Hot Serbian Summer: 8 things to survive the heat in Serbia

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Hot Serbian Summer: 8 things you need to survive the heat in Serbia

Welcome to my blog for Serbian language learners. It contains free Serbian lessons and articles about Serbia and its lifestyle. To read more about me, visit my presentation page. For frequent updates, follow me on Facebook or Instagram.

Magdalena Petrović Jelić

Now that you’ve learned how to order in Serbian restaurants and cafes, you’re ready to come to Serbia. But not before you learn what’s the Serbian summer like and what are the best ways to fight the heat in a Serbia.

Serbian summer is short

By the end of May we’re looking forward to the summer, and at the beginning of September we realize that it’s already gone. It always feels short. Except when a warm September extends deep into October. That’s what we call „Miholjsko leto“ (Indian summer). It’s my favorite season.

Serbian summer is hot

To make it even worse, asphalt and concrete in the cities absorb and increase the heat. The hottest month is July. The highest temperatures measured are between 37 and 42 degrees Celsius. (That’s about 99 and 108 degrees Fahrenheit.) Summer in Serbia can be scalding hot.

At the same time, the temperatures in the mountains are about 10 degrees Celsius lower. (Between 82 and 93 Fahrenheit.) So we look for relief in the mountains or countryside, by rivers or lakes, and in parks. Luckily, every major city in Serbia lies by a river.

Letovanje, our summer vacation, is normally only 10-15 days long. Letnji raspust (summer holiday for school children) starts in June and ends on September 1st. That leaves us with three hot months we need to get through with idle children. Consequently, we had to develop tactics to cope with the climate.

 

8 things you need during summer in Serbia

Here are 8 ideas that will help you survive the heat of a Serbian summer, in cities and in the countryside. They’re the best if you combine them:

 

  1. Hladovina (shade). The word senka means simply ’shadow’. The word hlad or hladovina specifically describes a shade made by trees or walls that provides relief from the sun. It’s connected with the word „hladan“ (cold). When the shade is thick, we call it debela hladovina – „a fat shade“. Every house with a backyard in Serbia must have at least one tree with „fat shade“. That’s where we place our garden table and chairs during summer.
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  3. Roštilj (barbecue). Make sure to place your fire away from your garden table. Otherwise, the smoke will spoil the enjoyment. Serbian men will grill their meat even in plain sun, even if they’re burning. It’s an important part of their manhood. Starting from Serbia’s Labor day, the 1st of May, and during the whole summer a tempting smell of grilled meat spreads in Serbian neighborhoods every Sunday. Barbecue is an inevitable part of any Serbian summer.
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  5. Lubenica (watermelon). Watermelon must be well cooled. In the mountains, we use creek water for that. In villages, a well (bunar). A watermelon is simply placed in the creek so that the water flows over it and cools it down. If you have a well available, simply put a watermelon in a bucket and throw it into the well. Cool water will chill it in a few hours.
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  7. Gajba piva (a beer crate). A creek and a well are used the same way to refrigerate your beer. And you’ll need a whole crate of beer for your Sunday barbecue. Even though doctors advise us not to drink alcohol in the sun, a well-chilled beer (hladno kao zmija – ’cold as a snake’) is something no one can resist in summer.
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  9. Rakija. However, some people will insist that it’s best to drink rakija in the summer. They say beer makes you lose water too much and rakija helps you stand the heat. But of course, rakija is a known remedy for many troubles, as you know. You can try: just make sure to drink plenty of water with it!
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  11. Bose noge (bare feet). Bare feet and half-naked men are a common sight in Serbia in summer. Especially at their homes and in their own backyards, Serbian men will walk in their shorts only. Feel free to „do as the Romans do“ – take your shoes and shirts off.
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  13. Lavor (plastic wash bowl). A very useful thing, especially if there’s no creek or river near you. You can use it to soak your bare feet in the cold water. It’s a great way for cooling down. You can also let your child splatter in it. It will entertain her and make her happy. At least you’re not terrified of promaja!
     
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  15. Kišobran (umbrella). You can use it as a sunscreen, but that’s not the reason I put it on this list. It’s because in a Serbian summer, you never know when it’s going to start raining out of the blue!

