Croatian language lessons 2021

Every Monday, we publish a new Croatian phrase and word of the week on our home page. At the end of the year, we publish an annual wrap-up.

Here is a wrap-up of our Croatian language lessons from 2021.

Earthquake special edition

Phrase

“Spasi me!”
Meaning: Save me, rescue me

Word

“potres”
Noun
Definition: earthquake, quake, concussion, shake
Example: Potres je bio 6,2 prema Richteru. ~ The earthquake was 6.2 on the Richter scale.
See more examples of how to use “potres”

Week of January 4

Phrase

“Pogledaj (ovo)!”
Meaning: Take a look (at this)!

Word

“piti”
Verb
Definition: drink
Example: Voliš li piti vino? ~ Do you like to drink wine?
See more examples of how to use “piti”

Week of January 11

Phrase

“Ići niz dlaku”
Meaning: Go down the hair
Usage: To flatter or agree to everything without expressing your opinion

Word

“noću”
Adverb
Definition: at night
Example: Noću je vrlo hladno. ~ It is very cold at night.
See more examples of how to use “noću”

Week of January 18

Phrase

“Pusti si mira; daj si mira”
Meaning: Don’t bother

Word

“iskren”
Adjective
Definition: honest, sincere
Example: On je uvijek iskren. ~ He is always honest.
See more examples of how to use “iskren”

Week of January 25

Phrase

“Razumijem (te)”
Meaning: I understand (you)
Usage: To confirm that you have empathy or understand someone

Word

“snow”
Noun
Definition: snijeg
Example: Obožavam snijeg. ~ I adore the snow.
See more examples of how to use “snijeg”

Week of February 1

Phrase

“Ne ide mi u glavu”
Meaning: It doesn’t enter my head

Word

“izaći”
Verb
Definition: come out, get out, go out
Example: Ajmo izaći ovaj vikend! ~ Let’s go out this weekend.
See more examples of how to use “izaći”

Week of February 8

Phrase

“Na očigled”
Meaning: Obviously

Word

“ovako”
Adverb
Definition: like this, this way
Example: Skuhaj kavu ovako. ~ Make coffee like this.
See more examples of how to use “ovako”

Week of February 15

Phrase

“Svako malo”
Meaning: Every now and then

Word

“čaša”
Noun
Definition: cup, class
Example: Daj mi čašu vode. ~ Give me a glass of water. 
See more examples of how to use “čaša”

Week of February 22

Phrase

“Visok kao kuća
Meaning: Big as a house

Word

“sanjati”
Verb
Definition: to dream
Example: Sanjala sam te prošle noći. ~ I dreamed of you last night.
See more examples of how to use “sanjati”

Week of March 1

Phrase

“Skakati si u usta”
Meaning: To jump in your own mouth
Usage: To give contradictory statements

Word

“sretan”
Adjective
Definition: happy, lucky, fortunate
Example: Sretna sam. ~ I am happy.
See more examples of how to use “sretan”

Week of March 8

Phrase

“Tako to ide”
Meaning: That’s how it goes
Usage: To say that something’s happening according to expectation or observation

Word

“proljeće”
Noun
Definition: spring
Example: Volim proljeće. ~ I love spring.
See more examples of how to use “proljeće”

Week of March 15

Phrase

“Od sada”
Meaning: From now on

Word

“gledati”
Verb
Definition: look, watch, see
Example: Samo gledam. ~ I am just looking (around).
See more examples of how to use “gledati”

Week of March 22

Phrase

“Čini mi se da je…”
Meaning: It seems to me that…

Word

“lako”
Adverb
Definition: easy, easily
Example: To je bilo lako. ~ It was easy.
See more examples of how to use “lako”

Week of March 29

Phrase

“Prija mi”
Meaning: It pleases me

Word

“crn”
Adjective
Definition: black, dark
Example:
Volim crni rižot u Konobi Marjan. ~ I love the black risotto at Konoba Marjan.
See more examples of how to use “crn”

Week of April 5

Phrase

“Smučio mi se…”
Meaning: I am tired by…
Usage: If you are male, use Smučio. If you are female, use Smučila. If you identify as neither, use Smučilo.

Word

“vatra”
Noun
Definition: fire, flame
Example: Zapali vatru. ~ Light the fire.
See more examples of how to use “vatra”

Week of April 12

Phrase

“Vjerujem tebi/ti”
Meaning: I believe you

Word

“putovati”
Verb
Definition: to travel, tour
Example: Uskoro ću putovati u Texas. ~ I will travel to Texas soon.
See more examples of how to use “putovati”

Week of April 19

Phrase

“On(a) mi se sviđa”
Meaning: I like him/her.
Usage: If you are talking about a male, use On mi se sviđa. For female, use Ona mi se sviđa.

