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Dalmatian Coast Holidays - A beginner’s guide to speaking Croatian for your vacation.

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A few holiday faq
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1. No visa is required for entry into Croatia.
2. No special vaccination is required.
3. Croatia boasts, with reason, the best drinking water in Europe.
4. Croatia has on average 3000 sunny hours a year! That is out of a possible 4380 daylight hours in a year!
5. On the coast winters are very mild, rarely falling below 10ºC. One can see lemons on the trees in February!
6. In summer it's hot but not too hot, the average July temperature being 29ºC.
7. Croatian is a Slavic language which uses Latin script, with a few unfamiliar accents on some vowels and consonants.
8. Happily, for most Western Europeans, the Croatians are very adept at speaking other languages. Most speak very good German, English and Italian.

Learn to speak Croatian
 
 
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Croatian is not an easy language to learn, as Croatians themselves will tell you. It is a Slavic language with very few borrowings from either Latin or English so it will appear very unfamiliar to western Europeans. It has several genders, a complicated grammar and inflections on the nouns as well as the verbs when changing tenses. However, mercifully for western Europeans, the written language does use Latin script and the words are written phonetically, so once you familiarises yourself with the sound of the letters, you should be able to read and pronounce the words, even if, at first, you won’t know what they mean.

It is not our goal here to teach you the Croatian language, as there are books and CDs on the market which can do it far better. We would simply like to introduce the language to you. Happily, most Croatians can speak several languages very well, including English, German & Italian, but there is nothing more impolite, we think, than being a visitor to a country and not being able to speak any words of their language at all, and one should at least be able to say ‘thank you’ and ‘please.’ Firstly, we’ll give you the Croatian alphabet, with their pronunciations, and then we’ll give you the bare minimum of words that we think are essential to learn. Please note that there are no silent letters in Croatian, so all the letters in a word are pronounced, including any vowels at the end.


The Croatian Alphabet

Alphabet       Pronunciation   Sounds like (letters in bold type)   

A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
R
S
T
U
V
Z

a
b
ts
d
eh
f
g
h
ee
y
k
l
m
n
o
p
r
s
t
oo
v
z

car
big
fits
do
ever
father
good
happy (with the roof of the mouth, almost a ‘k’)
bee
you
kite
love
mother
no
snow
puff
right (rolled. When between 2 consonants it is ‘ur’)
son
table
zoo
vault
zero
 
Accented
Consonants 
Pronunciation   Sounds like (letters in bold type)   

C-acute
C-hat
D-dash
Z-hat
S-hat
Z-hat

ch
chu
dy
dzh
sh
zh

tulip
church
duty
jumbo
shed
television

The accented vowels have such subtle differences to the non-accented ones and are so rarely used we have excluded them, so as not to confuse you. Please note that browsers will not show accented letters properly without having Croatian fonts installed, which will be the case for the majority of non-Croatians. For clarity, all accented letters in Croatian place names mentioned on this website appear as just the root letter, without an accent.


SOME USEFUL WORDS & SHORT PHRASES

English word or phrase   Croatian   

Hi!
How are you?
Good morning
Good day
Good evening
Good night
Good-bye!
Welcome!
Please
Thank you
Excuse me

Yes
No
I
You
We
What?
Where?
When?
How?
How far?
Here
There

Good!
Bad!
I want
I like it
I don’t like it

Danger!
Help!
Do you speak English?

Bread
Meat
Fish
Salad
Wine
Beer

Hotel
Room
Apartment
House

Halo! or Bok!
Kako si?
Dobro jutro!
Dobar dan
Dobra vecer
Laku noc
Do videnja!
Dobro dosao!(m)  dosla!(f)
Molim
Hvala
Oprostite mi

Da
Ne
Ja
Ti
Mi
Sto?
Gdje?
Kad?
Kako?
Kako daleko?
Tu
Tamo

Dobro!
Lose!
Ja hocu
Ja to volim
Ja to ne volim

Opasnost!
Pomoc
Da li govorite Engleski?

Kruh
Meso
Riba
Salata
Vino
Pivo

Hotel
Soba
Stan
Kuca


We hope these few words will help you out a little. Good luck!

 
 
 
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