 

I hope you’ll find a good „fat shade“ in Serbia this summer. Debela hladovina with an ice cold beer in one hand and a book in the other while watching my child splash – that’s my priceless combination to enjoy the heat.

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Sretenje: Serbia’s Statehood day and a Sacred Meeting Day

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Sretenje: Serbia’s Statehood day and a Sacred Meeting Day

Welcome to my blog for Serbian language learners. It contains free Serbian lessons and articles about Serbia and its lifestyle. To read more about me, visit my presentation page. For frequent updates, follow me on Facebook or Instagram.

Magdalena Petrović Jelić

[I recommend reading on a big screen for comparing the two languages in two columns. On mobile, scroll down for Serbian.]

Most words of any language are polysemous: they have more than one meaning. These different meanings sometimes coincide in another language, but frequently they don’t.

For example, in English you use the verb ‘to meet’ to express three ideas: (1) that you met someone new, (2) that you met someone as you planned and agreed, or (3) that you met someone by accident.

In Serbian, we have three distinct verbs for that:

(1) upoznati is to meet for the first time (“Upoznao sam svoju ženu na fakultetu” – I met my wife at college),

(2) naći se is to meet as agreed (“Hajde da se nađemo sutra u gradu” – Let’s meet tomorrow downtown), and

(3) sresti is to meet by accident (“Srela sam koleginicu na pijaci” – I met my colleague at the market).

 

The latter verb (sresti) gave the noun sreća (that means both happiness and luck) and the adjective srećan or sretan (happy or lucky). Because luck is something we can only meet by accident.

 

That’s also the origin of the word Sretenje.

 

Sretenje as a Christian holiday

Sretenje – the Meeting of the Lord – is a Christian holiday celebrating the day when Christ was first presented at the temple 40 days after his birth. That’s why it’s celebrated 40 days after Christmas. It represents the first meeting of the man with the God.

 

Sretenje as a Serbia’s Statehood and Constitution day

Sretenje is Serbia’s Statehood day for historical, not religious, reasons. On this day in 1804, the First Serbian Uprising started, the onset of a series of actions that eventually led to liberation from the five-centuries long Ottoman rule.

 

Serbia's Statehood day Sretenje

Sretenje by the monument to Karađorđe in Orešac, photo by Tanjug, Zoran Žestić

Also on this day in 1835, the first Constitution was enforced in Serbia. This is why February 15th is also Constitution day.

The Sretenje Constitution was a modern and liberal constitution, and it was the first one in the Balkans. Even though it was abolished after only two weeks, it shows the spirit of the time.

 

Sretenje in the Serbian folk tradition

Sretenje is equally important for the Serbian folk tradition as it is considered the day when winter meets summer. As the days are becoming longer and nights shorter from this day on, it’s a turning point. That’s why it’s often said “Sretenje obretenje” – from the verb “obrtati”, to turn.

It is also believed that the first person a girl meets on this day will look like her “suđenik” – her destined one or her husband-to-be.

On this day, “mečka Božana” exits her cave after the winter sleep, just like the Pennsylvania groundhog. “Mečka Božana” is the mythical sow bear Božana, a pre-Christian goddess. That’s why she has this sacred name, derived from the word “bog” (god).The legend says if the sow bear sees her shadow, she’ll be afraid and hide back in her cave, meaning winter will continue. But if she doesn’t meet her shadow, she’ll move on to search for food, and that means winter will end.

Nowadays, we turn to the sow bear of the Belgrade Zoo for forecast, even though she lives in captivity and is not a reliable meteorologist.

 

As I’m writing this, on Sretenje 2019, it’s partly cloudy here in Serbia. I hope that Božana will leave her cave under the clouds so that she won’t meet her shadow this year.

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Belgrade, Serbia: Meet the Serbian Capital!

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Meet the Serbian capital: talk about Belgrade in Serbian

 

Welcome to my blog for Serbian language learners. It contains free Serbian lessons and articles about Serbia and its lifestyle. To read more about me, visit my presentation page. For frequent updates, follow me on Facebook or Instagram.

Magdalena Petrović Jelić

Planning your trip to Serbia? Can you talk about Belgrade in Serbian? Learn a few sentences. Your hosts will love that!

 

Belgrade is the capital and the biggest city of Serbia. It has been named the “city that never sleeps”. Many young people love it for it’s night life. It is believed that whoever experiences Belgrade falls in love with it and returns to it often.

