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Serbian language sounds close to:
Slovenian 12 (30%)
Czech 0 (0%)
Slovak 0 (0%)
Bulgarian 6 (15%)
Polish 1 (2.5%)
Russian 8 (20%)
Macedonian 11 (27.5%)
Ukrainian 1 (2.5%)
All 0 (0%)
Other 1 (2.5%)
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Which other slavic language is Serbian closest to in SOUND?; Vote
Topic Started: Sep 26 2011, 06:06 AM (9,073 Views)
zeta
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Besides being similar to the former Yugoslav republics of Croatia, Bosnia, Montenegro to what language is Serbian closest soundwise?

Serbian
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZO7SDHev28[/youtube]

Slovenian
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5iPDj2xpjiI[/youtube]

Czech
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5vc1G3LIkM[/youtube]

Slovakian
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=spC20GtiFTI[/youtube]

Bulgarian
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jeKadSli-_M[/youtube]

Polish
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jrk1SW7lzh0[/youtube]

Russian
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TpuiblXuqxA[/youtube]

Macedonian
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbsEcAWq4jQ[/youtube]

Ukrainian
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f34uEpHbx78[/youtube]
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I think Slovenian. the Slovenian sounds actually like an intermediate between Serbian and Czech in those given examples, her Serbian sounds a bit weirder compared to how I hear my friends speak. Bulgarian and Macedonian intonation and pronunciation remind me more of East Slavic languages and the Serbian sounds much closer to Czech and Slovak than to them, imo.

do you think the Polish sounds the most distinct -- as in does it stand out the most from them or is that just my opinion?

it's kind of hard though giving a non bias answer when you understand these languages to different extents because when you don't know them at all you can base them solely on sound and not on words.
I'm actually shocked people voted Russian though -- they sound so distinct from each other.
Edited by Tennessee Honey, Sep 26 2011, 09:38 AM.
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Bulgarian would be the best bet.
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The accent in which Serbian weather lady is speaking is one of the worst and unnatural in Serbian language.Shes from Novi Sad i guess.
In the people of Serbia and Bosnia, I think the Slav element really
preponderates; they are taller and finer men than
the Russians, but have the same make of body and
often of countenance ; and a great many of them
have light brown hair and answer to Procopius's
often-quoted description of their forefathers.
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Macedonian is between Bulgarian and Serbian, to me Macedonian sounds a lot like Serbian(from my BG perspective of course, and I think Serbs think Macedonian sounds like Bulgarian) and I think too Russian sounds a lot different. But I guess Serbs know better which is the closest. Maybe to be more clear all should say the same thing, when they are talking.
Edited by Djincs, Sep 26 2011, 04:28 PM.
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Here's another weather version-hopefully the accent is better.

Serbian
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gF2HJb4NH4M[/youtube]

Some Serbian dialect
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmDVZPoKRxs[/youtube]

I don't think Serbian sounds Russian but I understand many words-it's just the stress that throws me off. My mother said it doesn't sound like anyone else's - but if had to make a choice she'd choose Polish. But I think it sounds Slovenian the most and it does have a Czech/Slovak ring. Apparently, Serbian (and Croatian) has a pitch/tonal accent system ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pitch_accent ) ( http://www.websters-online-dictionary.org/definitions/tonal+language ) but Russian doesn't. Yet I hear some kind of tones in their language- or it might be the way they stress certain vowels.

Slovakian
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VfS_94Rac78[/youtube]


Russian dialect - not fast and easy to understand.
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4qvomw9Yko[/youtube]

Polish
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ip4x1VH_kd4[/youtube]


Slavic Vowels Stresses/Pitch Accents
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Edited by zeta, Sep 27 2011, 06:46 AM.
This is Dinarid. If they don't look like this, then they ain't Dinarid.
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The accent in which Serbian weather lady is speaking is one of the worst and unnatural in Serbian language.

As a non Serbian-speaker, even I could tell that her accent sounded a bit different. Is she speaking in ekevian or ijekevian?
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Shes from Novi Sad i guess.

Is it easy to tell? For example, how many prime dialects can you discern in Serbia?
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I think Macedonian and Slovenian are best answers, but accents are very different
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Good Maps .Ive only seen the first one years back .The second is news to me.
In the people of Serbia and Bosnia, I think the Slav element really
preponderates; they are taller and finer men than
the Russians, but have the same make of body and
often of countenance ; and a great many of them
have light brown hair and answer to Procopius's
often-quoted description of their forefathers.
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2nd map is a bit strange to me, some dialects have wrong names on it, like zeta-lovćen(zetsko-južnosandžački) or zunberak ( hercegovian) and area of zetsko-južnosandžački is bigger than supose to be...
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I know that Zetsko-Raški dialect spreads up to town of Raška and maybe little further towards Kraljevo.
In the people of Serbia and Bosnia, I think the Slav element really
preponderates; they are taller and finer men than
the Russians, but have the same make of body and
often of countenance ; and a great many of them
have light brown hair and answer to Procopius's
often-quoted description of their forefathers.
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yes, I think that 1st map is more acurate.
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I chose Macedonian even though Bulgarian is very similar as well.
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^true. macedonian is like a mixture of bulgarian and serbian.
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This dialect of southern Serbia also similar :)
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xf0sco_pred-yator_fun
Edited by Starina Novak, Oct 2 2011, 11:35 PM.
In the people of Serbia and Bosnia, I think the Slav element really
preponderates; they are taller and finer men than
the Russians, but have the same make of body and
often of countenance ; and a great many of them
have light brown hair and answer to Procopius's
often-quoted description of their forefathers.
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The Croatian accent sounds very different when I hear them speak it. I don't know but I kinda prefer the Serbian accent. It sounds more progressive, conservative and better preserved. The Croats for example, owing to political motivations and the like, have attempted to distance their dialect as much as possible. They even went as far as inventing a neo-term for university ~ sveučilište. But with the Croatian dialect, some forms are even closer to Slovenian, specially near the geographic border between the two states.
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^yes that is true. But ordinary Croatians dont use some of their new politicaly influenced words. For exp. most of the Croatians use hiljadu (thousand) instead of official Croatian word tisuću.
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Those "new" words are all understandable in Serbian , so its rather comical.Many of them are archaic reminder of some lost or rarely used words in modern Serbian.
In the people of Serbia and Bosnia, I think the Slav element really
preponderates; they are taller and finer men than
the Russians, but have the same make of body and
often of countenance ; and a great many of them
have light brown hair and answer to Procopius's
often-quoted description of their forefathers.
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Do Serbs still call a university ~ universiti? Also, I read somewhere that the Croats use the Slavic terms for the calendar (months). Serbs look to Latin.
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yeah, it is like instead of saying "belt" in english you say "pantsholdingrope" lol
similar thing is hapening now with so-called Montenegrin language. They try to involve some archaic (peasant words that are used only in remote Montengrin vilages) in regular and official speaches.
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