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While many Belgraders speak English, learning the basics of Serbian will be very useful in daily life – and is always appreciated by locals as a sign of respect for their culture.

Getting to grips with the basics will provide you a better chance of finding a job, help you to understand menus and order food in restaurants, and to generally fully immerse yourself in Serbian culture. This last part is particularly important, as the traditional hospitality of Serbians will oftentimes take you into people’s homes or have you toasting with the locals, so you’ll definitely want to be able to communicate a bit in the native language.

The Serbian language uses two alphabets, Cyrillic and Latin. Although the Cyrillic alphabet is required for most official documents, all Serbians can read and write in both alphabets, so don’t feel intimidated if you’re unfamiliar with Cyrillic letters.