Croatian phrasebook: practical and basic Croatian phrases

Croatia is a popular holiday destinations so it’s good to know some basic Croatian phrases. Local residents will be much friendlier if you can talk to them, even in their broken native language.

Croatian phrases will also be useful when we come across people who do not speak any other language. It can happen that you get to somewhat more remote places, where the inhabitants are only elderly people, and in their case it is difficult to speak English or German.

Several learned phrases and words will allow you to communicate or even make a mini conversation with Croats. A few sentences in Croatian can help in settling the matter, getting along when renting a place or ordering dinner in a restaurant.

The most popular words and phrases in Croatian are presented below.

Basic Croatian phrases: Good morning, thank you, goodbye, hi, how much does it cost, money exchange or please.
Basic Croatian phrases: Good morning, thank you, goodbye, hi, how much does it cost, money exchange or please.

Let’s start with the fact that Croatian is a phonetic language, i.e. we read as the given word is written. It is only worth knowing the pronunciation of typical Croatian letters: č – we read as ch in check, š – like sh in ship, and ž – like ʐ in French voyage.

And that’s it.

Basic Croatian phrases

At the beginning of the greeting in Croatian:

  1. Good morning – dobro jutro (until 10 am) / dobar dan
  2. Hi – bok
  3. Welcome – dobrodošli
  4. Good afternoon – dobra večer
  5. Goodbye – doviđenja
  6. See you later – vidimo se
  7. Good night – laku noć
  8. Have a nice day – ugodan dan

Courtesy phrases in Croatian:

  1. Yes – da
  2. No – ne
  3. Thank you – hvala
  4. Please – izvoli(te) (when giving something) or molim (when asking)
  5. Sorry – oprostite
  6. Howdy! – kako ste?
  7. Good – dobro
  8. Very good – vrlo dobro
  9. Bon apetit! – dobar tek
  10. Bless you! – Živjeli
  11. Greeetings – pozdravi
Phrases in Croatian / Useful in a restaurant, in a shop or at a gas station.
Phrases in Croatian / Useful in a restaurant, in a shop or at a gas station.

Croatian phrasebook in a shop and restaurant:

  1. How much does it cost? – koliko košta?
  2. One/Half a kilo, please. – molim kilo / pola kilo
  3. How much do I pay?– koliko plaćam?
  4. Can I get a menu? – mogu li pogledati jelovnik?
  5. I’m a vegetarian. – ja sam vegetarijanac
  6. No sugar please. – bez šećera
  7. Dry/Sweet (wine) – suho / slatko
  8. White/Red wine – vino crno / bijelo
  9. Take away – odnijeti
  10. Receipt – račun
  11. Can I use a credit card? – može li se platiti kreditnom karticom?
  12. Delicious – bilo je u kusno
  13. Shop – dućan
  14. Currency exchange – mjenjačnica
  15. Pharmacy – ljekarna

Useful words in Croatian on vacation

  1. day – danas
  2. tomorrow – sutra
  3. week – tjedan
  4. near – blizu
  5. far – daleko
  6. holidays – odmor
  7. sea – more
  8. town – grad
  9. centre– centar
  10. aeroport – aerodrom
  11. hospital – bolnica
  12. consulate – konzulata
  13. ticket – ulaznica
  14. no parking – nema parking
  15. highway – autocesta
  16. home – kuća
  17. vacancies – slobodnih soba/ slobodnih apartmani
  18. bathroom – kupaonica
  19. shower – tuš
  20. agreement- ugovor
  21. Croatia – Hrvatska
  22. My name is… – Zovem se…

Finally, numbers:

  • 1 – jedan
  • 2 – dva/dvije
  • 3 – tri
  • 4 – četiri
  • 5 – pet
  • 6 – šest
  • 7 – sedam
  • 8 – osam
  • 9 – devet
  • 10 – deset
  • 11 – jedanaest
  • 12 – dvanaest
  • 13 – trinaest
  • 14 – četrnaest
  • 15 – petnaest
  • 16 – šesnaest
  • 17 – sedamnaest
  • 18 – osamnaest
  • 19 – devetnaest
  • 20 – dvadeset
  • 30 – trideset
  • 40 – četrdeset
  • 50 – pedeset
  • 60 – šezdeset
  • 70 – sedamdeset
  • 80 – osamdeset
  • 90 – devedeset
  • 100 – sto
  • 200 – dve stotine
  • 300 – trista
  • 500 – petsto
  • 1000 – tisuću
  • 1000000 – milijun
Croatian phrasebook / What words should not be used in Croatia?
Croatian phrasebook / What words should not be used in Croatia?

The basic Croatian phrases that we have mentioned in our conversations will be useful in situations that can meet you every day at a gas station, at gates on highways or in shops and restaurants. Even when you talk to the owner of your apartment.

And by the way … what words should not be used in Croatia? 😉 Do you know such? If so, comment.

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