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Showing posts with label comprehension exercises. Show all posts
Showing posts with label comprehension exercises. Show all posts

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Exercises with Songs in Serbian - Serbian 701

Exercises with Songs in Serbian


What about practicing Serbian with this lovely, ancient song by Radmila Karaklajić? I think I was in love with this song at the age of three or four :D It helped me learn Serbian for sure, but also it would always cheer me up.  I hope it does the same for you.



Practicing Serbian with Songs

Make sure you change the speed in the settings (down on the right) - the perfect would be 0.75, but you can also opt for 0.5. 


Sunday, July 21, 2019

What is so special about 3, 6 and 9?

Numbers and Addition in Serbian


Let's watch the video where you can see and hear  numbers being added in Serbian. If you click CC you will be able to follow the English translation as well. If you decrease the speed, from normal to 0.75, you can practice your pronunciation :) Have fun!



For more advanced learners, there are a few, actually 3, questions:
1. Can you recognize the accent? Which one is it - Serbian or Bosnian or Montenegrin?
2. Could you hear the name of the famous scientist who is mentioned in the video?
3. Why are numbers 3, 6, and 9 magical?

Monday, March 18, 2019

Giving advice in Serbian


Here comes a very simple exercise, based on two short texts. Hope you'll be able to do it perfectly well:







Asking for Advice in Serbian




Giving Advice in Serbian


Sunday, May 24, 2015

Practicing Montenegrin and Serbian with Songs

Monday, March 03, 2014

Exercise with Instrumental Case in Serbian

If you enjoy learning Serbian with easy texts, here comes a very simple one, which is actually a part of Serbian 102 course:



Vocabulary you might need:

PUTOVATI - to travel
NA MORE - to the seaside
U ZAVISNOSTI OD - depending on
ODREDIŠTE - destination
IĆI - to go
A - and/but
NAJVIŠE VOLETI - to love most of all
ZATO ŠTO - because
ZAUSTAVITI SE - to stop
ZAŽELETI - to wish
SVE VREME - all the time
SVAĐATI SE - to argue
MENI - to me
MOM SUPRUGU - to my husband
POŠTO - because
MIRAN - peaceful
TRAJATI - to last
DUGO - long
Here comes the same text, but in the Cyrillic script:

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Serbian History Exercise with Video - Part one


While watching the video try to figure our which sentences I changed and which synonims I used. You can also try to solve which numbers 1- 5 are missing. After the careful comparison, try to do the additional exercises:

Godine .1.  slovenska plemena su našla novu domovinu na teritoriji nekadašnjeg vizantijskog Ilirika.

Od reka Save i Dunava pa sve do Peloponeza, Sloveni su pronašli domovinu. Te teritorije na kojima žive Sloveni, vizantijski pisci zovu Sklavinijama. To su plemenski organizovane oblasti u kojima je središnja vlast poglavara ograničena.

Nekadašnja metropola Ilirika ostaće kod Slovena poznata kao Caričin Grad. Imena stotine vizantijskih gradova biće zauvek izgubljena - a sećanja na njih zameniće opšti slovenski pojam za napušten grad "gradina" ili "gradište".

Učeni vizantijski pesnik, Georgije Pisida u Carigradu , piše stihove o teškim vremenima koji su zadesila njegovu zemlju. U jednom stihu kaže da se i Varvari međusobno bore: Avar ubija Slovena i potom biva ubijen - i time su ometeni u vođenju jedinstvene borbe. Na osnovu ovog usamljenog podatka, pretpostavlja se da je .2. godine, nakon neuspele avarsko-slovenske opsade Carigrada, došlo do značajnih sukoba Avara i Slovena.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Learn Serbian Language 365 Days by Watching Youtube

I'm sure you enjoyed my last post about Poletarac ! Bilo je zabavno, zar ne ? Today, I'd like to remind you of four great interviews with foreigners living in Serbia, which I posted last year:
They share their view of many different aspects of life and I'm sure you'll enjoy watching them, as well as  doing some extra exercises and video lessons:

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Serbian Language 365 - Day 5 Singing in Serbian

If you have been following this blog, you've certainly noticed that there are a lot of songs with which you can practise your language. The main reason is that songs will help you with fluency, because while singing you repeat the same structures, collocations and fixed verb+case noun sets, and this boosts your confidence and automatic responses.

Before I continue creating new songs+exercises, such as this one, let me give you a short review of the past songs and grammar points which my students really loved:

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Hymn Dedicated to Saint Sava

Friday, November 02, 2012

What's Something Like in Serbian

How to say "what is something like in Serbian" ? Listen to this song and answer my questions in the quiz. Make sure you click "Finish Survey" at the end in order to get an instant feedback:



Uradite kviz odmah = Do the quiz immediately!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Let's Practise Conditionals in Serbian

1. Flick through this World Traveller magazine in Serbian and tell me which places you would visit this summer and why (make sure you add a reason from this online booklet ). Use the  conditional patterns:

Kad bih mogao/mogla da biram, posetio/posetila bih Egipat, zato što želim da vidim piramide.

