Top 100 Basic Serbian Expressions

December 2, 2020

A big part of exploring an unknown country is learning a thing or two about the language spoken by the locals. Serbia is a country in the heart of the Balkans. It's home to one of the most melodic languages in the world. So I decided to make a list of the basic Serbian Expressions to help you learn some of them so that you can visit this beautiful country and taste awesome food.

Basic Serbian Expressions for Greetings 

Here is the list of 100 basic Serbian Expressions that will help you impress the locals while visiting Serbia. 

English ExpressionsSerbian Expressions
Hi!Zdravo!
Good morning!Dobro jutro!
Good evening!Dobro veče!
Welcome! (to greet someone)Dobrodošli (pl); Dobrodošla (f); Dobrodošao (m)
How are you?Kako ste? (polite); Kako si?
I'm fine, thanks!Dobro. Hvala.
And you?A vi? (polite); A ti?
Good/ So-So.Dobro/Kako – tako.
Thank you (very much)!Hvala (puno)!
You're welcome! (for "thank you")Nema na čemu!
Hey! Friend!Hej! Prijatelju!
I missed you so much!Nedostajao (m)/ Nedostajala (f) si mi puno!
What's new?Šta ima novo?
Nothing muchNišta
Good night!Laku noć!
See you later!Vidimo se kasnije!
Good bye!Doviđenja!

Asking for Help and Directions

English ExpressionsSerbian Expressions
I'm lostIzgubio (m) / Izgubila (f) sam se
Can I help you?Mogu li da vam (polite) / ti pomognem?
Can you help me?Možete li da mi pomognete?
Where is the (bathroom/pharmacy)?Gde je (kupatilo / apoteka)?
Go straight! then turn left/ right!Idite pravo! Onda skrenite levo/desno.
I'm looking for John.Tražim Džona.
One moment please!Sačekajte momenat.
Hold on please! (phone)Sačekajte molim vas! (telefon)
How much is this?Koliko košta ovo_
Excuse me ...! (to ask for something)Izvinite..
Excuse me! (to pass by)Izvinite / Pardon
Come with me!Pođite sa mnom

How to Introduce Yourself

English ExpressionsSerbian Expressions
Do you speak (English/Serbian)?Da li govorite (polite) / govoriš Engleski/Srpski?
Just a little.Samo malo.
What's your name?Kako se zovete (polite) / zoveš?
My name is ...Zovem se…
Mr.../ Mrs.…/ Miss…Gospodin / Gospođa / Gospođica
Nice to meet you!Drago mi je!
You're very kind!Veoma ste (polite) / si ljubazni (polite) / ljubazan (m) / ljubazna (f)
Where are you from?Odakle ste (polite) / si?
I'm from (the U.S/Serbia )Ja sam iz (SAD-a/ Srbije)
I'm (American)Ja sam (Amerikanac)
Where do you live?Gde živite (polite) / živiš?
I live in (the U.S/Serbia)Živim u (SAD-u / Srbiji)
Did you like it here?Da li vam (polite) / ti se sviđa ovde?
Serbia is a wonderful countrySrbija je predivna zemlja.
What do you do for a living?Čime se bavite (polite) / baviš?
I work as a (translator/businessman)Radim kao (prevodilac / biznismen)
I like SerbianSviđa mi se srpski.
I've been learning Serbian for 1 monthUčim srpski mesec dana.
Oh! That's good!Oh! To je dobro.
How old are you?Koliko imate (polite) / imaš godina?
I'm (twenty, thirty...) years old.Imam (dvadeset, trideset..) godina.
I have to goMoram da idem.
I will be right back!Vratiću se brzo.

