Serbian 101

Perfect for real beginners, with videos with slow pronunciation, explanations in English and exercises with feedback.
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Published 2/2013 English

Course Description

Serbian 101 consists of :

  1. video lessons with detailed grammar and vocabulary explanations for each mini topic 
  2. follow-up classroom practice videos with which you start making short sentences in Serbian from the very start (speaking )
  3. follow-up written exercises with an instant feedback (writing & grammar)
  4. simple video texts based on the previously taught vocabulary, together with the follow-up exercises (listening / reading comprehension)

Once you enroll the course you'll be able to watch the video lessons and do the tasks at your own pace. Depending on your previous knowledge of Serbian, this course can take a month or two for you to finish it, but you can always come back for revision. I made all the video lessons downloadable, so you can have them on any device. Furthermore, I'm always there to answer your questions if you happen to have any, so make the most of it !

What are the requirements?

  • No special requirements, except a PC / notebook / iphone/ipad...

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Becoming familiar with the both Cyrillic and Latin script in Serbian
  • Greeting people
  • Introducing yourself and others
  • Asking and answering questions
  • Numbers
  • Asking about prices
  • Telling the time
  • Talking about the daily routines
  • Food
  • Describing people

What is the target audience?

  • Real beginners in Serbian
  • False beginners in Serbian

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Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction
Article

Thanks for joining the course Serbian 101!

This is an e-book with a step-by-step approach how to use this course. If links don't work, it is because of Udemy policy. Please feel free to download the PDF file via my Dropbox. Simply send me your e-mail through Udemy.

04:08

Latin Alphabet used in Serbian

Besides the Serbian Cyrillic script, you'll see that the Latin Alphabet has been equally used, although the Cyrillic script has become the official language of Serbia.

In the very beginning, it's easier for you to start learning the language following the Latin script, while in the following courses you can slowly acquire the Serbian Script which is not difficult at all, once you are familiar with the language. 


I tend to use the same texts, done in the first lessons, to introduce you to the Cyrillic, so you both feel familiar with the text and you can easily pick it up.


That's why we'll start this course using the Latin Alphabet. You can watch the video exercise below, as well as the attached file!  If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the discussion section on the right.

02:38

Serbian Vowels

Although there are only five + one vowels in Serbian: A, E, I, O & U + R, one must take into account that there is also a distinction between long and short vowels. This difference is not seen in orthography, but the stressed ones are more often the longer ones. 

Today I simply want to introduce you to the simplicity of the pronunciation of the basic five vowels, and then in the following videos we'll work on the pronunciation of the "sixth vowel" in Serbian, the syllable forming R, as well as the long and short vowel pronunciation and stress within a word. 

08:09

The aim of this game is to recognize a letter in Cyrillic script flying across the screen, and eliminating it by typing its Latin script counterpart. You can pronounce the letter as it is moving together with me. Once you understand how to do this, please join my Serbian Activator to get a direct link to the game!

Serbian Cyrillic Script

Serbian (Serbian Cyrillic: српски, Latin: srpski, pronounced [sr̩̂pskiː]) is a standardized register of the Serbo-Croatian language used by Serbs, mainly in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina (mostly Republika Srpska), Montenegro, Croatia, and Macedonia.It is official in Serbia and one of the official languages of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and is the principal language of the Serbs.

10 questions

Simply try to recognize Cyrillic script letter, by writing its Latin alphabet counterpart. С Р Е Ћ Н О! = S r e ć n o! = Best of luck!

Section 2: Module 1
09:43
Let's Practise!
Ja sam Marina = I am Marina

Watch the video and afterwards try to imitate me by doing the same tasks in the following video exercises.

In this first lesson you will learn how the verb TO BE (biti) works in Serbian. The basic short form is as follows:

  • Ja sam
  • Ti si / Vi ste
  • On je
  • Ona je
  • Ono je
  • Mi smo
  • Vi ste
  • Oni su
  • One su
  • Ona su
How to do the Classroom Practice ?

Watch the video and afterwards try to imitate me by doing the same tasks in the classroom* or during our online lesson.
*If you take 1:1 lessons with me, you can access your own virtual classroom 24/7, with all these Serbian teaching materials.

