Macedonian is the first language for around two million people globally, the vast majority of whom come from North Macedonia, where it is the official language. It is also actually recognized as a minority language in several other countries, notably Romania, Albania, and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The language has a vast number of dialects, with linguists pinpointing 29 in total. These fall broadly into three groups; northern dialects, which are similar to Serbian; eastern dialects, which are similar to Bulgarian and western dialects, which are the most distinct from Bulgarian and Serbian.
Macedonian is written using the Cyrillic script.