Easy to Learn Serbian, the Verb “Biti”

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The very first verb one should learn is “to be”. This is so in any language.

In Serbian, “to be” is translated into biti. There are two forms of this word, long and short. In this blog post we will focus on the short form, present tense.

Two things you should know about the short form of biti:

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Top 3 Serbian Apps for Kids

Three FREE kid apps to teach your child Serbian or Croatian. They are so easy to use an adult could do it. Here is my take on them and a link to get you going.

Technology has opened so many doors for learning. Information is everywhere! There is no excuse why you cannot do anything. Today gathering data is a simple as looking at your phone. I love it! I remember have to sift through pages and pages of books just to find what I wanted, and it took hours! Man, kids have it easy today. And boy, do they sure covet the use of any electronic device. A BBC article from May 2015, says that kids 5-16 years of age spend an average of six and half hours on electronics daily!

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Every Thing You Need to Know to Tell Time in Serbian

It’s never been so easy to learn the time in another language. The AMAZING all-in-one chart for Telling Time in Serbian! It’s the only chart you’ll need and it’s FREE! No more books, apps, websites, or searching. You found it! Just this…

Telling Time in Serbian
Everything you need to know to tell time in Serbian.

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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 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.