Learning a new language can be hectic at times. But obviously, there are some introductory words or phrases you should know even before you have a formal class. Well, of course, I am not talking about curse words and phrases. I am trying to keep this article as respectful as it can be.
Spoiler alert! The Croatian language is not that easy. It encompasses seven cases (padeži), additionally, grammatical gender. There are 30 Croatian alphabets, on the good side, there are Latin alphabets. Croatia previously used Glagolitic alphabets, the oldest known Slavic alphabet which was invented in the 9th century and used until the 18th century. Here are the top easy words in Croatian:
Upon receiving a favour or something, it is advisable to show gratitude. In the Croatian language, you say “Hvala“, and it means thanks in the simplest way. You could also say “hvala vam” which in essence means thank you. To show that you are really really appreciative, you could say “Hvala puno”, which translates directly to thank you very much.
You definitely do not want to be rude when requesting something. It is courteous to say please in that case.
To keep things casual, use “bok!”. We use this term when saying hi. Other advanced or more formal phrases are: “Pozdrav“ the translation is the equivalent to ‘greetings‘ phrase in English.
This is a casual way of greeting people. It directly translates to ‘what’s up!’ Croatian has three dialects and often at times you will hear someone say ‘kaj ima’. Do not be surprised, it is still the equivalent of šta ima but in a different dialect.
When giving someone goodbye in the form of see you, you say ‘vidimo se’. To say see you tomorrow, you simply say ‘vidimo se sutra’.
The is the precise and direct translation of goodbye.
Kako se zoveš
when you meet people, you would definitely want to know their names. This phrase directly translates to ‘how are you called’
Da simply means yes while ne means no
It means want in the first person singular. I won’t dig deep into grammar. As a reward for sticking around, use želiš and želi for third person singular.
As humans, we love questioning. This is the perfect Croatian word if you want to know the reason behind a particular action or phenomena. Zašto simply means why.
With these phrases, I believe you now have a taste of what the Croatian language feels like. It can be easy yet at the same time quite challenging. The good side of this language is that you pronounce the words as spelt.