10 questions

Choose the best option

Verb To Be 1 in the Cyrilic Script
10 questions
02:22

Vocabulary

In order to do this exercise, you'll need to revise the previous lesson and use the following words:

1. čovek = man
2. žena = woman
3. dete = child
4. kuče = puppy
5. mlad = young
6. star = old
7. na poslu = at work
8. kod kuće = at home
9. igrači = players
10. porodica = family
11. srećan/srećni = happy
12. lep/lepi = beautiful/handsome
13. ptice = birds
14. kolege = colleagues
15. deca = children

When learning new words, it's essential to write down next to each word its gender:

m. = masculine

f. = feminine

n.= neuter

In the future, when you learn the plural form, it's also useful to write down it next to its counterpart in singular.

It's also advisable to learn the noun gender together with the demonstrative pronoun: taj/ta/to - ti/te/ta (this - these), because this is the only way the native speakers feel which gender is the noun.

These little tips are going to make a huge difference in the future, when you start learning more complicated stuff and have to go backwards and check the gender of the noun. So, let's learn smartly from the very start:

  • 1. taj čovek m.= man
    2. ta žena f. = woman
    3. to dete n. = child
    4. to kuče n. = puppy
    5. mlad = young
    6. star = old
    7. na poslu = at work
  • 8. kod kuće = at home
  • 9. ti igrači m.pl.= players, taj igrač m. = player
    10. ta porodica f. = family
    11. srećan/srećni = happy
    12. lep/lepi = beautiful/handsome
    13. te ptice f.pl. = birds, ta ptica f.sg. = bird
    14. te kolege m.pl.= colleagues, taj kolega m.sg = colleague
    15. ta deca n.pl. = children, to dete n.sg = child

Exercise 1 - Simply add the appropriate form of the verb TO BE

Exercise 2 - Simply add the appropriate pronoun

03:13

How do I use To Be ?

In Serbian the verb BITI (to be) is used similarly to the English language:
* to say who we are ( with a NOUN)
" Ja sam Marina. Ja sam profesor."
* to say how we feel (with an ADJECTIVE)
" Tom je gladan. Ana nije gladna."
* to say where we are (with a PREPOSITION + place)
" Jovana je u pošti."

What is this lecture about?

Simply watch the video and try to figure out which form to use, before you hear me. If it is too difficult, listen to me first, and then turn off the sound and try to be faster than me :)

Best of luck! = Srećno!

p.s. How well did you do Exercise 1?

05:18

Meeting and Greeting

In the Cyrillic script:

1. Здраво! 

2. Ја сам Марина 

3. Драго ми је 

4. Драго ми је 

5. Из 

6. Ја сам из Србије

7. Ја сам из Америке 

In the Latin Alphabet:

1. Zdravo! = hello! (when arriving ) bye! (when leaving)
2. Ja sam Marina = I am Marina
3. Drago mi je = Pleased to meet you
4. Drago mi je = Pleased to meet you, too (the most appropriate response)
5. Iz = from
6. Ja sam iz Srbije = I'm from Serbia
7. Ja sam iz Amerike = I'm from America

05:26

Negative form of the verb TO BE

-------------------------Sg.​​​​​​
Ja nisam
Ti nisi
On nije
Ona nije
Ono nije
------------------------- Pl.
Mi nismo
Vi niste
Oni nisu
One nisu
Ona nisu

02:29
Positive and Negative form of "biti"
Ovo je ... = This is...
Ovo nije ... = This isn't...


04:05

Meaning of the Adjectives

GLADAN = hungry
ŽEDAN = thirsty
DOBAR = good
MLAD = young
SREĆAN = happy
LEP = beautiful
LJUT = angry
BRZ = fast

06:48

Fleeting -a in Adjectives

As you can see, when using Adjectives before or after nouns, they have to agree both in Number, Gender and Case, often with rhyming endings :) Examples:​

OnA je lepA = She is beautiful. 
OnE su lepE = They are beautiful.
Vidim lepU devojkU = I see a beautiful girl.
Idem sa lepOM devojkOM = I'm going with a beautiful girl.
06:09

Revision

For this exercise you'll need to revise the words we've already learnt:
1. čovek = man
2. žena = woman
3. dete = child
4. kuče = puppy
5. mlad = young
6. star = old
7. na poslu = at work
8. kod kuće = at home
9. igrači = players
10. porodica = family
11. srećan/srećni = happy
12. lep/lepi = beautiful/handsome
13. ptice = birds
14. kolege = colleagues
15. deca = children

01:56

How to ask questions ?

