Croatian voice-over production made simple
As an established Croatian International voice-over agency, Matinée Multilingual has been providing a professional Croatian Voice-Over Service and Croatian Subtitling Service for over 25 years. We offer a selection of the very best Croatian voice-over talent, at a price you can afford.
Whether for documentary, advertising, eLearning, or IVR, we’ll help you select the best Croatian voice-over talent for the job. We can record wild or sync to picture, and deliver the audio back in the file format of your choice, same day, via FTP. We can also lay-back the audio onto your video, and re-work the captions where necessary.
To check the availability of our voice-artists and to confirm costs, please contact us using the quick Quote form opposite, and we'll respond within one hour. Or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call on +44(0)118 958 4934.
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Croatian voice-over selection and quick quote in just 1 hour
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A short history of the Croatian language
Croatian belongs to the Southern Slavic branch of the Indo-European language family. The three main Slavic language groups – Eastern, Western and Southern – developed from the 6th century onwards, with the spread of the Slav people from Old Poland throughout Eastern Europe.
Written Croatian can be traced back to the 12th century (possibly even back to the 9th century), but it wasn’t until the 19th century that a standardised version – using a Latin script – emerged. This was based on the Shtokavian dialect – also common to Serbian and Bosnian.
With the establishment of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia after the Second World War, there was a political movement to bring the three mutually intelligible languages together as one. This was called Serbo-Croatian.
After the collapse of Yugoslavia in 1991, each of the successor countries focused on re-establishing their individual languages as a way of promoting national identity. In Croatia this has involved setting up regulatory bodies to oversee the independent development of the language. Read more
Which countries have Croatian as a national language?
Croatian is the official language of the Republic of Croatia, and one of three official languages of Bosnia-Herzegovina (along with Bosnian and Serbian).
Croatian is also recognised as an official minority language in Montenegro as well as the regions of Burgenland in Austria, Molise in Italy, Baranya County in Hungary and Vojvodina in Serbia. It has co-official status in the Romanian communes of Carasova and Lupac.
Croatian is one of the official languages of the European Union.
How many people speak Croatian as their first language?
It is estimated that around six million people Croatian as their first language.
Did you know…
- There are three main Croatian dialects – Cakavian (spoken mostly along the coast and on the Adriatic islands), Kajkavian (spoken in the north of the country) and Shtokavian (spoken in the rest of the country).
- Croatian is very similar to Bosnian and Serbian in its spoken form – they are mutually intelligible and more similar than American, Australian and British English. There are differences in their written forms, however – Serbian uses a Cyrillic script, Croatian uses a Latin script, and Bosnian uses both.
- It is widely believed that the term ‘Serbo-Croatian’ was first used in 1824 by Jacob Grimm, German dictionary maker and folklorist (one of the Brothers Grimm).
The Croatian economy
Croatia’s service-based economy was badly hit first by the 1991-95 war, then by the 2008 global economic downturn. Issues affecting the economy today include high foreign debt, high unemployment and over-reliance on tourism.
The service sector accounts for 70% of GDP, the industrial sector accounts for 25% of GDP, and agriculture/forestry/fishing accounts for the final 5%. Around 42% of the population lives in rural areas and around 14% of the country’s labour force is employed in agriculture.
Croatia joined NATO in 2009 and the European Union in 2013.