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How I Learned One of The Most Difficult Languages in the World, The Croatian Language

Updated on September 13, 2016
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Learning a New Language takes Courage and Positivity

  • Many of you may have read about DDE, but here is another surprise for you.

Not all my fans know about me learning one of the most difficult languages in the world, the Croatian language.

A new beginning is possible if the individual is positive and courageous, I did just that!

Never give up on anything in life.

We immigrated to Croatia in 2002. At that time my son was very young and didn't understand the reasons for us leaving South Africa.

My heart felt like it was ripped off, the pain was just too much.

I had no idea when I would return back home and what to expect from my new place. I had no choice, we had to get out of there.

So much has changed in such a lovely country. It is sad to see how the freedom has been taken away from most people.

The increase in rape cases, and other criminal acts had put my mind in danger on numerous occasions. Leaving was our only option, as many other South Africans did in the past.

Travelling for a week was a wonderful experience, from Italy all the way to Dubrovnik in Croatia, but also tiring.

On our arrival we were fetched by a family member, and we traveled another forty kilometers to our final destination, at that time it seemed like our drive took forever.

After travelling for a week all we needed was to freshen up and go to sleep.

It was after ten at night when we got to the family home, they were about to have supper we sat down to munch on something small.

After the brief introduction everybody was chatting and my son and I were on our own. I had not spoken the Croatian language but I was familiar with ''volime te,'' meaning ''I love you.''

The other words didn't mean a thing to me or my son.

Our first night changed like a light switch from light to dark, the previous Sunday we were in South Africa and the Sunday after we were in Croatia. Since then everything changed in my life.

It just vanished what was, now no longer exists, living a new life is tough. A new lifestyle, and culture. The people, and off-course, the language which made it most difficult.

Communication is so important and we knew nothing about this language.

The next morning was all very nice in the country side, the family only spoke in the Croatian language to us. We looked at them with blank stares and didn't know what to answer back.

Their way was to get us to speak the language right away, they tried to force us into speaking a language we had not spoken before.

They were hard on us, we had to handle the situation on our own. Those who spoke English didn't speak a word to us.

A foreign language as difficult as this one is, the changes in grammar is very hard to cope with and made it much harder to understand.

The constant change in the Simple Present Tense is complicating.

  • For example:

When speaking of him or her. In the English language in regards to him and her it is a straight forward and well understood but not same in the Croatian language.

The names of female and male persons also has a change to the text.

The many words with one meaning and of the older used words in each region have different, pronunciations.

I often sat with a number of people in a room and never said a word my speechless moments made me stronger.

I felt it was unfair to us for them not speaking English when we really needed them to. If it was vice versa, definitely I would have been more helpful in communication. Mentality is different here, so thoughts like that is meaningless.

The life we had disappeared fast, living in a foreign country and not having any knowledge of the language was our down fault.

My son attended the village school during the first week, and that was a good start, he had an opportunity to mingle with other children, and it was of benefit for both of us.

  • I learned from my son.

With the help of my son I understood the Croatian language in two weeks. Though still I had problems in communicating. I decided to spend time on my own and to not visit any of the family. I just focused on my life.

There wasn't anytime for my husband to translate he worked most of the time, and during conversations he couldn't translate either.

While talking and translating was not possible.

I used to watch other foreign movies, and follow the Croatian sub-titles, that helped me tremendously. After my son attended primarily school meeting up with people wasn't much of a problem. He often helped me out with translation.

When going shopping it was difficult to find what I really needed.

After almost three years I went back to South Africa for a two month vacation. My trip made me see things from a different perspective. Just what I needed. To go back home and know the true meaning of Croatia.

I then knew that my new home is Croatia.

While going on to my third year in Croatia I bought a pocket dictionary, that was right after my trip back from South Africa it was my own decision.

The Croatian to English Dictionary, and English to Croatian made a huge difference to me and to learning on my own. We were pressured by the local people to speak the language from day one.

