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

Let's practice Locative, Accusative and Genitive with Vicevi

Now that you feel more confident telling a joke (ispričati vic) about an elephant and giraffe, let's do some grammar exercises for fun :)



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:
otvoriti = to openzatvoriti = to closestaviti = to putizvaditi = 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:) 

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
PRATI zube / ruke /lice  (to wash your teeth /hands / face) - perem - pereš - pere /// peremo - perete - peruSPREMATI (to get ready) doručak - spremam - spremaš - sprema /// spremamo - spremate - spremajuPRIPREMATI  (to prepare) doručak - pripremam ... /// ... pripremajuPRAVITI (to make) doručak - pravim ... /// ... praveUMIVATI SE  (to wash your face) - umivam se ... /// ... umivaju seTRČATI  (to run) - trčim ... /// ...trčePECATI (to fish) - pecam ...  / ... pecajuUSTAJATI (to get up) - ustajem... /// ... ustajuBUDITI SE (to wake up) - budim se .../// ... bude se

Serbian Speaking Exercise 001

Here comes a fun slider to help you improve your speaking skills while describing these two photos:



Useful conjugations:


RAZMIŠLJATI: razmišljAM - razmišljAŠ - razmišljA /// razmišljAMO - razmišljATE - razmišljAJURAZGOVARATI: razgovarAM ... razgovarAJURADITI: radIM - radIŠ - radi /// radIMO - radITE - radEMISLITI: mislim - misliš - misli /// mislimo - mislite - misle ---  What is the difference between MISLITI and RAZMIŠLJATI? Common collocations with translations will certainly help: Mislim na tebe = I am thinking of youRazmišljam / Mislim o tebi = I am thinking of youMislim da je knjiga dosadna = I think that the book is boringRazmišljam da te nešto pitam = I've been thinking to ask you something

Serbian Conjugations - Speaking Exercise with To Have a Rest

In this exercise we are going to practice only the imperfective form of the verb ODMARATI SE = to be having a rest.



Take a look at these photos and make the following sentences:

Present Tense Conjugations of Odmarati
ODMARAM - ODMARAŠ - ODMARA ///ODMARAMO - ODMARATE - ODMARAJU



Na prvoj slici vidim mladića u odelu koji SE ODMARA na poslu.  Past Tense Conjugations of To have a rest
Odmarao - odmarala - odmaralo /// odmarali - odmarale - odmarala
Primer.
Na prvoj slici vidim mladića u odelu koji SE ODMARAO dok je bio na poslu.
Future Tense Conjugations of To have a rest Odmaraću se - Odmaraćeš se - Odmaraće se /// Odmaraćemo se - Odmaraćete se - Odmaraće se

Primer.
Na prvoj slici vidim mladića u odelu koji ĆE SE ODMARATI kada bude na poslu.

Learning Serbian with Games - Relative Pronouns

Today we are going to practice relative pronouns in Serbian in a fun way!



Relative pronouns /question words which and who in Serbian also change according to the number and gender, so I want you here to have fun playing a memory game + use a bit more complex sentences, such as:


Vidim čoveka koji radi na kompjuteru.Vidim čoveka koji nosi kapu. Vidim ženu koja razgovara s nekim. Vidim dete koje nosi haljinu.  Although the verb VIDETI to see, requires the accusative case, I'll list all the forms (declensions) of ko and koji below. 

Nominative - ko/ koji = who /which čovek koji radi = a man who is workingžena kojA radi = a woman who is workingdete kojE radi = a child who is workingljudi koji rade = people who are workingžene kojE rade = women who are workingdeca kojA rade = children who are workingGenitive  - from whom / which od kojeg(a) / kog(a) čoveka  od koje žene  od kog detetaod kojih ljudiod kojih ženaod koje dece Dative - to whom / which kojem / kom čovekukojoj ženi kojem / kom dete…

Serbian 301 - The Accusative

Let's practice your listening skills with the following exercise, which is based on this video. You can do this exercise in two ways:
Try to drag the words in the gaps based on their meaning and then listen to the audio to check.Listen to the audio and then drag the words into the gaps. 


Have fun!

Serbian Conjugation Posters - To Live

Serbian conjugations is essential for my students, so let me share one which can be downloaded and printed :)

Five Minute Serbian - Course 2, Dedicated to Accusative

While adding new chapters and lessons to 5 Minute Serbian course 1, I started planning the next course which will be entirely dedicated to the verbs and prepositions which require a noun/pronoun in the Accusative case.

Let me show one of these videos with which you can practice:
Present / past tense of the following verbs: videti, tražiti, naći, uzeti (to see, to look for, to find, to take): deca vide / deca su videla - deca traže / deca su tražila - deca su našla ... - deca su uzelaThe Accusative with Sg. Masc of inanimate and animate category (brodić - vidim brodić, pas - vidim psa)The Accusative with Sg. Fem (lopta - tražim loptu)

Free Serbian Language Course

Since many of my students told me how easy it is to learn Serbian by singing, I decided to introduce nice and catchy tunes with nice and easy Serbian collocations into my new Five Minute Serbian course.



Yesterday I released a free version of this course, so you can join it and see whether this way of learning suits you.

At first I thought it would be a great idea to organize each course from the very beginner to the most advanced levels (from A1 to C2), but my students suggested I should divide them into two groups - from A1 to B1 and another one from B2 to C2. That will allow me to add more language related lessons for each level.