The most important site to visit in Belgrade is its famous fortress named Kalemegdan (Beogradska tvrđava Kalemegdan). It is located on the confluence of two rivers: Danube (Dunav) and Sava. The view of the rivers is magnificent.

Once you’re downtown, you shouldn’t miss Skadarlija – the famous bohemian quarter with restaurants and taverns, or as we call them kafana. There you can eat the local food, usually based on meet, and listen to traditional live music.

A video to teach you about Belgrade in Serbian

Here I want to share a video to help you learn different facts about Belgrade in the Serbian language. You can also use it to practice your listening skills.

When watching the video for the first time, focus on understanding the meaning and remembering the story line. After that, you can repeatedly watch and listen to the final part of the video, the text only in Serbian. That will help you really remember and internalize what you have heard in the video. 

The Story-Telling Technique 

Listening to stories that you’re familiar with can work wonders for your Serbian language learning. This is a powerful technique that will help you remember the vocabulary and absorb pronunciation.

If you liked this video, you will certainly enjoy the Tako Lako Beginner Course, where each module contains two videos like this that inform you about Serbia in Serbian.

New Year Traditions in Serbia – Why We Celebrate Twice

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2 New Year Traditions in Serbia: Why We Celebrate Twice

 

Welcome to my blog for Serbian language learners. It contains free Serbian lessons and articles about Serbia and its lifestyle. To read more about me, visit my presentation page. For frequent updates, follow me on Facebook or Instagram.

Magdalena Petrović Jelić

If you ever dreamed of celebrating Christmas and New Year twice, Serbia is the best place for that. Did you know that we have double holidays in Serbia? Two Christmases and two New Years. What do you know about Serbian Christmas and New Year traditions in Serbia?

When I was a kid, we used to write postcards. And now we write emails, but the text is more or less the same:

Srećni božićni i novogodišnji praznici

Meaning: “Merry Christmas’ and New Year’s holidays” – because there are many holidays around our Christmases and New Years.

In this video you’ll learn what are Christmas and New Year traditions in Serbia. Find out why we double-celebrate and how to wish your friends a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year in Serbian.

2 Christmas and New Year Traditions in Serbia

[transcript of the video]

Have you ever wondered why we have two Christmases and two New Years in Serbia?

I’m Magdalena from Serbian Courses, and in this video I’ll explain our a bit strange tradition to double celebrate Christmas and New Year in Serbia.

 

The two calendars

It all starts with calendars. We basically have two calendars. The new calendar or Gregorian (novi ili gregorijanski kalendar) is used in the entire state. And the old calendar (stari ili julijanski kalendar) is used by our church. That’s why we refer to the old calendar as „pravoslavni“ (orthodox) whereas we would refer to the new calendar as „katolički“ (catholic).

 

Religion in Serbia

Serbia is predominantly orthodox country. If you look at the data at Wikipedia, you’ll see that 85% of population are orthodox, and five percent are catholic. However, these 5 percent are concentrated in North Serbia, in Vojvodina. And in Vojvodina it’s very typical that in various cities both catholic and orthodox Christmases are celebrated.

 

The dates of Christmas and New Year holidays in Serbia

Between the two calendars we currently have 13 days of difference.

The Catholic Christmas (katolički Božić) is celebrated on December 25 (dvadeset petog decembra).

The Orthodox Christmas (pravoslavni Božić) is celebrated 13 days later, on January 7 (sedmog januara).

New Year’s Eve is celebrated on December 31 (trideset prvog decembra).

Orthodox or Serbian New Year (Pravoslavna ili Srpska nova godina) is celebrated on january 13 (trinaestog januara).

 

Holiday contradiction in Serbia: Catholic New Year and Orthodox Christmas

Since the vast majority of citizens in Serbia are orthodox, the Orthodox Christmas (on January 7) is the biggest or the most celebrated holiday, whereas the entire country will celebrate December 31 as New Year.

Why is this so?

Because Christmas (Božić) is a very traditional holiday and people started celebrating New Year’s Eve on December 31 after the World War 2.

Celebration of the New Year on December 31 started with communism and it’s not a religious holiday.

It’s a party that we celebrate with our friends. Whereas Christmas is religious, traditional and it’s all about family.