The local people did not understand my point of view and mentioned what they felt was right. Assuming if we spoke the language at home it would be easier. I wouldn't let that happen and did not want that to be.

For me it was about keeping my identity not about losing my true identity.

I didn't want that for my child and I. It was up to us of how we were going cope with the language. Listening to others was not how I wanted to go about my new life in Croatia.

  • My way or no way.

The pressure they put on us and the way they expected us to fall into a life we barely knew made me most unhappy for a while. I never knew happiness when I came to Croatia. My true happiness came in time.

I didn't pressure my son into learning the language. The many changes was more than enough to handle. During my third year I told my son these exact words,

  • '' I can now do it on my own, he can stop helping me in translation.''

It was a big step forward for me.

It all happened in my own time, and today I can speak the language almost fluently, still the grammar gets me now and again, but everyone understands me, and I understand their mentality more now, than before.

Communicating with the local people is no problem at all, in fact I have fitted in perfectly but I don't have any close Croatian friends, though we get along. I have an English speaking friend, who is my best friend. She guided me along for all those years someone whom I can count on at all times.

A friend who has been living in Croatia for more years than I have and who knows the roots of this beautiful place.

My son is in college, and had passed his difficult schooling years in the best way he could with very good grades. From a Cambridge college to a foreign school,and an A student whom I never pressured into learning.

Understanding a foreign language is easy but speaking is most difficult. This is especially, if it is the Croatian language.

I have been back home three times and still feel much more at home in Croatia. A crime-free region in which I live. Apart from my health, freedom and happiness is very important to me.

  • The photos are of the view from and around my home.

  • I learned the hard way.

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Congrats! That should very fulfilling, learning a new language especially at adult age can be tough but it can also be interesting. Croatian language, i agree is a tough one as you will not find many Croatian language translators. Voted up and shared.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Thanks for your kind words, and the vote up and shared.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Outstanding and very inspirational for me as well. I wonder if many knew how difficult the language would be and also realized the best way was to have you jump in with both feet, so to speak. You have taught me a valuable lesson here. With determination, almost anything is possible.

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      Priya Singh 4 years ago from US

      But how................:)

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this insight and congratulations.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I learned the Croatian language through understanding and sub-titles on Croatian television not from going to intuition

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Thanks for the continuous comments

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Yes that is true and I am proud of me for not letting any other person tell me how to, it doesn't matter how old one is learning is open to anyone and can be a success if you do it by yourself, thanks for the valuable comment

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      Thank you so much for sharing your personal life with your readers and this is such an eye-opening story but also a very inspiring one as well. Before I read anything about the lady 'behind' the pen I could tell just through your 'other' writing that you were a strong, independent, open minded, courageous and brave person - bravo to you - and a hub-bravo from the epi-man for being the special person you are and someone to look up to. Sending you warm wishes from lake erie time ontario canada 4:45am (home from work) on probably the coldest night of the year so far

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Wow! Such a wonderful comment I proud of my achievements, thank very much, weather in Croatia hasn't been much warmer either. I look forward to reading your encouraging comments.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      DDE, life can be tough at times, but you are a prime example of the strength of the human spirit. You did what you had to do, for yourself and for your family, yes; you should be proud. A wonderful and inspirational hub.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      So good to see you stop by and thanks for such a positive comment

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Very happy for you that you are now living in a beautiful country that is crime free compared to your former homeland. It would be very difficult to move to a foreign land not understanding the language...but you DID IT with time and effort. Congratulations! You can be proud of yourself! Thanks for sharing this personal story of determination and success.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Learning a new language as the Croatian language is very difficult thanks for the encouraging comment I so much look forward to such feedback.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Congratulations!!! I wish i could learn any language too aside from my native language and of course English..that sounds fun..but really hard.

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      Omowali Isidore 4 years ago

      congrats!

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Yes difficult but a good learning experience. Thanks nice to see you here!

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Thanks for that!

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      Fehl Dungo 4 years ago from close to you...

