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This map shows the regions of the world where Czech is commonly spoken (red circle). Czech is in the West Slavic subfamily of Slavic languages that descended from the Balto-Slavic branches of Indo-European. About 10 million speakers of Czech reside in Czechoslovakia. Czech is most closely related to modern Sorbian, Polish, and Slovak. In fact, it is so similar to Slovak that speakers of Czech and Slovak can mutually understand each other. It is also closely related to South Slavic languages like Bulgarian, Slovenian, Sebo-Croatian, and Macedonian, and to East Slavic languages like Ukrainian, Belarusian, and Russian.

Daniel M. Short originally created this map and the other Indo-European language charts for his website at http://www.danshort.com/. I reproduce these images here with the author's permission, but they are copyrighted by Daniel Short as of 2002. These charts should not be reproduced or reused without Mr. Short's approval. You may contact him at danshort@gte.net for more information. These images are not public domain.


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