I am so thrilled to have found such a useful book.
“Fun With Serbian Letters” is an alphabet book that features both the Cyrillic and Latinalphabets. Within it contains 40 pages of pictures, the 30 letters in both alphabets, some short poems, and a full alphabet chart (again, in both alphabets).
In this video we learn the latin form of the alphabet, called abeceda in Serbian. Please note, the order of the Cyrillic alphabet is different for the order of the Latin alphabet. This alphabet order sheet shows both orders, as well as the cursive Cyrillic form.
Once you get the alphabet down, reading is quite simple. The Serbian language is phonetic, meaning it reads the way it is spelt. So, master the alphabet and start reading. To help build your vocabulary here is a list of 20+ words to get you started.
The Latin order was created by a Croatian linguist and politician, Ljudevit Gaj (1809-1872).
In this lesson, we are learning the Serbian alphabet in cyrillic. There are 30 letters in the Serbian alphabet. (I should warn you there are a few letters that I have trouble with). The order of the Cyrillic alphabet is called azbuka (азбука). For sheets that show the order of the Serbian alphabet in cyrillic, the latin, and the cyrillic form in cursive, Click here.
We can thank Vuk Stefanovic Karadzic for bring us the current form of the cyrillic alphabet. Vuk Stefanovaic Karadzic lived from November 6, 1787, to February 6, 1864. He was born in Trsic, Serbia. After serving in war against the Turks, Karadzic, went to Vienna where he spent the remainder of his life. While there, he collected Serbian poems, songs, tales, and other literature that eventually led to him reforming Serbian grammar and alphabet. He introduced 6 new letters to the alphabet to accompany sounds without letter association. He also eliminated 18 letters that no longer served any use in the Serbian language. In 1868, the Serbian government finally recognized and accept Karadzic’s reformed alphabet.
Karadzic also wrote a Serbian dictionary, “Serbian Folk Poems”, a book on Serbian proverbs.