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Serbian Online Course about Animals

Brand New Serbian Online Course If you have followed my previous posts about using different groups of vocabulary to build up more complicated sentences in Serbian, I am sure you will like my new mini course which focuses on vocabulary (here comes the Christmas discount link). It is called Expanding Serbian Vocabulary - Animals and right now it covers all levels, from the beginner to advanced. You will be using the same sets of words in different contexts and with different grammar structures, starting with the verb to be, to the past tense, Accusative, Genitive, comparisons to conditionals.

This course is perfect for all the students of Serbian at different levels, who would like to expand their vocabulary in different contexts. It is based the vocabulary describing domestic and wild animals

Serbian Online Course - Structure Each section consists of:
intro video lesson with me pronouncing the wordsvideo lesson without my pronunciationvideo lessons with exercises where you have to sup…

Reading Comprehension Exercises for Advanced Learners

I'd like to share an authentic text about a teenage inovator from Novi Sad, Jovana Kondić.  I made a few exercises based on this interesting story and I'm sure you'll like them!

Reading Comprehension Exercises for Advanced Learners
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Listening Exercise about Large Kolo for Guinness

Let me introduce you to my nephew Aca who participated in the event called "Large Kolo for Guinness" which took place exactly a week ago in Novi Sad, Serbia. While watching and listening to this video you can do the following tasks:

A. Watch the video without listening to it at first (mute the audio) and try to guess:
Kako se Aca oseća?Po čemu znate da se Aca tako oseća? B. Now watch and listen to the video focusing on the words and phrases which confirm your previous answers.
C. Now watch and listen to the video for the third time and try to answer the following questions: Odakle je Aca?Kako je sve proteklo?Čega su se učesnici bojali?Zašto je ova manifestacija bitna?Koje izraze Aca koristi da iskaže zahvalnost što je sve dobro pošlo? D. To expand your vocabulary try to recall which synonyms and phrases Aca uses instead of: "proteklo" "bojati se""bitan" Grammar Exercise:

Guinness World Record Largest Folk Dance in Serbia

Guinness World Record Largest Folk Dance in SerbiaOver 12.000 participants prepares to break the Guinness World Record by simultaneously dancing a Kolo (a traditional dance from the Balkan states) in Novi Sad. The same string of participants stretched for kilometers and encircled several city blocks. 
The organization of the Veliko Kolo (Great Kolo) took months and it gathered organizations from 12 different countries in the region. The participants were coordinated by local staff and by a system of loudspeakers. Additionally, all those participating were assigned a barcode, which was then read by the event's officials at the end of the event and the results sent to the Guinness commission. Preparation for Guinness Largest Kolo 
Serbian Kolo, Novi Sad 4th October 2015 

Listening Comprehension Exercise

Koliko folkloraša učestvuje u Velikom kolu?Gde se održava svečano otvaranje?Iz kojih zemalja su učesnici?Koliko kilometara je dugačko kolo?Kada će biti završena ova manifestacija?


Songs in Serbian with Lyrics: I Miss our Love

Friday is such a beautiful day to practice Serbian with songs, isn't it?

Of course, there's always an exercise to do  :)

... hope you don't mind?* *Petak je tako lep dan za vežbanje srpskog uz pesme, zar ne? Naravno, tu se uvek nađe i vežba :) ...nadam se da ne zamerate?

Studying Serbian with Short Stories

Here comes a new video lesson covering the following vocabulary:


taj pas / ti psi= dog/dogstaj konj / ti konji = horse/horsesto jagnje / ta jagnjad = lamb/lambsta ovca / te ovce = sheep/sheeptaj ovan / ti ovnovi = ram/ramsta žirafa /te žirafe = giraffe/giraffesta pčela / te pčele = bee/beestaj pauk / ti pauci = spider/spidersta riba / te ribe = fish/fishestaj delfin / ti deflfini = dolphin/dolphinsto mače / ti mačići = kitten /kittensta mačka / te mačke = cat/catstaj mačak / ti mačori = tomcat/tomcatstaj tigar / ti tigrovi = tiger/tigersta zebra / te zebre = zebra/zebras Verbs:

je = issu = aresviđati se  = to like (sviđa mi se ovaj pas = I like this dog)videti = to seezvati se = to be called porasti = to grow upleteti = to fly Functions used when expressing certainty/probability:

ovo je... = this is...možda = maybesigurno = certainly/ for sureovo je sigurno... = this is a ... for sureovo je možda... = this is maybe a ...
Check out the previous lesson for beginners about rooms i…

