Thursday, December 29, 2011

Serbian Phrases Free E-book

This is a New Year present for all the faithful followers of LearnSerbianBlog:
Serbian Phrases free e-book

If you'd like to  hear the pronunciation of the same phrases, join Serbian Phrases course.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

New Year Songs in Serbian

Listen to these New Year and Christmas songs in Serbian and match the titles with the songs:
А- Анђели певају
Б - Деда Мраз
В- Зима, зима е па шта је
Г - Падајте, падајте с неба беле звезде
Д - Звончићи

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Monday, November 21, 2011

Imperatives in Serbian - Practice



Look at how this game is played and then you can do the same, by turning the volume down and using the imperatives of the following verbs:


NOSITI = to carry
PEVATI = to sing
POZDRAVITI = to greet
UČITI = to learn
RADITI = to do
ČISTITI = to clean
UGASITI = to exhtinguish
SLUŠATI = to listen to 
PRODAVATI = to sell
POPRAVITI = to mend, fix
KORISTITI = to use
VOZITI = to drive
GOVORITI = to speak
ČUVATI = to keep
KUVATI = to cook
SIPATI = to pour

Monday, November 14, 2011

Object Pronouns in Serbian

This is a short presentation of object pronouns in Serbian. You might have already practised it by listening to this song and filling in the gaps. By watching this video, you'll have the form in one place and a follow-up exercise. Nadam se da vam se sviđa :)

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Friday, November 4, 2011

Practise Gerund in Serbian



Try to make the following sentences while watching this video:

Volim / ne volim /obožavam / mrzim + the verb in the form of the Gerund (add -nje)

For example:  Pevati (to sing)
You say:        Volim pevanje

Feel free to use the Gerund forms which follow this video:

  1. voziti se - vožnja
  2. svirati - sviranje
  3. kuglati se - kuglanje
  4. fotografisati - fotografisanje
  5. surfovati - surfovanje
  6. plesati - plesanje
  7. igrati - igranje (mini-golfa)
  8. šetati - šetanje
  9. plivati - plivanje
  10. slikati - slikanje
  11. pecati - pecanje
  12. skupljati - skupljanje (markica)

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Talking About Summer Holidays



To answer these questions correctly, you can check how to make sentences in the Past Tense in Serbian. Verb conjugations which you'll need to answer the questions in the video are as follows:

  • sunčao, sunčala, sunčalo, sunčali, sunčale, sunčala
  • gledao, gledala, gledalo, gledali, gledale, gledala
  • vozio, vozila, vozilo, vozili, vozile, vozila
  • surfovao, surfovala, surfovalo, surfovali, surfovale, surfovala
  • brao, brala, bralo, brali, brale, brala
  • jeo, jela, jelo, jeli, jele, jela
  • plivao, plivala, plivalo, plivali, plivale,plivala
  • posmatrao, posmatrala, posmatralo, posmatrali, posmatrale, posmatrala
  • šetao, šetala, šetalo, šetali, šetale, šetala

Monday, October 31, 2011

Comparatives of Serbian Adjectives in Context




This is actually one of the lessons I created in Serbian 201 course, so if you want to see it clearly feel free to check it out on my courses page, as I posted it as a free sample lesson.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Adjective Comparison in Serbian

Want to practise comparing adjectives in Serbian ? Best way is to do it in relaxed atomsphere, while listening to "old-town songs" and  playing the comparison  game I made for you, rather than learning the myriads of sound change rules :) Hope you like it!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Study Serbian via Youtube

You can study Serbian by simply watching Youtube channels. With this new tool which I've discovered recently, I'll be adding annotations to a certain part of the video, in its basic form, and you can use it when learning / teaching Serbian. For example:



When you see "+ulica", make one of the following sentences:

1. Želeo / želela bih da vidim + mesto (= place, but in Accusative)
2. Hoću da vidim /posetim (visit) + mesto in Accusative
3. Interesuje me + mesto in Nominative (use plural with common nouns)
4. Sviđa / sviđaju mi se + mesto in Nominative (sviđa + Sg. or sviđaju + Pl.)

The first example:
1. Želela bih da vidim zgrade (u Beogradu).
2. Želela bih da posetim Skupštinu (u Beogradu).
3. Interesuje me da vidim Sava centar (u Beogradu).
4. Sviđaju mi se ulice (u Beogradu).