Practise asking questions and giving short answers with these adjectives. There are two ways of asking questions:
Da li si ti srećna ? Possible answers: Da, jesam / Ne, nisam.
Jesi li srećna ? The possible answers are the same as above.
Conjugations:
Jesam li srećna ? Jesam / Nisam
Jesi li srećan ? Jesi / Nisi
Je li (on) srećan ? Jeste / Nije
Je li (ona) srećna ? Jeste / Nije
Je li (ono) srećno ? Jeste / Nije 
Jesmo li srećni ? Jesmo / Nismo
Jeste li srećni ? Jeste / Niste
Jesu li srećni ? Jesu / Nisu

04:30

Greetings in Serbian exercise

English Greetings Serbian Greetings:
Hi! Zdravo!
Good morning! Dobro jutro!
Good afternoon! Dobar dan!
Good evening! Dobro veče!
Welcome! (to greet someone) = Dobrodošli (pl)
How are you? Kako ste? (polite); Kako si?
I'm fine, thanks! Dobro. Hvala.
And you?  A vi? (polite); A ti?
Good/ So-So. Dobro/Kako – tako.
Thank you (very much)! Hvala (puno)!
You're welcome! (for "thank you") Nema na čemu!
What's new? Šta ima novo?
Nothing much Ništa
Good night! Laku noć!
See you later! Vidimo se kasnije!
Goodbye! Doviđenja! 
Good night! Laku noć!
See you later! Vidimo se kasnije!
Goodbye! Doviđenja!

7 questions

Quiz on words using in meeting and greeting

Meeting and greeting Cyrilic
7 questions
04:12

You can do this speaking classroom practice in a variety of ways:

1. You can simply make sentences "She is young" = Ona je mlada.

2. You can ask questions and give short answers "Is she young ? " "No, she isn't" = Da li je mlada ? Nije.

3. You can make negative sentences "She isn't young" = Ona nije mlada

01:53
Practise asking questions and giving short answers with these adjectives. There are two ways of asking questions:

  • Da li si ti srećna ? Possible answers: Da, jesam / Ne, nisam.
  • Jesi li srećna ? The possible answers are the same as above.
Conjugations:
Jesam li srećna ? Jesam / Nisam
Jesi li srećan ?    Jesi / Nisi
Je li (on) srećan ? Jeste / Nije
Je li (ona) srećna ? Jeste / Nije
Je li (ono) srećno ? Jeste / Nije 
Jesmo li srećni ? Jesmo / Nismo
Jeste li srećni ? Jeste / Niste
Jesu li srećni ? Jesu / Nisu

04:12

Useful Vocabulary:

1. Restoran = restaurant
2. Muzika = music
3. Hamburger = hamburger
4. Burek = a kind of a cheese pie
5. Pita = a pie
6. Vino = wine
7. Voda = water
8. Jogurt = Yoghurt
9. Dobar = good

Different forms of DOBAR

Let's see how DOBAR changes in order to agree with the noun:
Masc. Sg. DOBAR
Masc. Pl. DOBRi
Fem. Sg. DOBRa
Fem. Pl. DOBRe
Neut. Sg. DOBRo
Neut. Pl. DOBRa

Section 3: Module 2
Step by Step E-book about Numbers
Article
10:00

Numbers in Serbian

BROJEVI na srpskom
​---------------------- od 0 do 10​​​​​​
1 JEDAN​
2 DVA
3 TRI
4 ČETIRI
5 PET
6 ŠEST
7 SEDAM
8 OSAM
9 DEVET
10 DESET
------------------------ od 11 do 20
11 JEDANAEST
12 DVANAEST
13 TRINAEST
14 ČETRNAEST
15 PETNAEST
16 ŠESNAEST
17 SEDAMNAEST
18 OSAMNAEST
19 DEVETNAEST
20 DVADESET
------------------------ od 21 do 99
​​21 DVADESET JEDAN
32 TRIDESET DVA
43 ČETRDESET TRI
54 PEDESET ČETIRI
65 ŠEZDESET PET
76 SEDAMDESET ŠEST
87 OSAMDESET SEDAM
98 DEVEDESET OSAM

