Why you should learn Serbian
Although many Belgrade people speak English, the basics of learning Serbian will be very useful in daily life-and always appreciated by the locals. Mastering the basics will provide you with better job opportunities, help you understand the menu and order dishes in restaurants, and fully integrate into Serbian culture.
Where to learn Serbian
Belgrade offers multilingual schools for foreigners. Each college is different, using various learning methods from traditional teaching to shadowing, where you can listen to tutors and repeat learning as soon as possible. You can have one-on-one lessons with a private teacher, organize group lessons with friends, or have classes at school with other international students. This is a great way to have fun and meet new friends.
Prices vary from school to school, depending on reputation, location, number of classes per week, etc. For example, if you decide to take a small group of students to school two days a week, you may have to pay €300-400.
Most language schools offer courses for beginners, intermediate courses, and some courses for Serbian business. Many colleges also offer courses specifically designed for children.
Akademija Oxford: Beogradska 18/2 and Ugrinovačka – Senski Trg 7, in Zemun.
AZBUKUM Serbian Language and Culture Center: Milentija Popovića 6 in New Belgrade.
Berlitz: In the center of Slavija Trg and New Belgrade and other areas of the city.
Serbian as a foreign language center: Language Institute, Studentski Trg 3.
Concord Language School: Dorćol in Vračar and Skenderbegova 11a in Mileševska 6.
Serbian Language and Culture Workshop: Language Institute, Studentski Trg 3.
School of Foreign Languages: Gospodar Jovanova 35 in Doscoll.
Mogi Belgrade Institute of Foreign Languages: Terazije in New Belgrade and Kralja Milana 4 in Bulevar Umetnosti 13.
Apps for learning Serbian
The app is a great way to start exploring the Serbian language-helping you understand the basics once a day. We only chose English, but there are several other languages.
L-Lingo learn Serbian (free)
Learn Serbian phrasebook (free)
Serbian phrasebook (free)
English-Serbian dictionary (free)
Serbian-English offline dictionary (free)
Common expressions and idioms
Once you understand the basics, you will begin to notice the common expressions Serbs use every day. Some of these words and phrases have multiple meanings in different situations, but please remember some words and surprise your Serbian friends!
Prijatno: I wish you a good appetite or a great feast.
Priyatno, Doviđenja: Goodbye, and have a nice day.
Molim: You may have learned it, but you can also use it to show welcome. Similarly, when someone asks you some questions, you can answer in Morin style. In this case, what does it mean, yes?
Nemanačemu: You are welcome.
Može: Come on, you can do it.
Tako je: Yes.
Dobro: Good, good, good.
Odlicno: Great, super, great.
Nalavno: Of course you can.
Izvolite: You will find it in a store or supermarket, which means you are here, or can I help you? Don’t confuse it with izvinite, this is sorry!
Sve najbolje: Kind regards (in email)
Gde si, De si, Štaima ?, Štaradis ?: All these expressions are used every day to express what happened?
Štase desilo?: What happened?
Cime se bavis?: What do you do? , What is your major?
Kakoživot?: How have you been? How is life? How is life? (When you haven’t seen anyone in a while)
Dođi, molim te: Come here, please.
Lepo spavaj: sweet dreams (use with lakunoć or replace it: good night)
Vidimo SE: See you later.