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So many forms to express the future tense in Serbo-Croatian! What are all of them and how to make sense? Read on to learn all shapes of the future tense in Serbian and Croatian.
If you’re puzzled about the verbs hteti (will) and želeti (want) in Serbian, unsure when to use which, that’s common. Let’s learn all their differences and similarities to clear up the confusion.
How to find a good Serbian language teacher? Not an easy task. When choosing your Serbian teacher, pay attention to the traits that will help you recognize a true talent
Did you know that many Serbian leg idioms are actually the same in English and Norwegian? That was a surprise for me too!
Some English speakers make jokes about polishing their Polish, but in this article you will learn 16 false friends in Serbian for Polish speakers.
First cases of Corona virus in Serbia, isolation measures and the 1st experiment with distance learning in public schools – a Brilliant Solution for Quarantine
Preparations for the Serbian Orthodox Christmas, related holidays, Serbian Christmas Eve, Christmas tree, typical food… All about Serbian Christmas traditions today
Serbian verbal aspect explained in detail. Tips for recognizing the two aspects with examples, so you can finally understand the most boggling feature of the Serbian language
Learning Serbian, but embarrassed to talk? That’s foreign language anxiety and it’s very common. Here are my best tips to overcome your fear of speaking Serbian.
All about the Serbian moonshine: How to make Slivovitz, plum brandy, 11 more even better fruit brandies made in Serbia, and the special glass rakija is served in.
If you want to talk about love in Serbian, chances are you got a crush on a Serb. Learn words related to love with their witty etymology, and useful love phrases in Serbian.
Many people wonder if Serbian and Croatian are the same language. If not, how different are they? And what’s the difference? How they relate to Bosnian and Montenegrin? Which one you should learn?
Serbian summer is short, but hot. One month is scalding hot. There are 8 things that will help you survive the heat of the Serbian summer, and actually enjoy it.
Don’t go to another Serbian restaurant without reading these practical tips about ordering food in Serbian like a native! Avoid “the textbook trap” and stop sounding weird!
Easter in Serbia is a fun experience: cracking eggs and saying special greetings. Are you visiting Serbia for Easter Holidays? Learn how to greet your friends and family like a local!
A Christian holiday, but equally important for our history and folk beliefs. Find out why Sretenje is Serbia’s Statehood day and what it traditionally means.
You speak Serbian, your spouse another language. Among yourselves you often communicate in that other language, or in a third language. And what will your child learn?
When you start learning Serbian, eventually you’ll face a vocabulary vs grammar dilemma. There is so much to learn. What to invest your time in: words or rules?
When is the best time for starting Serbian and how to use that surge of motivation and avoid the disappointment many language learners face.
What’s the difference between Slovenian, Croatian, Bosnian, Serbian, Montenegrin and Macedonian? How different or similar are they? Can the people understand each other speaking these languages?
Wondering how to learn Serbian? If you had to choose the best technique, this is what you need. It looks time-consuming, but when you see how effective it is…
When we learn a language, the main issue is to remember an incredible amount of data. Today we often rely on technology, we use apps and watch videos. But is that really effective in helping us retain the knowledge? Are we doing our best?
In the Serbian language, verb “to be” is a controversial verb. It can cause disputes and fights and many confusions. Here’s an article that aims to resolve all your doubts about “glagol biti” (verb to be in Serbian).
My core lesson on Serbian Verbs. The Serbian present tense is both simple and complex. There are universal endings and only three types of verbs conjugation, but then it gets complicated…
The secret of Serbian cases revealed! How to learn 7 Serbian cases and what they are: An approach that really works. A must-read for anyone learning Serbian.
Serbian alphabets are even more than two. Only Latin and Cyrillic are used nowadays. But does Serbia use Latin or Cyrillic alphabet today? Why do we use two scripts in Serbia? Which one to learn?
Do you know Serbia? What do you know about Belgrade, the capital? Can you tell that in Serbian?
Watch this video to learn about Belgrade in Serbian and to practice your listening skills.
Common mysteries about the Serbian language solved: Do the Serbs understand Russian? Is Serbian the same as Croatian and Bosnian? Is Serbian grammar complex?
In Serbian language there are only 5 vowels. That’s less then in English, French or German. Learn how to pronounce Serbian vowels properly.
If you ever dreamed of celebrating Christmas and two New Year twice, Serbia is the best place for that. Do you know why Serbs have two new years? Learn about Christmas and New Year traditions in Serbia, customs, beliefs, greetings.
Learn what kind of presents you can bring to your Serbian hosts or friends. Otvaramo sezonu poklona – we’re opening the gifting season 🙂
Learn how to introduce yourself and to meet others in Serbian language. How to say what’s your name and to ask others about their names.
A systematic guide to help you distinguish Serbian C Ć Č sounds and pronounce them accurately. It’s easier than you think! Listen carefully and practice pronunciation.
How do you answer to “Dobro došli” (welcome)? If you say only “hvala” (thank you), you were taught WRONG! In this video I reveal several traditional figures of speech, or magic formulas that will make you sound like a native, and that we have in common with the Greeks!
Learn Serbian phrases and foreign words used in Serbia you must learn if you want to speak Serbian genuinely like a real Serb.
If you check in a dictionary how to say goodbye in Serbian, you’ll find “doviđenja”. But there are many more expressions that we say when leaving in different situations.
Why Serbs kiss three times? Why are three fingers their national greeting? All about hugging and kissing Serbian way: when to hug and kiss, and when to shake hands in Serbia
How do you greet people in Serbia? Did you go beyond the common “Dobar dan” and “Zdravo”? When do you stop saying “Dobro jutro” and when do you start saying “Dobro veče”? Learn 10 different ways we say “Hello” in Serbia.
If you’re visiting Serbia, this is a must read! Learn how to deal with “slatko” and how to say NO THANK YOU in Serbian politely – you are going to need that!
Do you know what is “slatko”? Let me tell you an anecdote that shows why learning about Serbian lifestyle really matters when learning Serbian language.
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