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Basic Words and Phrases in Croatian

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About Croatian

Croatian is a South Slavic language spoken primarily in Croatia, where it is the official language. It is also spoken in Bosnia and Herzegovina and other neighboring countries with Croatian communities. Croatian is closely related to Serbian, Bosnian, and Montenegrin, and they are mutually intelligible. It uses the Latin-based alphabet with some additional diacritical marks. Croatian has a complex grammar system with noun declension, verb conjugation, and grammatical cases. It has borrowed words from other languages, including German, Italian, and Turkish. Croatian plays a vital role in Croatian culture and literature, reflecting the country's rich history and heritage.

Basic Words and Phrases

Learning a foreign language opens up a world of opportunities, allowing you to connect with people from different cultures and expand your horizons. Whether you're planning a trip or simply curious about a new language, mastering some basic words and phrases is a great place to start.

Yes
Da
No
Ne
Please
Molim
Yes, please
Da, molim
No, thank you
Ne, hvala
Thanks
Hvala
Thank you
Hvala
Thank you very much
Puno ti hvala
You're welcome
Izvoli
No problem
Nema problema
Excuse me
Oprosti
I’m sorry
Oprostite (frm)
Oprosti (inf)
Sorry
Žao mi je
Cheers!
Živjeli!
Okay
U redu

Greetings

Greetings are an essential part of any language. Saying "hello" and "goodbye" can create an instant connection with native speakers. In many languages, "hello" is a universal term, but learning the specific greeting for the language you're interested in can show respect and appreciation. Similarly, learning how to say "goodbye" will help you leave a positive impression.

Hi
Bok
Hello
Zdravo
Good day
Dobar dan
Good morning
Dobro jutro
Good afternoon
Dobar dan
Good evening
Dobra večer
Good night
Laku noć
Goodbye
Doviđenja
See you later!
Vidimo se kasnije!
Have a nice day!
Ugodan dan!
Bye
Bok

Conversations

Next, let's explore basic conversation starters. Asking "how are you?" or "what's your name?" in another language is a friendly way to engage with others. These simple phrases can pave the way for more meaningful conversations and help you build rapport.

How are you?
Kako ste? (frm)
Kako si? (inf)
I'm fine
Ja sam dobro
Good, thank you!
Dobro, hvala!
And you?
A ti?
Nice to meet you!
Drago mi je!
Pleased to meet you!
Drago mi je!
What is your name?
Kako se zovete?
My name is …
Moje ime je …
Where are you from?
Odakle ste? (frm)
Odakle si? (inf)
I am from …
Ja sam iz …
I don't speak Croatian
Ne govorim hrvatski
Do you speak English?
Govorite li engleski?
I understand
Razumijem
I do not understand
Ne razumijem
I like it
Sviđa mi se
I don't like it
Ne sviđa mi se
How is the weather today?
Kakvo je danas vrijeme?
Can you recommend any local attractions?
Možete li preporučiti neke lokalne atrakcije?

Hotel

When staying at a hotel in a foreign country, it's helpful to be familiar with some phrases that can assist you during your stay. Here are a few key phrases you can use in a hotel.

Hotel
Hotel
Reception
Recepcija
Reservation
Rezervacija
Hotel room
Hotelska soba
Key
Ključ
Breakfast
Doručak
I have a reservation
Imam rezervaciju
I would like to book a room
Želio bih rezervirati sobu
Do you have any rooms available?
Imate li slobodnih soba?

Restaurant

When dining at restaurants in a foreign country, it's helpful to know phrases that can assist you during your meal. Being able to request a table, order food and drinks, and ask for the bill are important for a pleasant dining experience.

Restaurant
Restoran
Menu
Izbornik
A table for one, please
Stol za jednu osobu, molim
A table for two, please
Stol za dvije osobe, molim
I would like a coffee, please
Htio bih kavu, molim (m)
Htjela bih kavu, molim (f)
Enjoy your meal!
Dobar tek!
Can I have the bill, please?
Mogu li dobiti račun, molim?
Can you bring me the bill, please?
Možete li mi donijeti račun, molim?
I would like to pay, please
Htio bih platiti, molim (m)
Htjela bih platiti, molim (f)
The bill, please
Račun, molim
Can I pay with cash?
Mogu li platiti gotovinom?
Can I pay with card?
Mogu li platiti karticom?
Can I pay with credit card?
Mogu li platiti kreditnom karticom?
Could you suggest something for me?
Možete li mi nešto predložiti?
Can I have a glass of water, please?
Mogu li dobiti čašu vode, molim te?
Do you have any local specialties?
Imate li neke lokalne specijalitete?