Bear's Wedding in Serbian with Explanation

If you liked the first part of the story of Dundo Bear's Wedding, I am sure you've been eagerly waiting for its sequel :) Here it comes, but this time you'll be able to read the explanation, English translation and you'll have to answer a few questions before you hear what happened in the second part:

Let me know if you like it?
Javi mi da li ti se sviđa?

What do you think what is the next animal Dundo bear will come across?
Šta misliš na koju životinju će medo Dundo naići?

na vučicu?na medvedicu?na lasicu?na zečicu?na vevericu?

Short Stories in Serbian for Beginners

While preparing a new course based on simple, short stories in  Serbian via Udemy, I wanted to share a video lesson dedicated to the verb to be and rooms in a flat:

Ovo je moj stan. On nije mali. U prizemlju je kuhinja i trpezarija i mali toalet. Šta je ovo? Ovo je kuhinja. Šta je ovo? Ovo je trpezarija. Na prvom spratu je radna soba i tatina ordinacija. Na drugom spratu su spavaće sobe i velika dnevna soba. Sa leve strane su spavaće sobe. Sa desne strane je dečija soba i kupatilo.

Da li možete da pogodite koje su ovo sobe?
Na ovoj slici je...Mislim da je ovo...Ovo je...Ovo je možda...Ovo je sigurno... Da li možete da opišete svoj stan na sličan način?

English translation:

This is my apartment. It is not small. On the ground floor (there) is the kitchen and dining room and a small toilet. What is this? This is a kitchen. What is this? This is a dining room. On the first floor (there) is a study room and my dad's office. On the second floor (there) are bedrooms and a large living ro…

Serbian with Children's Stories

I think that children learn a language best through stories, chants and songs. I've already written about Dundo Bear's Wedding story back in 2013, but now I decided to turn it into a series of lessons which can be used for learning and teaching Serbian.

Let me introduce you to the first part of the story with this four minute long Intro to Medvedova ženidba by Desanka Maksimović.

Serbian lesson about Present Participle

If you enjoyed my previous exercise about Present Participle in Serbian, I am sure you are  looking forward to checking if you have done this exercise right.

Present Participle in Serbian

Present Participle in Serbian
After watching this short video lesson dedicated to present participle in Serbian, try to figure out which form to use!  Useful vocabulary:
uživati = to enjoy (uživam, uživaš, uživa // uživamo, uživate, uživaju)gledati = to watch (gledam, gledaš, gleda // gledamo, gledate, gledaju)gledajući = watching (while watching)uživam gledajući... = I enjoy watching...slušati = to listen to (slušam, slušaš, sluša // slušamo, slušate, slušaju)slušajući = listening (while listening)smirivati = to calm down (smirujem, smiruješ, smiruje // smirujemo, smirujete, smiruju)smirujući = calmingsmrzavati = to freeze (smrzavam, smrzavaš, smrzava // smrzavamo, smrzavate, smrzavaju)provoditi = to spend (provodim, provodiš, provodi// provodimo, provodite, provode)obilaziti = to be visiting (obilazim, obilaziš, obilazi // obilazimo, obilazite, obilaze)obilazeći = visiting (while visiting)teći = to flow (tečem, tečeš, teče //  tečemo, tečete, teku)razmišljati = to think about (razmi…

Practicing Montenegrin and Serbian with Songs

If you watched Eurosong 2015 yesterday night, you may have noticed that Montenegrin song was one among few ones which wasn't in English. It has such a catchy tune and beautiful lyrics that I decided to share it with you today and create a few follow-up activities.

