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Elementary (and Slightly Silly) Croatian
"A quiz on the bare basics of the language from a guy whose knowledge of Croatian is halting at best. This one should be fun even if you don't know the language!"
15 Points Per Correct Answer - No time limit
Though Croatian is increasingly considered an independent language, this was not always the case, and in times past, Croatian was considered a mere dialect of a more widely-spoken language. Dialects very closely related to Croatian and comprehensible to most Croats are still spoken in which of these countries?
All of these
Like most Slavic languages (including Russian and Bulgarian), Croatian is usually written in the Cyrillic alphabet.
As is the case with many languages, the English word "Croatian" is not the word Croats use for their own language. What is the Croatian word for "Croatian"?
To indicate things like possession, location, and whether a noun is a subject, direct object, or indirect object, Croatian primarily uses prepositions and sentence structure like English does.
"Kako ste vi?" is the Croatian version of what popular greeting?
How's your mother?
How are you?
What are you up to?
How's the weather?
OK, this quiz has been serious for far too long - let's have some fun!
Imagine you are a young man who has developed a great affection for a young Croatian woman. Which of these phrases may be appropriate to express the depth of your feelings?
Both are fine
Tvoja mama je usijana
Neither is in any way appropriate
As is the case with almost any tourist destination, it is possible that visitors to Croatia may find themselves victims of crime. Which of these questions might be helpful to ask if this happens to you?
Gdje je policija?
Koliko spavac´ih soba imate?
Da li je tvoja kola crvena?
Je li vam dao kavu?
"Ne, Luk, ja sam tvoj otac." This is the Croatian version of a memorable line from what movie?
The Empire Strikes Back
Gone with the Wind
Let's try another movie quote. What well-known film starring Keanu Reeves contains the English version of this line: "Nema zlice".
Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure
Bram Stoker's Dracula
Finally, what common basketball taunt (often chanted by home fans when it is clear their team has won) translates into Croatian as "Tko je tvoj tata"?
Go start the bus
Who's your daddy?
Hey, hey, hey, goodbye
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