I Got, I Got, I Got… This

I began this huge endeavor to deepen my knowledge of the Serbian language, teach my kids, my husband, and maintain a blog about my/our progress.

I cracked open a Serbian grammar book and flipped through all the pages feeling immediately overwhelmed. Then I closed the book. After a few weeks, I opened the book again and began reading each page one at a time. Lesson by lesson. Chapter by chapter. I am one-third of the way through the book. I have definitely learned something. But, dagnabit, how is it there is STILL more endings to learn.

My notes are starting to get disoriented. I found that I have to pause from the book and regroup my notes so that I can follow them better. So far, I’ve rewritten my notes two times and they are not orderly yet. Everytime I think I have them organized just right there is another section on a new ending for each case. Arrrrrr!!!!!!

I know, take a deep breathe. Maybe a break. I am doing ok. I am learning and this kind of learning does not happen overnight.

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How To Learn Colors in Serbian

FREE Chart and FREE flashcards to help you learn the colors in Serbian.

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It has never been easier to learn the Serbian language! This post focuses on colors (boje). Before you forget, subscribe to the Tongue Talk Serbia email list so that you don’t miss out on ways to include Serbian in your daily life.

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How to Make a Rotating Chart to Learn the Days of the Week

Here is a great project to learn the days of the week in any language. It is fast, easy, and effective. Here we are learning them in Serbian.

Days of the Week Rotating Chart
Days of the Week Rotating Chart

Materials:
2 paper plates
scissors
ruler
crayon, markers, or colored pencils
fastener
pencil
blank sharpie
Vocabulary List : Serbian months season day.

Instructions:

1. Take one paper plate and cut the inside circle out.

2. Measure the diameter. In the middle, at the 2.5″, mark an “x”. Around the outer edge measure 7 dots spaced out 2 & 3/16″. Using your ruler draw a line from the center to each mark made at the outer rim. This will give you 7 triangles.

3. Take the black sharpie and trace the lines you just made, and write in the day of the week in the triangles. I chose to do it in cyrillic, however you can do it in latin. Both are provided on the Vocabulary sheet.

4. With the other paper plate (working on the ridge part) mark 2.5″, 4 times along the inner circle. Mark the outer circle with 4 dots that are spaced about 3.5″ apart. As you did with the first paper plate, go to the flat center part of the plate and make the very center with an “x” at about 4 and 9/16 from ridged rim to ridged rim.

5. With ruler and sharpie, connect the inner dot to the outer dot. This will create 3 blocks to write in yesterday, today, and tomorrow. In the other open space write days of the week.  Use the sharpie to trace the center circle, and the outer edge circle.

6. Color the chart to your liking.

7. Poke a whole through both “x”s marking the center. Insert the fastener through the smaller circle then through the larger one and secure on the back. It will now rotate.

(Optional) 8. You can attach magnets to the back to use on the refrigerator, filing cabinet, or any other metal surface.

8. Learn the days of the week.

Ćevapčići 

Experience Serbian culture through food you can make right at home.

Ćevapčići are a Balkan delight. A magnificent food that I recommend everyone try at least once. I once read that they were inspired by a similar sausage dish brought over to the Balkans from the Arabic world. I have no idea if that is true.

pravimo cevapcici

Anyhow,

I made these wonderful little sausages for the first time with my mother. She came to visit me for 2 weeks after I gave birth to my son, Luka. I had a list of things I wanted to do with her, making homemade ćevapčići was one of them. Of course I’ll share the other Serbian dishes we made in later posts.

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Serbian Months & Seasons Project

I saw this project on Pinterest, in English, to teach children months and seasons. I adapted it for the Serbian language. It really is pretty cool. We put it on our refrigerator and my kids are always look at it. It is quite simple to make. My 4 year old and I did this together.


Months & Seasons Project

Materials:
1 paper plate
crayons
black marker
construction paper (we used: white, yellow, red, green, brown, orange, pink)
cotton ball
2 magnets
glue stick
hot glue gun
scissors
paper fastener that allows movement
ruler
whole puncher
This sheet for cyrillic and latin words Serbian months season day

Instructions:

1. Prep your trees for each season. Fall / Jesen: cut a brown trunk, orange tree top, and falling leaves in red, yellow, orange. I just cut small almond shapes. Winter / Zima: Cut a brown trunk with branches. With whole puncher, punch a few white wholes for the snow. Spring / Prolece: cut a brown truck and green tree top. Using which ever colors you prefer cut small flowers. Use the whole puncher to punch out circles for the center. Summer / Leto: Cut a brown trunk and green tree top. Punch out red circles for apples.  (Note: you don’t have to use the construction paper. You can draw and color the trees on also).

2. Using which ever color construction paper you want, cut an arrow about 2″ long. On the arrow, use your marker to write godisna doba.

3. Divide the center of your paper plate into 4 quarters. Use the ruler for measurement and straight lines. Close in the center circle with your marker. On the outer plate with the ridges you will add the months. Divide those into 12 equal sections. See above photo for placement of lines, as some months fall into two seasons. Write in the months. Color as desired.

4. Use the glue stick to attach the trees to the corresponding season. Pull off a small portion of the cotton ball. Stretch out and fluff. Glue onto the winter / zima season for snow. See photo above for placement of trees. Write in the season.

5. Cut a semi-circle, in which ever color construction paper you choose, and write Mesec on it. Apply glue to the bottom front half of the paper and attach it to the back of the plate with the word in view.

6. Cut a small whole in the very center of the plate, where the 4 seasons lines come together. Put your godisna doba arrow over it and push the paper fastener through it.

7. Optional: (Magnets) Hot glue the magnets to the back, if you want to put it on your refrigerator like we did.