 

Christmas and New Year traditions in Serbia

For New Years Eve we say doček Nove godine, which means like ‘waiting for new year’. Because we’re waiting for it to come.

For Christmas Eve we say Badnje veče.

 

For Christmas we also have badnjak, which is a branch of an oak tree, usually.

And for New Year we have novogodišnja jelka – we don’t say Christmas tree, it’s „New Year’s tree“ for us.

 

For Christmas we have Božić Bata (Christmas Guy) bringing presents to the children.

And for New Year’s eve we have Deda Mraz (Santa Claus or „Grandpa Frost“, as we put it.)

 

As you can see, Christmas and New Year in Serbia are two different traditions. Božić is orthodox and religious and traditional, whereas New Year is new, and it’s all about friends and partying.

 

Since the businesses in the country and the State itself use the new calendar, December 31 is considered the end of the old year and the January 1 is considered the beginning of a new year, together with the entire Western World.

And January 13 is Serbian or Orthodox New Year and it’s less celebrated. It is also celebrated, celebration is the same (you party with your friends, you have the New Year’s tree) but less people celebrate on that date.

 

How to say Merry Christmas and Happy New Year in Serbian

For the Catholic Christmas you will simple say: „Srećan Božić!“

The tradition of the Orthodox Christmas is to say „Hristos se rodi!“ (Christ was born). And the answer to this is „Vaistinu se rodi!“ (Indeed he was born).

 

How to wish a happy new year? We simply say: „Srećna Nova godina“ (happy New Year). And you can also say „Sve najbolje u novoj godini“ (I wish you all the best in the new year).

 

In the end, I’ll wish you a happy new year in Serbian:

Srećan vam Božić i srećna Nova godina! Želim vam sve najbolje u novoj godini!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I wish you all best in the new year!

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Typical Serbian gifts: How to be a good guest in Serbia

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Typical Serbian gifts: How to be a good guest in Serbia

Welcome to my blog for Serbian language learners. It contains free Serbian lessons and articles about Serbia and its lifestyle. To read more about me, visit my presentation page. For frequent updates, follow me on Facebook or Instagram.

Magdalena Petrović Jelić

People talk a lot about how Serbs are good hosts. They like their guests, they are welcoming and friendly, etc. But do you know how to be a good guest?

There are actually unwritten rules what we do as guests. There are usual gifts that are common for people of certain age and in different situations. In this video you’ll learn what’s expected from guests in Serbia and what are the most typical gifts we usually bring to our hosts.

[transcript of the video about the typical Serbian gifts]

Hello and welcome to the Natural Serbian course!

Ja sam Magdalena, and today I want to teach you how to be a good guest in Serbia.

People talk a lot about how Serbians are good hosts, how they like their guests, how they are welcoming and friendly, etc.

But, do you know how to be a good guest?

There are actually unwritten rules about what we do as guests. It’s typical that we bring presents to our hosts.

But what kind of presents? What are typical Serbian gifts?

 

The most typical gift in Serbia is coffee.

Dvesta grama kafe – 200 grams of coffee is the most typical present that we bring to our friends or relatives when we are going to visit them.

100 grams is too little, more than 200 grams is too much, like if you really want to show off, so 200 grams is the most normal thing to bring to your friends or relatives in Serbia.

 

Another typical Serbian gift is chocolate.

We also commonly bring chocolate, čokolada, or anything sweet. But mostly chocolate. If you want to show off, or to show extra style, you will bring bombonjera (a fancy sweet-box). Bombonjera is very stilish.

 

Different gifts are typical for women, men and children in Serbia

For your lady host, domaćica, you can bring some flowers.

For your male host you will bring a bottle of drink, usually rakija or wine – these are the most typical. If you know what your host likes to drink, that’s what you’ll bring. Or you’ll just grab what you have at home and bring that.

If there are children, you can bring them chocolate or sweets, but nowadays there are ever more conscious parents and conscious mothers that don’t like giving sugar to their children, so they will prefer to get fruit: voće – banane, jabuke, mandarine, any kind of fruit. That’s really beautiful and as a mother, I would prefer that.

 

Visiting an ill friend? Here’s how to show your care!

Fruit is a typical gift we bring to a sick friend. If you have an ill friend and you’re going to visit them, bring a lot of fruit with you, that’s what we do.