For example, A1 level now covers not only "The weather/wine is good" but also two new chapters dedicated to members of family and how to introduce them. A2 level doesn't cover only what WAS the weather like, but also who WAS at home/work etc. B1 level is covering asking "kakva vs. kakav" when asking questions such as "What was t…

Serbian Easter - Listening Exercise

I am sure you are all looking forward to Orthodox Easter on Sunday :) If you are wondering why Orthodox Easter falls on a different day, here comes an explanation.

Both Orthodox Easter and Easter Sunday commemorate the resurrection of Jesus, however they are celebrated on different dates, as they are based on two different calendars. Orthodox churches in some countries continue to use the Julian calendar, for example in Russia, Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Georgia, Ukraine, and the Greek Old Calendarists  base their Easter date on the Julian calendar rather than the Gregorian Calendar that is used in Britain. As with Easter in Britain, Orthodox Easter observers continue fasting through Holy Week, ending their fast on Orthodox Easter Sunday.

Since this blog is dedicated to language learning, let's focus on  a few fresh videos about Easter in this region and diaspora, with authentic language. For the previous years' blog posts on this topic, check out this link.

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Practice Speaking Serbian

A great way to practice speaking Serbian is by playing fun online games which are as simple as:
finding a hidden objectdress up flash games cooking and similarspotting a differenceasteroid language games You can practice speaking by following these steps:


at first watch the video with me pronouncing the phrases/sentencestry to speak along with menext, mute the video and say the phrases or sentences  on your ownfinally, you are ready to play these games yourself and speak in Serbian while playing them :) Let me show you a few examples of the videos I created for my students. Speaking Exercise in Serbian with GA, JE, IH


Practice Speaking Serbian - NOSITI


Parctising Serbian Vocabulary

Five Minute Serbian - B2 Level

Five Minute Serbian without grammar course I am currently creating is just the first one in the series.  During the past month I've created structure for 20 such courses covering different topics, and each covers various structures and commonly used phrases from A1 to C2 level.  The first course is almost finished, and yesterday you could see the first two levels A1 and A2. Today, I want to share with you lesson 1 at B2 level.  In this lesson you will learn the following structures:

KADA VREME BUDE LEPO - WHEN THE WEATHER IS FINEKADA - WHENKADA VREME BUDE LEPO, IĆI ĆU U ŠETNJU - WHEN THE WEATHER IS FINE, I’LL GO FOR A WALKAKO - IFAKO VREME BUDE LOŠE - IF THE WEATHER IS BADAKO VREME BUDE LOŠE, IĆI ĆU AUTOM - IF THE WEATHER IS BAD, I’LL GO BY CARVETROVITO - WINDYAKO BUDE VETROVITO, IĆI ĆU VOZOM - IF IT IS WINDY, I’LL GO TRAINPRAVITI ROĐENDAN - TO THROW A BIRTHDAY PARTYAKO BUDEM PRAVILA ROĐENDAN - IF I THROW A BIRTHDAY PARTY fem. (I-fem.)AKO BUDEM PRAVIO ROĐENDAN - IF I THROW A BIRTHD…

Serbian Language without Grammar - 5 Minute Serbian

Let me show you  my new courses covering various structures from A1 to C2 level, with each course being dedicated to one topic only.

5 Minute Serbian Course about Weather 5 Minute Serbian - Course 1, Level A1, Intro Lesson

5 Minute Serbian - Course 1, Level A1, Tests

A1 quizlets

https://quizlet.com/261609144/learn https://quizlet.com/261609144/flashcards https://quizlet.com/261609144/micromatch https://quizlet.com/261609144/spell https://quizlet.com/261609144/test https://quizlet.com/261609144/gravity

5 Minute Serbian - Course 1, Level A2, Intro Lesson
5 Minute Serbian - Course 1, Level A2, Game

A2, quizlets


https://quizlet.com/268059955/learn https://quizlet.com/268059955/flashcards https://quizlet.com/268059955/spell

Learning Serbian with Short and Easy Texts - Routines

Here comes a short text about routines both in Serbian and in English. I hope that my video will help you understand the text in Serbian. There is also a task to be done:
- After listening to me asking and answering questions, you can try to do the same - practice asking questions and giving answers, and recording all that on www.Vocaroo.com
Exercse 1. Routines - missing verbs

2. Routines - missing pronouns



4. Link to the edited video  with questions and answers written and translated + additional exercises with questions and answers

Aspect in Serbian - Odmoriti or Odmarati?

Do you know the difference between odmoriti and odmArAti (to have a rest)? Which one shows a finished action (perfective aspect), which one shows an action in progress (imperfective aspect)?

If you know the word trAjAti, which means to lAst, it will help you connect the form with double A with the action in progress, which shows that odmArAti is obviously used to show that you are or were "having a  rest / resting".

On the other hand, the form with odmORIti, shows that you have had a rest and that's it, the result is more important than duration, so this form shows the perfective aspect.

Their various forms and differences in present and past tenses are so subtle, so I created a set of exercises for you to learn more about this weird odmoriti-odmarati duo by actually using them:) Before you see all the forms below, try to do this Micromatch exercise:




How much time did you need? Guess it wasn't that hard, once you were able to see the possible answers. For some more d…

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