02:23
Watch the video and the do the same exercise in the classroom:
OVO je + broj = THIS is + number
Let's make some short sentences with numbers:
      0. nula
  1. jedan
  2. dva
  3. tri
  4. četiri
  5. pet
  6. šest
  7. sedam
  8. osam
  9. devet
  10. deset 
Cyrillic:

0 = нула

1 = један

2 = два

3 = три

4 = четири

5 = пет

6 = шест

7 = седам

8 = осам

9 = девет

10 = десет 

05:20
Koliko košta ...  = How much does ... cost ?


When you ask this question "koliko košta vino?" it means "How much does the wine cost". Pay attention just to use the singular and give the answer accordingly: "Vino košta sto dinara". 

koštati = to cost

to košta 100 dinara = it costs 100 dinars

but for plural, you'd use it "koštaju"

Plural: Hamburgers cost 100 dinars = HamburgerI koštaJU 100 dinara

10 questions

Quiz on numbers.

10 questions

Quiz on Numbers in cyrilic script

Numbers 11- 20
10 questions
Numbers 11- 20 Cyrilic
10 questions
02:50
Let's practise numbers 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90 and 100 !

10 - deset 

20 -dvadeset

30 - trideset

40 - četrdeset 

50 - pedeset

60 - šezdeset

70 - sedamdeset

80 - osamdeset 

90 - devedeset

100 - sto

22 - dvadeset dva (the two numbers are separated, but when the numbers are written on the cheque or for the purpose of accounting, they are written together)

Numbers 10-100 in Latin Alphabet
10 questions
Numbers 10-100 in Cyrillic Script
10 questions
02:28
In this exercise you can practise asking and answering questions like this:
Koliko košta mleko ? Mleko košta 80 dinara.
Section 4: Module 3
Step by Step E-book about Introductions
Article
03:11

A: Dobro jutro.

B: Dobro jutro.

A: Ja sam Kerin. Ja sam iz Amerike. 

B: Ja sam Marina. Ja sam iz Srbije

A: Drago mi je. 

B: Drago mi je.

A: Ovo je moja mama, Sophie. Ona je takođe iz Amerike.

B: Ovo je moj muž, Jeremija.  On je iz Srbije.

C: O, drago mi je, Sofi.

D: Drago mi je, Jeremija.

Introduction Phrases - Vocabulary
9 questions
09:33

Sample sentences:

  • Moje ime je Marina
  • Moje prezime je Petrović
  • Moj broj telefona je +381.64.48.48.313
  • Moja adresa je Bulevar oslobođenja 3
  • Moja mejl adresa je
  • info@skolasrpskog.com
  • Ja sam udata.
  • Ja sam iz Srbije.
  • Moje devojačko prezime nije Simić
8 questions

Choose the best option.

Introducing yourself - Cyrillic
9 questions
06:40

POSSESSIVE ADJECTIVES = prisvojni pridevi

------------------------ Singular

Moj        = my

Tvoj       = your

Njegov  = his, its

Njen      = her

------------------------- Formal:

Naš        = our

Vaš         = your

Njihov   = their


Possessive adjectives in Serbian being adjectives take on endings to agree in number, grammar gender and case with the corresponding now. That is why you will come across slightly different forms of them, depending on the noun they describe. Luckily, most of them "rhyme" with the noun. For example:

  • Ovo je mojA kućA. (sg. fem.)
  • Ovo su mojE kućE. (pl. fem.)
  • Ovo je njegovA ženA. 
  • Ovo su njeni automobili. (pl. masc.)
  • Daj mi njihovu vodu. (sg. fem. accusative)


Prisvojni Pridevi - Latin Alphabet
6 questions
04:52

UPOZNAVANJE:

Koje je tvoje ...

... ime                  = first name

... prezime          = surname

... bračno stanje = marital status

Koja je tvoja ...

... adresa            =  address

... mejl adresa   = e-mail address

... nacionalnost = nationality

Koji je tvoj ...

