Map of countries of former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (1945-1992) including Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia(Full name being Bosnia and Herzegovina) pablofdezr -

Currently taught at IU

"The languages referred to as "Bosnian" "Croatian" and "Serbian" are one common language, albeit with different dialects."--BBC

Serbian, Bosnian, and Croatian are all close relatives belonging in the South Slavonic group of languages. They are all mutual intelligible standard varieties of Serbo-Croatian language. Before 1990, they were languages of now dissolved former Socialist Federation of Yugoslavia(The area covers today's Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo(not recognized by Serbia and Serbs in Bosnia. They claimed it to be part of Serbian territory), Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Slovenia).


Flag of Bosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia and Herzegovina 

Capital: Sarajevo, Population: 3.48 million, Area: 19.7 k sq m2

Portion of BCS: 50.1% Bosniaks, 30.8% Serbs, 15.4% Croats

Official language: Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian

 Flag of Croatia Croatia

Capital: Zagreb, Population: 3.87 million, Area: 21.7 k sq m2

Portion of BCS: 91.6% Croats, 3.2% Serbs, 0.6% Bosniaks

Official language: Croatian

Flag of Serbia Republic of Serbia

Capital: Belgrade, Population: 6.6 million (excl. Kosovo),Area: 29.9 k sq m2(excl. Kosovo)

Portion of BCS: 83.3% Serbs, 2% Bosniaks

Official Language: Serbian

Of all the Slavonic languages, these are the easiest for English speakers to master, and are considered some of the easiest of all European languages for English speakers to pronounce.

IU offers a Slavic track major through Slavic & East European Languages and Cultures

Online BCS courses are available in Language Workshop 2023.