 

Pick an old-fashioned typical Serbian gift for elders

If the people that you’re visiting are old, if you’re visiting grandmas and grandpas, then apart from coffee and chocolate, you can also bring ratluk. Ratluk (in English: Turkish delight) is another typical gift.

 

If you’re visiting your friends in Serbia, now you know what to do and how to be a good guest and return their hospitality.

Bring some chocolate to your friends. If you’re coming to my home, please bring some fruit instead.

 

These are the general guidelines for picking typical Serbian gifts.

Of course, you can be creative and bring anything you know your friends will like just to show that you care.

 

If you liked the video, if you like the course, please show it! Share it with your friends who might benefit from it, and help me spread the word about the Natural Serbian course!

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Hugging and Kissing Serbian Wway: Why Serbs Kiss Three Times

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Hugging and Kissing Serbian Way: Why Serbs Kiss Three Times

 

Welcome to my blog for Serbian language learners. It contains free Serbian lessons and articles about Serbia and its lifestyle. To read more about me, visit my presentation page. For frequent updates, follow me on Facebook or Instagram.

Magdalena Petrović Jelić

A common gesture symbolizing the Serbian nation are three fingers pointed up towards the sky. A national greeting etiquette are three kisses on the cheek. But why Serbs kiss three times and why do we show three fingers as a symbol of our nationality?

 

The three fingers symbolize the Holy Trinity (the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit). These are the same fingers Serbs use to make cross in the religious gesture. Following the Byzantine tradition, all Orthodox Christians make the sign of the cross with their thumb, index and middle finger touching, like the little girl in this picture:

thPhoto by Oana Nechifor

The three fingers salute as a national greeting is first documented in the First and the Second Serbian Uprising, at the beginning of the 19th century. It was the rebellion of the Serbs against the Ottoman rule. At the time, it symbolized the battle of the Christians against the Ottoman Muslims.

The salute was forgotten only to revive in another fight in the 1990’s. The strongest opposition leader, who fought against Slobodan Milošević, was Vuk Drašković. He was the first to use the three fingers again, allegedly imitating what he saw in the paintings of the two Uprisings. The followers of his party SPO (Srpski pokret obnove – Serbian Renewal Movement) raised their three fingers in the rallies against Milošević.

 

From that time, the three fingers were shown whenever someone wanted to point out their Serbian nationality. And you must be warned here not to show the sign in Croatia or Bosnia. Because of the nationalistic connotation, you might get in trouble.

 

Why Serbs Kiss Three Times on the Cheek 

Why we started kissing each other on the cheek three times and when it started, it is not known. 

One speculation is that it’s connected with the Orthodox religion and the Holy Trinity. The same custom is maintained in Montenegro, Northern Macedonia and Russia. But then, why we share the number of kisses with the Dutch, the Swiss, the Belgians and Egyptians? I guess we’ll never know.

Another speculation says that the three kisses celebrate 1) life, 2) death and 3) honor, in that order. But I found no evidence for such a claim.

It is considered to be an old Serbian tradition, but ethnologists say it only started by the end of the last century. The truth is, I remember my grandma asking for the other cheek for a second kiss with these words: “And the other one, so it doesn’t cry” (“I drugi, da ne plače”).

Today, Serbs do not always kiss three times. Only on special occasions. Other times, we just hug and kiss once, or shake hands. But adults will never kiss twice.

Hugging and Kissing in Serbia Today

Should you hug and kiss or only shake hands in Serbia?  Do Serbs really kiss three times on the cheek? When is it that they do it, and when they don’t?

After you’ve learned how to greet people in Serbia and how to say goodbye, learn all about hugging and kissing Serbian way in this video.

I will tell you what to do when meeting people in Serbia: when to kiss them, how many times and how. You will learn to hug and kiss like a Serb!

 

ATTENTION: This is a slow Serbian video! It means that I speak in slow Serbian, just like I talk to my A1-A2 students.

If you’re learning the language, it will be an excellent listening exercise. Otherwise, just appreciate the sound of the Serbian language and focus on reading the English translation bellow the video.

 

(Scroll down to read the English translation.)

English translation:

 

We will start from the most distant greeting and go all the way to the most intimate greeting.

