Croatian Language Lessons – April 2020

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Every Monday, we publish a new Croatian phrase and word of the week on the home page of this site. At the end of every month, we publish a wrap up of all of the phrases and words from that month.

Here is a wrap up of our Croatian Language Lessons from April 2020.

Week of April 27

Phrase

“Tko to more platit”
Meaning: Who will pay for this
Usage: Used to convey that something is priceless, or that it has so much value, it should cost a lot. If you are laying on the beach, gazing at the crystal clear sea with the islands in the distance, you could turn to your friend and say “tko to more platit”.

Word

“nikada/nikad”
Adverb
Definition: Never
Usage Tip: “Nikada” is always used in combination with another negative.
Example: Nikad neću napustiti Hrvatsku. ~ I will never leave Croatia.
See examples of how to use “nikada”

Week of April 20

Phrase

“sve dobro”
Meaning: All good
Usage: Can be used as an answer when some asks you how you are (kako si, kako ste, šta ima, kaj ima). Can also be used to ask how someone is doing by adding a question mark, like “sve dobro?”.

Word

“stranac”
Noun
Definition: Foreigner, stranger, alien, non-citizen
Example: Ja sam stranac u ovoj čudnoj zemlji. ~ I am a foreigner in this strange land.

Week of April 13

Phrase

svaka čast
Meaning: “Well done” or “good job”
Usage: It can be used to genuinely mean “well done” or it can be sarcastically used in response to something being screwed up, like a slow clap.

Word

zdravlje
Noun
Definition: Health, wellness, sanity
Example: Želim vam dobro zdravlje. ~ I wish you good health.

 

Week of April 6

Phrase

“ima/nema dvije čiste”
Meaning: Literally means “two clean thoughts”, but used to refer to someone’s sense or lack of sense.
Usage: It is most commonly used as “nema dva čiste” to mean that someone does not have sense.

Word

“hodati”
Verb
Definition: To walk, march
Example: Jučer sam hodala oko mojega kvarta. ~ Yesterday I walked around my neighborhood.
See more examples of how to use “hodati”.

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4 thoughts on “Croatian Language Lessons – April 2020

  1. Amy
    May 6, 2020 @ 4:56 pm

    These/you are great!
    Hvala punk!

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  2. Adam Marlow
    May 13, 2020 @ 3:30 am

    Sara,
    I’ve been learning a lot from your blog and I really want to thank you for your hard work and diligence with sharing so much info that is important to me… namely, living abroad in Croatia and the many topics that affect the quality of life for those that choose this path. You’re very inspiring!
    I was last in Croatia in 2016 and now plan to return in 2021. I’ve recently begun working on my language proficiency (it will be a long but worthy road), and I’m shopping for an online tutor to help me. My question is… how much should I depend on dialect when learning my beginner level skills? I plan to travel to Zagreb (Kaikavian?) but am also interested in returning to Zadar/Ugljan (Chakavian?) and Dubrovnik (Shtokavian?). Just wanted your opinion before starting lessons with a tutor.
    Puno hvala!
    Adam

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    • Expat in Croatia
      May 15, 2020 @ 10:27 am

      Hi Adam,

      Thanks for following! I’m happy to hear you are finding the content relevant and helpful. That has always been the goal. 🙂

      My recommendation is to focus on formal Croatian, then pepper in dialect as you get comfortable with the standard language. If your home base will be Zagreb, then it will be easier as their dialect is not as prominent as say Split or the islands. My tutors taught me formal Croatian, but would let me know of a Split dialect difference as it came up in lessons.

      If there are any specific language areas you’d like to see us cover, just let me know. Good luck with your lessons!

      Cheers,

      Sara

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