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Personal Pronouns in Accusative

In the previous post you could see the different forms of pronouns in the Accusative case in Serbian:

There are quite a lot of verbs which require the Accusative, and "voleti" or "to love" obviously requires a direct object. Therefore you'll come across this form in many a song: MENE / ME Da li me voliš? = Voliš li me? (me)TEBE/ TE    Ja te volim  =  Volim te (you)NJU / JU / JE   Volim je / Bože, koliko je volim (her)NJEGA / GA   Pustite da ga volim / Volim ga majko (him)NAS  Da ima nas (us)*(couldn't find "love + us" songs, so I added "have + us")VAS  Ja vas volim obe (you, Plural)NJIH / IH Volim ih (them)
The same goes for the verb ZVATI. Since we are going to practice Serbian with two songs with this verb, let's start with a bit of theory:

and then let's practice with a game: If you like these Quizlet exercises, here's one more with the verbs to see and to go to (Videti i Ići u + Akuzativ)
Finally, when you feel confident u…

How to Practice Personal Pronouns through Cases

If you are familiar with the personal pronouns in Serbian in the Nominative case, it's time for you to their different forms through various cases.

The clever way is to approach these more complicated forms through the texts you've done before, using the pronouns instead of nouns. For example:

If we turn all the nouns into the corresponding pronouns, we would get a fun story:

Želim da kupim njih. = Želim da ih kupim.Da li  imate njih, ali u plavoj boji? = Da li ih imate, ali plave?Da li možete da mi pokažete nju i njih = Da li možete da mi je pokažete i da mi ih pokažete?Želim da kupim nju, nju i nju i njih. = Želim da je kupim i želim da ih kupim. Now I have two questions: What does each pronoun in bold refer to?What changes does the word order cause?

However, the easiest way is to learn pronouns is through songs and exercises:

Personal pronouns in the Dative with "Kafu mi draga ispeci"Personal pronoun "we" in different forms with "Moja draga" Perso…

Beautiful Songs about Serbia - Serbia mía

Have you ever heard of this beautiful song about Serbia, by Mirko Radović? If not, I am sure you will enjoy listening to it now and come back to it because if its gentleness and a catchy tune!

In case you don't understand Spanish, I'll share with you the author's words about the song, 
"Rodio sam se daleko, i tek nakon više od 50 godina sam uspeo da se povežem sa mojom porodicom. Nikada neću zaboraviti taj trenutak. Siguran sam da su me moj otac i baba i deda gledali sa neba i da su danas jako srećni zbog toga. Ova pesma je istinita priča o mom ponovnom susretu sa domovinom, pretočena u stihove." along with the lyrics in Spanish

*** Lyrics ***           Serbia mía
Siento el silbido que despierta, Siento el dulce aroma de un café

Siento cada abrazo, cada beso y las caricias
Que la noche nos dejó tan solo ayer
Siento que mis manos aún te buscan
Siento que tuvimos que partir
Siento cada calle, cada plaza, cada parque
Los rincones que nos vieron sonreir…
Lo siento, Serbía mí…

Vocabulary in Serbian - Rooms and Furniture

While working on my Serbian language courses, I keep creating tests, exercises, video lessons and fun games. The beauty of technology nowadays is that everything is so "shareable" and "embedable" :)
Furniture in Serbian - Flash Cards with Pronunciation Simply type the word you hear (on the right hand side you'll see the explanation in English)

Practicing Serbian Cyrillic with New Vocabulary Match the same words in Latin and Cyrillic script

Doing Fun Rooms 'n' Furniture Vocabulary Exercises in Serbian Exercise 1: Unfortunately, this one is not embeddable, simply click here.

Exercise 2 is very similar to the previous one - simply click on the point which shows the word written at the top of the picture.

Practicing Superlatives - Advanced Serbian

It really makes my day when I come across an excellent video in Serbian with perfect pronunciation,  along with subtitles. This is exactly what I want to share with you today! After watching this video you could choose only five photos out of ten to tell me which photo is the funniest, the most incredible, the stupidest, the best and the most interesting one!

Speaking Exercise with Superlatives in Serbian 
Dok gledate video odlučite koja fotografija je
najsmešnija (smešan = funny)najneverovatnija (neverovatan = impossible)najgluplja (glup =stupid)najbolja (dobar = good)najinteresantnija (interesantan = interesting)

i ostavite (audio) odgovor u komentaru ispod:

Serbian for Children with Songs

A few weeks ago I started creating simple lessons for children who are learning Serbian across the world. At first I thought there would be lack of simple and fun songs for the first few lessons, but as it transpired I was wrong. On  Nykk Deetronic's Youtube channel I came across a few great songs, such as:

Mi smo pilićiIde zmijaMama voli bebu as well as easy to understand short cartoons, such as  Na piknikuU vrtiću
Today I would like to share a version of Nykk's "Pilići smo mi" by IDJKids, with additional fun exercises I created:

Serbian for Children with Songs
Which words are missing? (More about the verb TO BE in Serbian)

Piju, piju, piju - piju, piju, piju x 3
Mi ____ pilići
Piju, piju, piju
Mali radosni
Jupi, jupi piju x3
Mama govori "Koko roko koko da"

Mi ____ pilići
Piju, piju, piju
Mali radosni
Jupi, jupi piju
________   govori "Kukuriku kukuku"

Mi ____ pilići
Piju, piju, piju
Mali radosni
Jupi, jupi piju
________   govori "av, av, av, …


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