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Before we get started, let it be known that Croatian is a tough language to learn – everyone will tell you it’s a complicated language to master, but Croats love it when visitors to their country make the effort to learn their language.

The spelling of most Croatian words is phonetic, which means words are written as they are pronounced which should make it a bit easier to learn a few basic Croatian phrases – you’ll buy a lot of goodwill with our local Croatian crew, so spend 10 minutes looking through a few basic Croatian phrases before you embark on your Sail Croatia Cruise!

English Croatian Sounds Like
Hello Bok bohk
How are you? Kako ste? kah-koh steh?
I’m fine, thank you Ja sam dobro, hvala yah sahm doh-broh, hva-lah
Nice to meet you Drago mi je dra-goh mee yeh
Good morning Dobro jutro doh-broh you-troh
Good afternoon Dobar dan doh-bahr dahn
Good evening Dobra večer doh-brah ve-cher
Goodbye Doviđenja doh-vee-jen-yah
Please Molim moh-leem
Thank you Hvala hva-lah
Yes Da da
No Ne ne
Excuse me Oprostite oh-pro-sti-teh
What is your name? Kako se zovete? kak-koh seh zoh-ve-teh
My name is … Zovem se zoh-vhem se
Do you speak English? Govorite li engleski? goh-voh-ree-teh lee en-glees-kee
What time is it? Koliko je sati? KOH-lee-koh yeh sahtee?
How much is this? Koliko ovo košta? KOH-lee-koh oh-voh koh-shtah?
Where can I exchange money? Gdje mogu razmijeniti novac? Gdyeh MOH-goo rahz-MEE-yeh-nee-tee NOH-vahts?
Here’s my passport Ovdje je moja putovnica OH-vdyeh yeh mo-ya POO-toh-vnee-tsa
A beer/coffee/tea, please Pivo/kavu/čaj, molim PEE-voh/KAH-voo/CH-ay MOH-leem