Croatian language lessons 2022

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 2022.

Week of January 3

Phrase

“to je to”
Meaning: that’s it

Word

“daleko”
Adverb
Definition: far, far away
Example: Otok Vis je daleko. ~ The island of Vis is far away.
See more examples of how to use “daleko”

Week of January 10

Phrase

“Mi o vuku, a vuk na vrata”
Meaning: Speaking of the wolf and the wolf is at the door

Word

“odličan”
Adjective
Definition: excellent, great
Example: Pizza je odlična. ~ The pizza is excellent.
See more examples of how to use “odličan”

Week of January 17

Phrase

“ostani dobro”
Meaning: stay well

Word

“bubamara”
Noun
Definition: ladybug
Example: Doletjela je bubamara. ~ A ladybug flew in.
See more examples of how to use “bubamara”

Week of January 24

Phrase

“Mogu li (ti) pomoći?”
Meaning: Can I help (you)?

Word

“bijel
Adjective
Definition: white
Example: Kupila je bijelu vjenčanicu. ~ She bought a white wedding dress.
See more examples of how to use “bijel”

Week of February 7

Phrase

“laku noć”
Meaning: good night

Word

“skočiti”
Verb
Definition: jump
Example: Skoči u vodu. ~ Jump into the water.
See more examples of how to use “skočiti”

Week of February 14

Phrase

“požalit ćeš”
Meaning: you will regret it

Word

“kamin”
Noun
Definition: fireplace
Example: Kamin je neprocjenjiv. ~ The fireplace is priceless.
See more examples of how to use “kamin”

Week of February 21

Phrase

“Nasmij se!”
Meaning: Smile!

Word

“toplo”
Adverb
Definition: warm
Example: Toplo je u kući. ~ It’s warm in the house.
See more examples of how to use “toplo”

Week of February 28

Phrase

“jak k(a)o čelik”
Meaning: strong as steel

Word

“željeti
Verb
Definition: want, wish, desire
Example: Ti si sve što želim. ~ All I want is you.
See more examples of how to use “željeti”

Week of March 7

Phrase

“nemoj pretjerivati”
Meaning: don’t overdo it

Word

“biljka”
Noun
Definition: plant, herb
Example: Kupila sam biljku. ~ I bought a plant.
See more examples of how to use “biljka”

Week of March 14

Phrase

“budi miran/mirna”
Meaning: stay calm
Usage: budi miran is masculine; budi mirna is feminine

Word

“čist”
Adjective
Definition: clean, pure, clear
Example: Tvoja majica je čista. ~ Your t-shirt is clean.
See more examples of how to use “čist”

Week of March 21

Phrase

“ne zamaraj se”
Meaning: do not bother (yourself)

Word

“projekt”
Noun
Definition: project
Example: Imamo novi projekt. ~ We have a new project.
See more examples of how to use “projekt”

Week of March 28

Phrase

“vlak/autobus/avion kasni”
Meaning: train/bus/plane is late

Word

“planinariti
Verb
Definition: hike
Example: Idući vikend planinarimo. ~ We’re hiking next weekend.
See more examples of how to use “planinariti”

Week of April 4

Phrase

“dobar ulov”
Meaning: good catch

Word

“sunčano”
Adverb
Definition: sunny
Example: Vani je sunčano. ~ It is sunny outside.
See more examples of how to use “sunčano”

Week of April 11

Phrase

“odmori se”
Meaning: get rest

Word

“trava”
Noun
Definition: grass
Example: Trebam pokositi travu. ~ I need to mow the grass.
See more examples of how to use “trava”

Week of April 18

Phrase

“izvan okvira”
Meaning: out of the box

Word

“čudan”
Adjective
Definition: weird, strange, odd
Example: On je tako čudan! ~ He is so weird!
See more examples of how to use “čudan”

