This chapter summarizes differences among dialects.[under construction]
All Slavic languages share a lot of similarities with Croatian. They are conveniently divided to four (geographical) groups (dialects spoken by Croats are shaded):
Slovenian Kajkavian Čakavian Štokavian Eastern South
All languages in the right (eastern) side of the table (Eastern and Eastern South) use exclusively Cyrillic scripts. The left (western) part uses Latin-like scripts, except for Serbs who speak Štokavian, who use both.
The main features are:
complex declension patterns
a lot of "soft" consonants
no declension (English-like grammar)