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    Default Learning Serbian /Croatian/Bosnian

    Since we have a learning Bulgarian thread, but it seems no Serbian? Even though Serbian is more difficult and I believe requires more help!

    So as I am now learning Serbian I am hoping we can keep a thread to help answer many questions!

    My boyfriend is from Serbia, and tells me that Serbian grammer is apperantly one of the most difficult! And I can easily believe so.. hehe

    So some questions I have :

    1 - How do you use imperative in Serbian? For instance, I know love me is "voli me" but couldn't that also be "he/she/it loves me".. ?
    2 - How do you use plural?
    3 - For future tense does "Cu" come before or after the verb?
    4 - Also how does past tense work? Soooo confusing! hehe
    5 - What does "bas" mean?
    6 - How do you say "I (don't) like..."

    Hmm... think that's all for now!
    Thank-you!

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    First, the easiest question lol ..
    I like... = Sviđa mi se
    I dont like = Ne sviđa mi se

    you can also say: Volim (something) or Ne volim (something) / depends on context .. If you say I (dont) like walking in the rain it would be = (Ne) Volim da šetam po kiši

    and if you'd say I (dont) like you = (Ne) Sviđaš mi se

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    Baš means really = Baš mi se sviđaš = I really like you
    Aconteceu
    Estava escrito assim
    Eu em você, você em mim
    Eu te encontrei
    Meu grande amor..

    Da li cu ikad moci da sklopim oci a da tebe nema..?

    Aut Viam Inveniam Aut Faciam!
    בועז, תתחתן איתי!

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    - For future tense does "Cu" come before or after the verb?

    Ću can come after and and before the verb , actually it is part of the verb HTETI which means WANT, and with other verbs it forms future tense

    As I said it can come before and after

    Before:

    1. Ja ću uraditi nešto - I will do something
    2. Ti ćeš uraditi nešto - You will do something
    3. On, ona će uraditi nešto - He, she will do something

    1. Mi ćemo uraditi nešto - We will do something
    2. Vi ćete uraditi nešto - You will do something
    3. Oni će uraditi nešto - They will do something

    in english it is translated as WILL for all persons, and in serbian you have different form of verb HTETI for every person (ću, ćeš, će, ćemo, ćete, će)



    When it comes after the verb, then we combine it with other verb in sentence and they form future tense together

    1. Uradiću nešto
    2. Uradićeš nešto
    3. Uradiće nešto

    1. Uradićemo nešto
    2. Uradićete nešto
    3. Uradiće nešto

    it means the same as the first example, only is joined to the other verb, and you cant write it separately
    Aconteceu
    Estava escrito assim
    Eu em você, você em mim
    Eu te encontrei
    Meu grande amor..

    Da li cu ikad moci da sklopim oci a da tebe nema..?

    Aut Viam Inveniam Aut Faciam!
    בועז, תתחתן איתי!

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    1 - How do you use imperative in Serbian? For instance, I know love me is "voli me" but couldn't that also be "he/she/it loves me".. ?

    In serbian you can see only from the context what is imperative and what is not

    e.g.
    Q: Voli li te? (Does he love you?)
    A: Da, voli me (Yes, he,she loves me)

    Voli me! - can be imperative, and it can also be some exclamation meaning He, she loves me!
    Aconteceu
    Estava escrito assim
    Eu em você, você em mim
    Eu te encontrei
    Meu grande amor..

    Da li cu ikad moci da sklopim oci a da tebe nema..?

    Aut Viam Inveniam Aut Faciam!
    בועז, תתחתן איתי!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adrienne View Post
    First, the easiest question lol ..
    I like... = Sviđa mi se
    I dont like = Ne sviđa mi se

    you can also say: Volim (something) or Ne volim (something) / depends on context .. If you say I (dont) like walking in the rain it would be = (Ne) Volim da šetam po kiši

    and if you'd say I (dont) like you = (Ne) Sviđaš mi se

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    Baš means really = Baš mi se sviđaš = I really like you
    Ahhh! "to like" is so confusing!
    So if "I like you" is kinda like "I miss you", you say YOU do so to me.. ? haha, does that make sense? Like, Sviđaš the sh means you, so is confusing.. ah.. so how can you say "you like" or "she likes"?
    I think I understand..
    And I understand everything else! Thanks a lot!!! It's a biiiiig help!

