Croatian language lessons 2023

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 2023.

Week of January 9

Phrase

“zašto ne”
Meaning: why not

Word

“tiho”
Adverb
Definition: quietly
Example: Glazba tiho svira. ~ Music plays quietly.
Dictionary

Week of January 16

Phrase

“Hoćeš još?”
Meaning: Do you want more?

Word

“vegetarijanac”
Noun
Definition: vegetarian
Example: Ja sam vegetarijanac. ~ I am a vegetarian.
Dictionary

Week of January 23

Phrase

“luda sreća”
Meaning: crazy luck

Word

“pjevati
Verb
Definition: sing
Example: Josipa pjeva izvanredno. ~ Josipa sings extraordinarily.
Dictionary

Week of January 30

Phrase

“imaš pravo”
Meaning: you’re right

Word

“jednostavno
Adverb
Definition: simple
Example: Ovo je jednostavno. ~ This is simple.
Dictionary

Week of February 6

Phrase

“Ima li šanse?”
Meaning: Is there any chance?

Word

“glumiti”
Verb
Definition: act, play
Example: Leo glumi u ovom filmu. ~ Leo plays in this movie.
Dictionary

Week of February 13

Phrase

“imam tremu”
Meaning: I am nervous

Word

“ovuda”
Adverb
Definition: this way
Example: Ajmo ovuda. ~ Let’s go this way.
Dictionary

Week of February 20

Phrase

“kasnim na posao”
Meaning: I’m late for work

Word

“slušalice
Noun
Definition: headphones
Example: Uvijek nosim slušalice. ~ I always wear headphones.
Dictionary

Week of February 27

Phrase

“smiješna priča”
Meaning: funny story

Word

“sjediti
Verb
Definition: sit
Example: Previše sjediš. ~ You sit too much.
Dictionary

Week of March 6

Phrase

“eno ga”
Meaning: there it is

Word

“smrznut”
Adjective
Definition: frozen, frosted
Example: Voda je smrznuta. ~ The water is frozen.
Dictionary

Week of March 13

Phrase

“ovo se ne događa”
Meaning: this is not happening

Word

“dama”
Noun
Definition: lady, dame
Example: Ona je dama. ~ She is a lady.
Dictionary

Week of March 20

Phrase

“bez obaveza”
Meaning: without obligation

Word

“negdje
Adverb
Definition: somewhere, someplace
Example: Negdje sam izgubila ključeve. ~ I lost my keys somewhere.
Dictionary

Week of March 27

Phrase

“preko ceste”
Meaning: across the road

Word

“čekati
Verb
Definition: wait, await
Example: Čekam te. ~ I am waiting for you.
Dictionary

Week of April 3

Phrase

“nemoj žuriti”
Meaning: don’t rush

Word

“miran”
Adjective
Definition: calm, quiet
Example: On je uvijek miran. ~ He is always calm.
Dictionary

Week of April 10

Phrase

“usred ničeg”
Meaning: in the middle of nowhere

Word

“kiša”
Noun
Definition: rain
Example: Stiže kiša. ~ The rain is coming.
Dictionary

Week of April 17

Phrase

“idi polako”
Meaning: go slowly

Word

“dosadan
Adjective
Definition: boring
Example: Tako je dosadan! ~ He is so boring!
Dictionary

Week of April 24

Phrase

“ne boj se”
Meaning: don’t be afraid

Word

“smijati se
Verb
Definition: laugh, smile
Example: Zašto mi se smiješ? ~ Why are you laughing at me?
Dictionary

Week of May 1

Phrase

“jako kvalitetno”
Meaning: high-quality

Word

“kruh”
Noun
Definition: bread
Example: Daj mi komad kruha. ~ Give me a piece of bread.
Dictionary

Week of May 8

Phrase

“na svakom koraku”
Meaning: at every turn, everywhere

Word

“često”
Adverb
Definition: often, frequently
Example: Često putujem. ~ I travel often.
Dictionary

Week of May 15

Phrase

“dođi ovamo”
Meaning: come here

Word

“slušati”
Verb
Definition: listen, hear
Example: Slušaj me! ~ Listen to me!
Dictionary

Week of May 22

Phrase

“poljubiti vrata”
Meaning: kiss the doors

Word

“pas
Noun
Definition: dog
Example: Je li ovo tvoj pas? ~ Is this your dog?
Dictionary

Week of June 5

Phrase

“bit će prilike”
Meaning: there will be an opportunity

Word

“lijep
Adjective
Definition: beautiful, pretty, nice
Example: Onaj cvijet je lijep. ~ That flower is beautiful.
Dictionary

Week of June 12

Phrase

“mineralna voda”
Meaning: sparkling water

Word

“kamo”
Adverb
Definition: where, which way
Example: Kamo ideš? ~ Where are you going?
Dictionary

Week of June 19

Phrase

“prometna nesreća”
Meaning: traffic accident

Word

“oblak
Noun
Definition: cloud
Example: Nema oblaka. ~ There are no clouds.
Dictionary

Week of June 26

Phrase

“kućni ljubimac”
Meaning: pet

Word

“nizak
Adjective
Definition: short
Example: Nizak je. ~ He is short.
Dictionary

Week of July 3

Phrase

“dobra ideja”
Meaning: good idea

Word

“lupati
Verb
Definition: beat, bang
Example: Ne lupaj vratima. ~ Don’t bang on the door.
Dictionary

