Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Mакедонски јазик [MK: Macedonian Language]

It was rather surprising how easy it was to get around in Skopje. You see, everyone spoke English - tadaa! Macedonian, however, is fairly easy to understand (especially written but also spoken) as well if you have previous knowledge of any Slavic language and know how to read Cyrillic. Piece of cake. The majority of signs were in Macedonian and Albanian. Information for tourists (about sights and such) was in English as well. I thought it was a bit funny that many companies had English names, usually starting with Euro-. Seems like someone wants to join the European Union.

Macedonian is a South Slavic language, forming a continuum with Bulgarian and Serbo-Croatian. The language is fairly new, as it was implemented as an official language in 1945. It is during and after this time that the language was codified and it developed a literature. Unlike the majority of other Slavic languages, Macedonian has no case system. It also has definite articles. This is so confusing. 

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

YES. You understand my pain with Bulgarian and Macedonian. (I think they're pretty much the same, and I don't mean that in a mean way. But I'm sure Macedonians and Bulgarians would get mad at hearing that.) I knew a Macedonian girl who just couldn't get the concept of cases and I was like, a Slavic language HAS to have cases!!