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"The alphabet" Top 5 Page for this destination Belgrade Tourist Trap Tip by Prasnjavi

Belgrade Tourist Traps: 24 reviews and 21 photos

by Prasnjavi

The official letter in Serbia and Montenegro is (Serbian) Cyrillic and streets and the most of institutions are marked by it. Maybe, it will make you a problem but try to learn it.
Officially the Cyrillic alphabet is used, and the Latin alphabet is in use. Both are taught at school.

Unique Suggestions:
In distinction from the most of other languages in the World, our language is based on the rule “write as you speak, speak as it’s written”. The Serbian Cyrillic alphabet has 30 letters - one letter for every sound, which makes it quite unique compared to the other alphabets.
There are no two, three or, even, four letters for an one sound like in English or French. Also, “A”, “E”, “O”, “J”, “K”, “M” and “T” are same as in English but be careful, when you see “B” it is our “V”, “H” is “N”, “X” is “H”, “P” is “R”, “C” is “S”, “Y” is “U”, and we have some voices that English language doesn’t.

- Letter No6 is same as Italian pronaunce "GI" (like "GIovanni")
- Letter No8 is same as French pronaunce "J" (like "Jean")
- Letter No14 is same as Spanish pronaunce "LL" (like "Castilla")
- Letter No17 is same as Spanish pronaunce "Ñ" (like "NuÑo")
- Letter No23 is same as Italian pronaunce "C" (like "CiColina")
- Letter No28 is same as Englih pronaunce "CH" (like "CHoice")
- Letter No29 is same as Englih pronaunce "J" or "G" (like "John", "GeorGe")
- Letter No30 is same as Englih pronaunce "SH" (like "SHop")

Rest is the same but

- "A" is always and everywhere "A" (like "Alex),
- "B" is "B" (like"BomB"),
- "V" is "V" (like "Victory"),
- "G" is "G" ("Grand"),
- "D" is "D" ("DonalD")
- "E" is "E" ("ElEphant"),
- "Z" is "Z" (Zero"),
- "I" is "I" ("IndIana"),
- "J" is "Y" ("Young", "Youth")
- "K" is "K" ("KinKy),
- "L" is "L ("Land"),
- "M" is "M" ("Mark"),
- "N" is "N" ("None"),
- "O" is "O" ("Opera"),
- "P" is "P" ("PulP"),
- "R" is "R ("Ronald"),
- "S" is "S ("Sweet"),
- "T" is "T" ("Traffic"),
- "U is "OO" ("spOOn", "cartOOn"),
- "F" is "F" ("Freez"),
- "H" is "H" ("Holland"),
- "C" is "TZ" ("fiTZerald").

It is not heavy as I wrote and you will have some fun learning it.

Fun Alternatives:
Ask some young people what you interesting for. Almost everyone speaks one of the world languages.

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  • Updated Jun 23, 2006
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