Week of July 10

Phrase

“jak karakter”
Meaning: strong character

Word

“zašto”
Adverb
Definition: why, what for
Example: Zašto to radiš? ~ Why are you doing that?
Dictionary

Week of July 17

Phrase

“vruće ljeto”
Meaning: hot summer

Word

“buka
Noun
Definition: noise, racket
Example: Kakva je to buka? ~ What’s that noise?
Dictionary

Week of July 24

Phrase

“nema više”
Meaning: there is no more [something]

Word

“siguran
Adjective
Definition: sure, safe, secure
Example: Ova ulica je sigurna. ~ This street is safe.
Dictionary

Week of July 31

Phrase

“ledena kava”
Meaning: iced coffee

Word

“vjerovati
Verb
Definition: believe, trust
Example: Vjerujem ti. ~ I trust you.
Dictionary

Week of August 1

Phrase

“ledena kava”
Meaning: iced coffee

Word

“vjerovati
Verb
Definition: believe, trust
Example: Vjerujem ti. ~ I believe you.
Dictionary

Week of August 7

Phrase

“loš znak”
Meaning: bad sign

Word

“koliko”
Adverb
Definition: how much, how many
Example: Koliko imaš godina? ~ How old are you?
Dictionary

Week of August 14

Phrase

“toplo more”
Meaning: warm sea

Word

“koncert
Noun
Definition: concert
Example: Volim koncerte. ~ I like concerts.
Dictionary

Week of August 21

Phrase

“kasno uvečer”
Meaning: late in the evening

Word

“vruć
Adjective
Definition: hot
Example: Dan je vruć. ~ The day is hot.
Dictionary

Week of August 28

Phrase

“pozitivan stav”
Meaning: positive attitude

Word

“misliti
Verb
Definition: think, mean
Example: Što misliš? ~ What do you think?
Dictionary

Week of September 4

Phrase

“nema smisla”
Meaning: makes no sense

Word

“očito
Adverb
Definition: obviously, apparently
Example: Očito sam pogriješila. ~ I was obviously wrong.
Dictionary

Week of September 11

Phrase

“budi jak/a”
Meaning: be strong

Word

“teta”
Noun
Definition: aunt
Example: Ona mi je teta. ~ She is my aunt.
Dictionary

Week of September 18

Phrase

“tražiti tartufe”
Meaning: to look for truffles

Word

“kreativan
Adjective
Definition: creative
Example: Ideja ti je kreativna. ~ Your idea is creative.
Dictionary

Week of September 25

Phrase

“dobar vozač”
Meaning: good driver

Word

“uživati
Verb
Definition: enjoy
Example: Uživaj u životu. ~ Enjoy life.
Dictionary

Week of October 2

Phrase

“ekipa iz snova”
Meaning: dream team

Word

“malo
Adverb
Definition: few, little, some
Example: Malo je hladno. ~ It’s a little cold.
Dictionary

Week of October 9

Phrase

“zeleni val”
Meaning: green wave

Word

“list”
Noun
Definition: leaf, sheet
Example: Uberi listove. ~ Pick the leaves.
Dictionary

Week of October 16

Phrase

“kad padne noć”
Meaning: after dark

Word

“sunčan
Adjective
Definition: sunny
Example: Sunčan je dan. ~ It’s a sunny day.
Dictionary

Week of October 23

Phrase

“sa strane”
Meaning: by/on the side

Word

“dati
Verb
Definition: give, provide
Example: Daj mi olovku. ~ Give me a pen.
Dictionary

Week of October 30

Phrase

“nemam pojma”
Meaning: I have no clue

Word

“grubo
Adverb
Definition: roughly
Example: On komunicira grubo. ~ He communicates roughly.
Dictionary

Week of November 6

Phrase

“srodna duša”
Meaning: soul mate

Word

“jesen”
Noun
Definition: autumn, fall
Example: Obožavam jesen. ~ I adore autumn.
Dictionary

Week of November 13

Phrase

“nije dosta”
Meaning: it’s not enough

Word

“plakati
Verb
Definition: cry
Example: Nemoj plakati. ~ Don’t cry.
Dictionary

Week of November 20

Phrase

“(može) malo tiše”
Meaning: quiet, please

Word

“tako
Adverb
Definition: so, such, like
Example: Sve je tako lijepo. ~ Everything is so beautiful.
Dictionary

Week of November 27

Phrase

“iz vedra neba”
Meaning: out of the blue

Word

“mir
Noun
Definition: peace, tranquility
Example: Trebam mir. ~ I need peace.
Dictionary

Week of December 4

Phrase

“nije lako”
Meaning: it’s not easy

Word

“odan”
Adjective
Definition: loyal
Example: On je vrlo odan. ~ He is very loyal.
Dictionary

Week of December 11

Phrase

“ajmo prošetati”
Meaning: let’s take a walk

Word

“voljeti
Verb
Definition: to love, to like
Example: Uvijek ću te voljeti. ~ I will always love you.
Dictionary

Week of December 18

Phrase

“smiri se”
Meaning: calm down

Word

“zima
Noun
Definition: winter
Example: Stigla je zima. ~ Winter has arrived.
Dictionary

Week of December 25

Phrase

“sretni blagdani”
Meaning: happy holidays

Word

“božićni
Adjective
Definition: Christmas
Example: Uživaj u božićnim danima. ~ Enjoy the Christmas days.
Dictionary

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