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 March 2020.
Week of March 30
Meaning: Literally means “how will we?”, but used to mean “how will we do this?”.
Usage: It can be used in many scenarios, not just as a question but as a rhetorical statement.
Definition: Eavesdrop, overhear, listen in
Example: Prisluškujem da naučim hrvatski. ~ I eavesdrop to learn Croatian.
See examples of how to use “prisluškivati
Week of March 23
“Baš mi je drago što smo se sreli.”
Meaning: Literally means “nice to meet you”, but used to mean “nice to see you”.
Example: Možemo ići u kino popodne. ~ We can go to the movie in the afternoon.
See examples of how to use “popodne”
Week of March 16
Meaning: Literally means “we see ourselves” but in practice means “see you later”.
Usage: Used whenever you are parting ways with someone you’ll see again.
Definition: Hard, difficult, heavy
Example: Bit će teška godina zbog koronavirusa. ~ It will be a difficult year because of coronavirus.
Week of March 9
Meaning: Do you have…?
Usage: This is an all purpose question you can use at a restaurant, caffe bar or shop to inquire if they have something. For example, “Imate li zeleni čaj?”, which means “Do you have green tea?” The subject should be put into the akusativ case.
“šef (male), šefica (female)”
Example: Ja sam šefica. ~ I am the boss.
Week of March 2
Meaning: Have a nice day.
Usage: Commonly used when parting ways with someone you don’t know very well, but can be said to anyone.
Definition: Fate, destiny, fortune, luck
Example: Hrvatsko državljanstvo je moj kob. ~ Croatian citizenship is my destiny.
Here are more ways to use “kob”.
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