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Practise Locative in Serbian

Imagine where some objects are, and play this game with your friend by
asking these questions: 
Singular = Jednina: 
Da li je sat u dnevnoj sobi ? = Is the clock in the living room ? 
Da / Ne
Znači ovo je dnevna soba? Baš je lepa ! = So this is the living room ? 
It is really beautiful/nice (lep - lepa - lepo)
Plural = Množina: 
Da li su stolice na balkonu ? = Are the chairs on the balcony ?
Da /Ne
Znači ovo je balkon ? Baš je prostran! = This is the balcony ? 
It is really spacious (prostran - prostrana - prostrano)

p.s. you can also check out the gapped quizz with the song. 

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Pronouns in Serbian through Cases - Personal Pronoun I = JA

Listen to this song and fill in the gaps with the missing forms of the personal pronoun "I" in different cases:

JA - (od) mene - (ka) meni  - mene=me - / - (o) meni - (sa) mnom
I    - of me          - to me           - me                 - / - about me   - with me


Daj ____  vina da se napijem
Daj ____  čašu da je razbijem
Daj ____ snage da zaboravim
Kad si rekla da ____ ne voliš
Kad si rekla da ___ ostavljaš
Kad si rekla da zaboravim.

How to Enroll and Use Serbian Online Course via Udemy

If you'd like to learn Serbian online, you can do it in many different ways:

1. learn Serbian for free by following my youtube channels: LearnSerbian and SerbianLessons
2. purchase a video course of Serbian via Udemy.
3. book an online lesson of Serbian via Myngle
4. join a free Serbian Aktivator newsletter

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Serbian Online Course

If you've been following SerbianLessons pages on this blog, you've probably noticed that there is a growing number of Serbian online courses which I am adding there.

Why do you need a course ?

  • Because you need a clear step-by-step guidance, and that is exactly what you get when you enroll one of the courses.
  • Because you need an easily accessible site where you can easily refer back to the videos from the previous lessons, as well as to the videos of upcoming sessions in order to prepare for the online sessions in advance. By joining one of my courses, you are granted unlimited access and downloading option to all the MP4s, MP3s and PDFs.
What do you learn ?

  • All my courses are goal oriented - each lesson is organized in such a way that you learn to understand/say something useful, inspired by everyday situations. 

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Foreigners Living in Serbia about Serbia - Part 4



1. Who lived in Vietnam, Bulgaria and Albania ?
2. Who decided to continue living in Niš ?
3. What are the reasons for people to come to live in Serbia?
4. Who is married to Svetlana ?
5. What does "živeti bubreg u loju " mean ?
6. What are the two main advantages of living in Serbia for the family from Germany ?

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Foreigners Living in Serbia about Serbia - part 3



Here is the third part of our listening comprehension exercises. If you found part 1 and part 2 difficult to understand, I hope this time it will be a bit easier. The questions are  in English, and you can also write the answers in English.

1. Who didn't tell his mother that he lived and worked in Belgrade ?
2. Why ?
3. Who got married in Serbia ?
4. Why ?
5. Who is postive about changes in Serbia ?
6. Why have both interviewees  learnt Serbian quickly ?
7. How did they learn Serbian ?
8. Who likes Serbian food ?

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Foreigners about Serbia - 2 -



1. Ko sve misli da Beograd ima problema koje treba rešavati ?
2. Ko sve misli da ljudi u Srbiji misle samo na svoje dvorište ?
3. Ko ne voli što se grade zgrade od stakla i betona ?
4. Ko se ne oseća ugroženo u Beogradu ?
5. Ko sve misli da je srpska hrana jednostavna ?
6. Ko voli što se u Srbiji jede supa ?
7. Ko je odmah zavoleo srpsku hranu ?

Monday, September 12, 2011

Foreigners about Serbia - 1 -



Listen to this video and answer the following questions:

1. Ko je iz Italije ?
2. Ko je iz Španije ?
3. Ko je iz Francuske ?
4. Čija žena je iz Srbije ?
5. Ko radi u osnovnoj i srednjoj školi ?
6. Ko sve drži časove jezika ?
7. Ko sve misli da Beograd svaki dan ima nešto novo da ponudi ?
8. Ko se sve misli da Srbi vole strance ?
9. Ko se oseća egzotično ?
10. Ko sve misli da su ljudi u Srbiji otvoreni ?
11. Kome Beograd daje energiju ?
12. Ko misli da je život u Beogradu opušteniji i slobodniji ?

Sledeći deo

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Verbal Aspect in Serbian






Listen to the song and decide which phrases you hear.