Food and drinks

Being able to order food and drinks, ask for recommendations, and express preferences or dietary restrictions will enhance your dining experience and allow you to explore the local cuisine.

Breakfast
Doručak
Lunch
Ručak
Dinner
Večera
Food
Hrana
Drinks
Pića
Bread
Kruh
Sandwich
Sendvič
Cheese
Sir
Meat
Meso
Fish
Riba
Vegetables
Povrće
Fruit
Voće
Vegetarian
Vegetarijanac
I am a vegetarian
Ja sam vegetarijanac (m)
Ja samvegetarijanka (f)
Coffee
Kava
Tea
Čaj
Beer
Pivo
Wine
Vino
Juice
Sok
Water
Voda
Milk
Mlijeko
Dessert
Desert
Salad
Salata
Soup
Juha

Places and Services

Just like how saying hello helps you connect with others, exploring phrases related to locations and services can greatly enhance your travel experience. Whether you're looking for important places like banks or post offices, these expressions can open up doors to immersing yourself in the local culture.

ATM
Bankomat
Bank
Banka
Beach
Plaža
Library
Knjižnica
Park
Park
Pharmacy
Ljekarna
Post Office
Pošta
Tourist Information
Turistički ured
Museum
Muzej

Shopping

Knowing how to ask for the price, request a different size or color, or simply say "I'm just looking" can be useful when shopping in local markets or stores.

Store
Trgovina
Supermarket
Supermarket
Grocery store
Dućan
Market
Tržnica
Bakery
Pekara
Bookstore
Knjižara
How much does this cost?
Koliko to košta?
Can I get a receipt?
Mogu li dobiti račun?
I'm just looking
Samo gledam
Sunglasses
Sunčane naočale
Umbrella
Kišobran

Directions

Learning phrases related to asking for directions, understanding common landmarks, and getting around the city will help you navigate unfamiliar places with ease.

Where is the toilet?
Gdje je WC?
Where is the beach?
Gdje je plaža?
How do I get to the airport?
Kako doći do zračne luke?
Left
Lijevo
Right
Desno
Straight ahead
Ravno naprijed
Is it far from here?
Je li to daleko odavde?
Can you show it on the map?
Možete li to pokazati na karti?
How long does it take to walk there?
Koliko dugo treba hodati tamo?

Transport

Familiarizing yourself with phrases for using public transportation, such as asking for a ticket, stating your destination, or inquiring about schedules, will make your travel experience smoother and more efficient.

Airport
Zračna luka
Plane
Avion
Train station
Željeznički kolodvor
Train
Vlak
Bus station
Autobusni kolodvor
Bus
Autobus
Taxi
Taxi
Ticket
Ulaznica
Can I get a ticket to Zagreb?
Mogu li dobiti kartu do Zagreba?
I would like a ticket to Zagreb
Htio bih kartu do Zagreba (m)
Htjela bih kartu do Zagreba (f)
I need a ticket to Zagreb
Trebam kartu do Zagreba
A ticket to Zagreb, please
Jednu kartu do Zagreba, molim
What time is the next train to Zagreb?
U koje vrijeme ide sljedeći vlak do Zagreba?
When is the next train to Zagreb?
Kada ide sljedeći vlak do Zagreba?
When does the next train to Zagreb leave?
Kada polazi sljedeći vlak do Zagreba?

Emergencies

When you're in a different country, it's really important to be aware of emergency phrases such as 'help,' 'hospital,' and 'police.' Using expressions like 'emergency' and 'I need help' can help you overcome language barriers and make sure you're ready for any unexpected situations that might occur. Having a good grasp of these phrases will help keep you safe and give you peace of mind while traveling.

Help!
Pomoć!
Help me!
Pomozi mi!
I need help
Trebam pomoć
I need assistance
Trebam pomoć
I need a doctor
Trebam liječnika
Police
Policija
Police Station
Policijska postaja
Hospital
Bolnica
Ambulance
Hitna pomoć
Doctor
Liječnik
Fire department
Vatrogasci
Fire!
Požar!

Time

Effortlessly asking and telling the time enhances your travel experience, from coordinating schedules to catching transportation, adding a valuable layer to your linguistic toolkit for effective communication during your stay.

