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Conjugations in Serbian - to Shave

Why Conjugations of Brijati - To Shave While I was watching RTS1 today I saw a very interesting and insightful story about a very old "brica", a barber who works in  "berbernica". I looked it up on Youtube, but couldn't find it on RTS1 Channel. However, there was a similar story which can be turned in another interesting lesson at an upper-intermediate or advanced level.

How to use this video and introduce relevant verb conjugations?
As usual, it's always great to elicit the vocabulary based on watching the video, without the audio:BRICA - barberBRIJATI Present (brijem / brijes/ brije // brijemo / brijete/ briju) -to shave (impf)BRIJATI Past (brijao / brijala / brijalo // brijali/ brijale/ brijala) - shaved (past)BRIJANJE - shavingOBRIJAN - shavedOBRIJATI - to shave (perf)IZBRIJATI/IZBRIJVATI/IZBRIJAVANJE - to clean shaveBERBERNICACollocations: brijati + bradu/glavu, savladati brijanje, brijanje glave/brade, ucenje brijanja, vezbanje brijanja, oblikovanje b…

Short Serbian History - Part One

This year I have discovered three real gems for learning Serbian at higher levels:
Naša Snajka Youtube channelMala istorija Srbije by Nova.rsDržavni Posao by RTV As I have already written about Naša Snajka and Državni Posao, let me introduce you to  "Mala istorija Srbije" series which present Serbian tradition and history in a didactic and lively manner. For example, while watching the first episode you can learn:

until what time it is safe to greet someone saying "dobro jutro"what "stalni gosti" usually drinkwhat "srpski političar" looks likethe connotation of the word "stoka"who can save you on February 24th

Now, how can you learn Serbian while watching these videos?

At first turn off the audio and describe what's going onWhen watching the video for the second time, do listen to it and ask as many questions as possible (of course, press pause in order to manage this!). So, the aim is to understand what's going on!Retell the st…

Passive Participle Verb Form Exercises

Passive Participle Verb Forms The Passive Voice in Serbian is not that hard, but the main problem is the verb form called "trpni glagolski pridev", or passive participle in English. Although I have already written about it, it can be useful to mention how to form it:
*VERB STEM + -N/-NA/-NO // -NI/-NE/-NA Example: NAPISA+TI --- napisaN, napisaNA, napisaNO // napisaNI, napisaNE, napisaNA (to write --- written)
*VERB STEM + -N/-NA/-NO // -NI/-NE/-NA Example: NAPISA+TI --- napisaN, napisaNA, napisaNO // napisaNI, napisaNE, napisaNA (to write --- written)
*VERB STEM + -T/-TA/-TO // -TI/-TE/-TA Example: PRODA+TI --- prodaT, prodaTA, prodaTO // prodaTI, prodaTE, prodaTA (to sell --- sold)
*VOICE CHANGES: in some cases with the verb stem ending in  -e or -i: NOSITI - NOŠENVIDETI - VIĐENRANITI - RANJEN *ADDING an infix - V or -J between the stem and the passive suffix: OBUTI - OBUVENČUTI - ČUVENUBITI - UBIJENISPITI - ISPIJEN To exemplify all these changes and forms with real life exa…

Past Tense Practice in Serbian

Past Tense Practice in Serbian You can find lots of useful info on the Simple Past tense in Serbian in some of the previous posts on this blog. Today I'd like to share a cute song I found on Youtube - all you have to do is to listen to it carefully and add the past tense suffixes to the past tense and present tense verbs and a few suffixes with the nouns in plural. 

Dlan_ _ _ ti puni snova
Osmeh boje izazova
Reci, kud si krenu_ _?
U srcu ti ceo svemir
U oč_ _ _ kriješ nemir
Snove si sakri_ _

Zvezd_  su u tvojoj kosi
Kao da te jesen pros_
Nikom neće da te da
Hoda_ lako kao vila
Gde si se do sada kri_ _
To me baš zanima

Samoj sebi već sam čudna
Svake noći ja sam budna
Šta se sa mnom desi_ _
Tvoji prst_ na gitari
I sve te lagane stvar_
Sviraj mi ponovo

Malo čežnje na tvom licu
Leptir slete_ na žicu
Nebo se osmehu_ _
Probaj sa mnom sne da deli_
Šapući mi sve što želiš
Niko nas ne čuje

Hajde da malo proba_ _
Baš to x3
Jagod_ s puno šlaga
Ti si mi tako draga
Pa nek ide sve
Do vraga


Serbian Language Tests - Accusative Plural

There are so many different online tools for making tests, quizzes and fun video exercises and I think you noticed I like experimenting with them while creating various tasks for learning Serbian. Funnily enough, it takes time for some tools to develop and in the meantime, I completely forget about them. One of these is certainly Quizlet, which I joined three years ago, but haven't realized its potential until recently, thanks to my student, Paul! Hvala, Pavle :)

If you flicked through Serbian School website, you probably noticed that I started adding videos and Serbian language tests made with this tool. I even started making classes at different levels, to group the tests, so feel free to join in!
Let me see if I can share some of the tests on this blog as well! This particular exercise is a follow up of a video lesson explaining which phrases to use when shopping:

želeti = to want tokupiti = to buyvideti = to seeželim da kupim = I want to buyželim da vidim = I want to see Kupiti…