Finished/Completed (Perfective) - In progress or repetitive (Imperfective)
Sunce me probudi - Sunce me budi
Žurno se obučem - Žurno se oblačim
Popijem kafu = Pijem kafu
Oči protrljam = Oči trljam
Zaspao sam = Spavam
Gurnem vrata = Guram vrata
Pogledam ptice = Gledam ptice
Odem brzo = Odlazim brzo
Osvrnem se = Osvrćem se
Otplovim = Plovim

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Adjectives and Plural Nouns in Serbian

Listen to this lovely song and fill in the gaps:




Voljela sam oči nevern___
voljela sam oči zelen___
voljela ______  ludo voljela
al' sada sam bez _____ ostala


Ref.
Zelen__ oči _____ su moj___
te divn___ oči ko sunca sjaj
ni sama ne znam zašto ___ volim
što mojoj sreći _______   je kraj


Ljubila sam oči nevjern___
ljubila sam oči zelen___
ljubila ih ludo _________
al' sada sam bez njih _________


Ref.


Sad je mom___ srcu najteže
srce moje bez njih ne _______
srce voli oči zelen__
iako su bile nevern__

Monday, August 29, 2011

Irregular Verb "Moći" in Serbian



Ti si __________ (good), ti si ________ (gentle)
Ja trebam nježnost, tebi _________ snaga (need)
Ti si ____________ (quiet), ti si ________ (alone)
Ti sigurnost _________ (need), meni treba dom

O kako __________ (well) bi nam bilo mila
Kad svakog časa sa _________ (with me) ti bi bila
Jer _______ (your) ljubav __________ (never) ne bi dala
Da krivim putem krene život _________ (my)

Ne _______ biti tvoj, ne _______ biti tvoj (can)
Sve sto _________ dati vec sam dao njoj (can)
___ _______ biti tvoj, ___ _________ biti tvoj (can't)
I srce svakog dana bije isti boj.

Ne mogu biti _______, ne mogu biti _______ (yours)
Davno sam se dao __________ sreći zloj (my)
Ne mogu _______ tvoj, ne mogu _______ tvoj (to be)
Ja pripadaću ____________ samo ženi toj (always)

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For the complete conjugation of the Serbian verb "can" = moći, visit this link in the Cyrillic or this one in Latin script.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Imperatives in Serbian



Što dolaziš zoro,
Zoro moja lepa
Kad te nisam zvao ?
Zar ne znaš da srce svoje,
ja dragoj sam noćas dao ?

Chorus = Refren
________ , _________ zoro,
bar još malo __________
Lepše su nam noći
Nego beli dani
_______, ______ zoro,
Sreću ____  ___________
Neka mesec bledi sja po našoj kosi.
________, __________, zoro
__________ .
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Još __________ malo,
Zoro moja lepa,
Ne __________ tugu.
A ako već moraš doći,
ti _____________ u baštu drugu.

Refren

Što rastanak nosiš,
Zoro moja lepa,
Kad ga srce neće?
Još malo na krilu mome
Nek uzdiše  moje cveće.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Serbian Lessons Based on Cartoons



Listen carefully to this cartoon and try to guess what the following words mean:
1. oluja
2. munja
3. grom
4. idiom "ko me je vukao za jezik" ?
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What's the plural of
5. munja ?
6. grom ?

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Let's Practise Conditionals in Serbian

1. Flick through this World Traveller magazine in Serbian and tell me which places you would visit this summer and why (make sure you add a reason from this online booklet ). Use the  conditional patterns:

Kad bih mogao/mogla da biram, posetio/posetila bih Egipat, zato što želim da vidim piramide.

2. Find the following info:

  • Kad bi otišli na letovanje u Španiju, kada bi mogli da kupite markice za razglednice u pošti ?
  • Da odete na letovanje u Egipat, u kom periodu ne bi mogli da promenite novac u menjačnici ?
  • Kada bi putovali u Rim, da li bi Vam trebala viza ?
  • Da odlučite da dođete u Srbiju, a ljubitelj ste dobrog vina, koja mesta bi vredelo posetiti ?
  • Ako bi želeli da vidite Kraljevu vinariju u Srbiji, podignutu 1931. godine, u koje mesto bi se uputili?

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

What Do You Like Most About Serbia ?