Word

“žedan”
Adjective
Definition: thirsty
Example: Jako sam žedna. ~ I am very thirsty.
See more examples of how to use “žedan”

Week of April 26

Phrase

“U međuvremenu”
Meaning: In the meantime…

Word

“zavidjeti”
Verb
Definition: to be envious
Example: Svi joj zavide. ~ Everyone is envious of her.
See more examples of how to use “zavidjeti”

Week of May 3

Phrase

“Nedostaješ mi”
Meaning: I miss you

Word

“strast”
Noun
Definition: passion
Example: Imam strast za baletom. ~ I have a passion for ballet.
See more examples of how to use “strast”

Week of May 10

Phrase

“Nije moguće”
Meaning: It is not possible

Word

“zatvoren”
Adjective
Definition: closed
Example: Moj omiljeni restoran je zatvoren. ~ My favorite restaurant is closed.
See more examples of how to use “zatvoren”

Week of May 17

Phrase

“Nisam htjela/htio”
Meaning: I did not mean to
Usage: If you are female use Nisam htjela. If you are male use Nisam htio.

Word

“svakako”
Adverb
Definition: definitely, certainly, surely
Example: Svakako ću kupiti novu haljinu. ~ I will definitely buy a new dress.
See more examples of how to use “svakako”

Week of May 24

Phrase

“Dosadno mi je”
Meaning: I am bored

Word

“istodobno”
Adverb
Definition: simultaneously, at the same time
Example: Došle smo istodobno. ~ We came at the same time.
See more examples of how to use “istodobno”

Week of May 31

Phrase

“svijet je poludio”
Meaning: the world has gone mad

Word

“bolestan”
Adjective
Definition: sick, ill
Example: Samir je bolestan. Previše ćevapa. ~ Samir is ill. Too much ćevapi.
See more examples of how to use “bolestan”

Week of June 7

Phrase

“vezano za”
Meaning: in connection to…

Word

“sunce”
Noun
Definition: sun
Example: Konačno, sunce sija. ~ Finally, the sun shines.
See more examples of how to use “sunce”

Week of June 14

Phrase

“sve bih ponovio/la”
Meaning: I would do it all again
Usage: If you are female, use Sve bih ponovila. If you are male, use Sve bih ponovio. If you identify as neither, you can use Sve bih ponovilo.

Word

“slaviti”
Verb
Definition: celebrate, glorify
Example: Tina slavi rođendan. ~ Tina is celebrating a birthday.
See more examples of how to use “slaviti”

Week of June 21

Phrase

“izgledaš kao avion”
Meaning: you look like a plane
Usage: to say that someone looks awesome

Word

“sad”
Adverb
Definition: now
Example: Umirem od gladi. Sad idemo jesti. ~ I’m starving. Now let’s go eat.
See more examples of how to use “sad”

Week of June 28

Phrase

“sva sreća”
Meaning: luckily

Word

“duga”
Noun
Definition: rainbow
Example: Vidim dugu. ~ I see a rainbow.
See more examples of how to use “duga”

Week of July 5

Phrase

“ne može”
Meaning: no
Literal translation: can’t

Word

“kuhati”
Verb
Definition: cook, boil
Example: Kuham juhu. ~ I’m cooking soup.
See more examples of how to use “kuhati”

Week of July 12

Phrase

“slijepi putnik/ca”
Meaning: hidden passenger
Definition: A person who travels without travel documents
Usage: If you are referring to female use slijepa putnica.
If you are referring to male use slijepi putnik.

Word

“zabavan”
Adjective
Definition: fun, amusing, entertaining
Example: Film je zabavan. ~ The movie is fun.
See more examples of how to use “zabavan”

Week of July 19

Phrase

“ptičja perspektiva”
Meaning: bird’s eye view
Usage: to watch something from the sky

Word

“brzo
Adverb
Definition: quickly, fast
Example: Ona vozi brzo. ~ She drives fast.
See more examples of how to use “brzo”

Week of July 26

Phrase

“hladiti jaja”
Meaning: to chill balls

Word

“more”
Noun
Definition: sea
Example: More je toplo. ~ The sea is warm.
See more examples of how to use “more”

Week of August 2

Phrase

“luda kuća”
Meaning: crazy house
Usage: To describe something that is full of mess and chaos

Word

“vježbati”
Verb
Definition: to practice
Example: Vježbam jogu. ~ I practice yoga.
See more examples of how to use “vježbati”

Week of August 9

Phrase

“sve po spisku”
Meaning: all on the list

Word

“lud”
Adjective
Definition: crazy, mad, insane
Example: On je lud. ~ He is crazy.
See more examples of how to use “lud”

Week of August 16

Phrase

“naježiti se”
Meaning: to get chills

Word

“bicikl
Noun
Definition: bike, bicycle
Example: Imam novi bicikl. ~ I have a new bike.
See more examples of how to use “bicikl”

