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Learning to Conjugate in Serbian - To Have Breakfast

Learning to Conjugate in Serbian

Today I've found a video with an easy text in Serbian, which I forgot to upload  and share  with you last year. I corrected this mistake and you can see it now on my Youtube channel. I think you will find this exercise quite easy, as it focuses only on  the verb " to have breakfast " - doručkovati.

Learning to Conjugate in Latin Script

Since the video is for you to practice the Cyrillic script, let me write some basic forms of the verbs you will need in the Latin alphabet.


Present Simple of doručkovati and piti (to drink)
  • Doručkujem-doručkuješ-doručkuje // doručkujemo - doručkujete - doručkuju
  • Pijem - piješ - pije // pijemo - pijete - piju
Past Simple of doručkovati and piti (to drink)
  • Doručkovao - doručkovala - doručkovalo // doručkovali - doručkovale - doručkovala
  • Pio - pila - pilo // pili - pile - pila
Future Simple of doručkovati and piti (to drink)
  • Doručkovaću - doručkovaćeš - doručkovaće // doručkovaćemo - doručkovaćete - doručkovaće
  • Piću - pićeš - piće // pićemo - pićete - piće
I've written both the past and the present forms for the more advanced learners to practice turning the same text into the past and future tenses and thus learning to conjugate "doručkovati".

Learning to Conjugate in Cyrillic

Now, I am sure you are ready for this exercise:



In order to turn the Cyrillic into Latin alphabet, do use the perfect tool for that, called SlovoMajstor:

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Verb Conjugations in Serbian

Serbian belongs to a group of (highly) flective languages, and as such its verbs have conjugations. This means that you have to pay attention to the suffixes which are added to the stem of the verbs. If you have a dictionary of Serbian, you will notice that infinitive endings are -iti, -ati, -eti, -ti and sometimes -ći. In order to learn conjugations, it is wise to know that the suffixes for each person singular or plural are added to the verb stem (base verb without infinitive endings). For example:
infinitive of the verb 'to love': voleti
verb stem: vol (so, in the photo, you can se 'VOLim' not 'volEm' (which is wrong, but not in all parts of Serbia ... I think if you LOVE someone, whichever language you are using, you cannot be wrong ;)

If you are interested in learning how to conjugate a specific verb, visit this extraordinary site with verb conjugations in Serbian.

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