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Serbia(n) for beginners thread (& Alex AT)

Ever wondered what you would say to Jelena Janković if you were to meet her? If you really want to impress her - say something in Serbian using your own crappy accent. She'd love that!

This is the right thread for you!

Ever wondered what would JJ say to Jamie if she wanted to seduce him, what she'd whisper to his ear (And I know some of you want to know this )?

Ever wondered how JJ swears at line judges...

This is the right thread for you! Learn Serbian now!

Just ask anything you always wanted to know about Serbia or Serbian language and you'll get an answer...

PS Alex AT in the thread name stands for "Alex Appreciation Thread" so feel free to worship me .

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LOL I wondered what the AT bit was... Alex - this is a brilliant idea...hvala
(how did I do???)
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You did well Rozzie and because you're such a good student you'll get an extra homework . This is a good link for everyone.

So here's your first lesson:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serbian_language
Read this and fire away with the questions.

Edit. For other pupils: thanks = hvala!

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Alex

Can you give us a few basic words in Serbian

You know like

Hello
How are you
etc.

Oh dear I'm too slow.
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and errrm - why do I get homework...?
How do I say "give over" in Serbian??
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Yes Michael, I see you'll be very good pupil!

hello and good bye use the same Serbian words - "zdravo" (more traditional & formal) and "ćao" (like italian word ciao).

how are you = kako si

I write just what you ask so...

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Excuse me being totally ignorant which letters in the alphabet are soft. I know J is, are there any others.

I'm going to have to make a book of these. Alex you've gone and got me excited about this.

Thank you I think.
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and errrm - why do I get homework...?
How do I say "give over" in Serbian??
Get real Rozzie it's not only for you - it's for everyone who wants to be considered as a good pupil

give over = nema šanse (no chance)

But what you'd really like to say is ma pali brate (slang - burn away bro' as in fuck off or get lost )

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Excuse me being totally ignorant which letters in the alphabet are soft. I know J is, are there any others.

I'm going to have to make a book of these. Alex you've gone and got me excited about this.

Thank you I think.
In Serbian there's exactly one sound per letter (you'll know this when you do your homework ) and every letter is always pronounced the same way. So reading is easy if you know all the letters...

Here's the alphabet (latin): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaj's_Latin_alphabet

You think, think!? Better start worshiping Michael

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Right, two books are required "English to Serbian Dictonary" and "Learn Serbian for beginners"

They have been added to my christmas presents shopping list for today.

"John Lewis" store in High Wycombe awaits to take all my money off me. However, I might need to find a bookstore.
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Hey Michael don't you dump me (like JJ apparently did with Jamie) when (if) you buy those books .

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Has anyone actually found a decent Serbian-English "babel-fish" type tool ... I found one but everytime I try and use it it bleats that it has had millions of requests, and to try again later...
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These books are to help me with your education. You are my teacher. Are there any books which you would recommend?
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Well I was never in need of such tools or books so I can't help you with that. But every extra work you put in will pay off

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Re: Serbia(n) for beginners thread (& Alex AT)

Oh my. Actually, this is very useful if I ever find time to do it. I actually had a job a couple of years ago where knowing Serbian would have come in very, very handy; as it was, I was just stuck trying to figure out how to navigate Serbian legal websites with (a) my kind of crappy Russian and (b) sheer intuition.
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