Interesting facts about the Bosnian language
Bosnian belongs to the Slavic languages, which in turn form a subgroup of the Indo-European languages. More than 250 million people speak a Slavic language. Speakers of these languages can often understand each other, Bosnian, for example, is very similar to Serbian and Croatian.
Slavic languages are distinguished according to their geographical location. There are East Slavic, West Slavic and South Slavic languages. Russian and Ukrainian belong to the group of East Slavic languages, Czech, Slovak, Polish and Sorbian belong to the West Slavic group. Croatian, Serbian, Bosnian, Slovenian, Bulgarian and Macedonian are South Slavic languages.
Bosnian - written in Latin script
Some Slavic languages are written in Latin script, others in Cyrillic characters. Bosnian, like Croatian, Czech, Slovak, Slovenian and Polish, is written in Latin letters. The Latin alphabet has been extended for Bosnian by some letters from Czech, for example the letter š.
Bosnian is spoken by about 1.7 million people, the majority of whom live in Bosnia and Herzegovina; larger Bosnian-speaking groups can also be found in Serbia, Montenegro, the USA or Turkey.
Bosnian is the official language of Bosnia and Herzegovina. A special feature of Bosnian is its Turkish influence; many loan words originate from Turkish.