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Foreign Words in the Macedonian Language

Macedonian belongs to the south Slavic family of languages. Bulgarian and Serbian are its closest linguistic relatives. But thanks to its central position in the Balkans, Macedonian territory has always been an intersection of peoples, ethnic groups, and influences, all of which affected the corpus of the language. Thus, it is estimated that Macedonian has over 65 000 words. Educated people are estimated to use some 4 000 to 5 000 words while the writers use some 20 000 to 30 000. Read more…