Although one of my main purposes of this Serbian Trip is to learn the language, I feel that I would be foolish if I didn’t arm myself with at least a few useful phrases before I even arrive, to help relieve a little bit of the inevitable frustration. So here are a few I will try to master before setting foot in Belgrade.
• Excuse me, Can you tell me how to get to the trolley/grocery store/hostel/school?
• I would like to have coffee, tea, coke, beer, milk, water? (ordering at a store)
• Thank you for picking me up (in the car from the …airport, etc)
• How much does this cost?
• I am glad to be here at your home, finally.
• I’m sorry my Serbian is not good. I’m trying to learn.
• I’m Married
And Finally, the little blurb I want to learn before returning home to the US is:
• Before I went to Belgrade to study Serbian, I couldn’t really speak the language at all. It was hard for me because most of my husbands’ friends and family spoke Serbian a lot, and I couldn’t understand at all or have conversations with them. Now, after 1 month of intense school, I can speak it a little, and say a lot more.