When on holiday in Dubrovnik it’s always nice to at least attempt to speak Croatian. Yes, we know it is a tough language to pick up but with a few basic phrases under your belt you’ll be surprised at the reaction of your waiter, receptionist and taxi driver. If you at least try to speak you will be met with a wave of gratitude.
And with the Europe House Dubrovnik not only can you learn some Croatian but you can learn for free! The Europe House started these mini-language courses after feedback from tourists who were looking to do something more constructive than just lying on the beach. At the offices of the Europe House, Nikola Tesla Street 9 which is in the Batala suburb of Dubrovnik, you’ll have the chance to learn the basics. The recommended length of the mini-course is two hours, but of course if you have more time you come attend more than once and expand your knowledge.
You're welcome - Nema na čemu
The courses are taught by young and enthusiastic teachers who, with the help of flashcards and a laptop, will open up the language for you. Most of the participants are from the English speaking area, but most Croatians, as good hosts, speak more foreign languages, and teachers at the Europe House in Dubrovnik except English also speak some other languages. Therefore the classes can be held, for example, in German and French.
We dropped by to one such course and were delighted at how the small group were learning. In under 20 minutes they were asking each other questions in Croatian and answering...it was a real eye-opener. At least you’ll be able to ask your waiter a few questions and meet and greet people. “I think what I have learnt today will be very useful to at least establish an initial rapport and then I will flip into English. But at least I won’t go straight into English,” explained Shifra Joseph from Australia.
Wolfgang learning Croatian
No problem - Nema problema
The courses are free and all you have to do is make your way to the offices of the Europe House Dubrovnik. The Croatian language mini-courses run every day from 2.00pm to 6.00pm, from Monday to Friday, up until the 15th of September, and the courses are free of charge. If you want to make sure that the time you plan to attend the courses is available it is recommended that you contact the Europe House Dubrovnik in advance, as did Wolfgang from Düsseldorf, who heard of the courses through The Dubrovnik Times.
What time is it? - Koliko je sati?
Europe House Dubrovnik is very active in the Dubrovnik community. Europe House Dubrovnik (EHD) was founded in March 1995 as a non-profit, non-party and non-governmental association. The founding goals were to affirm the concept of European unification, to inform Croatian citizens, especially young people, on the progress of European integration, to foster their understanding, tolerance and dialogue with the citizens of other states, and to promote Croatia through cooperation with foreign governmental and non-governmental organizations.
See you - Vidimo se