First lessons are designed with low-beginners in mind. Basics of Croatian language are first introduced and lessons will gradually grow in their complexity. Therefore, intermediate and advanced learners will benefit from them as well. Our goal is to to equally balance the four language skills - reading, writing, listening and speaking. Also, grammar and vocabulary exercises will be equally represented. Variety of language sources will be used - newspaper articles, audio and video clips, colloquial speech, popular songs, and selected examples from the Croatian literature. As for exercises, there will be plenty of interactive multiple choice questions, crossword puzzles, grammar drills, comprehension questions, listening and speaking exercises. Our visitors will be able to download and print selected exercises for offline learning as well. So, be patient and stay with us. Thanks.
BENEFITS OF LEARNING CROATIAN LANGUAGE
Croatian language is a Slavic (South Slavonic) language spoken by the Croats in today’s Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and neighboring countries populated by South Slavs (Croatians, Serbs, Bosnians and Montenegrins). By mastering Croatian language you will easily communicate not only with the Croats, but Serbs, Bosnians and Montenegrins too. Also, due to their similarities, learning one Slavic language opens you a door to easier learning and understanding of other Slavic languages - Russian, Ukrainian, Polish, Czech, Slovak, Slovenian, Macedonian and Bulgarian.
Croatian language comprises 30 sounds and 30 letters. The spelling is phonetic which means words are written exactly as they are spoken. Each letter corresponds to a sound and each letter is pronounced. Croatian language is considered one of the easiest of all European languages for English speakers to pronounce. The only exception is the rolling “r” (“prst” – finger, “brk” – moustache, etc.).
STRESS AND INTONATION
In a word of two syllables (e.g. mačka – cat) the stress always fall on the first syllable. The final syllable is never stressed. In some words, the stress can change from singular to plural (vrijeme – vremena) or from one case to another (“dijete” –child- has genitive singular “djeteta”). In the following lessons the stress will be highlighted in the new vocabulary. As for intonation, the voice either rises or falls on stressed syllables. Linguistics have singled out four types of intonation and devised special signs to mark the rising or falling of the voice on stressed syllable. However, you don’t need to know all of this, just listen to the pronunciation of each word carefully, say it aloud and you’ll be OK.
Now, let's practice...
NEW VOCABULARY (NOVI RJEČNIK)
hrvatski jezik -- (Croatian language)
engleski jezik -- (English language)
novi rječnik -- (new vocabulary)
vježbe - - (exercises)
izgovor - - (pronunciation)
prst - - (finger)
brk - - (moustache)
mačka - - (cat)
dijete - - (child)
vrijeme - - (two different meanings: 1) weather ; 2) time)
The following words were mentioned in the previous lesson. See this page for their pronunciation.
mama - mommy, ma, mom
brat - brother
zec - rabbit
čaj - tea
kuća - home
Before you start working on the following exercises practice the alphabet (A-Ć) posted on this page and the new vocabulary above.
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