Exercise with Verbs

Exercise with Pronouns

Serbian Vocabulary Exercise - Rooms

If you liked playing Quizlet games and practising your Serbian with my video lessons based on Quizlet, I'm sure you'll have fun learning some new vocabulary in Serbian today. This time it's all about rooms in a flat, as a short intro to a series of practical video lessons dedicated to the Locative case.

For the time being, let's simply practise pronunciation and spelling. For the brave ones here comes the test:

along with the links to other exercises:

flash cardsreading and writinga matching gamea space race game

Serbian Expressions for Cheaper and More Expensive

A few days ago while I was preparing for my online lessons I came across this great video which can help you practice:
vocabulary (fruit and vegetables)numbers and pricescomparing prices of certain products at two different markets in Novi Sad (Limanska pijaca vs. Kvantaš)

You can write or record a short report by answering to the following questions:

Limanska pijaca:

Koje povrće je najjeftinije?Koliko košta krompir na limanskoj pijaci?Koje povrće je najskuplje?Koliko košta kilogram krastavaca?Koliko košta najskuplje povrće na limanskoj pijaci?Koje voće je najjeftinije?Koliko koštaju kurške?Koje voće je nešto jeftinije od kruški?Koje voće je najskuplje?Kvantaška pijaca: Da li je ova pijaca skuplja ili jeftinija od limanske?Za koliko je paradajz jeftiniji?Koliko košta kilogram kupusa?Koliko košta crni luk?Koje voće ima istu cenu kao i na limanskoj pijaci?Koliko koštaju jabuke?Za koliko su jeftinije mandarine?Koliko novca se mora izdvojiti za pomorandže?
Serbian Expressions for Cheaper and …

Fun Serbian Language Exercises

Can Serbian Language Exercises be Fun? Kako da ne! For sure!

Let's watch the following video which should remind you of the famous "Night Watch" painting by Rembrandt:

After enjoying watching it, let's tell a story in the Serbian language. I'll try to help you with the list of the following verbs in Serbian and English:

šetati = to walksedeti = to sitpiti kafu = to drink coffeečuti alarm = to hearbaciti konopac = to throw  a ropetrčati = to runistrčati iz = to run out ofstrčati niz = to run downbežati (od) = to run awayprobijati se kroz = to elbow one's way through preskočiti = to jump overhvatati = to be catchingjahati = to ridemarširati = to marchpenjati se = to climbnišaniti = to aim atuhvatiti = to catchstati mirno = to stand stillstajati mirno = to be standing stillslikati = to take photos Can you tell your version of The Night Watch story in Serbian while watching the video? If it is too difficult, let's write it first :)

Happy Easter in Serbian

Hristos voskrese!


Ljudi likujte, narodi čujte:
Hristos voskrse, radost donese!
Zvezde igrajte, gore pevajte,
Hristos voskrese, radost donese!
Šume šumite, vetri brujite,
Hristos voskrse, radost donese!
Mora gudite, zveri ričite,
Hristos voskrse, radost donese!
Pčele se rojte, a ptice pojte,
Hristos voskrse, radost donese!
Anđeli stojte, pesmu utrojte,
Hristos voskrse, radost donese!
Nebo se snizi, zemlju uzvisi,
Hristos voskrse, radost donese!
Zvona zvonite, svima javite,
Hristos voskrse, radost donese!
Slava ti Bože, sve ti se može,
Hristos voskrse, radost donese!

Sv. vladika Nikolaj Žički

Easter Day in Serbia

Easter Day in SerbiaOn Easter day people in Serbia crack their Easter eggs with one another, in search for the strongest egg :) We start from the early morning! At first, during breakfast we start cracking eggs and each of us keeps the strongest one. Then we meet with our relatives at Sunday lunch where we continue with this never-ending fight. There is usually one egg which beats all the rest and we keep it until the next year. 

In this video you can see what it looks like:

Here comes an exercise where you can practice the Genitive case together with the possessive form and comparatives (bolji / gori = better / worse; jači / slabiji = stronger / weaker; lepši / ružniji = nicer / uglier; manje / veće =smaller/bigger etc.). Watch the video first and then decide whose egg is stronger/better/weaker/worse! Have fun and a Happy Easter!

