What is the beginning Macedonian self-study course?

Welcome to the self-study course on Beginning Macedonian! Before you begin, we suggest that you:

  1. Read some tips on what to expect when learning a language online and through self-study;
  2. Read how to navigate the tutorials;
  3. Set up your computer keyboard so you can type in Macedonian; Some of the exercises will require you to write in answers in the Macedonian alphabet and will mark your answers as incorrect if you do not;
  4. Take the free multiple-choice pre-test to find out if you are at the level of Macedonian that would benefit from our tutorials for beginners;
  5. Download the alphabet tutorial (read about the tutorial here) and familiarize yourself with the Macedonian (Cyrillic) alphabet. All of our tutorials use this alphabet. Although in Macedonia, there are some shop, hotel, and restaurant signs in the Latin (English) alphabet and some people use the Latin alphabet when communicating online (especially before computers accommodated the Macedonian Cyrillic), the official alphabet for the Macedonian language is Cyrillic and so you need to be familiar with it for survival.

Now you are ready to begin! Click on 1: Introductions on the menu on the left and have fun! You can complete the first unit without registering for the website, but to complete the rest of the units, you will have to register. Click here to find out how to register. You will not be able to see the rest of the units until you have registered for the website.  Registration is free. 

You can also learn Macedonian online through the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill (USA) Friday Center for Continuing Education. The course uses our materials but also includes homework and assessments. Please follow the link for more information on registration, fees, and the syllabus.

What to expect

For each unit, we have provided the goals for vocabulary, communication, and grammar. You can read these before you start working on the unit to let you know what you will be learning. 

In each unit, there will be between four and six lessons, each of which consist of a number of tutorials, exercises, games, and audiocasts. All of these tools are aimed at helping you master the vocabulary, conversation, and grammar. 

Each tutorial introduces the content through spoken dialogues and ends with an interactive quiz that is immediately scored. Make sure your audio is turned on so you can hear the language. The tutorials ask you to repeat the dialogues so you can get practice speaking, but your speaking is not automatically recorded or scored. Repetition is one way to learn, so we encourage you to repeat out loud when instructed to do so by the tutorial.

On the tutorial page you will find grammar explanations and vocabulary (with English translations) used in the tutorial. The dialogues themselves are not translated - it is up to you to use these tools to help you understand the Macedonian in the dialogues. At the bottom of each tutorial page, there are suggested activities to do to reinforce the new knowledge (through exercises and games) or you can move on to the next tutorial - it is up to you! 

Remember that language learning should be enjoyable and make a habit of reviewing every day!

Setting up your computer

The exercises included in the instruction require you to use the Macedonian keyboard which comes standard on all systems. 

To activate the keyboard on current Windows operating systems, click on the START menu, go to Control Panel, Change keyboards or other input methods (under Clock, Language, Region), then Change keyboards. Then click on Add, click on the plus sign next to Macedonian in the drop down list, and under Keyboard, select Macedonian (FYROM). Then click OK twice. Now, at the right of your Windows bar at the bottom of the screen you will have the choice of switching to a Macedonian keyboard by clicking on EN (or another language if that is standard on your system) and choosing MK. 

To help you with using the Macedonian keyboard, here is a list of the Macedonian letters from left to right on each row of the keyboard. 

љ њ е р т ѕ у и о п ш ѓ ж
а с д ф г х ј к л ч ќ
з џ ц в б н м 

Tips for success

  1. Online learning varies from face-to-face learning in many ways, and only you can make the experience valuable to you; all the software in the world can’t make the topics interesting or relevant. To keep yourself motivated, we urge you to become involved in a physical or virtual community that uses Macedonian for communication and ‘meet’ other students and speakers online (through our Facebook and Edmodo pages) or in person.
  2. Language learning is a daily activity, so think about the vocabulary and grammar daily and access the website at least every other day. Shorter periods of study every day work better than longer periods of study once a week. Remember: the more practice - the better. Do not expect to only read the grammar or listen/watch to the tutorials once all the way through, but try to come back to them repeatedly and to manipulate the resources by pausing and rewinding them for repeat listening. This is why it is important that you are comfortable with navigating the tutorials, so you can manipulate them to reinforce what you need from each reading/viewing. 
  3. Now is the time to think through how you can fit learning Macedonian into your daily routine. Plan to spend at least 15 minutes a day every day being involved in the world of Macedonian, whether through this website, other websites, online newspapers, online videos, or other means that may be available to you.
  4. Study in a quiet place where you can concentrate but where you can also practice speaking in Macedonian out loud. Always try to be as accurate as you possibly can. 
  5. Be prepared to write notes, make charts, and organize your learning using pen(cil), paper, or other technology. 
  6. When learning vocabulary, pace yourself. Relate new words to words you already know, whether in English or another language you may speak, or Macedonian words you've already learned. Think about similarities and differences. For example, the word "автомобил" (car) is just like English "automobile" but stressed on a different syllable. Try to use the vocabulary in your daily life and make a game out of trying to recall it.

Navigating the tutorials

You can start, pause, rewind and fast forward the instruction below using the navigation bar on the bottom of the tutorial window. On the left of the navigation bar is the progress bar, which shows you how far through the instruction you have seen and how far you have left to complete it. The button with the arrow pointing left returns you to the beginning of the instruction. The button with two arrows pointing left rewinds a portion of the instruction. The button with the arrow pointing right plays the instruction if you have paused or stopped it. The following button will pause the instruction. And finally, the button with the two arrows pointing right fast forwards through a portion of the instruction. The button that looks like an x is not enabled. The right-most button (with the letter i) will show you information about the software used to create the instruction.