The Bosnian language is spoken in Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as parts of Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia, and Macedonia. It’s an Indo-European and South Slavic language. Just like Croatian and Serbian, Bosnian is based on a Shtokavian dialect. It’s the official language of Bosnia-Herzegovina and is spoken by about 2.5 million people.
Bosnian is written using the Latin alphabet, although a Cyrillic alphabet rendition is also possible. Bosnian is very similar to both Croatian and Serbian. As a result, all Bosnian speakers can easily communicate with people speaking Croatian and Serbian. For this reason, linguists dispute whether or not Bosnian really is its own language or nothing more than a variant of Serbo-Croatian. However, the term "Bosnian" is employed internationally and is also used in official treaties such as the Dayton Agreement.
The way Bosnian words are spelled is very similar to Croatian and Serbian. Differences are found when using the future tense. Some words, mainly those of Arabic or Turkish origin, are entirely different. Bosnian month names are similar to those in German, while the Croatian terms for months are derived from the Old Slavonic names for the years.Instant quote
The Bosnian language has seven grammatical cases: Nominative, genitive, dative, accusative, vocative, locative, and instrumental. Bosnian grammar only has a few variations from Serbian and Croatian. The Bosnian language differentiates itself grammatically from Croatian mostly through the use of infinitive constructions and with differences in numerals.
Unlike in English, the Bosnian alphabet contains 30 different characters. The additional letters are: č, ć, dž, đ, lj, nj, š, and ž. The letters q, w, x, y are not used in Bosnian at all. The letters are almost always pronounced the same as in German.Instant quote
The standard rate for translations from English into Bosnian is $ 0.12 per word and for translations from Bosnian into English the industry rate is $ 0.14. For new customers or large texts (more than 5,000 words) we may significantly reduce our rates. For urgent jobs that need several translators working simultaneously, we'll apply a surcharge. For a full list of rates per language, please visit Order here.
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