Week of April 25

Phrase

“javi se”
Meaning: get back to me

Word

“otići
Verb
Definition: leave, go, depart
Example: Otići ću ujutro. ~ I’ll leave in the morning.
See more examples of how to use “otići”

Week of May 2

Phrase

“nemam riječi”
Meaning: I’m speechless

Word

“mamuran”
Adjective
Definition: hungover, drowsy
Example: Mamuran sam. ~ I am hungover.
View dictionary

Week of May 9

Phrase

“korak po korak”
Meaning: step by step

Word

“ljubav”
Noun
Definition: love
Example: Vjeruj u ljubav. ~ Believe in love.
View dictionary

Week of May 16

Phrase

“bez brige”
Meaning: no worries, do not worry

Word

“sitničav”
Adjective
Definition: petty
Example: Ne budi sitničav. ~ Don’t be petty.
View dictionary

Week of May 23

Phrase

“crna ovca”
Meaning: black sheep

Word

“reći
Verb
Definition: say, tell
Example: Rekla sam ti. ~ I told you.
View dictionary

Week of May 30

Phrase

“još jedna stvar”
Meaning: one more thing
Word

“razum
Noun
Definition: mind, sanity
Example: Čuvaj razum. ~ Keep your sanity.
View dictionary

Week of June 6

Phrase

“nije vrijedno”
Meaning: it’s not worth it

Word

“stalno”
Adverb
Definition: constantly, continually
Example: Stalno sam umorna. ~ I’m constantly tired.
View dictionary

Week of June 13

Phrase

“vuk samotnjak”
Meaning: lone wolf

Word

“jastuk”
Noun
Definition: pillow
Example: Ovaj jastuk je premekan. ~ This pillow is too soft.
View dictionary

Week of June 20

Phrase

“bježi mi s očiju”
Meaning: get out of my sight

Word

“znati
Verb
Definition: know
Example: Znam dobro kuhati. ~ I know how to cook well.
View dictionary

Week of June 27

Phrase

“brzo će”
Meaning: it will be quick
Word

“bol
Noun
Definition: pain, ache
Example: Ova bol je jaka. ~ This pain is strong.
View dictionary

Week of July 4

Phrase

“samo ovo”
Meaning: just this, only this

Word

“naravno”
Adverb
Definition: of course, sure
Example: Naravno da ću doći. ~ Of course I’ll come.
View dictionary

Week of July 11

Phrase

“dobar kao kruh”
Meaning: good as bread
Usage: to say someone is a very good person

Word

“micati (se)”
Verb
Definition: to move
Example: Miči se polako. ~ Move slowly.
View dictionary

Week of July 18

Phrase

“nema problema”
Meaning: no problem

Word

“ured
Noun
Definition: office
Example: Naš ured je u Splitu. ~ Our office is in Split.
View dictionary

Week of July 25

Phrase

“bapska priča”
Meaning: old wives’ tale

Word

“besplatno
Adverb
Definition: free
Example: Uzmi besplatno. ~ Take it for free.
View dictionary

Week of August 1

Phrase

“Znamo li se?”
Meaning: Do I know you?

Word

“plaža”
Noun
Definition: beach, shore
Example: Idemo na plažu. ~ Let’s go to the beach.
View dictionary

Week of August 8

Phrase

“sretan put”
Meaning: safe travels

Word

“simpa(tičan)”
Adjective
Definition: nice, lovable, likable
Example: On je tako simpa(tičan)! ~ He is so lovable!
View dictionary

Week of August 15

Phrase

“borova šuma”
Meaning: pine forest

Word

“patiti”
Verb
Definition: to suffer
Example: Dugo je patila. ~ She suffered for a long time.
View dictionary

Week of August 22

Phrase

“najbolji/a prijatelj/ica”
Meaning: best friend
Usage: Use najbolji prijatelj for masculine friend and najbolja prijateljica for feminine friend

Word

“sporo
Adverb
Definition: slowly
Example: Hodaj sporo. ~ Walk slowly.
View dictionary