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    1. sviđam (se)
    2. sviđaš (se)
    3. sviđa (se)

    1. sviđamo (se)
    2. sviđate (se)
    3. sviđaju (se)

    sviđati se is reflexive verb and it requires an object : Ti mi se sviđaš - I like you

    voleti - to love, to like

    1.volim
    2. voliš
    3. voli

    1. volimo
    2. volite
    3. vole

    once you learn the addings you did half of the work.. Im warning you it so difficult, you cant imagine lol

    sorry if i cant explan it good enough
    Aconteceu
    Estava escrito assim
    Eu em você, você em mim
    Eu te encontrei
    Meu grande amor..

    Da li cu ikad moci da sklopim oci a da tebe nema..?

    Aut Viam Inveniam Aut Faciam!
    בועז, תתחתן איתי!

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    Ahhh that's so hard! haha

    "Im warning you it so difficult, you cant imagine lol "

    auuuu I'm scared now!!! =P ahhh I don't need perfect grammer, if I can be understood, I'm sure i will learn in time..
    Again, thanks for your help!

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    aa..I can believe someone actually wants to learn our language
    anyway, I am sure that everyone here will be more than glad to help you with it..

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    Well I'll try to help you as much possible to learn some basics.. I dont want to scare you but it takes a lot of time to learn perfect serbian but you dont need that

    Btw. I have a site that might help you learn serbian better: http://www.serbianschool.com/
    Aconteceu
    Estava escrito assim
    Eu em você, você em mim
    Eu te encontrei
    Meu grande amor..

    Da li cu ikad moci da sklopim oci a da tebe nema..?

    Aut Viam Inveniam Aut Faciam!
    בועז, תתחתן איתי!

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    Default Learning Serbian (Croatian,Bosnian,Montenegrin)

    I saw there is people here who learn or want to learn serbian and I'm going to explain some basic things

    I - Ja
    You - Ti
    He - On
    She - Ona
    It - Ono

    We - Mi
    You - Vi
    They - Oni

    Numbers - brojevi

    1 - jedan
    2 - dva
    3 - tri
    4 - četiri (Č like CHat, CHoose)
    5 - pet
    6 - šest (Š = sh, like SHe)
    7 - sedam
    8 - osam
    9 - devet
    10 - deset
    0 - nula

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    ok I will continue if there's interest...

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    I'll start by asking you to write the suffixes for each case. If I knew them all, It'd be way easier for me to speak Serbian.

    (Later on, I'll think of other grammar issues to ask you about, but don't you say I'm a pain in the neck for asking so much ;D)
    'I have a cane and I know how to use it.'

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    NO just ask...
    And for cases (if you mean on падежи), to be honest, I don't know suffixes
    Serbian grammar is difficult but I'll try to find some books from my primary school
    The best way to learn them is to speak with people. And I'm here!
    Maybe we can speak on serb-english-macedonian. I want to learn some macedonian too
    Do you have some other question at the moment?

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    Hahaha, Vlada, I must admit you made me smile when you said you would try to find books from primary school Yeah, what I meant was падежи Are you sure you don't know the suffixes? Na primer, iz Makedonije, u Makedoniju itd. Nisam sigurna
    We absolutely can speak in macedonian/english/serbian, but don't laugh at my serbian! xD
    I hope you'll understand Macedonian, and if not, you can ask me whatever you want.
    Jasno? ;D
    'I have a cane and I know how to use it.'

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    Da a padeži su ti dobri. Siguran sam da ne znam, shame on me Al mogu naravno da ti kažem da li je tačno ili nije... Understand?

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    Ma sve!
    Ustvari, ja sve razumem, ali ne mogu da odgovorim jer nisam sigurna i sram me da pokusam. xP
    Trebam vise samopouzdanje ;P
    Ali ako nadjes knige iz osnovne skole, cekam padeze! ;D
    'I have a cane and I know how to use it.'

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    Eto sve si dobro rekla, samo Trebam vise samopouzdanjA...
    Naci cu

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    ...vise samopouzdanjA

    Fala mnogu
    'I have a cane and I know how to use it.'

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    guys please help me cause i like serbian very much and i want to learn the language so please in english.....

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    pely, what do you want to know from serbian language?
    Aconteceu
    Estava escrito assim
    Eu em você, você em mim
    Eu te encontrei
    Meu grande amor..

    Da li cu ikad moci da sklopim oci a da tebe nema..?

    Aut Viam Inveniam Aut Faciam!
    בועז, תתחתן איתי!

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