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Learn serbian - Essentials
Learn serbian - Essentials

English Serbian
Hello Dobro jutro - dobro youtro
Good evening Dobro veče - dobro vetche
Goodbye Doviđenja - dovidyegna
See you later Vidimo se - Vidimo sé
Yes Da - da
No Ne - ne
Excuse me! Molim vas - molim vas
Thanks Hvala - hvala
Thanks a lot Hvala lepo! - hvala lepo
Thank you for your help Hvala na pomoći - hvala na pomotchi
Don't mention it Molim! - molim
Ok U redu - ou redou
How much is it? Pošto je? - pochto ye
Sorry! Oprostite - oprostite
I don't understand Ne razumem - né razoumem
I get it Razumela sam - razoumela sam
I don't know Ne znam - né znam
Forbidden Zabranjeno - zabragneno
Excuse me, where are the toilets? Molim Vas, gde je WC? - molim vas, gdé yé vètsé
Happy New Year! Srećna Nova godina - sretchna nova godina
Happy birthday! Srećan rođendan - sretchan rodyendan
Happy holiday! Srećni praznici! - sretchni praznitsi
Congratulations! Čestitam! - tchestitam

How to learn Serbian 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 Belgrade, in Đavolja Varoš or elsewhere in Serbia, 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 Serbian while traveling?

If you are a film buff, you must know that Serbian cinema is one of the most important in Europe, and nothing is better than knowing the language of the original version of a film to understand all its subtleties. But don't worry if you are not passionate about cinematic art, there are many reasons to immerse yourself in learning this language! 

Feel like having a getaway? 

With its 5 national parks, 120 nature reserves and 470 protected natural sites, Serbia protects about 5% of its territory, which has created some exceptional places to retreat into nature. Among these sites, you can enjoy the Deliblato dune, the region of Đavolja Varoš with its curious natural monuments, and the Roman site of Felix Romuliana, inscribed on the UNESCO list of World Heritage sites. 
Tourism is also present in many cities, such as Vrnjačka Banja, a famous spa; Jagodina and Kovačica, cities that house two important museums of naive art; and Belgrade, the country's capital with its many museums, festivals - including the BITEF, founded by Mira Trailović and Jovan Ćirilov - and a very active nightlife. The capital is also the city of Serbian theatre and cinema, which is one of the most remarkable in Europe, with Emir Kusturica as the country's most famous director. In the musical domain, the country values ​​its traditional instruments such as the Gusla, an instrument which is symbolic of Serbian culture and memory.

Make a success of your stay in Serbia

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?

Spoken by about 9 million people, Serbian is an official language of Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo and Bosnia and Herzegovina and is also a recognized language in some other Central and Eastern European countries. 
The language is written with the cyrillic alphabet, adapted so that each of the 30 letters - including five vowel phonemes and 25 consonants - correspond to a single sound. In addition, its spelling is phonemic, so words are written as they should be spoken. 
Here are some features of Serbian pronunciation: 
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 Serbian marks equally well the duration of the vowel and the “musicality” of the word (tonic accent).
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