Slobodan speaking Serbian
This video was recorded by Plator Gashi at the Youth of European Nationalities conference in Tirana, Albania. Serbian is spoken by as many as 10 million people, principally in the Balkan nation of Serbia, where it is the only official language, as well as in neighboring Kosovo and Bosnia-Herzegovina. A literary language since at least the 12th century CE, Serbian boasts an oral tradition of epic poetry, which was cultivated between the 15th and 19th centuries, during the period of Ottoman rule. One of two standardized varieties of Serbo-Croatian, it is a sister tongue of Croatian, and closely related to other Slavic languages, especially Slovene and Macedonian.