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Translation / Essentials

Learn croatian - Essentials
Learn croatian - Essentials

English Croatian
Hello Dobro jutro - dobro youtro
Good evening Dobra večer - dobra vetcher
Goodbye Doviđenja - dovidyegna
See you later Vidimo se - Vidimo sé
Yes Da - da
No Ne - ne
Excuse me! Oprostite! - oprostite
Thanks Hvala - hvala
Thanks a lot Hvala lijepa! - hvala liyepa
Thank you for your help Hvala na pomoći - hvala na pomotchi
Don't mention it Molim!, molim! - molim, molim
Ok U redu - ou redou
How much is it? Pošto je? - pochto ye
Sorry! Pardon - pardonne
I don't understand Ne razumijem - né razoumiyem
I get it Razumjela sam - razoumyela sam
I don't know Ne znam - né znam
Forbidden Zabranjeno - zabragneno
Excuse me, where are the toilets? Molim Vas, gdje je WC? - molim vas, gdyé yé vètsé
Happy New Year! Sretna Nova godina - sretna nova godina
Happy birthday! Sretan rođendan - sretan rodyendan
Happy holiday! Sretni praznici! - sretni praznitsi
Congratulations! Čestitam! - tchestitam

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 to 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 pronounce words out loud, numbers for exemple, is an easy exercise that you can practice often and at anytime throughout the day. And it will help you to get used to the sounds of your chosen language and thus make it more familiar.
And once your holidays have begun in Zagreb, Korčula, Mljet or elsewhere in Croatia, you will be surprised how familiar and easy to understand it will seem.
Furthermore, using a pocket dictionary is always useful, particularly during a trip. It enables 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 particular topography, relief and geography which favor the presence of different landscapes, such as the plains and lakes to the north and the mountains and the 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 is accounts for around 25% of its GDP. 
The multi-cultural nature of the country is an asset for visitors who are passionate about gastronomy, as they will be tempted 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 for a leisure trip or if you are on a business trip, nothing will be more useful to you than to be able to slip a few words in the language of your interlocutors, who will appreciate your effort and will be certainly 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, in that the written letters correspond to the phonemes that they represent.
Discover some characteristics of the language below: 
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). 
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