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English Croatian
Hello Dobar dan
Hello Dobro jutro
Good evening Dobra večer
Goodbye Doviđenja
See you later Vidimo se
Yes Da
No Ne
Please! Oprostite!
Thanks Hvala
Thanks a lot Puno hvala!
Thanks a lot Hvala lijepa!
Thank you for your help Hvala na pomoći
Don't mention it Nema na čemu
Don't mention it Molim!, molim!
Ok U redu
How much is it? Koliko košta?
How much is it? Pošto je?
Sorry! Oprostite
Sorry! Pardon
I don't understand Ne razumijem
I get it Razumio sam
I get it Razumjela sam
I don't know Ne znam
Forbidden Zabranjeno
Excuse me, where are the toilets? Molim Vas, gdje je klozet?
Excuse me, where are the toilets? Molim Vas, gdje je WC?
Happy New Year! Sretna Nova godina
Happy birthday! Sretan rođendan
Happy holiday! Sretni praznici!
Congratulations! Čestitam!
Vocabulaire mémorisé
Here you will find all the words that your memory seems to have stored permanently. However, they will only stay there if you keep them in contact with them regularly, through conversations, reading, listening to radio programs or watching films, series or television programs. You can also consult this list from time to time and randomly test whether you remember the words offered to you. If not, you can remove the words you forgot from this list.

First contact

This course aims to give travelers the tools they need to quickly master essential expressions in Croatian for everyday situations, such as greeting someone, asking for directions, or ordering a dish in a restaurant. By the end of the course, learners will be able to communicate with simple words on their next trip to Croatia.
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How to Learn Croatian by Yourself? Start with an Easy and Free Online Course!

We have adopted an objective and efficient approach to learn how to speak a language easily and quickly.

We suggest you start by memorizing words, phrases, and practical expressions that you can use in everyday life and that will be useful when traveling.

Getting used to pronouncing words out loud, such as numbers, is an easy exercise you can practice often and at any time throughout the day.

This practice will help you get accustomed to the sounds of your chosen language, making it more familiar.

Once your holidays have begun, whether in Zagreb, Korčula, Mljet, or elsewhere in Croatia, you will be surprised at how familiar and easy to understand it will seem.

Furthermore, using a pocket dictionary is always useful, particularly during a trip. It allows you to find the translation of new words and enrich your vocabulary.

Why Speak Croatian While Traveling?

An official language in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, and in provinces of Serbia, Austria, and Italy, Croatian is spoken by approximately 6 million people around the world.

Dream Holidays Combining the Pleasures of Nature and the Comfort of the City

At the crossroads of cultures that have marked European history, including Venetian, Austro-Hungarian, Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman, Croatia has a unique topography and geography that favor the presence of diverse landscapes.

These range from the plains and lakes in the north to the mountains and rocky coastline, dotted with numerous islands and islets. Among these beautiful landscapes are the Plitvice Lakes National Park, Diocletian's Palace in Split, and the Elaphiti Islands. Moreover, tourism is so important for the country that it accounts for around 25% of its GDP.

The multi-cultural nature of the country is an asset for visitors passionate about gastronomy, tempting them to try specialties such as börek (a savory pastry from the Balkans) and kulen (pork sausage). In literature, the country has many outstanding authors, especially in the realm of science fiction, such as Ivo Brešan, Dalibor Perković, and Milan Šufflay.

Make a Success of Your Stay in Croatia

Whether you are going to spend a few days with friends on a leisure trip or if you are on a business trip, nothing will be more useful than being able to slip in a few words in the language of your interlocutors. They will appreciate your effort and be more willing to help.

How to Succeed in Having Good Pronunciation Within a Week to a Month?

The pronunciation of Croatian is relatively easy, as its writing is almost completely phonemic, meaning the written letters correspond to the phonemes they represent.

Discover Some Characteristics of the Language:

  • The R can be a syllabic peak when at the beginning of a word or in some borrowings.
  • The union of a voiceless and a voiced consonant in a word, as a consequence of the addition of an inflectional ending or a suffix, causes the first consonant to be assimilated to the second by becoming either unvoiced or voiced.
  • The accentuation of words in Croatian marks equally well the duration of the vowel and the "musicality" of the word (tonic accent).

Practical Tips for Learning Croatian

1. Start with the Basics

Begin by learning the Croatian alphabet and basic pronunciation rules. This foundation will help you read and speak Croatian more accurately.

2. Build Your Vocabulary

Focus on everyday words and phrases that you are likely to use. Flashcards and language apps can be very helpful in expanding your vocabulary.

3. Practice Speaking

Speak Croatian as much as possible. Practice with native speakers or fellow learners. Use language exchange platforms to find conversation partners.

4. Immerse Yourself

Immerse yourself in the language through Croatian media. Watch Croatian movies, listen to Croatian music, and follow Croatian news. This will help improve your listening skills and familiarize you with the cultural context.

5. Use Official Online Resources

There are many official online resources to help you learn Croatian:

6. Take a Language Course

Consider enrolling in a language course with a qualified teacher. Personalized instruction can accelerate your learning and help you master difficult concepts.

7. Stay Consistent

Consistency is key. Practice Croatian daily, even if only for a few minutes. Regular exposure and practice will lead to steady progress.

By following these steps and utilizing the available resources, you can start speaking and understanding Croatian in no time. Happy learning!

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Eric :  Your way of showing how to pronounce things in English is confusing. Why would you use "ch" for the "sh" sound? etc.
Loecsen : adapting phonetics to all languages is one of the future projects. At the moment we do these transcriptions with automatic transcription tools (when they exist, and sometimes they are corrected afterwards, as for Japanese or Korean), which use international transcription rules - which do not always work well from English (in the case of "ch", it works very well for Latin languages for example).
Freya :  Actually good. This is easy but fun. :)
Gene :  Very informative. Leaving for Croatia soon. This will be very helpful.
Antoinette Taddeo :  Once again, I am thoroughly enjoying my basic Croatian lessons. Clear, simple, effective.
Pamela :  I have been practising now for 3 days and am absolutely amazed at how clear and easy it is compared to other sites offering free tuition. I feel I have mastered some of the basics which I never thought I would do. It is a fantastic site. Well done
Learn Croatian :  This is really well made! Phrases chosen are very useful and it's a very practical way of learning some basic Croatian. A lot of people find it difficult to learn on their own, though. If you're interested in Online lessons with a teacher, visit our page: www.learncroatian.eu We also have a page with lots of links to different language resources that you might find useful, as well as a language test that you can fill out just for fun once you're finished learning your phrases on here. :-)
Sherrie Vrankovic :  I would like to learn Croatian so I can speak with my husband's family when we visit Croatia next year!
Alyssa Lewellyn :  My Daughter is Half Croation and is going to be engaged to a Croation, so I would like to show respect by learning the basics , my ex husband her Father never spoke Croat.
sibyllowery :   I love this program I love this
Peggy Chambers  :  I would like to learn croatia and can I get English coatia dictionary please