Ready for Orthodox Easter?

Ready for Orthodox Easter? This year Orthodox Easter is on 12th April. In order to prepare for it in time, let me share with you a few useful posts about it:
About Easter in Serbia via Church calendarSerbian Easter greetings Easter morning song Pronunciation - your questions answered

How to Say April Fool in Serbian?

How to Say April Fool in Serbian? The most common way to celebrate April Fool's day in Serbia is to play a joke on someone and then, if they fall for it, say "Aprililili". Yes, after "April" you will add "i-li-li" :)

I guess that the most ambitious learners will enjoy watching an episode of "Državni posao" dedicated to this day:

I am aware that it is quite difficult to understand, but do try to persevere with it and answer these three general questions:

Da li je Boškić naseo na šalu? (nasesti na šalu = to fall for the joke / to be taken in)Da li je Čvarkov stigao da prevari Torbicu ? (prevariti = to play a joke/trick/prank on someone)Kako je Torbica uspeo da se našali sa Čvarkovim*? *Jedno pitanje iz gramatike, samo za moje učenike: zašto je "sa Čvarkovim" tačno, a ne "sa Čvarkovom"?

Practice Serbian Cyrillic Script

Since there's a growing number of people joining my Quizlet exercises to practice Serbian, I decided to record a series of videos to help you with pronunciation. Besides, you'll see how learning with Quizlet can be fun and engaging :)

How to Practice Serbian Cyrillic Script 

Practice Serbian Cyrillic Script
Practicing Pronunciation of Serbian Cyrillic Script
listen to ‘Practicing Serbian Cyrillic’ on audioBoom If you like this lesson, check out 99 more which can be found on an online video course  Serbian 101!

Exercises for Serbian as a Foreign Language

Exercises for Serbian as a Foreign Language  Because of the lack of digital teaching materials for practicing Serbian as a foreign language, I decided to turn  my simple dialogues and stories into video exercises. Unfortunately, when speaking of the Serbian language, there's scarcity of paper based materials as well, but that's another story!

Exercises for Serbian as a Foreign Language 
Anyways*, if you have studied the previous lesson thoroughly, I am sure you will be able to do the following task without difficulty, whether* practicing speaking or grammar!

 *again, you can find the translation in the Serbian version of this post

Serbian Verbs - Short Story 1

Serbian Verbs in Short Stories Recently I have considered* a list of the most frequently used Serbian verbs and I decided to write short stories and dialogues based on them. In* the first ten often used verbs, the following four are in this story:
bitiimatijestivideti I also added the verb "voleti" in this group, which is actually at 31st position according to its frequency, but I hope you won't mind!
Can you translate this dialogue into your mother tongue? I will translate it into English and this will help you to check your own translation. If you happen to have time, do send it (via comment maybe?), because it will help other students all over the world in the future!

*Sorry for the clumsy translation, I was trying to stick to the Serbian original text which can be found here.
Dialogues in English and Serbian

Sretenjski Ustav Exercise and Video

Sretenjski Ustav Exercise with Video Here comes the perfect opportunity to share with you a special episode of "Mala istorija Srbije" dedicated to Sretenjski ustav.

I also want to share with you a few suggestions as to how to have an interesting lesson based on this video:

1. Opišite šta se dešava u ovoj epizodi, ali bez slušanja
2. Sada ponovo odslušajte celu epizodu i odgovorite na sledeća pitanja:

a. po čemu je poznat Sretenjski ustav?b. kada je donet?c. kako ga je ruski ambasador nazvao?

St Valentine's Day with Exercises 2

Songs for St Valentine's Day in SerbianFor all of you eagerly waiting for another love song, this time sung to a woman, here comes one suggestion: I Still Love You by Sergej  Ćetković. The answer key, or the lyrics, can be found here, but I am sure you'll have fun trying to do my exercise as well:

St Valentine's Day with Exercises 1

If you are in love and getting ready to surprise your loved one on 14th February, or Sveti Trifun in Serbian, and if you are in search of a good love song, in the following few days I'll share with you a few suggestions.

