Dear friends of Školica,

I’m really excited about our upcoming language holiday in Split! I was sitting here, thinking about all the fun stuff we can do and then I thought: I’ll just write a quick note to hopefully infect you with my enthusiasm.

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Whether you're in Croatia on holiday, for work or visiting friends or family, it's a good idea to know how to ask for help in Croatian in the event of an emergency. In this blog article we cover the most important Croatian words and phrases … just in case!

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The dative case might seem tricky because the rules on when to use it are not very straightforward. Fortunately, the noun endings for the dative case are identical to those used in the locative so you only have to learn them once!

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Even though Croatians generally take a relaxed approach to being on time (i.e. are mostly a little bit late), it’s important to learn how to ask and talk about the time. Asking the time in Croatian is simple. Understanding the answer you receive can be more difficult however!

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Croatia is a largely Roman Catholic country and Easter is one of the most festive events of the year. Just as with Christmas customs, the customs surrounding Easter are an important part of Croatian tradition.

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Ordinal numbers are words representing position or rank in a sequential order by size, importance, chronology, and so on.

Once you know the numbers themselves (referred to by linguists as the cardinal numbers) in Croatian, ordinal numbers are very easy to form.

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The Croatian name for adjective, pridjevi, comes from the now somewhat obsolete word pridjenuti (to attach), since adjectives can be seen as words that we attach to nouns to describe them.

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In many languages the simple plural is used to refer to more than one of anything, regardless of the actual number involved: two apples, ten apples, sixty seven apples, ... In Croatian things are a little more complex, but we've broken things down into a few simple rules to help you understand.

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Of all the Croatian tenses, which are normally quite complex, future prvi (first future tense) is probably the simplest one.

Even though it is a compound tense - which means it involves two verbs, the main verb and an auxiliary verb - it's really straightforward.

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When it comes to first names, the Croats are quite traditional. With older generations first names are mostly of Slavic origin, such as the male names Željko, Tomislav and Zvonimir and the female names Mirna, Slavica and Nada, ... but more common Christian first names are widely used by Croats.

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Expressing quantity in Croatian almost always involves using the genitive case. Once you have a good sense of how the genitive case works, asking how much or how many ... as well as talking about quantities and amount to answer those questions is straightforward.

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Carnival or Mardi Gras, is a Christian celebration that occurs during February or early March before the Christian season of Lent. There is also a long tradition of celebrating carnival in Croatia, where the celebrations are a real highlight. The most famous carnivals in Croatia take place in the Kvarner Bay – in Rijeka, Opatija and Kastav.

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With one of the craggiest coastlines in the world, Croatia has over 1000 islands (1244 islands, islets and crags, to be exact!), of which 48 are inhabited. Read more about about the five largest islands in Croatia: Cres, Krk, Brač, Hvar and Pag.

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Have you ever wondered why so many Croatian last names end in –ić? The answer is quite simple. In this blog post we explain the meaning of the ending –ić, list the top 20 Croatian surnames and explain the origins of the most popular last name, Horvat.

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Croatia is generally seen as a small country, with a population of 4.3 million, but did you know that there are almost as many Croats – around 4 million – living outside of Croatia? Find out where they live now, and why they left Croatia!

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In Croatian the names of the months originate from archaic Slavic words and phrases which poetically depict the changing of the seasons and the different tasks related to those seasons.

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One of the first things that beginners to Croatian learn are the names of the days of the week. As with most languages, in Croatian the name of each day has a meaning which is linked to the etymology of the word.

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Although most of the countries in the European Union now use the Euro as their currency, Croatia – who joined the EU as recently as 2013 – still uses the kuna, which was introduced on 30th May, 1994.

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Planning to spend your holidays in Croatia this year? Take the plunge and try speaking a few words of Croatian when you're there! In this post we've created a shortlist of useful words and phrases, along with audio recordings – so you can listen to how each is pronounced before trying them out for yourself!

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This post is aimed at complete beginners to the Croatian language. Here we introduce the concepts of cases, articles and noun genders and talk about the role each plays in Croatian. For those that are interested in finding out more there are also links to detailed blog articles about each topic.

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