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Beginner Serbian - New Lesson with Exercises


In the previous post about easy texts in Serbian, I said that I wasn't very happy with the quality of the audio recording. Today, when I tried to fix it, I ended up changing the video structure and creating 3 more videos for you to practise. I'm sure you'll like this new version more and that the previous one. If you are a real beginner in Serbian, you can take a look at the vocabulary list while watching the video:




  1. OVO = THIS
  1. JE = IS
  1. OVO JE = THIS IS...
  1. BRAT = BROTHER
  1. SESTRA = SISTER
  1. MUŽ = HUSBAND
  1. ŽENA = WIFE
  1. LEP = BEAUTIFUL (Fem: lepa)
  1. MLAD = YOUNG (Fem: mlada)
  1. RUŽAN = UGLY (Fem: ružna)
  1. STAR = OLD (Fem: stara)
  1. VISOK = TALL (Fem: visoka)
  1. NIZAK = SHORT (Fem: niska)
  1. IMATI = TO HAVE
  1. GODINA = YEARS
  1. DETE = CHILD, DECA  = CHILDREN
  1. BLIZANCI  = TWINS
  1. JOŠ = STILL
  1. MALI = YOUNG / LITTLE / SMALL
  1. PAS = DOG
*** POSSESSIVE ADJECTIVES ***
  • MOJ -mojA sestrA - mojE detE - mojI prijateljI - mojE prijateljicE - mojA decA
  • TVOJ
  • NJEGOV
  • NJEN
  • NJEGOV
  • NJIHOV
  • NJIHOV
  • NJIHOV


Exercise 1 - Verbs are missing. You can mute the video in order to do the exercise on your own.

Exercise 2 - Make a similar story about your family.

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