2. Find the following info:

  • Kad bi otišli na letovanje u Španiju, kada bi mogli da kupite markice za razglednice u pošti ?
  • Da odete na letovanje u Egipat, u kom periodu ne bi mogli da promenite novac u menjačnici ?
  • Kada bi putovali u Rim, da li bi Vam trebala viza ?
  • Da odlučite da dođete u Srbiju, a ljubitelj ste dobrog vina, koja mesta bi vredelo posetiti ?
  • Ako bi želeli da vidite Kraljevu vinariju u Srbiji, podignutu 1931. godine, u koje mesto bi se uputili?

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Learning Serbian Present Tense via Daily Motion

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Reflexive pronoun 'se' in Serbian

Here is the news from my town, followed by the video. I deleted all 'se' words. Try to guess where they are missing and then check your answers at the news source link.

U nesreći koja pre 4 dana desila u centru Novog Sada nekoliko lica je zadobilo lakše povrede, a na YouTube-u se ubrzo nakon toga našao video snimak ove nezgode. Kako navode svedoci, Fiat Punto sa novosadskim registarskim tablicama kretao ulicom Jovana Subotića iz pravca Trga Marije Trandafil ka centru. Prešao je na suprotnu stranu kolovoza, okrznuo sa jednim gradskim autobusom i Opel Corsom, te direktno sudario da drugim autobusom GSP-a odmah iza Corse. (4 missing 'se')

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Practise Personal Pronouns in Serbian

Pronoun for the First Person Plural:
WE = mi

mi
nas (from us)
nama (to us)
nas (us)
mi
s nama (with us)
o nama (about us)

Possessive Adjective for the
First Person Plural:
OUR = naš
Singular
Fem. naša sestra
Masc. naš brat
Neuter. naše dete

Plural
Fem. našE sestrE
Masc. našA braćA
Neuter. našA decA

Now, enjoy listening to this 'ancient' song and filling the gaps:



Ljubav _______ (to us) više nije prijatelj
ponekad svrati ___________ (only) kao gost
zašto se ljubav gubi _________ (without) traga
__________ (my) draga?

Do juče smo se lepo __________ (we lied)
i verovali slepo u ________ __________ (that lie)
____________ (why) se ljubav gubi bez traga
moja ________________ (darling)?

Chorus:

_________ (where) je sad tvoj Beograd
gde _________ (is) sad moj Beograd
_________ _______ (where is) sad tvoj Beograd
a gde _______ (are) sada _____ (you)
a gde _______ (am) sada ______ (I) ?


Sreća nam _________ (more) nije dobar drug
sa __________ (us) trči poslednji put
zašto se ljubav ___________ (it disappears) bez traga
________ (my) draga?

Sad život __________ (our) ne vredi kao pre
a i vreme kao da _____________ (to us) izmiče
zašto se ljubav gubi bez ____________ (trace)
___________ (my) draga ?

Chorus

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Future Tense in Serbian - exercise



Future Tense in Serbian

RULE: infinitive stem + Future tense suffix, depending on the person

Future Tense suffixes:
-ću, ćeš, će, ćemo, ćete, će

Example: to sing=pevati ---> peva+ćeš

Now, you do the same for the first (I= ja) and second person singular (you=ti) for these verbs:

to have = imati
to play = igrati
to kiss = ljubiti
to be = biti

Great! Now, listen to this song and check your answers:


______________ (You'll have) ih mnogo _______________ (you'll play) se njima
______________ (You'll kiss) ih mnogo ali ne daj se baš svima
U ponoć _____________ (I'll be) tu i _____________ (I'll kiss) te tad
U ponoć poželi tvoj deda-mraz sam ______ (I).


Nove godine zato _______________ (are coming)
Nove godine u pravi čas za ______ (us).

Nove __________ (years) zato dolaze
Nove __________ (years) u pravi čas za nas.

______________ (You'll have) ih mnogo _______________ (you'll play) se njima
______________ (You'll kiss) ih mnogo ali ne daj se baš svima
U ponoć _____________ (I'll be) tu i _____________ (I'll kiss) te tad
U ponoć poželi tvoj deda-mraz sam ______ (I).


Chorus

Chorus

Monday, June 01, 2009

Language learning tip - reading

Comparative reading exercise using the BBC website. First choose a popular story from BBC Serbian & then choose the same story the English (French) or whatever language you use. http://www.bbc.co.uk/serbian/

It is not quite parallel text reading but it will help you in gaining more of a gist of the story in Serbian. An example is:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/serbian/news/2009/06/090601_air_france.shtml
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/8076848.stm

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