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Showing posts with label speaking drills in Serbian. Show all posts

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Serbian Speaking Exercise 001

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

Useful conjugations:

  1. RAZMIŠLJATI: razmišljAM - razmišljAŠ - razmišljA /// razmišljAMO - razmišljATE - razmišljAJU
  2. RAZGOVARATI: razgovarAM ... razgovarAJU
  3. RADITI: radIM - radIŠ - radi /// radIMO - radITE - radE
  4. MISLITI: mislim - misliš - misli /// mislimo - mislite - misle
What is the difference between MISLITI and RAZMIŠLJATI?
Common collocations with translations will certainly help:
  1. Mislim na tebe = I am thinking of you
  2. Razmišljam / Mislim o tebi = I am thinking of you
  3. Mislim da je knjiga dosadna = I think that the book is boring
  4. Razmišljam da te nešto pitam = I've been thinking to ask you something

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Practice Speaking Serbian

A great way to practice speaking Serbian is by playing fun online games which are as simple as:
  • finding a hidden object
  • dress up flash games 
  • cooking and similar
  • spotting a difference
  • asteroid language games
You can practice speaking by following these steps:

  • at first watch the video with me pronouncing the phrases/sentences
  • try to speak along with me
  • next, mute the video and say the phrases or sentences  on your own
  • finally, 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

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Serbian Past Tense - Bio Bila or Bilo?

Bio Bila Bilo

Verb To Be in the Singular,  simple past form

Ja sam bio = I was masculine
Ja sam bila = I was feminine

Ti si bio = You were masc. sg.
Ti si bila = You were fem. sg.

On je bio = He was , obviously masc. sg.
Ona je bila = She was, obviously fem. sg.
Ono je bilo = It was,  neuter, sg.

When you drop the subject (noun or pronoun), you start with the very past tense of the verb to be and this is what we are practicing now with this game!


Links to Quizlet exercises with BIO BILA BILO

1. Flashcards - https://quizlet.com/230095390/flashcards
2. Learn exercises - https://quizlet.com/230095390/learn
3. Micromatch - https://quizlet.com/230095390/micromatch
4. Gravity -  https://quizlet.com/230095390/gravity

For the full version of the video and more exercises, join my Patreon page. Thanks :)

Saturday, April 05, 2014

New Serbian Lesson - HAPPY in Novi Sad

If you have been in Novi Sad, I am sure you  will enjoy doing this fun speaking/writing exercise which can be done along with  Pharrell Williams'  Happy [WE ARE FROM NOVI SAD] version:

You can make simple sentences when you recognize the places where the people are:

  • Ovo je autobus. On igra u autobusu.
  • Ovo je trg. On igra na trgu. 
  • Ovo je kej. Oni igraju na keju....
The verbs you can use are as follows:
  • igrati/ plesati u/na + Loc = to dance (deca igraju na ulici)
  • nalaziti se  + Loc= there is/are (oni se nalaze u parku)
  • prepoznati + Acc = to recognize (prepoznajem Frušku goru)
  • biti u/na + Loc = to be (bio/bila sam na ovom mestu)
  • videti + Acc = to see (vidim or video/videla sam tvrđavu)
The idea is not to stop the video while making these short sentences :)

Monday, February 03, 2014

Revising Serbian Phrases

It's true that it might be difficult to understand some of the Serbian phrases if pronounced quite fast and somewhat incomprehensibly, but the real challenge is surely how to respond appropriately!

That's why I recorded a new video lesson for you, which can be used at all levels (click stop when you are out of your depth). You can use it in different ways:
  • To check how well you can understand fast speech, simply listen to the phrases and try to jot them down, without watching the video below!
  • If it is too easy, try to hear the phrase and then respond to it, as fast as you can, without clicking the pause button.
  • If you are not sure if you understood the phrases, play the video while watching it. 
  • Now, if you are sure what all the phrases mean, try to respond to them, even try to write down/practice with your language partner, how you'd continue the conversation. 
  • Have fun!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Beginner Serbian - New Lesson with Exercises

In the previous post about easy texts in Serbian, I said that I wasn't very happy with the quality of the audio recording. Today, when I tried to fix it, I ended up changing the video structure and creating 3 more videos for you to practise. I'm sure you'll like this new version more and that the previous one. If you are a real beginner in Serbian, you can take a look at the vocabulary list while watching the video:

  1. OVO = THIS
  1. JE = IS
  1. OVO JE = THIS IS...
  1. ŽENA = WIFE
  1. LEP = BEAUTIFUL (Fem: lepa)
  1. MLAD = YOUNG (Fem: mlada)
  1. RUŽAN = UGLY (Fem: ružna)
  1. STAR = OLD (Fem: stara)
  1. VISOK = TALL (Fem: visoka)
  1. NIZAK = SHORT (Fem: niska)
  1. JOŠ = STILL
  1. PAS = DOG
  • MOJ -mojA sestrA - mojE detE - mojI prijateljI - mojE prijateljicE - mojA decA
  • TVOJ
  • NJEN

Exercise 1 - Verbs are missing. You can mute the video in order to do the exercise on your own.

Exercise 2 - Make a similar story about your family.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Practise Modal Verbs in Serbian

Saturday, November 05, 2011

Past Tense of To Be in Serbian

Friday, November 04, 2011

Practise Gerund in Serbian

Try to make the following sentences while watching this video:

Volim / ne volim /obožavam / mrzim + the verb in the form of the Gerund (add -nje)

For example:  Pevati (to sing)
You say:        Volim pevanje

Feel free to use the Gerund forms which follow this video:

  1. voziti se - vožnja
  2. svirati - sviranje
  3. kuglati se - kuglanje
  4. fotografisati - fotografisanje
  5. surfovati - surfovanje
  6. plesati - plesanje
  7. igrati - igranje (mini-golfa)
  8. šetati - šetanje
  9. plivati - plivanje
  10. slikati - slikanje
  11. pecati - pecanje
  12. skupljati - skupljanje (markica)

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