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Croatian words, phrases and sentences you need to know when travelling in Croatia

Croatian words, phrases and sentences you need to know when travelling in Croatia

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Planning your holiday to Croatia

Are you 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.

In this article you will learn some basic words, phrases and simple sentences that will be helpful in your daily communications when travelling in Croatia. If you are travelling to Croatia’s neighbouring countries like Bosna and Hercegovina and Serbia then u can use these same words as they too speak Croatian a Slavic language.

Don’t panic just for your information the majority of Croatians know English as it is the first foreign language they learn in school, English is compulsory.

Basic greetings and common words

Firstly, basic greetings, simple words and common traveller questions knowing these primary basics will make your time spent more easier and less stressful. When you make an effort to learn the basics you will gain respect and become more approachable to the locals and be perceived as being polite.

Hello! BOK!
My name is MOJE IME JE
Good morning! DOBRO JUTRO!
Good evening! DOBRA VEČER!
Good bye! DOVIĐENJA!
How are you? KAKO SI?
What is your name? KAKO SE ZOVEŠ?
Sorry! OPROSTI!
Please! MOLIM!
Excuse me! OPROSTITE!
Yes DA
No NE
Thank you! HVALA!
Left LIJEVO
Right DESNO
Where is the? GDJE JE?
Airport ZRAČNA LUKA
Bus station AUTOBUSNA STANICA
Trian station ŽELJEZNIČKA STANICA

The basic words and questions when dinning & wining

So, what about when you’re out eating and drinking at a restaurant, café or bar enjoying Croatia’s famous cuisines and tasty wines. For your information check out our the flavours of Dalmatia  blog to read up on our recommendations of delicious Dalmatian cuisines that are a must. Also to experience Kastelas famous wine sorts and learn about the Zinfandel origins see wine experience Kastela tour.

Here is a list of the basic words and questions you need to know making your dinning & wining experiences more enjoyable. Oh, I must begin with the most important phase “ŽIVJELI”! Which in translation is cheers! “DOBAR TEK”! good appetite!

Breakfast DORUČAK
Lunch RUČAK
Dinner VEČERA
Drink PIĆE
Water VODA
Wine VINO
Can I have the menu please? ZAMOLIO BIH VAS ZA JELOVNIK?
Can I have the bill please? ZAMOLIO BIH VAS ZA RAČUN?
How much does that cost? KOLIKO TO KOŠTA?
Do you take credit cards? PRIMATE LI KREDITNE KARTICE?

The most likely popular question you will use on your holiday

The most popular question you will probably use on your holiday if you don’t speak any Croatian at all is the obvious question “Do you speak English”? GOVORITE LI ENGLESKI? However, if you know some Croatian and you’re like me and understand Croatian better than you can speak it then your most popular question will be “I speak a little bit of Croatian”? GOVORIM MALO HRVATSKI?

Difficult situations and emergencies 

Words and questions, you need to know in difficult situations and emergencies, hopefully used as least as possible.

Can you help me? MOŽETE LI MI POMOĆI?
I’m lost? IZGUBIO SAM SE (MALE) IZGUBILA SAM SE (FEMALE)?
I’m allergic to? ALERGIČNA SAM NA (FEMALE) ALERGIČAN SAM NA (MALE)?
I need a doctor? TREBAM LIJEČNIKA?
Stop! STANI!
Help! POMOZITE!
Fire! POŽAR!
Call the police! ZOVITE POLICIJU!