... broj telefona   = telephone number
... broj mobilnog = mobile telephone number

... broj fiksnog     =  landline telephone number

Possessive Adjectives - Cyrillic Script
6 questions
03:17
Now, it's practice time: turn I into MY, ( JA - MOJ)...Best of luck!
01:52
Let's practise comining the possessive adjectives with nouns:

------------------------ Singular

Moj        = my

Tvoj       = your

Njegov  = his, its

Njen      = her

------------------------- Formal:

Naš        = our

Vaš         = your

Njihov   = their

Section 5: Module 4
Step by Step E-book about Food
Article
02:37

Let's practise this dialogue with some useful phrases:

  1. Izvoli = here you are (informal)
  2. Izvolite = here You are  (formal)
  3. Hvala = thank you
  4. Molim = not at all (other ways of saying this are: NEMA NA ČEMU, U REDU JE (it's ok), I DRUGI PUT )
  5. Upaljač = lighter
  6. Cigarete = cigarettes
Thanks and you're welcome - Latin Alphabet
6 questions
Тhanks and you're welcome - Cyrillic Script
6 questions
07:46

VERBS connected with FOOD

JESTI = to eat​

PITI   = to drink​

DORUČKOVATI = to have breakfast​

RUČATI = to have lunch/dinner​

VEČERATI  = to have dinner/supper​​

VOLETI = to like​​

---------------------------------- Masculine

Hleb     = bread

Džem   = jam

Med     = honey

Maslac = butter

Margarin = margarine

Pirinač  = rice

Jogurt   = yoghurt

Sok        = juice

------------------------------------ Feminine

Viršla   = vienner sausage

Kobasica = sausage

Riba     = fish

Šunka  = ham

Supa    = soup

Voda    = water

Kafa     = coffee

--------------------------------------- Neuter

Jaje       = egg

Mleko  = milk

Meso   = meat

Food
24 questions
07:33

Question Words: ŠTA = what

Šta jedeš za doručak ? - Obično jedem hleb i maslac.​

Šta doručkuješ ? - Često doručkujem šunku i sir.​

Šta ručaš ? - Uvek ručam ribu i supu.​

Šta jedeš za ručak ? - Uvek jedem meso i salatu.​

Šta večeraš ? - Nikad ne večeram​

Šta jedeš za večeru ? - Nikada ne jedem jaje, džem i hleb za večeru. Samo popijem jogurt.​

07:33
On the basis of the previous lessons about the food vocabulary and commonly used verbs to express routines, like to have breakfast (doručkovati) , lunch (ručati), dinner (večerati/ručati) and supper (večerati), try to make the sentences on your own.
Section 6: Module 5
08:44

Let's learn the most common phrases when

------------------- asking questions:

  • Koliko je sati ?
  • Koliko ima sati ?
  • U koliko sati ručaš ?

---------------------- giving answers:

  • Pet! Tačno pet ! Pet je sati.
  • Još nema pet !
  • Obično ručam u/oko pet.

--------------telling the precise time :

  • 5.25 = pet i dvadeset pet posle podne
  • 5.30 = pola šest
  • 5.45 = petnaest do šest pre podne
  • 5.45 = pet i četrdeset pet
01:53

Speaking Drill

  • Watch the video and try to recall what the time is.
  • Make more complicated sentences by telling what you usually do at the time shown on each clock:

For example: 1.12 = Jedan i dvanaest. Obično ručam u jedan i dvanaest posle podne.*

*POSLE PODNE = p.m. is written as one word when used as a noun, but as two words when written after the exact time.

Telling The Time in Serbian
10 questions
09:20

Verb Conjugations:

---------------- Verbs which end in -AM:

  • RUČATI - to have lunch/dinner
  • VEČERATI - to have dinner/supper
  • GLEDATI - to watch

--------------- Verbs which end in -JEM:

  • USTAJATI - to get/stand up
  • PITI - to drink
  • DORUČKOVATI - to have breakfast

----------------- Verbs which end in -​EM:

  • PISATI - to write
  • JESTI - to eat
  • ZVATI se - to be called

----------------- Verbs which end in -IM: 

  • ŽELETI - to wish/ want
  • ZATVORITI - to close
  • VOLETI - to love / like
  • UČITI - to learn
  • TRAŽITI - to search / look for
  • RADITI - to work
  • PRAVITI -  to make
  • OBLAČITI (se) - to dress
  • NOSITI - to wear
  • DOLAZITI - to come
  • BUDITI (se) - to wake

Verbs - Vocabulary
20 questions
09:18

Introduction to the Present Simple (Sadašnje vreme) in Serbian and its conjugations. All the verbs in this group end in -ati, and I chose the ones which denote daily routines, so you can combine them with adverbs of frequency in the follow-up activities and video lessons:

Word Order :

+ Ja ustajem u 6. (Emphasizes that it's "me" who's getting up, not somebody else)

+ Ustajem u 6. (Sounds more natural)

- Ja ne ustajem u 7.