1. Which part of Serbia is worth visiting and why, according to Željko Joksimović ?

2. What does Goca Tržan feel sorry about ?

3. What does  Romana Panić find most impressive about Serbia ?

4. What is the competition about ?

5. What is the deadline for the entry submission ?

6. Where should you send your submissions to ?

7. What can you send to enter the competition ?

8. What are the prizes ?

Monday, July 18, 2011

Learning Serbian with Kefalica

Watch this video of "Kefalica" and enjoy learning Serbian while trying to figure out which are the correct answers to the following questions:
1. Ко је стриц ?
2. Ко је стрина ?
3. Ко је тетка
4. Ко је ујак ?
5. Да ли мама може да буде "ожењена" ?
6. Ко је унук ?
7. Ко је унука ?
8. Ко су све наши рођаци ?
--- 4мин.
9. Шта је карактер ?
10. Шта значи имати "чврст карактер" ?
11. Шта значи имати "јак карактер" ?
12. Шта значи имати "слаб карактер"? Пример ?


Friday, July 15, 2011

Practise for Guča Music Festival

Listen to the Youtube song and point to the exact piece of clothes in the embedded photo:





Read more about the Serbian ethic clothes.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Serbian School Activator Revisited

In January I proudly presented my most beautiful site, www.skolasrpskog.com and the new concept of teaching Serbian online, which I called SkolaSrpskog Activator. It's been working for six months now, and I am really satisfied with all the language materials I've created in this period:

1. My Youtube channel www.youtube.com/learnserbian has 100 videos more (there were only about 20 up to 2011, and now there are 125, with 99 being visible).

2. The initial concept of an online session which was to consist of a language exercise, recipe and a song, has been changed, according to the feedback of all the subscribers. Still, at the end of each session, we enjoy singing one of the songs which I carefully choose each week.

3. I started adding all the explanations and exercises into pdf files, and also creating fun quizzes with the instand feedback. Some of the pages based on the situational phrases can be downloaded in pdf format from www.SkolaSrpskog.com.

4. During Easter, I organized some kind of an "online language quest" and we all had fun chasing Easter eggs on the site (some of them are still hidden there :) and doing fun exercises in Serbian. Some of the participants won  free SkolaSrpskog Activator subscription, some won free 1:1 lessons, and I won many new friends and great ideas for our lessons :-)

5. I started gathering anonymous feedback, and here are just a few lines:
"Everything is super"
"I appreciate the amount of work the instructor puts into the experience. The YouTube videos are helpful"
"Everithing, and my teacher is lovely and flexibile, she love teaching us"

However, all that I've done and created so far is hardly mentioning  in comparison to the effort my students have put into their work. They regularly attend the lessons and I am really proud of each one of them.

Today, on Britannia bookshop site, one of my most proficient students of Serbian, Jelena from Санкт-Петербург, Russia  published  the first part of our interview, which was very much inspired by our SkolaSrpskog Activator lessons.

Hvala Jelena i hvala svim đacima, Jani, Fabijanu, Matiji, Lari, Mirku, Milici, Toniju, Silvini, Ljubi i Tini na ukazanom poverenju, istrajnosti i velikom trudu :) U avgustu ćemo napraviti mali raspust, i onda opet nastavljamo sa časovima u septembru.

For all of you who'd like to learn more about SkolaSrpskog Activator, do join FB SkolaSrpskog Podcast group and you will be invited to attend our Third Friday Free Serbian lessons.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Exit 2011

Watch this video and answer the following questions:


1. When (kad) does the festival take place ?
2. Where (gde) does it take place ?
3. How many (koliko) visitors will attend Exit ?
4. How many stages are there ?
5. Where can you find more info about Exi t2011 ?
 Exit 2011 TimeLine

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Serbian Film - Listening Exercise

Listen to this short video in Serbian and  answer the following  questions:


1. На којој висини је авион тренутно ? ___________

2. Колико ЈАТ има авиона ? _________

3. Колико година постојања слави ЈАТ ?
_________

4. У ком периоду је превезено преко милион путника ?
__________

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Serbian Holidays - Vidovdan

Vidovdan je  verski praznik koga praznuju Srpska pravoslavna crkva (15. juna po julijanskom kalendaru, 28. jun po gregorijanskom) i Bugarska pravoslavna crkva i jedan je od najvećih srpskih praznika. 






















Vidovdan nije praznik radosti, ne igra se i ne peva, a ljudi se prisećaju palih ratnika i obilaze njihove grobove. 

Običaj zemljoradnika je da tog dana procenjuju kakva će biti letina. 

Veruje se da će najbolje roditi strana sa koje se prvo pojave oblaci. Ako nema oblaka, veruje se da godina neće biti rodna. U nekim delovima Srbije seljaci se trude da poljske radove završe pre Vidovdana. (izvor)

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