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Friday, September 21, 2018

Serbian Aspect Easy Way - Nisam te se nagledao

While I was searching for some songs for learning Serbian, I came across this aspect-friendly one called Nisam te se nagledao,  which inspired me to create two sets of quizzes for you to practice Serbian aspect while listening to it :) I bet you'd be delighted to find out that there's an easy and more efficient way to learn verbal aspects :)





Let's match the verses:



Verbs only:


Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Wild Animals in Serbian

Before we start practicing the Accusative and Genitive case with animals, let's learn a set of words in a fun way. This is a drag and drop exercise which will help you learn the words both in the Latin alphabet and Cyrillic script. Have fun! (make sure you pull the word a bit further to the left of the designated square in order for it to "catch" it).


Let's listen to the video lesson where I am playing this game:




I am sure that now you are ready to do the following exercise:

Friday, September 14, 2018

Serbian Advanced Course

Let me share the first lesson of my Serbian Course for advanced learners. It is based on the first episode of Državni posao and I am sure you are going to enjoy it!

Serbian Advanced Course, lesson 1  

Prvi korak

Odgledati SAMO prvi minut https://youtu.be/McwPB-eQ2BY?t=16s (od 0.16 - 1.20). Dok gledate prvi minut BEZ tona recite gde se odvija ova sekvenca, kako izgledaju ljudi i šta mislite o čemu pričaju.
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Primer: Na samom početku vidimo dva čoveka koji sede u kancelariji. Oni ...

Drugi korak

Pročitati dijalog i postaviti pitanja o svemu što nije jasno:


  1. Zdravo, momci!
  2. Prepo si ga!
  3. Šta je Boškić, malo vunica uhvatila?... dok je brat vedrio i oblačio, a? šta je bilo, je li? Svemoćni?
  4. Šta s mojim bratom?
  5. Danas ja častim. Danas je moja čast … evo izvoli, Djordje… Pa šta je… ćerka mi upisala Akademiju, čoveče!
  6. Za frizera, akademiju Branković  u Beogradu?
  7. Ma vojnu akademiju u Moskvi, maršal Kutuzov…a,  boga mi ovi odlaze s vlasti, jedan po jedan.
  8. Šta ste, izvinjavam se što prekidam slavlje, ovaj...
  9. Živeli!
  10. Živeo!
  11. … a šta ste za mog brata pominjali? Pa on je još savetnik?
  12. Ne znam da li je još savetnik neko ko sedi na stepeništu i plaće.  Ja ne znam da li je to savetnik, al’ eto...
  13. A ko plaće?
  14. Ko plače? Moja mater… tvoj brat, sedi plače…
  15. Ajoj bracoooo!


Treći korak

DODATI TAČNA IMENA NA PRAZNA MESTA
Boškić: Boškić,  Boškiću, Boškićevog, Boškića x2 ,

Torbica:  Torbica x2
Čvarkov:  Čvarkov, Čvarkova x 2

Na samom početku vidimo __________ (1) i __________ (2) kako se dosađuju na poslu u kancelariji. Njihov kolega __________ (3)  dolazi na posao kasno, po običaju. Ovaj put je vrlo raspoložen i otvara flašu rakije da bi častio svoje kolege, odnosno samo sebe i kolegu __________ (4), a ne i __________ (5). Razlog zbog kojeg želi sve da počasti je što je njegova ćerka upisala Vojnu akademiju u Moskvi. Od samog početka pominje __________ (6) brata koji je nekad bio moćan, ali više nije. Na samom kraju otkriva __________ (7) i __________ (8) da je video njegovog “svemoćnog” brata kako sedi na stepenicama i plače. __________ (9)  istog trena istrčava iz kancelarije da uteši brata. __________ (10) i __________ (11) se smeju.

