Tuesday, May 13, 2014

You say zbogov and I say zdravo

"Zdravo" and "zbogov" are Serbian for "hello" and "goodbye" respectively, you see.  Once you master that z sound at the beginning before the other consonants they fairly roll off the tongue.

Serbian and Croatian culture, as at-odds-to-put-it-mildly as they have been, both fascinate me.  I think it's because the peoples have lived in a fairly small patch of land back in Europe, but have an expansive history.  Interestingly my half-sisters are part Croatian, which is cool for them.

There's a guy with a YouTube account who seems to have a pretty good grasp of Serbian pronunciation.  Unfortunately he also thinks he's funny, which is why I'm not putting the videos up here.


susan said...

I understand your fascination with the area. Nero Wolfe, a fascinating character, was from Montenegro.

Ben said...

Oh yes. I have to respect Rex Stout for making what was for the time a very counterintuitive move in having Wolfe be from Montenegro.