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 weeks from that month.
Here is a wrap up of our Croatian Language Lessons from September 2019.
Week of September 30
Meaning: I want nothing.
Usage: You’ve spotted a friend at a caffe bar and sit down with them, but don’t want to order anything. When the server comes over, say, “Neću ništu”.
Definition: Quiet, silence, lack of any sound
Example: Na Visu sam zatekala tišinu. ~ On Vis I found silence.
View “tišina” in all cases.
Week of September 23
“Mi nismo od jučer”
Meaning: Literally means “we are not from yesterday”, but in practice means “we have known each other a long time”.
Definition: to forfeit; to suffer the loss; cause (something) to cease to be in one’s possession or capability; (reflexive) to get lost, disappear
Example: Izgubila sam igru pokera. ~ I lost the poker game.
View “izgubiti” in all cases.
Week of September 16
Meaning: Third time’s a charm
Example: Imam radost zbog živim u hrvatskoj ~ I have joy because I live in Croatia.
View “radost” in all cases.
Week of September 9
“Ja se žurim”
Meaning: I am in a hurry.
Example: Use this when someone tries to cut the line at the supermarket because they think their time is more valuable than yours.
Definition: Constantly during a certain period, or regularly at stated intervals; always
Example: Na Bepini je pizza uvijek izvrsna. ~ The pizza is always excellent at Bepina.
Week of September 2
Meaning: I can imagine.
Definition: to taste, try (food); to try on (clothes)
Example: Želim probati trešnji sladoled. ~ I want to try the cherry ice cream.
View “probati” in all cases.