Četvrti korak - vokabular


Situacija - čast / čašćenje / nazdravljanje / proslave i posebne prilike

  1. Upisati se - Upis na fakultet/akademiju
  2. Venčati se - Venčanje
  3. Roditi se - rođenje
  4. Diplomirati - diplomiranje
  5. Zaposliti se - zaposlenje
  6. Otići u penziju - penzionisanje
  7. Pobediti na takmičenju - pobeda

Razgovor:

1. U kojim situacijama ljudi časte jedni druge u Srbiji/tvojoj zemlji?
2. Kada ste vi poslednji put častili nekoga /bili na časti?
3. Opišite taj događaj (povod / gde / ko/ kako / najinteresantnije)

Korisne fraze
  1. Kada se dođe + posao + kaže se + ...
  2. Kada se dođe + kuća
  3. Kada se dođe + škola
  4. Kada se dođe + prijatelji
  5. Kada se dođe + roditelji
  6. Kada se dođe + tašte/tasta - svekrve/svekra

Idiomi
  1. vedriti i oblačiti = biti moćan (imati neograničenu vlast) = to call the shots

Sleng izrazi
  1. “...malo vunica uhvatila…” (od prpa bato, vuna kićo) = biti uplašen

Kolokvijalni izrazi  - konotacije
  1. Ko …? Moja baba…! - ironično
  2. Braca >>> Braco! - tepanje
  3. (Frizerska) Akademija Branković? - ironija/sarkazam

Peti korak - vežbe

Izabrati tačan odgovor



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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Podcast in Serbian Language - A2, Food

Today's video lesson based on authentic listening material is all about food! Let's watch and listen to Miodrag Petrović Čkalja, one of the most famous Serbian actors in a short excerpt from Kamiondžije (always listed in top ten Serbian series).

The question is what was he eating = šta je jeo and why different cases in one sentence?


Exercise

If invisible, here is the link.

Sunday, September 09, 2018

Reading Comprehension Exercises at Intermediate Level

Here is one fun exercise where you have to carefully watch the photo below and then decide what was the first face you noticed as you were watching it = Evo jedne zabavne vežbe gde treba da pažljivo gledate sliku ispod i odlučite se koje lice ste prvo primetili dok ste je gledali:


Da biste saznali rešenje testa možete da odete na ovu stranicu i pročitate objašnjenje. ALI pre nego što kliknete na odgovore, pogedajte ponuđene vežbe!

Vežba 1:
Ako radite ovu vežbu u parovima, bilo bi interesantno da samo jedan od vas pročita rešenje a drugi da zaključi koje ste lice videli na osnovu opisa vaše ličnosti. 

Vežba 2: Na osnovu slike izaberite tekst i pročitajte ga u prvom licu jednine

Na primer: Prema ovom tekstu, ja sam miroljubiva osoba. ŽeliM  da mir i harmonija uvek budu u ______ svetu, zbog toga izbegava_ bilo kakve sukobe...Mnogo vremena provodi_ planirajući ____ budućnost i zbog toga je ____ glavni izazov da nauči_ da veruje__. Promenjiv_ sam i verovatno ima_ nekoliko različitih hobija i zbog toga ___ je teško da se usmeri_ na samo jedan. U ____ ličnosti nema ništa negativno.

Vežba 3: Prepričajte tekst koji vas opisuje koristeći sinonime / antonime /slične fraze da biste što više izmenili izvorni tekst. Evo primera o mojoj ličnosti:

1. biti miroljubiva osoba = ne biti ratoborna osoba (ant.)
2. harmonija = sklad (sin.)
3. izbegavati = zaobići (sin.)
4. planirati = praviti planove (fr.)
5. promenjiv = nestalan (sin.)
6. teško = nije lako (ant.)
7. usmeriti se na = fokusirati se na (sin.)

Vežba 4: Pogoditi kakva je druga osoba, da biste saznali koje je lice druga osoba prvo primetila.

1. Da li si miroljubiva osoba? 
2. Da li voliš sklad i mir? 
itd.


Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Learning Serbian with Jokes - Lesson 4

If you liked  the joke about an elephant, giraffe and the fridge, and all its variations through tenses, you will be more than happy to learn that there is a sequel to it :)




In this part you are simply learning to explain why not all the animals are at the lion's party.