Week of August 29

Phrase

“dan po dan”
Meaning: day by day

Word

“zastava
Noun
Definition: flag, banner
Example: Hrvatska zastava je trobojna. ~ The Croatian flag is tricolor.
View dictionary

Week of September 5

Phrase

“dobar tek”
Meaning: good apetite, enjoy your meal

Word

“budan”
Adjective
Definition: awake
Example: Budna sam od sedam. ~ I’ve been awake since seven.
View dictionary

Week of September 12

Phrase

“slomljena kost”
Meaning: broken bone

Word

“poljubiti”
Verb
Definition: to kiss
Example: Želim je poljubiti. ~ I want to kiss her.
View dictionary

Week of  September 19

Phrase

“berba grožđa”
Meaning: grape harvest

Word

“sabotaža”
Noun
Definition: sabotage
Example: Ovo je sabotaža. ~ This is sabotage.
View dictionary

Week of September 26

Phrase

“bablje ljeto”
Meaning: indian summer

Word

“upravo
Adverb
Definition: just
Example: Upravo odlazim. ~ I am just leaving.
View dictionary

Week of October 3

Phrase

“sreća u nesreći”
Meaning: happiness in misfortune

Word

“ponosan”
Adjective
Definition: proud
Example: Ponosna sam na tebe. ~ I am proud of you.
View dictionary

Week of October 10

Phrase

“šira obitelj”
Meaning: extended family

Word

“fora”
Noun
Definition: joke, trick
Example: To je dobra fora. ~ That is a good joke.
View dictionary

Week of October 17

Phrase

“zadnji put”
Meaning: last time

Word

“trčati”
Verb
Definition: run
Example: Trčim svako jutro. ~ I run every morning.
View dictionary

Week of October 24

Phrase

“odlično putovanje”
Meaning: excellent trip

Word

“tamo
Adverb
Definition: there
Example: Hrana je tamo. ~ The food is there.
View dictionary

Week of October 31

Phrase

“sirova hrana”
Meaning: raw food

Word

“spor
Adjective
Definition: slow
Example: Vlak je jako spor. ~ The train is very slow.
View dictionary

Week of November 7

Phrase

“još jednom”
Meaning: one more time

Word

“auto”
Noun
Definition: car
Example: Kupila sam novi auto. ~ I bought a new car.
View dictionary

Week of November 14

Phrase

“idući dan”
Meaning: next day

Word

“hrkati”
Verb
Definition: snore
Example: Jako glasno hrčem. ~ I snore very loudly.
View dictionary

Week of November 21

Phrase

“nije namjerno”
Meaning: it is not on purpose

Word

“što
Adverb
Definition: what
Example: Što da radim? ~ What should I do?
View dictionary

Week of November 28

Phrase

“velika pobjeda”
Meaning: great victory

Word

“nogomet
Noun
Definition: football, soccer
Example: Hrvati su sjajni u nogometu. ~ Croatians are great at football!
View dictionary

Week of December 5

Phrase

“hladan kao led”
Meaning: cold as ice

Word

“zgodan”
Adjective
Definition: handsome, pretty
Example: Dina je tako zgodna! ~ Dina is so handsome!
Dictionary

Week of December 12

Phrase

“bilo kad”
Meaning: anytime

Word

“padati”
Verb
Definition: fall
Example: Pada snijeg. ~ Snow is falling.
Dictionary

Week of December 19

Phrase

“nikad čula/čuo”
Meaning: never heard

Word

“svašta
Pronoun
Definition: everything, anything, all
Example: Svašta se može dogoditi. ~ Anything can happen.
Dictionary

Week of December 26

Phrase

“zimski praznici”
Meaning: winter holidays

Word

“Božić
Noun
Definition: Christmas
Example: Sretan Božić svima! ~ Merry Christmas everyone!
Dictionary

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