Our first Easter Croatian Language Trip was held from the 24th till 31st of March 2018 in Zagreb.
This time we had ten wonderful participants from Austria, Germany, Switzerland and USA who had a chance to enjoy early spring in Zagreb. All our language trips have a similar schedule and this one was no exception.
Our students spent mornings (from 9 till 13:15) in class and the afternoons were reserved for various free-time activities. The learners were separated into three groups based on their varied language proficiency.
Our beginner’s group was taught by our teacher Daniela. They had fun mastering Croatian verbs in the present tense, fighting their way through the accusative and genitive case. They also learned a lot of vocabulary regarding greetings, Easter time, activities and describing places and people.
The second group was led by our teacher Mirjana. Together they conquered the past tense, possessive pronouns, the locative case and the genitive case in combination with quantities and amounts. In addition, they built up their vocabulary regarding food and beverages as well as discussing family members and online shopping habits.
The third group was taught by Lidija. Her group did a great job practising the conjugation of verbs and declension of nouns and adjectives. They discussed superstitions, stress and how to resolve it, and they talked about travelling to Croatia and visiting our beautiful islands.
It all might sound like a lot of work, but we promise we had fun! :-D On Sunday, the first day of our language trip, we went on a sightseeing tour with our lovely guide Iva. We found out more about Zagreb from her, as well as Easter traditions in the surrounding area. At the end of the tour we sat down for a cup of warm tea at the Zagreb Eye, an observation deck with an amazing view of the city panorama. On Wednesday we visited the Croatian History Museum. After the tour, our teacher Lidija held a workshop about the Glagolitic script.
In the afternoons, the students were offered additional homework lessons, under our supervision ;-). Those who had enough of the formal lessons, went for cakes and coffee while practicing how to order a drink in Croatian and debating which confectionery in Zagreb was best.
On Friday, our farewell day, the students gave short presentations about Zagreb’s important landmarks and they struggled with questions in our Easter quiz. One of the tasks was to guess the weight of the largest chocolate egg in Europe.
All in all, it was an amazing week with a great group of people! Of course, it wasn’t always just about fun; the students did apply for a Croatian language course, so they had to learn at least a few words before the end of the week. One of our students put it best:
Bilo je intresantno ali i naporno. Tako mora bit u školi. Bilo je humora. (Michael)
It was interesting and strenuous. That's how it's supposed to be in school. It was fun.
And the largest chocolate egg in Europe weighed 7.200 kilograms!