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How to pronounce letters in Serbian

While teaching Serbian to speakers of other languages, I noticed that different students have different pronunciation problems with certain Serbian sounds/phonemes. In order to practise together, let's make most of this lovely online learning tool, where you can simply listen to me and other students pronouncing certain words or phrases.

You will always be able to access the recordings from this site and to add your short replies. Let's practise together:

Intro :
* Introduce yourself like this:

Zdravo, ja sam ______. Ja sam _______. Imam _______godina. Živim u _________u/i.


(Hi, I am .... I am a ... I am ... I live in ...)

Pronunciation:

*Ć - ću, ćeš, će, ćemo, ćete, će (= will)

*Č - čekaj (wait) čuvaj se (take care) čitaj (read)


*Š - šutni (kick) šališ se? (are you kidding?) šta? (what?)

*C - cev (pipe), car (tzar) cvet (flower)


*S - sve (all), svet (world), sutra (tomorrow)


*Đ - đak (pupil, student), đavo (devil), Đorđe (name)

*DŽ -džaba (for free, worthless), džemper (jumper, cardigan), džin (giant)


*NJ - njiva (field), Anja (Anya), šaliti se (to make/tell jokes)


*LJ - ljuljaška (swing), ljubav (love), biljka (plant)

*H - hrčak (hamster), hleb (bread), hladno (cold)

Comments

Anonymous said…
or in Slovak: šariš
(a name of a Slovak beer /place, of course!)
Anonymous said…
Hi, I'm from Mérida, Venezuela.
I am going to a World Choir Festival in México and there will be a Serbian Choir there and I'd like to say something in Serbian but I don't know how to pronounce it. Could you help me?

A friend in YouTube helped me with this:


POZDRAV, YA SAM ALEJANDRO LEVEL.
ZHELEO BIH DA KASHEM NEKOLIKO RECHI NA VASHEM YEZIKU.
DRAGO NAM YE SHTO MOSHEMO DA PODELIMO OVAY POSEBAN TRENUTAK SA VAMA.
MI SMO JOR XCOR IZ MERIDE, VENETZUELE.
HVALA VAM.

Could you record it for me in Voxopop?

Thank you so much!

Alejandro Level
Ivan i Marina said…
Sorry Alejandro if my Voxopop is a bit late - I came back from holidays yesterday! Hope this helps http://www.voxopop.com/topic/1a0eed21-5533-48f8-8f54-8673944d4938

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