Solving a Misunderstanding

English ExpressionsSerbian Expressions
I'm sorry! (if you don't hear something)Pardon (nisam čuo (m) / čula (f))
Sorry (for a mistake)Izvinite (polite) / Izvini.
No problem!Nema problema!
Can you say it again?Možeš/ možete (polite) li da ponovite?
Can you speak slowly?Možeš/ možete (polite) li pričati sporije?
Write it down, please!Zapišite to molim vas.
I don't understand!Ne razumem.
I don't know!Ne znam.
I have no idea.Nemam pojma.
What's that called in Serbian?Kako se to kaže na srpskom?
What does "gato" mean in English?Šta znači 'lingua' na engleskom?
How do you say "please" in Serbian?Kako se kaže 'Please' na srpskom?
What is this?Šta je ovo?
My Serbian is bad.Moj srpski je loš.
I need to practice my SerbianTreba da vežbam srpski.
Don't worry!Ne brinite se (polite). Ne brini.

Wish Someone Something

English ExpressionsSerbian Expressions
Good luck!Srećno!
Happy birthday!Srećan rođendan!
Happy new year!Srećna nova godina!
Merry Christmas!Srećan božić!
Congratulations!Čestitam!
Enjoy! (for meals...)Prijatno!
I'd like to visit Serbia one dayVoleo (m) / volela (f) bih da posetim Srbiju jednog dana.
Say hi to John for mePozdravi Džona u moje ime.
Bless you (when sneezing)Nazdravlje!
Good night and sweet dreams!Laku noć & slatki snovi!

Serbian Expressions and Words

English ExpressionsSerbian Expressions
Good/Bad/So-So.Dobro/ Loše/ Tako-tako.
Big/SmallVeliko/ Malo.
Today/NowDanas/ Sada.
Tomorrow/YesterdaySutra/ Juče.
Yes/NoDa/ Ne.
Here you go! (when giving something)Izvoli/ Izvolite (polite).
Do you like it?Da li ti/ vam (polite) se sviđa?
I really like it!Veoma mi se sviđa.
I'm hungry/ thirsty.Gladan (m) / Gladna (f) / Žedan (m) / Žedna (f) sam.
In the morning/evening/at night.Ujutro/ Predveče / Uveče.
This/That. Here/ThereOvo/ Ono. Ovde/ Tamo.
Me/You. Him/Her.Ja/ Ti. On/Ona.
Really!Stvarno!
Look!Pogledaj/ Pogledajte (polite and pl).
Hurry up!Požuri/ Požurite (polite and pl).
What? Where?Šta? Gde?
What time is it?Koliko je sati?
It's 10 o'clock. 07:30pm.Deset sati je. Sedam i trideset je.
Give me this!Daj/ Dajte (polite) mi ovo!
I love you!Volim te!
I feel sick.Loše se osećam.
I need a doctorTreba mi doctor.
One, Two, ThreeJedan, dva, tri
Four, Five, SixČetiri, pet, šest
Seven, Eight, Nine, TenSedam, osam, devet, deset

Basic Serbian words for Directions (Taxis, Buses, Airport, etc.)

English ExpressionsSerbian Expressions
Speak slowlyGovori polako
Do you use the taxi meter?  Dali koristite taksimetar?
Nearby U blizini
Go straight Idite pravo
Take/Go left Idi levo
Go right Idi desno
Stop Stop or stani
To the airport, please Na aerodrom molim
StationStanica
Bus stop Autobuska Stanica
Bus Autobus
Train Voz
Airplane Avion
Minibus Minibus
Car Kola/Automobil
Bicycle Bicikl
Motorcycle Motor or motocikl
Boat Camac/Brod

Basic Serbian Expressions And Phrases for Shopping

English ExpressionsSerbian Expressions
How much? Koliko to košta?
Very expensive!Mnogu je skupo!
Can you reduce the price? Moze li popust?
I want this one! Zelim ovu!

I hope the content of this article was useful to you, and that you learned some Serbian expressions, phrases, and words. Make sure to memorize them so you can use them in your daily conversation. If you want to learn more Serbian words or to practice what you have learned here, go to Ling App. This language learning app gives you the opportunity to learn Serbian for the first time or to freshen up your previous knowledge.

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