and enables communication with 21 Mio. native speakers (2011; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serbo-Croatian)!
Yes! I would like to learn Bosnian too! The place that I have recently started working at in the United States has a high rate of Bosnian speakers coming into this town. I am almost a registered dietitian and I would like to start learning this language to speak with the Bosnian population here.
I would love to learn it too regardless if it is bosnian, serbian or croatian. I voted for all three.
That would be great, but don't become hopeful about it. As you can realize, you wrote this 3 years ago, but Duolingo hasn't been doing anything. Find yourself lucky and want your boyfriend to teach Bosnian. If I were you, I would not wait for this.
Here's something for you to consider: Duolingo Czech comes out soon, and Czech is mutually intelligible-- highly similar-- to Slovak, which is considered the Slavic Esperanto. If you learn Czech, then it's very possible that people from Slavic countries could understand you.
Lerning Czech isn't gonna help you much with Bosnian as they are too far apart for any practical use. Same goes for Slovak.
Slovak and Czech are mutually intelligible. I also have a friend from Slovakia. He says that by knowing Slovak, he basically knows Czech already, and although there are differences between Slovak and other Slavic languages, they can pretty much understand him when he speaks Slovak. You would have to learn the Cyrillic alphabet for countries like Russia and Belarus, but for the most part, they can at least get the idea of what you're saying if you know Slovak.
Because people in Slovakia are essentially bilingual and so is older generation of Czechs. After dissolution of Czechoslovakia they stopped showing Slovak language tv in Czech Republic and young kids don't particularly understand Slovak save for common words. Don't forget that Slavic languages are only common in the most basic words and phrases and unless you've had regular exposure to a specific language even neighboring Slavic language could prove difficult at first. I am native Slavic speaker and can speak few and understand pretty much all of them. And it takes a lot of effort just to understand let alone speak even closely related Slavic language. So to make point short if She wants to learn Bosnian she should learn Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian (essentially same language) and not waste time even with languages as close to Bosnian as Slovenian or Macedonian.
Okay. I'm interested in learning Slovak and Bosnian-- besides 50Languages, it's hard for me to find sources for either, except learning Czech in place of Slovak. Do you have any recommendations?
Unfortunately I'm in a slightly different boat as I started consuming resources in those specific languages so I don't have much to share for new learners. Memrise would be a good start as others pointed out already.
The first serbian dictionary was issued in 1818, while the first bosnian dictionary was issued in 1631. Here you can get educated- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muhamed_Hevaji_Uskufi_Bosnevi
Did you know the serbian language has the most of turkish words of all balkan languages? If you let out these words, you were unable to speak in your serbian language.