Week of August 23

Phrase

“usmena predaja”
Meaning: from mouth to mouth

Word

“saditi”
Verb
Definition: plant, pot
Example: Sadim krumpir/e. ~ I plant potatoes.
Note: Croatians usually use Sadim krumpir (singular) in daily conversation. However, Sadim krumpire (plural) is the grammatically correct translation.
See more examples of how to use “saditi”

Week of August 30

Phrase

“ne može bolje”
Meaning: as good as it gets
Usage: To say that something can’t be better than it is

Word

“zdrav”
Adjective
Definition: healthy
Example: Grandma is healthy. She will outlive us all. ~ Baka je zdrava. Sve će nas nadživjeti.
See more examples of how to use “zdrav”

Week of September 6

Phrase

“sve ostalo”
Meaning: everything else

Word

“puno”
Adverb
Definition: much, lot
Example: Ovo je puno. ~ This is a lot.
See more examples of how to use “puno”

Week of  September 13

Phrase

“ispeći zanat”
Meaning: to become an expert

Word

“kava
Noun
Definition: coffee
Example: Ova kava je jaka. ~ This coffee is strong.
See more examples of how to use “kava”

Week of September 20

Phrase

“zbrda zdola”
Meaning: helter skelter
Usage: to say that something is without any sense and order

Word

“svirati”
Verb
Definition: play
Example: Sviram gitaru. ~ I play the guitar.
See more examples of how to use “svirati”

Week of September 27

Phrase

“samo mi javi”
Meaning: just let me know

Word

“pospan”
Adjective
Definition: sleepy
Example: Jako sam pospana. ~ I’m very sleepy.
See more examples of how to use “pospan”

Week of October 4

Phrase

“baš lijepo, baš lipo (in Dalmatia)”
Meaning: nice
Literal translation: just nice, extra nice

Word

“naći”
Verb
Definition: find, detect
Example: Našla sam 100 kuna. ~ I found 100 kuna.
See more examples of how to use “naći”

Week of October 11

Phrase

“makni mi se s puta”
Meaning: get out of my way

Word

“umjesto
Adverb
Definition: instead (of)
Example: Idi umjesto mene. ~ Go instead of me.
See more examples of how to use “umjesto”

Week of October 18

Phrase

“Možete li ovo spakirati?”
Meaning: Can you pack this?
Usage: Can be used to ask a waiter to pack up your leftovers so you can take them with you.

Word

“voda”
Noun
Definition: water
Example: Voda je čista. ~ The water is clean.
See more examples of how to use “voda”

Week of October 25

Phrase

“u redu je”
Meaning: it is fine/okay

Word

“star”
Adjective
Definition: old
Example: Moj pas je jako star. ~ My dog is very old.
See more examples of how to use “star”

Week of November 1

Phrase

“zadrži ostatak”
Meaning: keep the change

Word

“naočale”
Noun
Definition: glasses, eyeglasses
Example: Trebam nositi naočale. ~ I need to wear glasses.
See more examples of how to use “naočale”

Week of November 8

Phrase

“samo to”
Meaning: just/only that

Word

“jesti”
Verb
Definition: eat
Example: Hoćemo li jesti? ~ Are we going to eat?
See more examples of how to use “jesti”

Week of November 15

Phrase

“za minutu”
Meaning: in a minute

Word

“vrijeme
Noun
Definition: time, weather
Example: Sad je pravo vrijeme. ~ Now is the right time.
See more examples of how to use “vrijeme”

Week of November 22

Phrase

“budi tiho”
Meaning: be quiet

Word

“kasnije”
Adverb
Definition: later, afterwards
Example: Vidimo se kasnije. ~ See you later.
See more examples of how to use “kasnije”

Week of November 29

Phrase

“obuci se”
Meaning: get dressed

Word

“malen”
Adjective
Definition: small, little
Example: Pogledaj malenu pticu! ~ Look at the little bird!
See more examples of how to use “malen”

Week of December 6

Phrase

“Idem doma”
Meaning: I’m going home

Word

“ići”
Verb
Definition: go
Example: Idemo na praznike. ~ We’re going on holidays.
See more examples of how to use “ići”

Week of December 13

Phrase

“sakrij se”
Meaning: hide (yourself)

Word

“deka”
Noun
Definition: blanket, rug
Example: Pokrij se dekom. ~ Cover yourself with a blanket.
See more examples of how to use “deka”

Week of December 20

Phrase

“Sretan Božić!”
Meaning: Merry Christmas!

Word

“blagdan
Noun
Definition: holiday, feast
Example: Božić je blagdan. ~ Christmas is a holiday.
See more examples of how to use “blagdan”

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