Serbian (српски језик/srpski jezik)
Two alphabets are used to write the Serbian language: a variation of the Cyrillic alphabet, and also variation on the Latin alphabet. Serbian orthography is very consistent: approximation of the principle “one letter per sound”.
Write as you speak and speak (read) as it is written!
Phrases for everyday conversation:
Now when we know all of this, you will have to know what we really mean when we say:
- BRE – probably one of the most frequently used words, which actually doesn’t mean anything, it is used whenever & wherever, between other words or sentences, just use it as much as you can and we’ll all think you’re very cool.
- M’RŠ - the word that is used when you want to tell someone to go away, especially if that person is really annoying.
- ĆAO - some may think that this is an Italian greeting but this is only partially true. It is used as synonym for: hi, hello, good morning/afternoon/night/bye, I am leaving. Stop harassing me, you’re boring me, go away, yeah right…
- BRATE – it means brother, but we use it for everyone, so our version of “hey man” would be “where are you brother” (in Serbian: “’de si brate” – read below).
- ‘DE SI - another form of informal greeting, if you combine it with “bre” or “brate” like ” ‘de si, bre” or ” ‘de si, brate” no one could guess that you are not born and raised in Belgrade.
- ORTAK – mate, buddy, friend, soul mate, partner…
- ORTAKINJA - female version of “ortak”.
- EKIPA - friends, homiest, buddies, crew, bro’s from your gang…
- OPUŠTENO - relaxed, used a lot when you want to tell someone to take it easy, don’t worry…
- ISKULIRAJ - made out worldwide famous word “cool” and it means chill out.
- BLEJATI – in verbal translation it means “making a voice of a sheep” but in everyday conversation it means having a break, doing nothing, doing nothing while thinking of nothing. You can do it alone or with your “ortak”, “ortakinja” or “ekipa”. Never do it with “dobra riba” (see below) cause, with her you can do a lot of more interesting things.
- GAJBA – slang word for flat, house, home, crib.
- EXTRA – English word but we use it a lot, whenever you like something say that it’s “extra”.
- VRH – in verbal translation it means “top”, but we use it when we want to say that we like something a lot, and if you combine it with “extra” and say that something is “vrh extra” you’re becoming a typical Belgrade resident.
- DŽIBER – a person with no manners and style. Also you can say that someone is “džiber” when you are really pissed at that person. So, when you’re gossiping behind someone’s back you say he is a “džiber”, but when you want to tell it directly you say: “Džiberu!”
- NARODNJACI – Serbian folk songs. Lyrics are usually about hard life, bohemian life, oldmother, unfaithful woman, unrealized love, maintaining the arable… Parties usually start with popular songs (MTV hits for example) and when everybody get drunk, when temperature become very high, DJ starts with “narodnjaci”. In that atmosphere there are no rules, everything is possible. Foes becomes friends, “ortakinja” becomes love partner, “gabor” becomes “dobra riba” (see below).
- GABOR - extremely ugly boy/girl
- DOBRA RIBA - totally opposite of “gabor”, in English it means “hot chick”, “babe” etc.