This post is so pathetic, but I can’t resist …
There is a region north of Zagreb, up to the border with Slovenia, that is called Zagorje. And a person from Zagorje is referred to as a zagorac.
Correspondingly, what would we call a resident of the region Magorje?
A hint .... (with a tiny bit of licence)
I wonder if this is a reason that there is no such region as Magorje?
Paris? Or Gornji Grad, Zagreb, high up above the city. Oh the people dress so sylishly!
This post doesn't have a lot to do with learning Croatian .. well, nothing at all really. Except that it springs from a flight back to Perth from Zagreb with Qatar Air.
Six hours from Zagreb to Doha, more than 3 hours in Doha, 9 hours into our flight Doha to Perth and only about an hour left. What a sad/sweet feeling!.
I'm tracking the course of our flight on the monitor at the back of the seat in front of me. Yes, so close ....
Hang on! What is that place south of Darwin? Auvergne!!!!!!!!???????? I've never heard of it! Have you?
Of six place names on the western half of Oz, one is listed as Auvergne! Oh, you know those cities in Australia - Sydney, Melbourne, Perth Adelaide, Auvergne, ...
What the ...! Who has got the most imaginative answer to how this map came to be?
A treasured fridge magnet in my home. A gift from Vesna D in Split.
Djeca su rođena s krilima, a učitelji im pomažu letjeti.
If I have helped only one student to fly ......
Ready, set, go!
Of course, learning Croatian involves more than just learning the grammar and vocabulary, and so on. It means being able to participate in conversations, to be able to watch a Croatian movie, to be able to understand the newspapers, and to know characteristic Croatian ways. Important things, such as how to start a race ....
What do we Aussies say to start a race? In my experience, it has always been "Get ready! Set! GO!" or occasionally "One, two THREE!" But not in Croatia. Oh no. Here's how it is done in Croatia ....
Tri, četiri, SAD!
Yes, if you are starting a race for your kids at a picnic, you'll need to call out "Tri, četiri, SAD! "
How on earth did "Three, four, NOW!" come about? I could hardly believe my ears the first time I heard it! But we all have evolved in our own ways. So interesting!
I suppose it could have been stranger. It might have been "Sedamdeset i osam, sedamdeset i devet, SAD!"
You can find on the internet a satirical set of 10 Dalmatian commandments, one of which is "Ne čini danas ono što možeš sutra". Don't do today what you can do tomorrow.
Rather embarrassingly, because I am learning Croatian just now, and haven't grown up with the vocabulary, I sometimes say sutra (tomorrow) when I mean jučer (yesterday), and vice versa.
Recently, a few of us were going almost daily for the good food and good company at the Jelsa Pizzeria, in Jelsa (of course) na Otoku Hvaru.
The young waiter, second from left, was a really engaging guy.
One evening, intending to say that we had been to the city of Hvar the previous day, I said to him "Išli smo u Hvar sutra". Duh ... We went to Hvar tomorrow?
As we left, he said "Vidimo se opet jučer?"
A common nickname for people of Dalmatian origin in New Zealand is Dallies.
We don't seem to have such a nickname for Croatian-origin Aussies. Perhaps Crossies?
Hmmm .... Thinking about the temperament of many Aussies of Dalmatian origin (including myself), perhaps Crossies is quite apt?
If you are learning Croatian, you cannot get by without the basic vocabulary.
The Croatian word for 'book'? Knjiga, of course.
Bookshop? Knjižara (or biblioteka)
Stvarno? Here is a bookshop on Maksimirska ulica (na Maksimirskoj ulici) in Zagreb ....
And I'm looking for a booknica where I can borrow a book.
How can you tell that this bookshop is in Zagreb?
Hint: Reflection in window of blue object.