- Ne ustajem u 7.

Da li (ti) ustaješ u 8 ? (Formal)

Ustaješ li (ti) u 8 ? (Colloquial)

Je l' ustaješ (ti) u 8 ? (Colloquial)

Routines
7 questions
03:21

Let's practise the verb conjugation of "gledati" (to watch)

Listen to this video and try to do the same kind of exercise in the classroom, on your own.

The conjugation suffixes = endings for the Simple Present are as follows:

8 classes of verbs, with basically 4 types of endings:

-EM, -EŠ, -E, -EMO, -ETE, -U

-JEM, -JEŠ, -JE, -JEMO,-JETE, -JU

-AM, -AŠ, -A, -AMO, -ATE, -AJU

-IM, -IŠ, -I, -IMO, -ITE, -E


04:17

DAILY ROUTINES:

------ Verbs which require Accusative: 

ČITATI + knjigu

GLEDATI + televiziju

PEVATI + pesmu

PRIČATI + priču

SLUŠATI + radio

SVIRATI + klavir

ČEKATI + autobus

---------------------- Accusative in Singular:

PITI - to drink > PIJEM sok/vodU/pivo

PISATI - to write > PIŠEM  izveštaj/mejl/knjigu

VOLETI - to like > burek / pitu / meso

JESTI - to eat > hamburger/ picu / žito

------------------------- Accusative in Plural:

PITI + sokOVi = PIJEM sokovE

PISATI + izveštajI = PIŠEM izveštajE 

VOLETI + hamburgeri = VOLIM hamburgerE

JESTI + pitE = JEDEM pitE

Daily Routines
11 questions
Food Questions
6 questions
Section 7: Serbian 102 - Module 1
04:19

This is a short intro to what we'll be learning in the following Module:

  • Revising and extending the list of verbs which require the Accusative case. In this section we will be practising the verb to go to =IĆI U + Akuzativ (Only with the singular form of the nouns: there is only one change with the Feminine.Sg. nouns, which drop the final -a and add -u instead: PRODAVNICA: Idem u prodavnicU)
  • Intro to the Instrumental case (Module 6) which is necessary after the BY preposition: Idem na posao autobusOM (by bus)
11:04

VERBS of MOVEMENT which take the Accusative case:

IĆI u = to go to

DOLAZITI/DOĆI u = to come to

POSEĆIVATI/POSETITI = to visit

List of nouns that can follow the verbs mentioned above:

----------------------------------Singular Masculine

MUZEJ = museum

GRAD = city

HOTEL = hotel

INTERNET KAFE = internet cafe

AERODROM = airport

------------------------------------Singular Feminine

CRKVA = church

GALERIJA = gallery

SKUPŠTINA = assembly

PRODAVNICA = shop

BANKA = bank

PIJACA = market

ULICA = street

ZGRADA = building

POŠTA = post office

STANICA =station

ŽELEZNIČKA STANICA = railway s.

AUTOBUSKA STANICA = bus s.

---------------------------------------Singular Neuter

MESTO = place

SELO = village

06:02

Now, it's turn for you to practice :)

You can speak in pairs or on your own, asking the following qestions:

  • KADA ... = when ...
  • GDE ... = where...

For example:

  • Kada ideš u restoran ? (When are you going to the restaurant?)
  • Gde ideš ? (Where are you going to ?)

And giving answers:

  • Idem u restoran uveče. (I am going to the restaurant in the evening.)
  • Idem u prodavnicu. (I am going to the shop.)
06:02

Let me write the Present Simple Tense conjugations of the verbs to go to, to come to and to visit

IĆI : to go ( Ja) idem... ( Ti) ideš... ( Vi) idete... ( On ) ide... ( Ona) ide... ( Ono) ide... ( Mi) idemo... ( Vi ) idete... ( Oni) idu... ( One) idu... ( Ona) idu...

