Some basic Croatian to use on your holiday in Croatia

Useful words and phrases for your holiday in Croatia

Planning to spend your holidays in Croatia this year? When in Rome, do as the Romans do, the old proverb goes ... why not take the plunge and try speaking a few words of Croatian on your holiday in Croatia?

We've included the pronunciation of all of the followings words and phrases, so you can listen to how each is pronounced before trying them out for yourself!

The absolute basics

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Even if you speak absolutely no Croatian, it's worth learning a few words before going on holiday. If you make the effort, even just to say thank you or goodbye in the local language, you might just make someone's day! Oh, and you can read more about Croatian pronunciation here.

Common words and phrases

– yes

 – no

– thank you

– please

 – hi or bye

 – you're welcome (informal)

 – you're welcome (formal)

 – maybe

 – excuse me (informal)

 – excuse me (formal)

– Good morning!

– Good day!

– Good evening!

– Goodbye!

Some simple question and answer pairs

 – How are you? (inform)

– How are you (formal)

– I'm fine.

– What's your name? (informal)

– What's your name? (formal)

– My name is ...

And some useful sentences

– Do you speak English?

– I'm sorry, I don't speak Croatian.

– Can you show me where Sinjska street is?

– Excuse me, where's the toilet?

– I like it here!

 

Don't get confused by Croatian small talk!

You might hear someone asking  (Where are you?) upon meeting a friend, when they can quite clearly see where the person is, or  (Are you alive?) although the person is evidently safe and sound right before their very eyes.

Don't worry, they are not really asking about the person's whereabouts or whether they're still breathing. It's simply another way of asking  (What's up?).


Speaking Croatian in a hotelIn the hotel

Need to book a room, ask about breakfast or tell reception that you've lost your key? Don't panic! Learn just a few words, have the confidence to use them, and you can quickly make yourself understood!

Useful words

– reservation

– luggage

– reception

– key

– restaurant

– breakfast

– room

– apartment

– towel

 

Useful phrases

– I have a reservation for today in the name Ivan Perić.

– Until what time do I have to check out from the hotel?

– Can I leave my luggage at the reception?

Hotels in Croatia: Did you know?

The Kvarner hotel in Opatija is the oldest Croatian hotel on the Adriatic. It was built in 1884 and was a famous summer resort visited by the monarchs of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

There are lots of candidates for the most expensive hotel in Croatia. As one might expect, many of them can be found in Dubrovnik, but surprisingly, the most expensive (in 2009) was the Kempinski Adriatic hotel in Savudrija, Istria, where a stay in the spacious presidential suite would set you back €10000 per night!

 You can find more hotel vocabulary here

 


Speaking Croatian in a restaurantIn the restaurant

Going out for dinner? Many restaurants in Croatian provide tourist menus in English but stray from the beaten track and you might need to make sense of a menu in Croatian! Our list of basic words and phrases will help ...

By the way, you can read more about Croatian food, cuisine and cooking here.

Useful words and phrases

– menu

– breakfast

– lunch

 – dinner

– starter

– main course

– side dish

– dessert

– cheque/bill

– meat

– fish

– bread

– water

– wine

– beer

– I'm hungry.

– I'm thirsty.

– vegetarian

 

 

Useful phrases

– Can I get the menu?

– Do you have a menu in German (language)?

 – I don't eat meat. I'm a vegetarian.

– Was everything alright?

– Everything was great!

– Thank you, I can't manage any dessert. I'm already full!

– I want to pay. Can I get the cheque/bill?

– Keep the change!

– I would like the vegetable soup as a starter, veal medallions and mashed potatoes for the main course and a mixed salad as a side dish.

Leaving a tip for the waiter ...

When paying in the restaurant, you can simply say (It's OK), to let the waiter know that you don't expect to receive any change, i.e. that the waiter is free to keep it as a tip!

 You can find more food-related vocabulary here

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