Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
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Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
|Here's a tough one for you. If you are joking around with a serbian friend and he/she says, "Ti si kornjaca!" What did he/she just call you?||Serbian Language
A turtle. This doesn't mean anything harmful, it is merely verbal fun.
kornjaca=correct answer (Turtle)
|Your Serbian friend returns home from running his errands. His mother asks "Gde s ti bio?" What is she asking him?||Serbian Language
Where were you?. 'Where were you?' and 'where did you go?' are somewhat similar to us in the english language; however, in the serbian language it is much different.
"Gde s ti bio?"="Where were you?"-Correct
"Gde s ti isao?"="Where did you go?"-Incorrect
*Pronounced= Guh-day stee bee-oh(Gde s ti bio?)*
|If you go into a hotel and you ask, "Koliki je vas porcenat?" What is it you are asking?||Serbian Language
What is your rate?. When you go into a hotel that is the first question you want to ask, especially because a lot of hotels will try to scam you depending on what part of Serbia you are in. Older countries are known for doing so.
"Koliki je vas procenat", can save you from mishap.
*Pronounced: Kohl-eekee ay vush praw-sen-uht(Koliki je vas procenat?)*
|If you walk by a family eating dinner, it is polite to say what?||Serbian Language
Prijatno. Prijatno is a way of saying "Bon Appetite" (also wishing good health to the family).
*Incorrect Answers:"Hvala" = "Thanks"
"Mogu li i ja jesti?" = "Can I eat too?"
"Mozemo li da jedemo svi zajedno?" = "Can we all eat together?"*
|If you are frustrated with someone you might say what to them (without offending them)?||Serbian Language
Boze pomozi me!. "Boze pomozi me!"="God help me"
*Incorrect Answers: "Ti si budala!"="You're an idiot!"
"Ti imas problema!"="You have a problem!"
"Ajde idi kuci posro!"="Come on, go home you loser!"*
**Pronounced: Bowed-jay pomo-zee may (Boze pomozi me!)**
|Saying goodbye can be said in many different ways. Most commonly in Belgrade between friends and family you will hear "cao", or "zdravo"; What is the official way to say goodbye?||Serbian Language
Dovidjenja. Dovidjenja is used very commonly when saying goodbye to someone you don't know(eg.) shop owner, or restaurant waiters.
*Incorrect Answers: "Vidimo se"="See you later"
"Cujemo se"="Hear from you later"
"Nazdravlje"="To your health"(Bless you)*
**Pronounced: Doh-vee-jee-ehn-ya (Dovidjenja)**
|How would you say "Pleased to meet you" to someone that you just met?||Serbian Language
Drago mi je sto smo se sreli. Drago mi je= it's a pleasure for me
sto smo se sreli=for us to have met
*"Drago mi je," is also commonly used as a shorter version; however, not as polite.*
**Incorrect Answers:"Zdravo,kako ste?"="Hello, how are you?"
"Izvinite, gde je wc?"="Excuse me, where is the outhouse(washroom)?"
"Kako se zovete?"="What's your name?"**
***Pronounced: Drah-go mee ay (Drago mi je)
Shto smo say srell-ee(sto smo se sreli)***
|How do you say "Hello. My name is Ivan." in Serbian?||Basic Serbian
"Zdravo. Zovem se Ivan.". "Zovem se Ivan" or "Ja sam Ivan". For meeting someone, the second one is usually used.
Madjarska. Madjarska, even Austro-Hungary was called Austro-Ugarska. The name is from the Hungarians' name for themselves.
|How many countries have Serbian as their official language?||Basic Serbian
3. Those countries are Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Montenegro. In the former republic of Yugoslavia, the officially language was called Serbo-Croatian.
Bec. Only in Serbian does Vienna have this name. The reason why is unknown.
Nemacka. Nemacka is the Serbian name for Germany. Its origin is probably from tribe era where Slovens and Germans didn't understand each other and NEM means somebody that "can't speak", "can't understand".
5. The Serbian vowel system is simple, with only five vowels. All vowels are monophthongs.
30. The Serbian alphabet has 30 letters.
racun, molim vas. "racun, molim vas"= the polite way to ask for the bill.
Incorrect (and for the first two) impolite answers:
"racun sad kornjaca jedna!"= Bill now you turtle!
"daj mi racun bre!"= Give me the bill!
Lastly this one doesn't even mean bill!
bostan = watermelon [another term used in different parts of Serbia]
"mozete li dajte mi bostan?"= Can you give me the watermelon?
|Now that the food is gone, how about some dessert? Your partner asks for ice-cream. How do you say "ice-cream"?||In a Serbian Restaurant
sladoled. "Sladoled" is ice-cream.
"sunce" is sunshine.
"visnja" and "lubanica" can be flavors of ice-cream (sour cherry, and watermelon).
|"Kako vam se svidelo?" your waiter asks as he clears the table. How would you reply back, considering the meal was great and so was the waiter?||In a Serbian Restaurant
dobro, hvala. Your waiter is simply asking, "How was everything?"
Your response -"dobro, hvala"- means "Good, thanks."
"necemo jesti ovde opet!"= We won't eat here again!
"ti si budala"= I hope you don't say that, you will offend your waiter! It means "You are a fool!"