      That is a great achievement. Knowing different languages is an asset. Croatian sounds so exciting. I only know 3 languages as of now. LOL

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Thanks for kind comment and yes learning a different language is exciting if you do it on your own.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Very interesting and I guess done just the way a child learns his native language, by listening and relating to words and sentences. Of course for an adult it is much more difficult and I appreciate the determination you showed. Well done Devika!

      This is indeed a very inspirational lesson for us all in that nothing is impossible if one is determined to do it.

      Voted up, useful and interesting.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Thanks for the vote up, useful and interesting nothing is impossible if you try

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Learning language is hard. I once tried to learn French, I failed.

      Thanks for reading and commenting on my works.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Thank you too it takes time to learn foreign language

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Congratulations on your determination and your success at learning a difficult language, DDE! This is an interesting hub. I have never been in a situation where I had to learn a new language. I think I would find it very hard!

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Thanks, any foreign language is easy to understand but to speak well that is another process.

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      Shelley Watson 4 years ago

      Thank you for sharing this very interesting part of your life with us - it's hard enough to leave home but one never thinks of the hardship entailed in learning another country' language and their ways when emigrating. Up, interesting and useful.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Thanks for the vote up, interesting a useful, something I never thought about so true my friend.

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      lemonkerdz 4 years ago from TRUJILLO, PERU

      DDE well done on the language front. To learn a language properly you have to do more than read books and practice, you have to learn and adapt to a new culture. This was my biggest challenge moving from England to Peru. Heart being ripped out....i understand that feeling too well. But learning Croation? Hats off to you girl

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Thanks so very much for a such an encouraging comment someone I can relate to

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      DREAM ON 4 years ago

      I am convinced after you learning the Croation language everything else in life is going to be a breeze.I always had trouble learning languages it wasn't something I could adapt to easily even though I tried very hard.I tried to learn French and I may not know much but I do have the utmost respect for anyone who speaks any language.Congratulations and big hugs to you and your wonderful success.I am happy for the whole family in your new safe home.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Thanks and yes now I can communicate and I know more now life is full of surprises, and I enjoy learning.

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Well done! Living in a foreign country without knowing the language is very hard. I can relate to that. I´m glad you feel at home in your adopted country and you don´t have to be scared about crimes anymore as I´m sure Croatia is a beautiful and peaceful country to live. Thanks for sharing your personal story to us.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Thanks for reading my hub, I am now free in a peaceful place, and living in the countryside which is really a pleasure for me. Hope you are doing well too?

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      S McNasby 4 years ago

      Awesome! That is quite a feat, and it's an inspiration to read about it.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Thanks for commenting have a good day

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      That must have been so hard DDE, but that was awesome the way you did it yourself, your child learned quicker because at school and being younger they pick up languages so quickly, I don't know whether I could do it like you did, but well done, and I am so pleased that you are in a safe country now, voted up and shared! nell

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Thanks for the vote up and sharing so much appreciate your efforts here, I am always up for a challenge.

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      Marlene Bertrand 4 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Learning a foreign language is a great accomplishment. I think your family may have done a great service by only speaking Croatia. As difficult as it was, I think it forced you to learn the language more quickly. I would love to learn a new language by this type of full submersion. But, what a relief that you had your son and English speaking friend for those times when you just wanted to hear and speak a language that is familiar to you.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Thanks for sharing your opinions here I am so proud of me and my child for getting this far and knowing so much more.

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      Michael-Milec 4 years ago

      DDE; čestitam , to je veliki uspjeh !

      What an impressive story of strong will to master the " most difficult language in the world." Croatian language as other of "Slavic" group are just that, difficult in grammar. Us of Slavic background would say that the English is one of the most difficult language. However nothing is difficult what one wants to know.

      You are great incouragment in your articles teaching how to will and to know from personal experience . Thank you, for sharing.

      Voted up and beautiful.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Michael-Milec, thanks for the insightful comment and for the votes I appreciate you taking the time to stop by at my hubs, have great weekend.

