Easy Croatian lessons 2 - Greetings:)
Hi, are you ready for more Croatian with me?
Our first lesson was Croatian alphabet (hrvatska abeceda - in Croatian:)), and now let's work on the greetings (pozdravi :)). I marked the stressed syllables with capital letters and put the closest possible pronunciation (for English speakers) within the parentheses – I saw Croatian teachers do that.:)
Hi! / Hello! - Bok! (bohk) or sometimes we say „Ćao“ – derivative from Italian „Ciao“, but it's more common in Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. In Croatia we mostly say Bok!:)
Good morning – Dobro jutro (DOH-broh YOO-troh)
Good afternoon – Dobar dan (DOH-bahr dahn)– actually, it's literally „Good day“ :)
Good evening – Dobra večer (DOH-brah VEH-chehr)
Good night – Laku noć (LAH-koo nohtch) – literally, it's „Easy night“ :)
Goodbye – Doviđenja (Daw-vee-đeh-njah) or we use the shorter term „Đenja!“ – remember – „đ“ is like in „schedule“ and „nj“ is like in Spanish „señor“
Dobrodošli! (doh-broh-DOSH-lee) – when you say it to a group of people in general (two or more) or to males only
Dobrodošle! (doh-broh-DOSH-leh) – when you say it to a group of females only
Dobrodošao! (doh-broh-DOSHAH-oh) – when you say it to one male
Dobrodošla! (doh-broh-DOSH-lah) – when you say it to one female
See you soon! – Vidimo se uskoro! (veedeemoh seh OOS-kohroh)
Greetings! – Pozdrav! (POHZ-drahv)
I hope you like the lesson and am eager to work on some audio lessons so you can actually enjoy listening to this beautiful language.:) Next lessons are – Getting know, Basic and common phrases, Members of the family, Numbers, etc.... Hungry for more?? Glad to hear that! I'll try not to let you down.:)
And let me know if you want me to change something in order to improve...I wanna keep things short,step-by-step,easy and fun,quite unconventional actually..cause Croatian language is tough and I don't want you to quit learning once you reach our grammar which is a pain in the... something... :D and yes,please feel free to ask me anything you want to know regarding to my language:)
XOXO from Marina:) and POZDRAV!! :):*
I didn't know there were so many alternatives of "Welcome". I only thought it was "dobrodosli". I wonder how you're going to explain Padež. Thanks for the lesson.
I spent 4 months learning Croatian, became fairly conversational. Used it once - then forgot everything. I'm hoping to come back to Croatian late this year after taking a German exam and finishing my Spanish book.
Dobrodošli u Hrvatsku! Welcome to Croatia! :) I truly hope you'll visit my country again!:) and good luck with your language projects!;) SRETNO! (good luck)
curious about a few things.
you really cannot use dobar dan in the morning? maybe dobro jutro is a bit weird at 11 am, so an all-day alternative would be useful.
is laku noć strictly for leaving/parting while dobra večer is strictly for meeting?
are bok/ćao for both directions? (hi/bye)?
I'm happy to help:) so,we DO say dobro jutro in the morning (until 10 or 11 am,really not strict rules here,trust me...) and dobar dan during the day:) laku noć is for leaving the crowd at night and for wishing someone good night as it is,and dobra večer is when you meet someone at the evening,yes:) and bok/ćao is for both directions.feel free to ask anything,I'll do my best to explain.:) take care:**
thanks. the things i asked about is some of what needs to be considered when actually making a greetings skill in the incubator. who knows, one day croatian could get there.
"dobar dan" would be guaranteed to create heated discussions. if your main translation were "good afternoon", the users would report "wrong translation" ad nauseum. (i imagine croatian has a specific "good afternoon" greeting that is much less common than dobar dan. dobro poslijepodne?) and you would have to accept "good morning" and "(a) good day" for literals and aussies. the best translation of "dobar dan" may well be "hello" because it is actually nowhere as informal as "hi". still more user discussions for that :-)
thanks, and good luck with your work here!
yeah,simplifing things should definitely be taken under consideration when preparing the language for a platform like Duolingo:) thanks a bunch and good luck to you too;) xo
Marina, great post , thank you for the lesson ! These greetings seem similar (in some ways) to Russian ones..
actually you'd be surprised how many similarities we have with Russian language:)
Thank you, Marina, I will be looking forward to your next lessons..Congratulations with the birth of your second child..you mentioned that in your first post..wishing you and your little ones lots of health! :-))