Vocabulary:

  • slaviti = to celebrate
  • taj lav = the lion
  • rođendan = birthday
  • svi = all
  • životinja = animal
  • sve životinje = all the animals
  • žurka = party
  • njegova = his
  • na njegovoj žurci = at his party


Pay attention to the word PARTY - žurka:

  • Ovo je super žurka = This is a great party (Nominative)
  • Dolazim sa žurke = I am coming from the party (Genitive)
  • Idem ka žurci = I am going to(wards) the party (Dative)
  • Idem na žurku = I am going to the party (Accusative)
  • Lav je zadovoljan žurkom = The lion is satisfied with the party (Instrumental)
  • Lav je na žurci = The lion is at the party (Locative)



Monday, August 27, 2018

Serbian Language Podcast - A2/B1 Level

Serbian Language Podcast 

There are quite a few Youtube videos which can be used for practicing your listening comprehension skills. One of them is  MarkaŽvala Youtube channel with short interviews with ordinary people. In their videos you can hear authentic, colloquial language spoken in Belgrade. Today I want to share with you a video in which  passersby are asked to show what they HAVE=IMAJU in their pockets.



How to practice Serbian with Learn Serbian Podcast?

  1. Let's listen to the video (only first two minutes) and try to watch and see what people usually have in their pockets. If you would like to be prepared for the items one can find in their pockets, check the vocabulary list below the video.
  2. Listen to the video for the second time and jot down what you hear (and see) 
  3. After listening to it twice, you can check your answers in the comment below.
  4. Finally, you can do the follow up exercise :)


Vocabulary
  1. Džep = pocket / Džepovi = pockets / u džepu = in a pocket / u džepovima = in pockets
  2. Ključ = key // ključevi = keys
  3. pare = novac = lova (sleng) = money
  4. sitne pare = sitniš = coins/change
  5. mobilni = mobile phone
  6. dokumenti = documents
  7. dinari = Dinars
  8. lična karta = ID 
  9. telefon = telephone
  10. ništa više = nothing more
  11. naočare = glasses
  12. spajalica = paper click
  13. novčanik = wallet
  14. komad = piece
  15. sveska  = notebook
  16. upaljač = lighter
  17. slušalice = headset

Practicing with Serbian Language Podcast





Sunday, August 19, 2018

Serbian Language - Reading Practice

A real fun and easy way to practice reading in Serbian. In the first part you will try to add the appropriate form of the following verbs:
biti - to be jesti - to eat piti - to drink

Later on you will be able to see if your answers were correct. Can you make a similar story about yourself? 







Thursday, August 16, 2018

Geography Lesson 1 - Serbian Accusative and Genitive

One of the best ways to learn SErbian is by playing games. I have recently found this website for learning Geography called Online Seterra and while playing this game, I made the following video  lesson for you:



A follow up exercise coming soon!

Saturday, August 04, 2018

Let's practice Locative, Accusative and Genitive with Vicevi

Monday, July 30, 2018

Serbian Language with Vicevi

Vic in Serbian means a joke.

Telling easy jokes makes learning a language fun and easy. That's why I am sharing with you the first two parts of a very long joke which has some of the most frequently used verbs:
  1. otvoriti = to open
  2. zatvoriti = to close
  3. staviti = to put
  4. izvaditi = to take out
In the first video you can watch the Present tense version of this story with an explanation and translation:



In the second video lesson you can see how you can change the same joke, so it has the same meaning, but you practice the Accusative and Genitive cases without noticing it :D


If you want to support me creating video lessons of Serbian, you are welcome to join my Patron page:) 

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Daily Routines in Serbian - Speaking Exercise

Daily routines in Serbian - Game

The best way to learn a language is by playing games and listening to it. That is why I am sharing a new Memory game to help you out, followed by the video, so you can also listen and play :)

Useful conjugations and common collocations with daily routines in Serbian


  1. PRATI zube / ruke /lice  (to wash your teeth /hands / face) - perem - pereš - pere /// peremo - perete - peru
  2. SPREMATI (to get ready) doručak - spremam - spremaš - sprema /// spremamo - spremate - spremaju
  3. PRIPREMATI  (to prepare) doručak - pripremam ... /// ... pripremaju
  4. PRAVITI (to make) doručak - pravim ... /// ... prave
  5. UMIVATI SE  (to wash your face) - umivam se ... /// ... umivaju se
  6. TRČATI  (to run) - trčim ... /// ...trče
  7. PECATI (to fish) - pecam ...  / ... pecaju
  8. USTAJATI (to get up) - ustajem... /// ... ustaju
  9. BUDITI SE (to wake up) - budim se .../// ... bude se