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      Michael-Milec 4 years ago

      Thank you DDE , you have a great weekend also. And if you find time to go to Lokrum island , enjoy its unique beauty. It was quite looong time ego when I was celebrating my 17th birthday in Dubrovnik. Your creative writing also took me back to similar of your situation with " pocket two dictionaries ," when I was to be admitted to Erlanger's University , using German to Serbo- Croatian ( there wasn't Slovak at that time ) and Serbo-Croatian to German dictionaries, the fellow-students called me "Michael--" Wǒrterbuch" " ,

      Forgive me please, for taking your valuable time , for my selfishness.

      God bless you.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I enjoyed reading about your brief experience in Dubrovnik, are you Croatian? Have a great weekend and I look forward to reading more of your hubs.

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      Claudia Tello 4 years ago from Mexico

      I know a little about moving to a new country and having to learn a different language. It is very tough and I deeply congratulate you on achieving it. Changing so many things at the same time can be difficult but if one takes it as a positive experience of gain (not loss) it can be very satisfying as well.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Learning anew language is tough especially if it is the Croatian language, thanks for sharing your thoughts

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      DREAM ON 4 years ago

      I wanted to come back and reread your wonderful story.Just wishing you and your child a wonderful Easter.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Thanks you too and have a wonderful time

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      Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Very ineresting DDE! You are courageous!

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I had many challenges along the way thanks for commenting

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      Michael-Milec 4 years ago

      Hi DDE. Forgive me please for not paying attention to your question,'are you Croatian? .' No. I was born to Slovak parents, the official language that time in beautiful country which doesn't exist anymore was Serbo-Croation. Those two separate language have many similarities , so it was my next to my native and a Hungarian, since we were under their occupation, in my first grade was added an extra language. Learning other language for kids is a joke. Later on in my studies picking additional languages went easier, until this one rich in vocabulary , English . It's more demanding in writing/ publishing practice than in daily living. That is postponing my authorship on HP.

      Thank you for your time and kindness. Oh, have a blessed rest of the Easter.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Thanks for getting back to me Happy Easter to you too.

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      toknowinfo 4 years ago

      I admire you very much for learning to communicate in another language. Croatian sounds like a difficult language to master. I hope you are very proud of yourself.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      A foreign language is most difficult when you are pressured into speaking it, thanks for showing up here

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      Girish puri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

      Where there is will, there is a way, God bless, Devika.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Thanks life is full of challenges how we approach these challenges counts verymuch

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      ryanjhoe 4 years ago from Somewhere over the rainbow

      That's good for you! I also want to learn other languages than english and my origin language but right now I think I need to improve my english to be more better and better.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Good for you I tried with languages and speak a few, but English is my first and most spoken language thanks

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      Insightful Tiger 4 years ago

      I really enjoyed reading your story. I want to introduce the language to my son, eventually. My husband is part Croatian and so I was interested in seeing how it went for you to learn the language.

      I'm very happy for you, because you didn't give up and it paid off. Congratulations! Voted up!

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Interesting language though far too many grammar issues to learn the CROATIAN language one has to live in Croatia to know the actual learning process by constantly listening to the local speak one easily pick up many words. It is different if you want to and if you don't want to learn a language. Thanks for the votes and good luck

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      What an inspirational story! It must have been so hard to leave your original home country, but I'm glad you are comfortable and safe where you are now, and that you have found happiness and think of Croatia as your home.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Au fait thanks life is full of surprises and many challenges how one copes with such challenges and surprises is what makes the individual stronger and go getter.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      DDE, this is so interesting. I don't think I could move to a different country and learn their language. My country has every language and any language. I love the English language, it is a living language.

      You are very courageous.

      Voted-up, Useful, Interesting and shared.

      -Shyron

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Shyron E Shenko thanks for all votes so glad you took the time and read my hubs have pleasant day

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      The story of your move and adjustments in Croatia are interesting to read. You've made me want to know more about the land and people there, as well as the history and current way of life.

