Free Macedonian Phrasebook

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Macedonian is the main language of the Republic of Macedonia situated between Serbia, Greece and Albania in Southeastern Europe. The language is very similar to Bulgarian, and the differences between them are often even blurry when spoken. Most Macedonians will understand Bulgarian without the need of a translator. Two other languages widely spoken in Macedonia are Albanian and to some extent Greek. There are also Macedonian language speakers among the Slavic Macedonian minority in northern Greece which is, however, not recognized by the Greek national authorities.

The Macedonian language ought to be an easy language to learn and get used to since each letter contains its own sound and you'll not encounter any letter change. The vowels are similar to the Spanish vowels and they give out the same sounds at all times.

Macedonian (македонски јазик, makedonski jazik, pronounced [maˈkɛdɔnski ˈjazik]) is the official language of the Republic of Macedonia and a member of the Eastern group of South Slavic languages. Standard Macedonian was implemented as the official language of the Socialist Republic of Macedonia in June 1945, was mostly codified between 1945-1950, and a thriving literary tradition has since developed.

Macedonian dialects are part of a dialect continuum with Macedonian and Bulgarian at one extreme, Slovene at the other, and Serbo-Croatian in-between; Macedonian is sometimes considered a dialect of Bulgarian, though this is a politically charged issue.

The orthography of Macedonian includes an alphabet (Macedonian: Македонска азбука, Makedonska azbuka), which is an adaptation of the Cyrillic alphabet, as well as language-specific conventions of spelling and punctuation.

The Macedonian alphabet was standardized in 1944 by a committee formed in the Socialist Republic of Macedonia (then part of the federation of Yugoslavia) after the liberation from the Nazis in World War II. The alphabet was similar to, and influenced by, the Serbian Cyrillic alphabet, and used the same phonemic principles employed by Vuk Karadžić and Krste Petkov Misirkov.

Before standardization, the language had been written in a variety of different versions of Cyrillic by different writers, influenced by Bulgarian, Early Cyrillic or Serbian orthography.

The Macedonian language has the following linguistic heritage: Indo-European Languages > Balto-Slavic Languages > Slavic Languages > South Slavic Languages > Eastern South Slavic Languages > Macedonian

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