Learning Serbian – A Wannabe Introduction


First of all, I would like to thank you all for taking the time to read this hub, as it will be a general introduction to my lessons, although I’m not so sure that the hubs from this series will be of high enough quality to be called lessons… So, we’ll call them wannabe lessons for now, just to make sure that no one gets pissed off when they realize they are not really learning that much.

Sure, you can always google the phrase ‘learning Serbian’ and get a lot of results, most of which are websites that can actually help you learn bits and pieces of the language which is horrible for foreigners and beautiful for native speakers – although this might not be always true. The Serbian language is one of the hardest languages a foreigner can choose to learn, especially someone whose mother tongue is English. These two languages have an abundance of differences, and English speakers, even the most talented ones and the ones who are very eager to learn and adopt new things, will have to put a lot of effort into learning this language.

Now, back to my point of googling the phrase ‘learning Serbian’. Yes, you can do it, but I’m pretty sure that you won’t find anything that even remotely resembles my wannabe lessons. The wannabe lessons will be useful, funny, awesome, beautiful and interesting… Wait, this sounds familiar… I don’t know, but I have a strange feeling that I’ve seen these five adjectives somewhere before, and they were in this exact order… Order of adjectives – an interesting thing, but we’ll probably talk about that in lesson number 55 or something like that, assuming that we make it past this introductory wannabe introduction! Never mind, let’s not waste time on unimportant things - as if everything else I’ve written is of vital importance ;) Seriously now, I really hope that my wannabe lessons will be a lot of fun and that they will provide you with some knowledge, although you may find most of this knowledge unnecessary or even pointless at times. However, if you ignore the occasional lack of point or meaning and keep attending my wannabe lessons, I have a strong feeling that you will at least have a few laughs, if not learn some interesting stuff about the Serbian language.

Now, the wannabe lesson code, which I have just come up with, prevents us from continuing with this rant without saying something more serious about the Serbian language. Well, in all seriousness, Serbian is a very interesting language, with an amazing history. Literacy in Serbian dates back to the 9th century AD, which probably sounds unbelievable to anybody who is not from Europe. Also, Serbian uses both Cyrillic and Latin script, which is great when we want to learn foreign languages. English speakers will really have to work on their tongue movements (nothing kinky) if they want to speak Serbian as it should be spoken, as this language has some pretty tricky consonant clusters, which are sometimes hard to pronounce even for native speakers, not to mention foreigners…

Some consonant clusters in Serbian
Some consonant clusters in Serbian

All in all, I hope you like my idea and I hope you will be attending my wannabe lessons regularly. Oh, one more thing – I will tolerate no excuses when it comes to skipping classes! So, in order to learn my language, you will have to give me your full attention and go through all the wannabe lessons as slowly as you need… I’m not saying you are slow, but rather that this will be a very serious series of seriously serious wannabe lessons, and your concentration will have to be at the highest level possible.

Now I bid you farewell and I hope you will be here for the first wannabe lesson, as it will really change your life… When I say change your life, I’m thinking of small changes such as you will be able to say that you have experienced your first wannabe lesson, not that your life will be really changed for better – my lessons will be powerful, but not miraculous :)

After reading the wannabe introduction, would you be interested in learning some Serbian?

  • Yes, definitely!
  • No way, this was stupid!
  • Maybe, depends on how fun it is...
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writer20 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

Okay, it might be intesting but I don't think it be useful here in the U.S or am I missing understanding your hub?

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nemanjaboskov 5 years ago from Serbia Author

Hi, writer20! Thanks for commenting on my hub.

You're not missing the point at all.

I believe that knowledge is the most important thing to a writer of any kind, and we are all writers here on HP. So, why wouldn't you learn something about a random language from Europe - even though you live in the US?

Aside from this, I'm not planning to write about this topic too seriously. Instead, I'm planning to write a series of hubs that will serve for an interesting read, that will maybe cause a few laughs and that will maybe and just maybe make people think of the things they knew nothing about, as opposed to being interested in only the usual things :)

I really hope you will find the time to read the new hubs, i.e. wannabe lessons :)

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Haunty 5 years ago from Hungary

Hi, Nemanja!

I'm really looking forward to your serious funny lessons. I've subscribed to your feed, so I will get notified of them as they come out. This hub is very entertaining. So does this mean that the first words you'll teach us will be swear word? ;)

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nemanjaboskov 5 years ago from Serbia Author

Hi, Belá! Thanks for your comment!

Well, when it comes to swearing, I believe that you and me both can teach all the other hubbers a lot about the subject, owing to the fact that Hungarian and Serbian are well known for profanities :)

I will include some swear words, but I'll try to keep a balance between them and some other interesting or less interesting parts of my language.

I'm glad you liked the idea and I'll try to publish the first lesson ASAP :)

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Haunty 5 years ago from Hungary

Nemanja, you are so right. I mean, it always amazes me that with all the richness and and great heritage of the English language, they are pretty short of swear words compared to Hungarian and, as I learn, Serbian. Of course, I was just kidding about them being the first lesson. Whatever you come up with, I'll be glad to learn.

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nemanjaboskov 5 years ago from Serbia Author

Belá, I totally agree with you about the English language and their profanities - the language basically has one main swear word, the F word, and a few more words that could be called swear words...

However, I've always liked how English lets us combine this small amount of profanities and lets us make new offensive expressions :)

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ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada


I did my first homework assignment and it included clicking the 'five adjectives (and an Up)! Yes my good friend...you can indeed make people laugh.

Now...I took a year of French in college (yeah...I don't know either) and I sucked at it. I shall attempt to be better in Serbian class.

(Sits in the back of the class...pulls out two Mountain Dews, paper, pen, small stack of pancakes, and a slinky...)

Will the kinky tongue work be on the test?


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nemanjaboskov 5 years ago from Serbia Author

Hi, Thomas!

Thanks for your comment and I think that you will indeed be better in this class, as it is not even a real, but rather a wannabe class :)

You can sit in the back row, but I'm still not sure about the citrus soft drink you are constantly trying to advertise :)

When it comes to the kinky tongue discipline, I'll make sure to include it in the final test just for you, my friend.

Again, thanks for the read and the comment!

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christopheranton 5 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

If the lessons are even half as enjoyable as the introduction, I can't wait.

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nemanjaboskov 5 years ago from Serbia Author

I also hope you will like the lessons, Christopher :)

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ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada


(finds his slinky...puts it in his backpack)

Hello my friend! Being that it had been awhile (and I had to find my slinky) I thought I would do a brief Serbian Language Introduction revisit before continuing with my lessons!


PS...they won't let me vote again.

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nemanjaboskov 5 years ago from Serbia Author

I'm glad you found the slinky, Thomas... Please look after it more carefully next time, as it served as a pretty good distraction to all of those who have attended the wannabe introduction in the meantime!

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calpol25 4 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK (At Home With My Wonderful Partner)

Hi Nemanja I found learning Croatian difficult at first but I picked it up in no time. I always wanted to try my hand at Serbian so, I will be looking forward to your future lessons :)

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nemanjaboskov 4 years ago from Serbia Author

Hey, Callum!

Croatian and Serbian are basically the same language, but they have been further divided by politics. So, if you have had some success in learning Croatian, you'd probably find Serbian much easier to understand. However, those 7 languages you speak will not help you a bit when it comes to Serbian :)

You are welcome to attend all of my lessons, just make sure to do your homework and not to leave you things behind, such as a slinky :)

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