      Our friends in South Africa describe the dangers and difficulties, and I'm glad you were able to move to a safer place. Croatian people are in many ways very much like people everywhere. There's an old saying that probably applies, "Folks is folks." :) Though the differences can be a real learning experience!

      Sharing your story could be helpful to a variety of people. From those who are facing or have made a life-changing experience to those who teach and help said people, getting insight from others who have experienced one should be beneficial.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      RTalloni so nice of you to share such an interesting comment yes SA has become very dangerous and I can no longer be the safe even if I went back for holiday to my family it is sad to see how change has made Souht Africa, and my new life is treating me very well thanks for a valuable comment

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      JessicaS17 3 years ago

      Thank you for sharing. This can be very motivating for language learners like myself... I completely agree with the fact that "Understanding a foreign language is easy but speaking it is most difficult" I find myself learning online @easylanguageexchange.com and other sites.

      It take a little longer but I'm getting there :)

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      C E Clark 3 years ago from North Texas

      This is another of my favorites of your articles. I wanted to revisit it because I find it so uplifting. It tells us all of what a courageous person you are and gives us all an example of how to face difficult times and turn them around into something good. Voted up, awesome, beautiful, and will share.

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      Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Good for you! My son in law and his family immigrated here aseveral years ago, so I can relate.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Au fait thank you for another visit my new life changed me in many ways. I appreciate the vote up, awesome, beautiful and the share. I am glad to have you as one of my faithful followers.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Good Morning from Croatia rebeccamealey a lovely sunny day here today with clear skies, thank you for sharing your thoughts here

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      sweetie1 3 years ago from India

      It looks like a very complicated language. I am sure you must have had lots of more problems then you put them here. Very nicely written hub. voting it up and interesting.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      sweetie1 it certainly is a complicated language but I managed to learn and cope with what I know thank you very much for sharing your thoughts on his hub.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      sweetie1 it certainly is a complicated language but I managed to learn and cope with what I know thank you very much for sharing your thoughts on his hub.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      RTalloni thank you very much for commenting

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      JessicaS17 thank you kindly for stopping by

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Thank you

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      Maja 3 years ago

      My husband is an American and we decided to live in Croatia,problem is well the language. any tips you can give me that will help him learn aside of what i usually hear "ohh just talk to him as much as you can on Croatian and make him watch tv,kick out English ". its really hard on him because hes more of a study and learn tipe of person but im also aware studying tuns of books wont really help him that much... he dosnt know what kind of approach to take when it comes to learning and to be honest neither do i...

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Maja if you need to know anything more please email me at dprimic@gmail.com you talikng to him in Croatian won't work if he does not want to it will only work if he wants to speak the language.

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      jtrader 3 years ago

      As you say the mentality is different in many countries. Some people expect that you should just learn their language in minutes. Perseverance helped you to be successful.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi jtrader different mentalities and different cultures challenges in a different perspective I learned that when I came to Croatia thank you for sharing your thoughts here.

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      Trib 3 years ago

      Dobre dan. Hrvatska is my favorite country. My father was US Army and I am US Navy so I have travelled a lot. I have been all over Croatia, and I must sy you chose a wonderful place and a very difficult language. Hvala.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Trib so nice to hear to share a part of your experience here Croatia is certainly a beautiful country and very peaceful indeed thank you very much for commenting.

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      Johna 2 years ago

      Bok. Ja se zovem Johna. Ja sam iz Amerike ali moj roditelji su iz istre. Ucim hravtski oko 4 godine sada Thank you for your inspiring article. I hope I can speak fluently one day as well. :)

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Johna all my best to you in learning the language and I have passed many obstacles to gt this far. I finally speak the language with no hassle. Thank you

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      Suzette Walker 2 years ago from Taos, NM

      Devika: What a wonderful article. I can see why you left S. Africa and I am sure you have more peace of mind now. It is a struggle to learn a new culture and foreign language. Your son, being younger, would learn the language more quickly. Also, total immersion is the best way to learn a language but in the beginning it is difficult. When I visit my relatives in Italy, the speak only Italian to me and it is total immersion for me. Yes, I agree it is easier to understand the language than it is to speak it.