DOLAZITI : to come ( Ja) dolazim... ( Ti) dolaziš... ( Vi) dolazite... ( On ) dolazi... ( Ona) dolazi... ( Ono) dolazi... ( Mi) dolazimo... ( Vi ) dolazite... ( Oni) dolaze... ( One) dolaze... ( Ona) dolaze...

STIZATI : to arrive ( Ja) stižem... ( Ti) stižeš... ( Vi) stižete... ( On ) stiže... ( Ona) stiže... ( Ono) stiže... ( Mi) stižemo... ( Vi ) stižete... ( Oni) stižu... ( One) stižu... ( Ona) stižu...

04:42
IĆI : to go ( Ja) idem... ( Ti) ideš... ( Vi) idete... ( On ) ide... ( Ona) ide... ( Ono) ide... ( Mi) idemo... ( Vi ) idete... ( Oni) idu... ( One) idu... ( Ona) idu... DOLAZITI : to come ( Ja) dolazim... ( Ti) dolaziš... ( Vi) dolazite... ( On ) dolazi... ( Ona) dolazi... ( Ono) dolazi... ( Mi) dolazimo... ( Vi ) dolazite... ( Oni) dolaze... ( One) dolaze... ( Ona) dolaze... STIZATI : to arrive ( Ja) stižem... ( Ti) stižeš... ( Vi) stižete... ( On ) stiže... ( Ona) stiže... ( Ono) stiže... ( Mi) stižemo... ( Vi ) stižete... ( Oni) stižu... ( One) stižu... ( Ona) stižu...
Classroom Exercise: Negative Verb Form
02:01
01:38

With this video you can check how well you cope with:

  • Conjugations of the verbs: to go to, to come to, to arrive, to visit, to see, to like / love
  • Use of the accusative form of the nouns in Singular after the previously mentioned verbs

You can work with this video in several different ways by:

  • Asking and answering questions as you watch the video
  • Recording your voice as you do it via Audioboo and posting the links in the forum on the right hand side.
  • Writing short questions / sentences in the forum on the right.
Section 8: Serbian 102 - Module 2
08:01
If you want to ask for directions, the best phrases to use are:
  • Izvinite (formal) or izvini (informal) = Excuse me...
---> Gde se nalazi ... ? = Where is a ... ?
---> Gde je ... ? = Where is a ... ?
---> Ne znam gde se nalazim. = I don't know where I am.
---> Možete li mi pomoći ? = Can you help me ?

Directions = uputstva

Informal vs. Formal

  • IĆI - TO GO : IDI = (you ) go / IDITE = (You) go
  • STATI - TO STOP : STANI / STANITE = stop
  • PREĆI - TO GO OVER / CROSS: PREĐI / PREĐITE = cross
  • UĆI - TO GO INTO: UĐI / UĐITE = come in
  • SKRENUTI - TO TURN : SKRENI / SKRENITE = turn
  • LEVO = left DESNO = right

Examples

Idite pravo
Skrenite levo
Skrenite desno
Pređite ulicu
Banka je sa desne strane
Molim te = Please (inf.)
Molim Vas = Please (form.)
Taj Ta To
03:02
02:41

Make sure you watch this Classroom Exercise with explanations, before you do the following mini dialogues !

03:47

Let's practice :

  • ovde = here
  • tamo = there
04:18

Excuse me =

izvinite (formal)

izvini (informal)

The aim of this lesson:

Cilj ove lekcije je :

2. EXCUSE ME

= Izvinite

Izvinite, gde je pošta ?

Idite pravo,

... je sa leve / desne strane

Mini Dialogue Informal
03:35
Section 9: Resources: Texts, Dialogues, Conjugations and Exercises
04:24

As you can see in the video lecture, the simple question "What is your name" which literal translation is "Koje je tvoje ime", can be asked as:

  • Kako se zoveš ? = What are you called ?

This more common usage of "Kako se zoveš? - Zovem se..." instead of "Koje je tvoje ime" made me create this video in order for you to see what happens with the word order. I know that "se" makes things complicated:

  • Zovem se...
  • Ja se zovem ...

but try simply to learn this question as a phrase and don't think much about grammar and word order for now !

