How Serbs Celebrate Halloween

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I love Halloween! But, I haven’t always enjoyed it as much as I do now. It wasn’t until I had kids that I really got into Halloween. We live in the U.S. and it’s a big thing here. There is trick or treat, trunk or treat, Halloween parties and events galore! The candy is out of control. I can’t believe how much candy my kids get. And how much I end up eating. Ugh. But it tastes so goooood. My favorite part is the costumes. I am such a DIY person. I just love coming up with the ideas of what we will be, then making the costume, and finally dressing up!

Oh yes, this blog is about How Serbs Celebrate Halloween.

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Topic of the Week: Numbers

It’s Tongue Talk Serbia’s feature topic of the week! Find out how to get free flashcards in Cyrillic and Latin to learn 24 new words.

English word: (sing.) number / (plural) numbers
Serbian Translation: (sing.) broj / (plural) brojevi

Before I get to the free flashcards, here is a fun way to incorporate numbers into your learning…

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Easy to Learn Serbian, the Verb “Biti”

Learning made easy with FREE charts and FREE flashcards! Plus, other great sources to learn Serbian.

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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Book Review, “Da Li Sam Ja Mala?”

A Serbian-English children’s book about self acceptance. A book review by Tongue Talk Serbia and a 6 year old.

THE AUTHOR: “Da Li Sam Ja Mala?” is one of many books written by Phillip Winterberg. He writes children’s books about topics related to friendship, mindfulness, and happiness.

SYNOPSIS: “Da Li Sam Ja Mala?” is about a little girl  named Tamia, who is on a mission to discover how others see her. What she finds is how she sees herself.

It is a story about size and perspective. Each character Tamia talks to sees her from a different point of view. To some she is small, to others big. But what does she see for herself? Read it and find out!

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Serbian Inspired Chicken Soup

Chicken soup is a favorite in my house. We make it pretty often and it never seems to get old. Here is my variation of Chicken soup to bring some Serbian flavor to your table.

Chicken soup is probably one of the most popular soups out there. There are so many ways to prepare it. My version of chicken soup is inspired by my Serbian heritage. I use garlic and vegeta to get that Eastern European taste.

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Vegeta, a Croatian Seasoning

Bring Balkan inspired food to the table with just a bit of Vegeta.

Vegeta is a versatile seasoning that is produced by a Croatian Company,  Podravka. It has been around since the birth of Barbie (1959)!

I am not sure of the correct pronunciation for the word vegeta. I grew up saying Ve-get-a, however I’ve recently heard it called ve-jet-a.

Eating and cooking with vegeta make me feel like I am stepping into Eastern Europe. It is a staple seasoning in the Balkans.

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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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