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Learning Serbian - Wannabe Lesson 1

Updated on April 7, 2012

Now, for all of you who are not yet familiar with the concept of wannabe lessons, here will be given a brief intro to what you can expect to gain from attending these lessons… Well, to be honest, you will probably not gain a lot. I will try to make these lessons funny (not that I think I actually can make you laugh), I’ll try to make them interesting (providing that you are interested in these kinds of things) and I’ll try to teach you something about my native language, Serbian, in correlation with the English language.

As I have already mentioned in the wannabe introduction, the Serbian language will prove to be very hard for a foreigner to learn, especially for people whose mother tongue is English. Therefore, I will here give you some examples, stories and advice on how to try to learn Serbian, or at least a little of the language, with the least effort possible. However, if you are really serious about learning Serbian, I strongly suggest that you seek seriously serious advice on this subject elsewhere.

To start off, I’ll tell you a little something about my country. When I started learning English, which was in my third grade, we had an old bat of a teacher who, as I can conclude now after many years have passed, didn’t have a clue about teaching or, for that matter, speaking the language in question. However, she made sure that we learn all about the countries in which English was spoken, the people who spoke the language, their customs, their religion and so on. Therefore, me and all of my class mates ended up spending the third and the fourth grade learning about London, Her Majesty The Queen, New York, Washington DC, Bill Clinton, the aborigines (although they had nothing to do with English, they had everything to do with an English speaking country), we even had to learn about the history of British kings and queens, a topic which was not at all interesting to any of us.

Grand Prince Stefan Nemanja (1166–1196)
Grand Prince Stefan Nemanja (1166–1196) | Source

Naturally, I will not get my revenge on the old bat by making you read about the history of my country or about kings and emperors of Serbia. You can do this on your own if you are interested in history. What I am going to do is tell you a little something about my country and probably include some of the other countries around my country, as the history of Serbia is closely related to all the other countries in the Balkans. Therefore, please feel free to attend the wannabe lesson 2 if you are interested in learning more...


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      Nemanja Boškov 5 years ago from Serbia

      Again, I am honored to have provoked such a nice comment from you, Ian!

      Thank you very much, and I have to say it's nice to see an ex-teacher in one of my classes...that means I'm moving up in the world :)

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      Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      So easy to read, and just that tone oficonoclastic humour which I like.

      I'm afraid there are a hell of a lot of Old Bats throughout the education systems of the whole world. And we've all suffered under them.

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      Nemanja Boškov 6 years ago from Serbia

      After some research, I found that Leonard actually means a strong lion, as leo is lion, and nard or nardo is strength... This is from the Latin language...

      I'm not aware of any Serbian kings or emperors that had anything to do with the word Lav (lion in Serbian)... However, there were a lot of wolves (Vuk, Vukan), so if her name had been Wolfnard...

      I noticed you liked history, my friend, and I wanted to talk about the history of my country in much greater detail, but that would leave me with you and perhaps another two or three students to attend the wannabe lessons... People are generally not fond of history, especially if the history concerns a nation/country far, far away :)

      When it comes to the Fokk U position, I was indeed honored when the esteemed colleague drbj offered me a lecturer position there - I think I saw you lurking around the premises quite often, haven't I?

      Thank you for attending this wannabe lesson, Thomas. You are always welcome here :)

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      ThoughtSandwiches 6 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      So...does the name Mrs. Leonard translate into Serbian? If that link heads off to the actual kings and emperors of Serbia...I will be happy indeed! (I like history).

      Congrats on the Fokk U position!


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      Nemanja Boškov 6 years ago from Serbia

      Hi, drbj!

      I'm honored to be offered a lecturer position at the Fokk University, and I humbly accept your offer.

      Kindly Fokk U too :)))

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      drbj and sherry 6 years ago from south Florida

      Since you seem to be seriously interested in the teaching profession and fluent in Serbian, we at "Fokk University" (see hub of same name), would like to offer you a lecturer position at our esteemed site of higher learning. Best regards, Fokk U.