Friday, May 15, 2009

Idiot's guide to the Cyrillic alphabet

During my sojourn in Montenegro, I encountered both the use of Latin and Cyrillic versions of the alphabet. This was a great opportunity to pick up and understand more of the Cyrillic alphabet.

Signs for streets & squares were in the Cyrillic alphabet, which is based on the one sound, one letter system. I had a steep learning curve in reading Cyrillic, particularly when I was trying to read the inscriptions on the Partizan memorials for my English compatriots!



Now I am sharing with you, dear blog readers, on how I started to learn the Cyrillic alphabet. I found it easier by breaking down the alphabet into sections. All in all, it took me just over 1 hour to get myself acquainted with the alphabet.
Click here to hear the audio


ћирилица
..................................................................................
THE FRIENDLY LETTERS (As they are exactly the same as in the latin alphabet)
K M T O A E J
Examples words: ATOM, MAJKA

THE FALSE FRIENDS (Be aware - although they look the same as their counterparts in the latin alphabet, they represent different letters!).

В P С X У
V R S H U

Can you work out the following words?

CECTPA, BУK, BPATA

THE COMMON CYRILLIC CORE (That's what I call these set of letters as they are common to other Cyrillic based languages).

Б Г Д 3 Л П Ф И H Ж Ч Ш ц

B G D Z L P F I N ž č Š C

Here are some means of transportation:

B
БРOД
TAKCИ
AУTOБУC
ABИОН
and some other words

XBAЛA
ДAН
KPEBET
ПЕКAРA
KAПУЋИНО
ЧAJ
ЖИВОТ
ПОШТA
БУЛEBAP
ЛЕП

THE SERBIAN CYRILLIC SET (Unique to the language and quite distinct).

Џ Ђ Ћ Љ Њ
Dž Đ Ć LJ NJ

Here are a selection of words for you to work out:

HOЋ
ЉУБАВ
ЂAK
ЏEMПEP

KOЊ

The sort order of the ćirilica (ћирилица) alphabet:
Cyrillic order (called Azbuka (азбука): А Б В Г Д Ђ Е Ж З И Ј К Л Љ М Н Њ О П Р С Т Ћ У Ф Х Ц Ч Џ Ш

The sort order of the latinica (латиница) alphabet:
Latin order (called Abeceda (абецеда): A B C Č Ć D Dž Đ E F G H I J K L Lj M N Nj O P R S Š T U V Z Ž

The Serbian Cyrillic alphabet is based on the simple principle of:
"write as you speak and read as it is written"
Пиши као што говориш и читај како је написано.
Piši kao što govoriš i čitaj kako je napisano.


Don't forget that there's always Serbian Phrases List in the Cyrillic version with slow pronunciation ! Those who know how to write "FaithfulFollower" in Serbian (in the Latin alphabet) will get a significant discount :)

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Proverbs - Poslovice

Кад мачке нема, мишеви коло воде. - Kad mačke nema, miševi kolo vode.

o Translation: When cat is absent, mice dance. (When the cat is away, the mice will play.)
o Le chat parti, les souris dansent.


Нема ватре без дима. - Nema vatre bez dima.

o Translation: There is no fire without smoke. (Where there is smoke there is fire.)
o Il n’y a pas de fumée sans feu


Није злато све што сија. - Nije zlato sve što sija.

o Translation: Gold is not all that shines. (All that glitters is not gold.)
o Les apparences sont trompeuses.


Правити од комарца магарца. - Praviti od komarca magarca.

Translation: To make a donkey out of a mosquito. (To make a mountain out of a molehill.)
o Faire d'une mouche un elephant.


Што можеш данас, не остављај за сутра. - Što možeš danas, ne ostavljaj za sutra.

Translation: What you can do today do not leave off for tomorrow. (Don't put off until tomorrow what you can do today.)
o Il ne faut jamais remettre au lendemain ce qu'on peut faire le jour même.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Crna Gora - Montenegro

After one week in the splendid mountains of Crna Gora, I am now missing the food! So I would like to share with you some visual displays of some of foods that I tried while I was in Crna Gora.


Crna Gora style Pita (Pie)

Posle nedelju dana u prelepim crnogorskim planinama, nedostaje mi hrana! Zbog toga bih želela da podelim sa vama nekoliko fotografija jela koje sam probala dok sam bila u Crnoj Gori. Pita u crnogorskom stilu (pie):

Only try this at home if you have a kitchen workspace or table enough! Simply amazing to watch!

Probajte samo u slučaju da imate dovoljno velik kuhinjski prostor ili sto! Prosto neverovatno za gledati!


A similar kind of method is also used to make Burek. I noticed that the bureks in Montenegro are different to the Serbian ones.

Sličan metod se takođe koristi za pravljenje bureka. Primetila sam da se burek u Crnoj Gori razlikuje od srpskog.


And then there is : Priganice (a kind of doughnut) that is eaten with the local cheese, honey and walnuts.

A tu su i priganice, vrsta krofni, koje se jedu sa lokalnim sirom, medom i orasima.
http://www.coolinarika.com/recept/crnogorske-priganice
http://www.coolinarika.com/recept/ustipcifritulepriganicevarijacije-na-temu

Prijatno! (Bon appétit!)

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