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    YAY! Now maybe I can practice a little of my Serbian. This is great. Every one get excited!

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    Who can teach me some little bit of Serbian language?

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    As far as the question in the original subject line ("what's the difference?"), there aren't many big differences between Serbian and Croatian. "A language is just a dialect with an army." The differences between Serbian and Croatian are on an order or two of magnitude less than the differences between German "dialects," but they play up the differences for political reasons. Heck, the differences from Russian aren't that great – I have the first part of Pimsleur lessons for Croatian, and it sounds somewhat like nye razumeyu po-kharvatski. I rest my case. A good link is http://www.lmp.ucla.edu/profiles/profs01.htm

    P.S. Does anybody have any good (or bad) experiences with textbooks for Serbo-Croatian?

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    Yay yay yay!!!
    Wow thanks for making this section! Now i can hopefully talk Croatian with people!!
    Tambakis, how's your Serbian??

    (Still with the yay!)

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    Thank you Jasper. Just so you know, i think everyone secretly loves you on this board

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    Why, that's nice of you to say that. Everyone just keeps going on about how great Pravit is, and helpful, and charming, and witty... *Balls fist in fury* Damn you Pravit! *Plots evil plan to overthrow him*

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    I think you both are annoying.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jasper May
    Why, that's nice of you to say that. Everyone just keeps going on about how great Pravit is, and helpful, and charming, and witty... *Balls fist in fury* Damn you Pravit! *Plots evil plan to overthrow him*

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    Oh Jas-hun, I do believe YOU're the main source of all my praise around here... It's all I can do to hold your romantic advances off every day! Down, boy, down!

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    What can I say? I love the both of you. It's true everyone on the board (with the exception of EffMah) secretly loves you too.

    Tambakis, how's your Serbian??
    It's comming along. Although, I'm learning from a close friend from Montenegro, and at the risk of starting a fight about wether it really is a language or not; he's teaching me Montenegrin. More specifically the jekavian (yekavian) sea shore dialect. As opposed to the shtokavian dialect most Serbs speak. So I'm not all too sure how different they really are. But not horribly different, a guy at my school from Croatia understands me for the most part. If I post in it bear with me


    As far as the question in the original subject line ("what's the difference?"), there aren't many big differences
    not many, and even with russian, I'm told you can be pretty much understood. Stoto vremja? -what time is it?-

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    By the way, I've seen Hamlet's role played in Croatian in one of ER show episodes. It was really great. It sounded great and , knowing Russian, I could understand a lot of what was said.
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    By the way, I've seen Hamlet's role played in Croatian in one of ER show episodes. It was really great. It sounded great and , knowing Russian, I could understand a lot of what was said.
    Ah, I remember that episode..that's the one where they swordfight, right?

    I've always wanted to learn Croatian. If I mess around with the dial on my radio, stick my ear very close to the speaker, and turn the volume up, I can hear little bits of Croatian words. It's really neat but it hurts my neck sometimes.

    And welcome back, Stefani!

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    On American channels, they do -- even if it's from two years ago.

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    "A language is just a dialect with an army"? Excellent quote, who/where is it from?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tambakis
    What can I say? I love the both of you. It's true everyone on the board (with the exception of EffMah) secretly loves you too.
    Where did you get such information that EffMah doesn't love me?

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    I think you both are annoying.
    Right there

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    Who can teach me some little bit of Serbian language?

    Zdravo - hello
    Laku noc - Good night
    kod - when
    ko - who
    sto - what
    da li imate cilindar zagasen je vatre? - do you have a fire extinguisher?
    shto odelo klozet? - wheres the bathroom?
    (two phrases that might come in handy if the bathroom is on fire)

    erm...I was just thinking of some random words, hope that helps

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    Quote Originally Posted by MasterAdmin
    By the way, I've seen Hamlet's role played in Croatian in one of ER show episodes. It was really great. It sounded great and , knowing Russian, I could understand a lot of what was said.
    Oh yes, I remember that too. That was one of my favourite episodes.
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