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Serbo-Croatian Language Courses

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  • Course description
    Serbo-Croatian or Croato-Serbian (also known more simply as Croatian or Serbian) is a South Slavic language. "Serbo-Croatian" was used as an umbrella term for dialects spoken in Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina, and was one of de facto official languages of Yugoslavia (along with Slovenian and Macedonian).

    After the ethnic tensions in the 1970s, and especially after the breakup of Yugoslavia, and the ensuing war in the 1990s, most speakers decided to call their language either Serbian, Croatian or Bosnian. Today many native speakers nowadays find the term politically incorrect or even offensive. Others, however, continue using the original language name, as they have studied it at school.

    Linguists are divided on questions regarding whether the name is deprecated. It is still used, for lack of a more succinct alternative to denote the "daughter" languages as a collectivity. An alternative name has emerged in official use abroad - Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian (BHS).

    Mutually intelligible forms of it continue to be used in Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina, and are still reasonably well understood in Republic of Macedonia and Slovenia. About 17 million people speak either Bosnian, Croatian or Serbian

    Croatia, officially the Republic of Croatia, is a country at the crossroads of the Mediterranean and Central Europe. Its capital is Zagreb. Croatia shares land borders with Slovenia and Hungary to the north, Serbia to the east, Bosnia and Herzegovina to the south and east, and Montenegro to the south, as well as a sea border with Italy to the west. It is a candidate for membership in the European Union and NATO. Croatia is inhabited mostly by Croats (89.9%). There are around twenty minorities, Serbs being the largest one (4.5%) and others having less than 0.5% each.

    The Croatian economy is service based with the service sector accounting for 67% of total GDP.The industrial sector is dominated by shipbuilding, food processing and the chemical industry.The industrial Sector accounts for 27% of Croatia's total economic output and agriculture only 6%. Tourism is also a notable source of income during the summer. With over 10.4 million foreign tourists each year, Croatia is ranked as the eighteenth most popular tourist destination in the world.

    Bosnia Herzegovina is a country on the Balkan peninsula of Southern Europe. The country is home to three ethnic "constituent peoples": Bosniaks, Serbs and Croats. Regardless of ethnicity, a citizen of Bosnia Herzegovina is often described outside their country as a Bosnian. In Bosnia however, the distinction between a Bosnian and a Herzegovinian is maintained as a regional, rather than an ethnic distinction. The country is decentralized and comprises two entities, the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Republika Srpska. Bordered by Croatia to the north, west and south, Serbia to the east, and Montenegro to the south, Bosnia Herzegovina is mostly landlocked. The nation's capital and largest city is Sarajevo. Bosnia faces the dual problem of rebuilding a war-torn country and introducing market reforms to its formerly centrally-planned economy.

    Serbia, officially the Republic of Serbia, is a landlocked country in Central and Southeastern Europe It is bordered by Hungary on the north; Romania and Bulgaria to the east; Albania and Macedonia to the south; and Montenegro, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina to the west. The capital is Belgrade. After the ousting of former Federal Yugoslav President Milosevic in October 2000, the country has experienced fast economic growth (the amount of economic growth in 2006 was 6.3 percent), and has been preparing for membership in the European Union.

    Whether you are learning Serbo-Croatian for business, leisure or academic purpose, at LSI we will ensure that your Serbo-Croatian language course is a successful and enjoyable experience:

       1. Your current level of Serbo-Croatian and training requirements will be carefully assessed.
       2. Our Serbo-Croatian tutors, who are all highly-qualified, have many years of experience in teaching Serbo-Croatian at all levels.
       3. Your course will be tailor-made to meet your specific training needs, ensuring that it is relevant, practical, effective and fun.
       4. Your Serbo-Croatian course materials will consist of a combination of relevant up-to-date materials such as books, authentic documents, audio and video recordings.
       5. You will be provided with regular reports at the end of each course module.

    Corporate In-company Language Training
    Our 30 years of experience in providing business language training allows us to meet the particular needs of our clients from all sectors such as charities, financial services, insurance, import export, law, management consultancies, manufacturing industries, market research, oil and gas, building and property development or relocation.

    Intensive Language Training
    Intensive courses are ideal for people who wish to have a kick start or a refresher course prior to an important business meeting, examinations or a holiday.

    Remember that an intensive course needs to be consolidated by regular practise in order to maintain the knowledge you have acquired over a short period of time.

    Evening Classes
    We organise weekly Serbo-Croatian evening classes in central London for beginners. Beginners group classes cover general topics for those with no prior knowledge of the language such as: greetings and introductions, buying tickets, eating out, shopping, asking for personal information etc. The maximum number of students is 10 per class.

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