 

The most distant greeting is a nod (I’m nodding my head now), then there’s a smile (I’m smiling now), then waving (I’m waving my hand now), then a handshake (we’re shaking hands), then we pat on the back, a hug (we’re hugging), then a kiss, then three kisses, then we have a smack (a friendly kiss, pusa or kiss), and finally the French kiss, the most intimate kiss.

 

Nodding – klimanje glavom

When we’re nodding, that’s the most distant greeting. Instead of saying “good afternoon” or “good morning”,

when all we want is to mumble “dobro jutro”, “bro jutro”, then we just nod and that’s it.

We’re keeping our distance.

 

 

A nod with a smile – klimanje glavom i osmeh

With a smile, that means that we’re glad to see someone, we’re happy to see them, we’re happy and there’s a smile: “Good day!” “Hello!” “Hi!”

 

Waving – mahanje

Then, we can wave. Ok? When we wave, the person is usually far away. When they are on the other side of the street, then we wave: “Ćao!” “Zdravo!” That’s informal. Ok?

If we’re saying to someone “Good afternoon, sir”, then we won’t wave. Then we’ll nod.

 

Handshake – rukovanje 

When we’re meeting someone, then we’ll shake hands, if it’s formal, ok? Formally, we shake hands: “Good after noon, how are you?”

And for farewell, we will also shake hands. When we’re leaving, we’re shaking hands. “Doviđenja, prijatno”, we shake hands and leave.

 

Pat on the back – tapšanje po leđima

When we’re meeting our friends, men usually pat on each other’s back. Tap-tap-tap, they pat on the back.

Or they just hit once on the back: “What’s up, brother?” “What’s up, friend?”

They just hit you on the back like this.

 

Hugging and kissing Serbian way

Female friends, as well as male friends, hug each other. In Serbia, men also hug sometimes.

If they are close friends, then they will hug. Girls as well, relatives as well. We hug a lot in Serbia.

With a hug, when hugging, we usually also kiss. How and how many times?

 

Young people normally kiss only once.

That’s modern Serbian urban culture. Modern Serbian urban culture is that the young kiss only once.

The girls often kiss the air beside a cheek, the air beside a cheek, because they often have lipstick on and they do not want to leave trace. That’s why they kiss the air.

 

When the Serbs kiss three times

(To kiss) three times, it’s an old Serbian custom to kiss three times. That’s a little bit formal.

If we’re meeting our friend’s parents, we will usually shake hands when introducing ourselves. I say “I’m Magdalena, nice to meet you” and we shake hands.

If you’re meeting your partner’s parents, they will probably want to kiss you three times. Not always, but that’s most often the case. Because you’re a part of the family. Ok?

Since you’re a part of the family, they will pull you closer to them and kiss you three times.

 

 

Friends, young people, kiss only once and that’s called “cmok”“Cmok” is an onomatopoeia, that’s the sound, mwah, cmok. That’s why it’s called “cmok”.

Also, for that kind of a kiss we use the German word “pusa” or the English word “kiss”, ok?

And we have two verbs, we have the verb cmoknuti, mwah, and kisnuti, which also means mwah.

Come here, let me give you a kiss.

Dođi da te cmoknem, dođi da te kisnem, dođi da te poljubim.

 

French kiss – francuski poljubac

Finally, and maybe the most beautiful, the most intimate, there’s the French kiss.

Or, in slang we say “žvaka” (chewing gum). Ok? 

“Žvaka” is also that, like a candy, Orbit, that we put in our mouth and chew and we can blow a baloon. That’s “žvaka” (chewing gum). The same word we use for the French kiss.

French kiss or “žvaka” means that two people kiss and use their tongues while doing that.

 

 

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So, let’s answer the questions from the beginning.

 

 

When you’re meeting your friend’s parents for the first time, shake hands and introduce yourself, say sour name: “I’m Magdalena, nice to meet you”, ok?

 

 

The second question: when you’re meeting your partner’s friends, also shake hands and say your name: “I’m Magdalena, nice to meet you”. 

Do not kiss them. That would be strange, because you don’t know each other yet.

 

 

The third question: when you’re meeting your partner’s parents, you start by shaking hands, and they will pull you, if they want, and kiss three times. All right?

Traditionally, the Serbs kiss three times.

 

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If you have any other questions, if you have comments, about interesting situations that you had, write about it below the video.

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