Croatian is the official national language of the Republic of Croatia. It is a member of the South-Slavic branch of the Proto-Indo-European language family. Croatian is also the official standard language in a part of Bosnia-Hrcegovina, where there is a Croatian majority. This language is divided into three traditionally different dialects, Štokavian, Kajkavian, and ?akavian with the western variant of Štokavian recognized as standard Croatian.
Historically, Croatians have had a presence in the United States for a very long time. Before 1991, many Croatian-Americans were documented as Austro-Hungarians, Slavs, Dalmatians, Yugoslavs, and more.
The Croatian language is now taught in many Slavic departments at major universities across the United States.
Search for Croatian programs in the Heritage Language Programs Database.
The Alliance for the Advancement of Heritage Languages has developed the Heritage Voices Collection, an online series of documents designed to allow heritage language speakers and programs to share their unique voices with visitors to our website.
Read about the Croatian language. (PDF, 246 KB)
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Meet the Language Representative
Silvia Košćak serves as the Alliance Language Representative for Croatian. Learn more about Silvia Košćak.