Ako ste zaljubljeni i pripremate se da iznenadite voljenu osobu povodom 14. februara, svetog Trifuna u Srbiji, i u potrazi ste za dobrom ljubavnom pesmom, evo ovih nekoliko dana ću vam dati nekoliko predloga:

Pesma za njega = A song for him
*Ne brinite, sutra stiže pesma za nju = No worries, tomorrow I'll post a song for her!

Vežba za tebe :)

Ideas for Advanced Serbian Lessons - City

Advanced Serbian Lessons - Describing a City For all of you who are eager to learn more advanced Serbian, I found another great video which can be turned into a few different speaking and listening comprehension exercises:
Advanced Serbian SpeakingExercise one: watching the video without listening to it. You can take a guess what each building or buildings might be, using the following structures: Ova zgrada bi mogla da bude (this building could be...) ... pijaca / vrtić / škola / stambena zgrada / crkva / sportski centar / tržni centar / bazen / pozorište ... or plural form:OvE zgradE bi moglE da budU...Ovo je idealno mesto za (this is a perfect spot for...) ... pijacu / vrtić / školu / stambenu zgradu / crkvu / sportski centar / tržni centar / bazen / pozorišteDa sam arhitekta / dizajner / političar, ja bih na ovom mestu izgradio ...(if I were an architect, I'd build...)  ... pijacu / vrtić / školu / stambenu zgradu / crkvu / sportski centar / tržni centar / bazen / pozorišteExe…

Learning to Conjugate in Serbian - To Have Breakfast

Learning to Conjugate in SerbianToday 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 - doručkujuPijem - piješ - pije // pijemo - pijete - pijuPast Simple of doručkovati and piti (to drink) Doručkovao - doručkovala - doručkovalo // doručkovali - doručkovale - doručkovalaPio - pila - pilo // pili - pile - pilaFuture Simple of doručkovati and piti (to drink) Doručkovaću - doručkovaćeš - doručkovaće // doručkovaćemo - doručkovaćete - doručkovaćePiću - …

Verb Biti in Serbian

Biti in SerbianThe verb "TO BE" in Serbian is something you should learn at the very beginning, because you'll need it not to express the most essential facts about yourself, but also because it is used as an auxiliary verb in the Simple Past tense.

That's why this post dedicated to the different conjugations, i.e. forms, of the verb to be can be useful both for the beginners and more advanced students.
A few short videos and exercises with the verb Biti in SerbianExercise 1 While watching this video say "This is a... These are ...s" using these structures:Ovo je ... (+ nominative Sg)

Exercise 2:
Ovo su ...(+ nominative Pl) Ovo je...(+ nominative Sg)
Exercise 3
While watching this video say what the photos are about (the locative case ) using the phrase: Ova slika je o... = This photo is about
Exercise 4 Using these full forms of the verb TO BE, give the positive and negative answers with 
the full form of the verb to be:

Links to the previous posts about the v…

Saint Sava Holiday in Serbian

Saint Sava Holiday in Serbia Srećna slava Sveti Sava!

I wish you  a happy St. Sava day with yet another version of the beautiful hymn dedicated to Saint Sava, sung by the Serbian men's choir "Kosovo" from Ohio.

While listening to this number, check out these useful links about this topic, shared on our blog in the course of the previous years:
Listening comprehension exerciseThe lyrics of the songAn exercise based on the St. Sava hymnBBC video about St. Sava Slava (hvala D.)About St. Sava by Istorijska Biblioteka site in SerbianAbout Serbian Slava in English (hvala Baba Mimi)About Serbian Orthodox faith in English

Christmas in Serbian

Merry Christmas in Serbian I am sure you are enjoying these festive days and moments with your family and friends, wherever you are! Let me wish you a peaceful and merry Christmas with this newest version of my favourite Christmas song "Oj Badnjače, Badnjače":

Learning more about Christmas in Serbian
I also want to share with you a list of great links which will help you learn more about Serbian tradition and  Christmas in Serbian:

About Ortodox ChrismasHow to pronounce the greetings for Christmas in SerbianBeautiful Christmas songs - Anđeli pevaju & Zvezda se zasja


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