Learn Croatian: Types of Roads

krk-island-bridgeHrvatski is a challenging language. It has an unreasonable amount of conjugations and grammatical variations plus a vast vocabulary with very few cognates. As an expat and a native English speaker, learning Croatian is a constant uphill battle. 

So we're going to take it in baby steps. Each lesson will offer up a spoonful of new words, just enough to be swallowed. 

Our first Croatian lesson covers the different types of roads. Whether you're driving or taking public transit, the ability to decipher street names when navigating Croatia can be a powerful tool. There are only 7 words in this lesson, so speak, rinse and repeat until you've got them down. 

Croatian Vocabulary – Types of Roads

Ulica"oo-lits-a"Street
Put"poot"Way
Cesta"sest-a"Road (similar to a boulevard)
Obala"o-ball-a"Coast (denotes that the road runs along the coast)
Šetalište"shet-a-lisht-ay"Promenade
Autocesta "otto-sest-a"Highway
Kružnom toku"kroo-sz-nom to-koo"

"ž" sounds like "s" in "pleasure"
Traffic Circle
Tunel"too-nel"Tunnel
Most"most"Bridge

Let's put these words to work.

Pošta ne misli da je ime moje ulice stvarno.
The post office does not think the name of my street is real. 

Pala sam u rupu na cesti na Putu Žnjana.
I fell into a pothole on Put Žnjana.

Pregazila sam tri turista s ruksacima na Obali kneza Domagoja.
I ran over 3 backpackers on the Obala kneza Domagoja.

Autoceste do Rijeke te košta ruku, nogu i dva bubrega.
The highway to Rijeka costs an arm, a leg and two kidneys. 

Scion me skoro udario na Poljičkoj cesta.
A Scion almost hit me on Poljička cesta.

Kružnom tok u Zagrebu je smrtonosna zamka.
That traffic circle in Zagreb is a death trap.

Držala sam dah u tunelu Učka, a onda se onesvijestila.
I held my breath in the Učka tunnel and then passed out. 

Bura me gurnula s Krčkog mosta.
The bura knocked me off the Krk bridge.

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Sara is an American expat based in Split. After globetrotting between New York, Amsterdam and California, she moved to Croatia in 2012. Sara's blog Expat in Croatia is a guide for foreigners living and traveling in Croatia.

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