02:27

Conjugations of the verb : IMATI = to have

04:53

Having Meals - Conjugations

Practising conjugations of :

  • užinati (to have a snack )
  • ručati* (to have lunch / tea/ dinner, depending on time)
  • večerati (to have dinner / supper)

In Serbia people usually have "ručak", as the main meal of the day from 1pm to 5 pm, depending on many factors.

Children in Serbia go to school in shifts, so before they leave for school or when they come back home they have it at around 13.30. In some families, "ručak" is eaten when the parents are back from work, after 4pm.

Ručak almost always consists of at least three courses: soup, main course and dessert.

So as you can see, although it's eaten at "lunch" time, it's actually "dinner", so the translation may depend on the context.

"Večera" in Serbia is the meal which people usually have after 6pm and it's very similar to breakfast, so the accurate translation of this word would be "supper", but regarding the time, the word "dinner" can fit as well. So, again, the translation will depend on the context.

Primer:

Moja porodica obično ruča oko 1 ili 2 posle podne. Uveče obično večeramo oko 8 - 9 sati. Kada vi ručate?

01:25

Text 1 - Cyrillic Version

Ово је мој брат, Бранко. Он је млад и има двадесет пет година. Његова жена је млада и лепа. Она се зове Биљана и има двадесет три године. Ово су њихова деца, Маја и Игор. Они су близанци и још су мали. Њихово куче се зове Џеки. На овој слици су испред своје куће. Они су срећна породица.

01:25

After watching the video, turn the volume down and try to read the text on your own.

01:25

This time different verb forms are missing - try to remember them as you watch the video.

Text 1 - Talking about Your Family
01:25
Text 2 - Tanya iz Vranja
03:03
Text 2 - Tanya iz Vranja Exercise 1
01:20
01:57
The aim of the speaking test is to make short sentences with the nouns and verb TO BE.
02:02
The aim of the speaking test is to make short sentences with the nouns and verb TO BE.
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To see if you are ready to move to Serbian 102, please try to do these tests and score at least 70% in each one. I'd be more than happy to hear your comments about the tests on the comment page on the right.

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Instructor Biography

Marina Petrovic, Teacher of English and Serbian

Hi there! I'm Marina Petrović , an EFL teacher and blogger from Serbia. After obtaining a diploma in English Language and Literature from the University of Novi Sad, back in 1996 my husband and I started our own foreign language school. I successfully passed the Cambridge ESOL exams of CAE, CPE, BEC Vantage, Higher, IELTS. In 2009 I was awarded LANCELOT ( LANguage Learning with Certified Live Online Teachers) scholarship and in 2010 I was IH COLT certificated (International House Certificate in Online Tutoring).

For the past six years I've been teaching online and creating language teaching sites along with digital language teaching materials. My most successful site is English for Beginners with over 90k unique monthly visitors, along with CommonEnglishPhrases, SerbianLesson and LearnSerbianBlog.

In my free time I enjoy walking and watching films with my two kids and hubby.

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Veliki pozdrav svima! Zovem se Marina Petrović i živim i radim u Novom Sadu. Diplomirani sam profesor engleskog jezika i šesnaest godina radim u privatnoj školi engleskog, a od pre četiri godine držim časove engleskog i srpskog onlajn.

Pored položenih ESOL Cambridge CAE, CPE, BEC higher i IELTS ispita, 2009. godine sam dobila stipendiju za LANCELOT kurs (LANguage Learning with Certified Live Online Teachers), a 2010. sam upisala i uspešno završila IH COLT . (International House Certificate in Online Tutoring).

Obožavam da držim onlajn časove, da pravim digitalne materijale za časove engleskog i srpskog i sajtove za učenje jezika, od kojih su najuspešniji: EngleskiZaPocetnike, , CommonEnglishPhrases, SerbianLesson , LeWiNoW, LearnSerbianBlog.

Svake godine volontiram i pomažem kolegama u organizaciji onlajn konferencija, kao što je i Virtual-Round-Table conference, gde sam upoznala Gagan Biyani-ija jednog od CEO-a Udemy platforme koja me je oduševila jednostavnošću. Sigurna sam da će vam se kursevi koje pravim svideti i da će vam učenje jezika uz njih biti i zabavno i korisno.

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