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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Lesson 11: Body Parts and Clothes

Say that you wanted to... describe yourself to someone.

glava        head
torso         torso
ruka         hand
pupa        stomach
butina      thigh
noga        foot

Or maybe you just want them to know what you're wearing?

šešir                  hat
majca                shirt
pantalone          pants
cipele               shoes

Next: Places

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Self-Assessment Lessons 1-10

Lessons 1-10

Lessons 1-10

  1. What is the Serbian word for green? crveno zeleno narangasto roze
  2. In Serbian, how do you tell someone that you will see them tomorrow? Vidimose sutra! Volim te! Kako si? Bravo!
  3. How do you say "Thank You" in Serbian? Molim Hvala Bravo! Hallo
  4. How do you tell someone that you are feeling good? Ja sam dete. Meni je dobro. Meni je veoma dobro. Volim te!
  5. How can you introduce "A" to "B"? A, ovo je B. B, ovo je A. A, B se zove B. A, molimte B.
  6. Define "jastuk" You're great. How rude! Your name is "Te" pillow
  7. What is the Serbian word for the number "five" dva pet osam decet
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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Lesson 10: Colors

Colors are fun for everybody to learn!

svetlo plavo       

Next: Self-Assesment

Lesson 9: Talking on the Phone

Hallo! If you look forward to speaking Serbian on the phone, this lesson will help!

Dragana: Vukoja?                                                     Vukoja?
Milena: Hallo Dragana, ovo je Milena Zupan.          Hello Dragana, this is Milena Zupan.
Dragana: Ah! Milena, kako si?                                 Oh! How are you, Milena?
Milena: Meni je dobro, hvala.                                    I am good, thank you.
Dragana: Eh, moram da te pustim.                            Hey, I have to go.
Milena: Vidimose sutra!                                            See you tomorrow!
Dragana: Ciao!                                                          Bye!

Note: Ciao is an Italian, all-purpose greeting used by Serbian-speaking people.
Extra Note: Vukoja is Dragana's last name. In most semi-formal phone conversations, you answer the phone by stating your last name. This is a little like saying "You've reached John Smith."

But, before you can talk to someone, you need to dial their phone number! Serbian numbers have seven digits, but sometimes you have to add certain numbers before calling. If you are calling from within Belgrade, there are seven digits only. If you are calling from anywhere in Serbia, you have to type 0 11 before the number. If you are calling from outside Serbia, you must type +381 11.

Next: Colors

Lesson 8: Polite Phrases

If you want people to see you as a kind, gracious person, you will want to be very polite. It would help if you said:

Molim te Please
Hvala  Thank you
You're welcome Molim

Note that Molim can also mean "Pardon me?"

Next: Talking on the Phone

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Lesson 7: Emotions

If some one asks you how you are feeling, you can't go without an answer!

Meni je veoma dobro.      I am very good.
Meni je dobro.                 I am good.
Meni je O.K.                   I am okay.
Meni je loše.                    I am not so good.
Meni je veoma loše.        I am very bad.

Next: Polite Phrases

Lesson 6: Making Introductions

So you have this friend that you think your Serbian friend would like to meet.

Ovo je Guide.          This is Guide.

Or, if you were looking for a more elegant way of making an introduction:

Mirjana, ovo je Aleksandar. Aleksandar, ovo je Mirjana.
Mirjana, meet Aleksandar. Aleksandar, this is Mirjana.

Next: Emotions

Friday, September 14, 2012

Lesson 5: Common Verbs

If you want to really strike up a conversation, you will need to know some common verbs.

I agree          slažem se
To begin      da se počne
To bring       da se donese
To come      da se dodje
I forgot        ja sam zaboravijo (male)/zaboravila (female)

A conversation is well under way!

Next: Making introductions

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Lesson 4: Counting

Numbers to Ten:











Counting to Twenty

Next: Common Verbs

Lesson 3: Introducing Yourself

If you've just met a person you like, you'd probably want to introduce yourself.

To make it simple:

Ja sam Guide.
I am Guide.

Ko si ti?           or           Kako se ti zoveš? 
Who are you?  or           What is your name?

As you may have noticed, some people have trouble deciding your gender. To clear this up, you can say:

Ja sam žena           or           Ja sam čovek
I am a woman       or           I am a man

Next: Counting

Lesson 2: Greetings

Dobar dan!

Today we are going to learn how to greet someone in Serbian. You can start with:

Hallo                                          Hello
Dobar dan                                  Good Day

Usually, Dobar dan is more formal, and Hallo is used to greet people you may already know.

So, you might want to make a little small talk.

Kako si?                                    How are you?
Ja obožavam tvoju halinju!        I love your dress!
Kako je vreme tu dole?             What's the weather like down there?

Next: Introducing Yourself

Lesson 1: Pronunciation

To start off, you should learn how to pronounce Serbian words. Most words are pronounced exactly like they are written, but there are some exceptions.
Here are the basics:

The y sound in English is written with a j
ž  is the Serbian equivalent of zh
š  is the Serbian equivalent of sh
ć  is the Serbian equivalent of ch
u  is the Serbian equivalent of oo
e is pronounced eh
i  is pronounced ee

Usually there are no silent letters in Serbian. So, vreme is not pronounced "vreem"! 

Next: Greetings