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This blog is about both the language and the country of Croatia.

Our language-related posts talk about everything from grammar, to pronunciation, Croatian dialects to interactive vocab exercises.

Posts about Croatia write about the culture, traditions, history and geography of Croatia as a country.

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In our blog post about forming plural versions of Croatian nouns we wrote that you have to determine the gender of the word (which is pretty easy) and afterwards form the plural version.

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It’s generally very easy to find a café in Croatia, regardless of whether you’re in a big city like Zagreb or Split, on the coast relaxing in the sunshine … or anywhere else.

Croatians love to drink coffee and you’ll find a café on almost every corner!

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Croatian tourism is changing, with younger travellers increasingly visiting Croatia not just for the food, wine and beaches, but also to visit one of the many Croatian festivals.

Croatia has become the place to be for festival-goers ... the hottest spot on the European festival map!

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The name ‘locative’ comes from the Latin word locus (place), and in Croatian the locative case primarily determines the place of an action.

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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 it 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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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 the majority of Croatian last names end in –ić? In fact, the answer is quite simple!

The ending –ić is a (male) diminutive suffix, which was traditionally combined with either the name or profession of the (usually male) parent to create what is known as a patronymic (or matronymic) surname.

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Croatia is generally seen as a small country, with a population of around 4.3 million, but did you know that there are almost as many Croats – around 4 million – living outside of Croatia?

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One of the first things to learn in Croatian are the names of the days of the week.

As with most languages, the name of each day in Croatian has a meaning still clearly connected 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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In our grammar post about the past tense we explained when to use past tense in Croatian and how to conjugate it.

You can also read about the exceptions to the rules and when to omit the personal pronouns.

Here you'll find a series of past tense grammar questions for you to test yourself on. Have fun and good luck!

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Christmas customs are an important part of Croatian tradition. Although Croatia is a relatively small country, it has a surprisingly large number of customs and traditions, which also vary from region to region.

Here's a general overview of the most important customs in Croatia during Christmas time.

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The Školica team organises regular meetups for staff and students at the end of each semester.

The biggest and the most cheerful among them is usually the one held before Christmas.

It would't be wrong to say that Christmas Meetup at Zum Blaustern restaurant has become a part of Školica's tradition!

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Croatian cuisine is heterogeneous, and each region has its own distinct culinary traditions.

It can be divided into a few regional cuisines which all have their specific cooking traditions, characteristic for the area and not necessarily well known in other parts of Croatia.

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The vocative case (vokativ) is used for nouns when these are addressed directly.

Most commonly it is seen with people's names when these are being spoken to.

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