Croatian exclamations for when you need to shout

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There are moments when words just need to spring from our lips in a manner beyond our control to express excitement, frustration, surprise or happiness. Since exclamations tend to be a reflex, our mind usually tells our mouth to express our feelings in the language we are most comfortable in.

If you’re not fluent in Croatian, you are probably still exclaiming in your native language. That is perfectly alright and understandable.

For the day when you are ready to exclaim in Croatian, we’ve put together a list of the most important Croatian exclamations you should know.

Croatian exclamations

 

Ajde! Hajde!

Meaning: come on
Explanation: to encourage someone to move or go faster

 

Ajme!

Meaning: wow, oh
Explanation: to express surprise, pain, outrage, reproach

 

Amen! Aleluja!

Meaning: amen, hallelujah
Explanation: to express ‘Thank God’, something finally happened

 

Bravo!

Meaning: bravo
Explanation: to praise someone who did a good job

 

Bok! Pozdrav! Zbogom! Adijo!

Meaning: hi
Explanation: a way to greet others

 

Cin-cin!

Meaning: ding-dong
Explanation: to imitate the sound of the bell

 

Cmok!

Meaning: kiss
Explanation: to imitate the sound of a kiss

 

Čekaj!

Meaning: wait
Explanation: used as a buzzword in different occasions

 

Čovječe!

Meaning: man

 

Dobro došao! Dobro došla! Dobro došli!

Meaning: welcome
Explanation: to welcome someone (from left to right: singular masculine, singular feminine, plural masculine)

 

Fuj!

Meaning: eww
Explanation: to express disgust or that something is dirty

 

(H)alo! Ej! Hej! Oj!

Meaning: Hello, hi
Explanation: to express astonishment, to call someone, to say “hi”

 

Hura! Jupi!

Meaning: hooray, yay
Explanation: to express delight, greeting, celebration

 

Iš!

Meaning: go away, shoo
Explanation: to repel, drive away someone/something

Izvrsno! Odlično! Sjajno!

Meaning: excellent, exquisite, splendid
Explanation: to express approval or admiration

 

Jao! Joj! Au!

Meaning: ouch
Explanation: to express unhappiness, sadness, trouble, regret

 

Jebi ga! Jebo te!

Meaning: fuck it, fuck you

 

Kako da ne!

Meaning: of course, not
Explanation: to emphatically affirm something is not true

 

Ludilo!

Meaning: awesome
Explanation: to express that something is great

 

Konačno!

Meaning: finally
Explanation: to say that something finally happened

 

K vragu!

Meaning: damn it
Explanation: used as a buzzword in different occasions

 

Ma daj!

Meaning: Oh, come on

 

Molim te!

Meaning: please
Explanation: to ask someone to do something

 

Naravno!

Meaning: of course
Explanation: to confirm something

 

Nema problema!

Meaning: no problem
Explanation: to say that something isn’t a problem or doesn’t matter

 

Nema šanse!

Meaning: no way
Explanation: to express wondering, to say there’s no way that something can happen

 

Njami!

Meaning: yummy
Explanation: to express that something (or someone) is delicious

 

O, Bože!

Meaning: oh, god

 

Opa!

Meaning: wow
Explanation: to express wondering

 

Pobogu!

Meaning: for heaven’s sake
Explanation: to express that you’re shocked

 

Stoj! Stop!

Meaning: stop, freeze
Explanation: to stop someone

U pičku materinu!

Meaning: motherfucker (literally ‘in mother’s pussy’)

 

Upomoć!

Meaning: help
Explanation: to ask/call for help

 

U redu!

Meaning: okay, alright
Explanation: to agree with something, to express something is okay

 

Uživaj!

Meaning: enjoy

 

Zamisli!

Meaning: big deal, who cares
Explanation: to say that something doesn’t matter that much

 

Živjeli!

Meaning: cheers
Explanation: used when giving a toast

Which exclamations do you use in Croatian? Share them with us in the comments.

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