Sunday, January 24, 2016

How to Pronounce Serbian R?

How to Pronounce Serbian R?


If you patiently listen to Nada Zeković until the very end of the video below, you'll find out what is the secret of the accurate pronunciation of the Serbian "r". Verovali ili ne,  the secret is in its vibration :) Watch, listen, repeat and practice!




  • The position of the tip of the tongue is upfront, behind the upper front  teeth.
  • Besides, there's a slight vibration. (Listen to Nada comparing Spanish and Serbian name "Oskar" )

Advice on How to Pronounce Serbian R?



According to Nada, the best way is to practice by :
  • simply running round the house saying the vibrant "rrrrr" :)
  • focusing on sound clusters such as "pr" (pravo, prvi, pre, preko, prošlo...), and later on other words with this sound!
Best of luck!

Thursday, January 7, 2016

How to Congratulate Orthodox Christmas in Serbian?

Merry Christmas to everyone celebrating it today! In the previous years I have shared with you:

and today and in the next seven days, until Serbian New Year,  I want to give you a  Christmas gift of a free online course!




I also want to share with you the best Christmas SMS or IMs to be sent on this day which I found on various websites:

Christmas SMS for religious  family and friends

In the Cyrillic Script via Duhoviti website

Лепшег јутра од данашњег нема, ко је верник за Божић се спрема. Срце твоје љубав нека води, мир Божији и Христос се роди! Ту где се бадњак данас ложи, у том дому срећа нек се множи, нека срећна звезда кроз живот вас води Мир Божији и Христос се роди!


In the Latin Alphabet

Lepšeg jutra od današnjeg nema, ko je vernik za Božić se sprema. Srce tvoje ljubav neka vodi, mir Božiji i Hristos se rodi!

Tu gde se badnjak danas loži, u tom domu sreća nek se množi, neka srećna zvezda kroz život  vas vodi Mir Božiji i Hristos se rodi!


Informal Christmas SMS 

In the Cyrillic Script via Opušteno

Догорева Бадњак свети и полако ватром тиња, пуно здравља и среће желим теби и твојима. Христос се роди! Срећан Божић!

In the Latin Alphabet

Dogoreva Badnjak sveti i polako vatrom tinja, puno zdravlja i sreće želim tebi i tvojima. Hristos se rodi! Srećan Božić!


Formal Christmas SMS 

In the Cyrillic Script via Stihovi

Нек Вам сребрне зраке Божићног јутра под бором осветле поклон исплетен од здравља, среће, мира и љубави… Срећан Божић!

In the Latin Alphabet

Nek Vam srebrne zrake Božićnog jutra pod borom osvetle poklon ispleten od zdravlja, sreće, mira i ljubavi… Srećan Božić!

Funny and Informal SMS

In the Cyrillic Script via Kurir

Побрините се да у овим леденим данима узимате довољно витамина ЋЕ.Он се налази у :прашен-ЋЕ сарми-ЋЕ кобаси-ЋЕ вешали-ЋЕ као и у напитцима:пив-ЋЕ вин-ЋЕ разне ракији-ЋЕ.једино пазите да се не предозирате витаминима.Може да шкоди.Мир Божји!Христос се роди!

In the Latin Alphabet

Pobrinite se da u ovim ledenim danima uzimate dovoljno vitamina CE.On se nalazi u :prasen-CE sarmi-CE kobasi-CE vesali-CE kao i u napitcima:piv-CE vin-CE razne rakiji-CE.jedino pazite da se ne predozirate vitaminima.Moze da skodi.Mir Bozji!Hristos se rodi!

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Serbian Online Course about Animals


Brand New Serbian Online Course

If you have followed my previous posts about using different groups of vocabulary to build up more complicated sentences in Serbian, I am sure you will like my new mini course which focuses on vocabulary (here comes the Christmas discount link). It is called Expanding Serbian Vocabulary - Animals and right now it covers all levels, from the beginner to advanced. You will be using the same sets of words in different contexts and with different grammar structures, starting with the verb to be, to the past tense, Accusative, Genitive, comparisons to conditionals.

This course is perfect for all the students of Serbian at different levels, who would like to expand their vocabulary in different contexts. It is based the vocabulary describing domestic and wild animals

Serbian Online Course - Structure

Each section consists of:
  • intro video lesson with me pronouncing the words
  • video lesson without my pronunciation
  • video lessons with exercises where you have to supply the missing words
  • quizzes and grammar exercises
  • speaking practice video with lots of questions and a link where you can record/write your answers

Serbian Online Course about Animals - Free Lesson





Friday, November 13, 2015

Reading Comprehension Exercises for Advanced Learners

I'd like to share an authentic text about a teenage inovator from Novi Sad, Jovana Kondić.  I made a few exercises based on this interesting story and I'm sure you'll like them!

Reading Comprehension Exercises for Advanced Learners


Right Order


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Missing Words


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Earn some Money :D


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Sunday, October 11, 2015

Listening Exercise about Large Kolo for Guinness



Let me introduce you to my nephew Aca who participated in the event called "Large Kolo for Guinness" which took place exactly a week ago in Novi Sad, Serbia. While watching and listening to this video you can do the following tasks:

A. Watch the video without listening to it at first (mute the audio) and try to guess:
  1. Kako se Aca oseća?
  2. Po čemu znate da se Aca tako oseća?
B. Now watch and listen to the video focusing on the words and phrases which confirm your previous answers.

C. Now watch and listen to the video for the third time and try to answer the following questions:
  1. Odakle je Aca?
  2. Kako je sve proteklo?
  3. Čega su se učesnici bojali?
  4. Zašto je ova manifestacija bitna?
  5. Koje izraze Aca koristi da iskaže zahvalnost što je sve dobro pošlo?
D. To expand your vocabulary try to recall which synonyms and phrases Aca uses instead of:
  1. "proteklo" 
  2. "bojati se"
  3. "bitan"

Grammar Exercise:


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