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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Fraze na srpskom - speaking practice

Watch this video and practise asking basic questions and giving answers. The next step is to ask the same questions with "Vi". You can watch one of the previous video lessons with  Serbian phrases covering the topic " Vi" vs. "Ti" in Serbian.

Serbian Phrases free e-book

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Learn Serbian by Singing

Learning any language by singing songs is certainly much more appealing than learning the grammar rules and doing  boring tasks. Since all the students ask for the grammar explanations in order to make sense of what is being spoken, I decided to create a few web pages with songs followed by grammar exercises, based on the lyrics. I'm curious to know if you like it ? Here comes the first 20 songs (click on the cover or the following link):

Sing &  Learn

Friday, March 29, 2013

Detective Stories - Mystery of Poisoned Beer

If you got interested in solving detective stories while learning Serbian, soon you'll be able to buy special e-books (like this one) which will lead you to video lessons step by step - the more you "discover", the more videos you'll open, which will help you crack the case :) In the meantime, let's prepare for the Mystery of Poisoned Beer, by doing the task about Serbian wine regions (vinski regioni Srbije) :)))))))

Extra task:

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Parts of Speech - Exercise for Intermediate Level

One of the best ways to expand your Serbian vocabulary is to learn different parts of speech. I know it may sound difficult, but if you approach it as a game, nothing is difficult = ništa nije teško:

Don't forget to revise the previous lessons at the intermediate level!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Pre-intermediate Serbian - Conjugator

While in the first four lessons of the Serbian for pre-intermediate level there was the emphasis on the nouns and cases, in the previous post, the more important topic started to emerge - and that's the one of the verb conjugation system in Serbian. That's why I made this short universal Serbian conjugations video to help you practise the verb conjugations for verbs we'll be covering in the future:

How to use it:
  1. Decide which verb you want to conjugate - or the Latin script version
  2. Practise saying the verbs with the video - pay attention, in the second part of the video you have to figure out what the subject is (ja, ti, on/ona/ono, mi, vi, or oni/one/ona)
  3. In the previous lessons we did the verbs "ići", "živeti" and "govoriti" - if you can conjugate these verbs in the Simple Present, you are ready for the next step

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Serbian for Beginners - Connecting the Dots

If you have successfully did the previous lessons
  1. Lesson 1 - Pronouns and the verb to be
  2. Lesson 2 - International words
  3. Lesson 3 - The verb to be
  4. Lesson 4 - Adjective "dobar" (good)
it means that you are ready to connect the dots, and learn how to greet people in Serbian, which is your lesson 5: 

The previous posts on this topic can be found under the heading "greetings in Serbian" - Don't forget to do the follow-up exercise, too!

All the new recordings from Serbian 101 course are available on Udemy now!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Good Youtube Materials for Learning Serbian

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Agreement and Disagreement Phrases in Serbian - Day

Saturday, March 09, 2013

Learn Serbian 365 Days with Songs and Poems - Branko Miljković

If you are at upper-intermediate or advanced level of Serbian, I'm sure you'll fall in love with this poem at first sight/hearing :) Zaljubićete se u ovu pesmu Branka Miljkovića na prvi pogled / prvo slušanje :)

If you are not sure about the words and the meanings, you'll  find it on this lyricstranslation.com page.
For all those who'd like to practise the Genitive case after the preposition "zbog" = because of, here is the exercise based on this magnificient poem.

Friday, March 08, 2013

Learn Serbian 365 Days - Detective Story, part 3

If you have successfully solved the previous two parts of this detective story, I'm sure you're ready = spremi ste, to continue working on the case:

Убиство у радној соби
Part 1: What has been found and where ?

Извештај, 2. фебруар, 20:16
Дежурни официр - Стојан Нешић,

Место убиства: кућа убијеног Ђорђа Белића, 
Адреса: Гвоздићева 142, Звездара, Београд

Затечено стање при доласку, у 18.04:

Телевизор - упаљен.
Поломљен тањир - у трпезарији поред врата.
Неколико неотребљених кромпира - у судопери у кухињи.
Трагови уља - на кваци.
Пиштољ - у руци убијеног Ђорђа Белића.
Пиштољ - очишћен, без отисака прстију.
Отисци прстију Војислава Симеуновића - 
на кваци од врата према радној соби.
Телефон - без отисака прстију.
Прозори у радној соби - отворени.
Улазна врата - отворена.
Задња врата, према гаражи и башти - отворена.
Ћерка, Мирјана Белић, - уплакана.
Куварица, Снежана Ранковић, - потресена.
Шофер, Радивој Шошкић, - уплашен.
Обезбеђење, Војислав Симеуновић, - смирен.

Наставиће се...
Part 2: Write a report and send it to the inspector at learnserbian et gmail dot com 

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Intermediate Serbian Lessons - 365 Days of Serbian

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Serbian Lesson 4 for Pre-intermediate Level

I'm sure that now you are much more confident in using the Locative case to express where you are:
Last time you practised the Locative with the verbs:
  • govoriti = to speak
  • živeti = to live 
In this fourth lesson at pre-intermediate level of Serbian, you are going to discover that the Dative case  which combines with the verbs describing movement, like "going towards" = ići ka, has the same form as the Locative, which is awesome!
Before we do this fun exercise (in my classes my students and I play this language game), let me remind you of the conjugations for the new verb, which we'll need in this lesson:
  • ići = to go
We'll need the imperative form "go", which can be used :
  • formally: "idite ka" ("go towards" with Vi)
  • informally: "idi ka" ("go towards" with ti)

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Serbian Lesson 4 - Learn Serbian for 365 Days

If you are a real beginner in Serbian, make sure you don't miss the previous lessons at this level, before you start preparing yourself to connect the previous knowledge (The verb TO BE) and Serbian adjectives with the following lesson which will be about the Greetings in Serbian:

Sunday, March 03, 2013

Learn Serbian Phrases - dan dvadeseti

In the previous posts you could practise the phrases for giving directions. Today, I came across this great video which can help you learn the language of instructions, when talking about exercises. It's useful to revise the body parts first:

and then to enjoy watching and listening to the video below:

Serbian Phrases free e-book

  • First, you can do these exercises with your eyes closed, only by listening to her
  • Then, you can watch the video and do the exercise, checking if you understood her well
  • Finally, you can do this follow-up exercise I made for you

Saturday, March 02, 2013

Learn Serbian 365 Days with Songs and Poems- Day 19

Although this poem is not written by a Serbian, but a Russian poet, I'm sure you'll enjoy listening to Rade Šerbedžija, our renowned actor, and his uniqe interpretation :)

This poem is perfect for getting to know the verb "to wait" and its

  • imperative form "čekaj"
  • the pronouns following it "čekaj + me"
  • the word order: Čekaj me vs. Samo me čekaj dugo
  • parts of speech: čekati (infinitive) čekanje (noun)
  • conjugations

Friday, March 01, 2013

Learn Serbian 365 Days - Detective Story, part 2

Serbian Language 365 days
Убиство у радној соби
Part 1: Where are they ?

Now that you are aware of who the main characters of the first detective story are, let's move onto the second phase of solving this mysterious case!
  • Do exercise 1 in order to figure out if you solved the first task correctly
  • Watch the video below, before doing the exercise 2 in order to understand what had happened on the day Đorđe Belić was murdered and where the main characters were at that moment.
  • If you have any questions regarding this case, feel free to ask them in the comments section.

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