What time is it?
Koliko je sati?
It is one o'clock
Jedan sat je
It is half past two
Dva i pol sata je
Morning
Jutro
Afternoon
Popodne
Evening
Večer
Night
Noć
Today
Danas
Tomorrow
Sutra
Yesterday
Jučer

Numbers

Learning numbers is essential for tasks like counting, ordering quantities, or understanding prices.

Zero
Nula
One
Jedan
Two
Dva
Three
Tri
Four
Četiri
Five
Pet
Six
Šest
Seven
Sedam
Eight
Osam
Nine
Devet
Ten
Deset
Eleven
Jedanaest
Twelve
Dvanaest
Thirteen
Trinaest
Fourteen
Četrnaest
Fifteen
Petnaest
Sixteen
Šesnaest
Seventeen
Sedamnaest
Eighteen
Osamnaest
Nineteen
Devetnaest
Twenty
Dvadeset
Twenty-one
Dvadeset jedan
Twenty-two
Dvadeset dva
Twenty-three
Dvadeset tri
Twenty-four
Dvadeset četiri
Twenty-five
Dvadeset pet
Twenty-six
Dvadeset šest
Twenty-seven
Dvadeset sedam
Twenty-eight
Dvadeset osam
Twenty-nine
Dvadeset devet
Thirty
Trideset
Forty
Četrdeset
Fifty
Pedeset
Sixty
Šestdeset
Seventy
Sedamdeset
Eighty
Osamdeset
Ninety
Devedeset
Hundred
Sto
Two hundred
Dvjesto
One thousand
Tisuću
Two thousand
Dvije tisuće
Three thousand
Tri tisuće
Hundred thousand
Sto tisuća
Million
Milijun

Ordinal Numbers

Ordinal numbers play a crucial role in conveying sequence and order. Whether you're navigating travel itineraries, selecting seats, or exploring historical sites, understanding expressions like 'first,' 'second,' and so on is essential.

First
Prvi
Second
Drugi
Third
Treći
Fourth
Četvrti
Fifth
Peti
Sixth
Šesti
Seventh
Sedmi
Eighth
Osmi
Ninth
Deveti
Tenth
Deseti
Eleventh
Jedanaesti
Twelfth
Dvanaesti
Thirteenth
Trinaesti
Fourteenth
Četrnaesti
Fifteenth
Petnaesti
Sixteenth
Šesnaesti
Seventeenth
Sedamnaesti
Eighteenth
Osamnaesti
Nineteenth
Devetnaesti
Twentieth
Dvadeseti

Days of the week

Knowing the names of the days of the week will help you schedule activities, make appointments, or plan your itinerary.

Monday
Ponedjeljak
Tuesday
Utorak
Wednesday
Srijeda
Thursday
Četvrtak
Friday
Petak
Saturday
Subota
Sunday
Nedjelja

Months

Being familiar with the names of the months will allow you to discuss dates, make reservations, or talk about specific time frames.

January
Siječnja
February
Veljača
March
Ožujak
April
Travanj
May
Svibanj
June
Lipanj
July
Srpanj
August
Kolovoz
September
Rujan
Oktober
Listopad
November
Studeni
December
Prosinac

Question Words

Understanding basic question words like who, what, where, when, why, and how will enable you to ask for information or clarification in various situations.

What?
Što?
What do you need?
Što ti treba?
What do you like?
Što voliš?
Where?
Gdje?
Where is the toilet?
Gdje je WC?
When?
Kada?
When is the next train?
Kada ide sljedeći vlak?
When can we meet?
Kada se možemo naći?
Why?
Zašto?
Why is it expensive?
Zašto je skupo?
How?
Kako?
How are you doing?
Kako si?
How would you like to pay?
Kako želiš platiti?
Which?
Koji/koja/koje?
Which museum did you visit?
Koje si muzeje posjetio?
Which museums did you visit?
Koje si muzeje posjetio?
Which one of these is your car?
Koji od ovih je tvoj auto?
Who?
Tko?
Who is that?
Tko je to?
Who is your travel companion?
Tko ti je putni suputnik?
Whose?
Čiji/čija/čije?
Whose phone is ringing?
Čiji telefon zvoni?
Whose bag is this?
Čija je ova torba?
How many?
Koliko?
How many people were at the concert?
Koliko je ljudi bilo na koncertu?
How much?
Koliko?
How much does this cost?
Koliko ovo košta?

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Abbreviations used

infInformal
frmFormal
fFeminine
mMasculine
sgSingular
plPlural

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