      I am a Spanish teacher (retired) and fluent in Spanish and it made it easier for me when I lived in Mexico and Spain. But, when I lived in Germany (I taught high school off a U.S. army base) I did not know the German language. I had to teach during the day (that was in English) but I had to take German lessons in the evening. I had German landlords so I had to learn German. It also is not any easy language to learn. I have heard that Hungarian and Croatian are two of the most difficult languages to learn so I applaud you in your learning of Croatian. I understand how difficult it is to uproot yourself and move to another country and culture, but the growth experienced is amazing. Thanks for sharing your experience with us and congrats to you for making a new life in Croatia.

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      Word 2 years ago from Chicago

      Hi Devika, this was very inspiring! I'm glad you are experiencing and enjoying your new life. Continue being blessed!

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      Marie Flint 2 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida USA

      I idolize linguistics. Latin is pretty tough, especially when so few people today use the language. My maternal grandmother spoke Hungarian fluently, so I guess I have my work cut out if I want to learn the ancestral tongue. German came fairly easily in college, perhaps because I have some German heritage as well. I agree that total immersion is the way to go; however, I'm also checking the Pimsleur programs, that supposedly use native speakers and claim efficient learning with only a half-hour daily effort. Since I don't travel much, language learning is purely a mental challenge. And, who knows, maybe someday I'll actually be able to use the skill. Spanish is high in demand for most of the southern U.S.

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      RoadMonkey 2 years ago

      Well done for learning a new language. It's not easy but you have persevered and found the way that suits you best.

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      Pamela Kinnaird W 2 years ago from Maui and Arizona

      I too applaud you for tackling such a difficult challenge -- and succeeding. And I am happy for you that you are in a place where you now feel at home -- safe and comfortable.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hello suzettenaples, so kind of you to stop by here. I learned a difficult language and have cope with living around some difficult people but I go with the flow. I enjoy my daily activities and am blessed with love. I am really glad to have asked you to write a review about my achievements. You are amazing! Learning anew language and a new culture has taught me to be that strong person always.Great to have read your comment thank you.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      word55 Thank you very much

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Marie Flint, thank you for sharing your experiences here of language learning. It is an interesting skill.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi RoadMonkey, I found the way that was most easiest so true of that thank you for commenting.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Pamela Kinnaird W I learned and still am learning and prooved to myself that I can do it the way I chose to do so. Thank you kindly for sharing such a thoughtful comment I appreciate you stopping by

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      Goga Bond 2 years ago from Baku Azerbaijan

      Im Croatian and I know how dificult the language is.

      My husband is british and he have some difficulties as well but he learned enough to have conversation and undersand what are peuple talking about.. I aways tell him not to be worry about the grammar...As long they understand what you mean who really cares?

      Ps: the subtitles on the Tv help him al lot a s well

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Goga Bond, I understand what that must be like. I have come a long way 12 years in Croatia and I am now speaking almost fluently. Everyone around me understands the way I speak so it is much better to communicate if required. Thank you for stopping by and sharing your experience.

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      Goga Bond 2 years ago from Baku Azerbaijan

      Thanks for the answer....

      It is more eassier if you live in the country of the language ....Unfortunately we now live in the third country and trying to learn Russian...but one day we will come back to live in Croatia, Slavonija county....All the best and enjoy beautiful Seaside...;-)

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Goga Bond All my best to you!

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      Hari Prasad S 12 months ago from Bangalore

      Dde,

      I really liked your story. It is really inspiriting how you dealt with the change. Though moving out of home town might have been a relief initially considering the prevalent conditions, but every new environment gives a excellent challenge. You have really been able to win over both the situations and learning a language is one of most challenging for sure. Congrats. Thanks for the hub too.

      - hari

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      Devika Primić 12 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hello Hari My move to another country showed me how to appreciate the little things in life. An encouraging comment. Thank you kindly.

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