"ja mislim bicu bolestan/bolesna"= I think I'm going to be sick!
Gives you gas.. Pasulj is indeed a magical fruit. It's made from beans! The problem is, it tastes so good you always go back for more.
Goat, veal, chicken, lamb. "Cevappi" is very tasty. Some places have different ways of serving it. If you go to a restaurant, they tend to serve it on a plate with their own sauce. If you order in the streets from a concession stand, you will get it served between two buns with a homemade relish. It is delicious.
The meat itself is made from goat, veal, chicken, and lamb meat all mixed in one!
nazdravije!. "Nazdravije"=to your health
"izvinite"= excuse me
|Your male waiter asks you, "Izvinite, ja sam stavila tanire, da li znate gde su oni?"
This is the correct way to say "Excuse me, I placed the plates, do you know where they are?"||In a Serbian Restaurant
False. True your "waiter" did say what was mentioned above; however, referring to question number three, "Kelnar" is a male. Proper way of saying this from your waiter's perspective would be: "Ja sam stavio tanjire.." (Not "ja sam stavila")
|Now you have to order something. Your partner suggests black wine, so why don't you ask for a bottle of black wine? How would you ask correctly?||In a Serbian Restaurant
zeleli bismo bocu crnog vina.. "crveno vino"-black wine
"belo vino"-white wine.
"flasa voda"-bottle of water.
*Note some words were changed slightly due to the accusative case.
|First off, you and your companion are going to ask for a table for two... how would you go about doing so?||In a Serbian Restaurant
zeleli bismo sto za dvoje.. You are asking for a table for two. If you say, "zeleli bismo sto za pusace" then you are asking for a table you can smoke at.
"zeleo bih sto": Well how selfish! You are only asking for yourself.
"zeleo bih sto krompire"...Now you're just being greedy...you would like 100 potatoes? May I say ("Je si ti lud?")=(Are you crazy?)
|The creatures known as "Meduze" in Serbian live in the water. True or false?||Serbian Animals
True. Meduze are jellyfish. They inhabit waters that get a lot of sunlight, because one of their methods of feeding is photosynthesis.
Slon. Jabuka is an apple, a common fruit grown in orchards throughout Serbia.
Ajkola is a shark, which is very common in the warmer waters of the Adriatic. However these are mostly small sharks like the blue shark and grey shark and they prefer to keep to themselves, eating small fish rather than Serbians.
Zemlja is the Serbian word for a "country", such as Serbia, Montenegro, or Croatia.
|Most snakes found in Serbia are poisonous. There are two kinds of adders, and a breed of sand viper. How would you say "snake" in Serbian?||Serbian Animals
Zmija. Svinja is a pig. It is a very popular meat in Serbia, except among Muslims who don't eat pork (svinjetina) because of their religion. It makes a very tasty meal when cooked on a spit (slow rotisserie).
|"Macke" run wild and rampant in Serbia, and will beg at your dinner table if you eat outside. What is this animal in English?||Serbian Animals
Cat. Cats in Serbia are often regarded as a nuisance. They will beg by meowing and howling, and it is honestly quite annoying. Many people consider them as pests opposed to pets.
Mouse or "mis" are timid creatures and not often seen - especially with all the cats running around.
|The word for "bird" is quite difficult to pronounce in Serbian. Which of the answers below is the correct Serbian word?||Serbian Animals
Ptica. Properly pronounced it is like *pah-tee-tsa*
I won't give away what "Macka" is, because it is the answer to another question.
Pas is Serbian for dog. More people consider dogs as pets than cats, but they also run rampant through the streets. They cause quite a ruckus during mating season.
Jez is a hedgehog.
|The direct translation of the Serbian "Nilski Konj" is "Water Horse". What would we call actually call this creature in English?||Serbian Animals
Hippo. Seaweed (Alge in Serbian)is used as a food source for its high iron, but also used in spas for facials.
Sea urchin (Morski jez) translates literally to sea hedgehog. They cover a lot of rocky beaches in shallow waters. Be very careful when wading in the water because it really hurts when you step on them, and the spines break off slowly releasing toxins.
Starfish (Morska zvezda) are found on rocky beaches usually attached to the underside of rocks or rocky caverns at low tide. They digest their food outside their bodies!
|Turtles are very rare to spot in Serbia; however, it is fun to tease people by calling them a turtle. How would you say "turtle" in Serbian?||Serbian Animals
Kornjaca. Budala is a fool; something you might call someone who kicks sand all over your picnic.
Jez is a hedgehog: they usually come out at night. They have poor eyesight, but excellent defense. When threatened they roll up into a spikey ball until they feel safe enough to carry on.
Konj is a horse: they are very helpful around the farm for transportation and hauling.
|The veverica is a cute and cuddly, yet timid and quick, animal, found throughout Serbia. What is its English name? ||Serbian Animals
Squirrel. Fish are "riba" in Serbian. They are a major food source in Serbia and are usually sold fresh at most markets.
Cow is "krava", and is used for milk, cream, cheese and of course meat.
Deer are "jelen", and are hunted in mountainous areas like Crna Gora for their leaner tasting meat. Very rare in sightings around civilized towns and cities.