Colloquial Croatian: The Complete Course for Beginners

Colloquial Croatian: The Complete Course for Beginners

by Celia Hawkesworth, Ivana Jovic




Colloquial Croatian provides a step-by-step course in Afrikaans as it is written and spoken today. Combining a user-friendly approach with a thorough treatment of the language, it equips learners with the essential skills needed to communicate confidently and effectively in Croatian in a broad range of situations. No prior knowledge of the language is required.

Key features include:

• progressive coverage of speaking, listening, reading and writing skills

• structured, jargon-free explanations of grammar

• an extensive range of focused and stimulating exercises

• realistic and entertaining dialogues covering a broad variety of scenarios

• useful vocabulary lists throughout the text

• additional resources available at the back of the book, including a full answer key, a grammar summary and bilingual glossaries

Balanced, comprehensive and rewarding, Colloquial Croatian will be an indispensable resource both for independent learners and students taking courses in Croatian.

Course components:

The complete course comprises the book and audio materials. These are available to purchase separately in paperback, ebook, CD and MP3 format. The paperback and CDs can also be purchased together in the great-value Colloquials pack.

Paperback: 978-0-415-34896-6 (please note this does not include the audio)

CDs : 978-0-415-34895-9

eBook: 978-0-203-64112-5 (please note this does not include the audio, available from

MP3s: 978-0-415-47098-8 (available from

Pack : 978-0-415-45081-2 (paperback and CDs)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415348935
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 12/28/2005
Series: Colloquial Series
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.50(h) x 2.20(d)

Table of Contents

Map of Croatia
Learning Croatian
Alphabet and pronunciation
1 Na putu
On the way
The verb biti (to be); personal pronouns: I, you, etc.; basic word order; formation of questions; introducing yourself; nationalities
2 Razgovor o putovanju
Conversation about traveling
Main conjugations of verbs; verbal aspect; reflexive verbs; adverbs
3 Dolazak u Zagreb
Arrival in Zagreb
Nouns: the nominative case, the vocative case; simple letters; adjectives from proper nouns; double negatives
4 Svatko ide na svoju stranu
Each goes his own way

Accusative case, accusative after certain prepositions; genitive case; questions and answers; sentence building with the genitive; prepositions
5 Dolazak u hotel
Arrival at the hotel
The dative case, the locative case; the instrumental case, a telephone conversation
6Razgovor o stanu
Conversation about a flat
Adjectives; nominative case of adjectives; vocabulary about flats and furniture
7 Na po?ti
At the post office
Cardinal numbers 1, 2, 3, etc; use of verbs with numbers; telephone conversations
8 U restoranu
In the restaurant
Ordering meals; adjectives: genitive case, accusative case; food and drink

9 Na ulici
In the street
Street directions; adjectives: dative and instrumental; prepositions; reflexive verbs
10 Posjet prijateljima
Visit to friends
The past tense; word order; past tense questions; negative past tense; emphatic use of pronouns; use of verbs with numbers
11 Obiteljski odnosi
Family relationships
Personal pronoun declensions; vocabulary of family relationships; word order (3); use of pronouns
12 Putni planovi
Travel plans
Thefuture tense; using the long form of the future auxiliary; structures with the future tense
13 U kazali? t u
At the theatre
Ordinal numbers: first, second, etc.; periods of time; dates; days of the week; time of day
14 Pakiranje
Comparative of adjectives; comparative of adverbs; structures with the comparative; the superlative; clothes, colours
15 Polazak
Demonstrative pronouns: 'this', 'that'; possessive adjectives; preparing for a car journey; driving, route planning
16 U kvaru
Possessive pronouns: my, your, etc.; future perfect tense; parts of a car
17 U kupnji
Interrogative pronouns: 'who', 'what', etc.; relative pronouns: 'who', 'which', etc.; shopping for food; aspect 2; lost items, visiting a police station
18 Prometna nesreEa
Road accident
Imperative, negative imperatives; adjective phrases expressed by verbs; aspect 3; parts of the body
19 Razgovor o svakodnevnom ae i v ot u
Conversation about everyday life
Conditional: 'I would', etc.; conditional clauses; reflexive phrases
20 Kraj
The end
Participles: 'being', 'having been', etc; verbal nouns
Grammar summary
Key to main exercises
Translations of main texts
Croatian-English glossary
English-Croatian glossary
Subject index

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