Hvala – Find out more about Croatian words to learn first


By Tea Blazevic

Hvala The first line of four magic words – hvala (thank you), molim (request), izvoli (here), oprosti (sorry) – Taught by Croatian children at a very young age and is considered a pillar of etiquette.

Following the importance of old sayings Lijepariječsvavrataotvara (A nice word opens all the doors), we quickly jumped into the magical world of this word.

words hvala Widely used throughout Croatia, it is used both on the Croatian continent and along the coast. Fara (Pronunciation is much easier for foreigners hvala).

From time to time, the younger generation of Croats loves to use English words to liven up the gratitude slang thesaurus. Thank you When thank you very muchThis is commonly described as Tenk Also Tenkuju, Or in writing it is abbreviated as: tks, thks, tx, Very rare, also used in slang, but in French MercyGerman DankeItalian Grazie, Or, the least common, but used Spanish Gracias..

But how often do we thank you and what does that really mean? According to a study published in the journal Royal Society Open Science – Universality and cultural diversity in the expression of gratitude – People most often followed requests for assistance, services, or objects, but were given gratitude or gratitude at most once every seven times.

Even if you express your gratitude, it’s not normal thank you very much ((((hvala), Sometimes people politely and mechanically express from manners and express words that tend to emphasize the level of gratitude.

In Croatian hvala od srca (Thank you from the bottom of my heart), puno hvala (Thank you very much) or najljepšahvala (Most grateful), hvala ti kao bratu (Thank you as a brother), hvala ti do neba ((((Thank the moon and go back).

Hvala lijepa (Also hvala lipa With Dalmatia Fararepa (In Zagorje) is just an extended way to say thank you very much.. One of the most common mistakes that even native Croatian speakers make on a daily basis is to confuse the gender of the word. hvala lijepoExcluding that hvala lijepa, This is correct because the noun hvala is of female sex.

In some situations it is very important to pay attention to the context. hvala It can be used both to accept or reject something.

For example, if you are offering something sweet to someone and that person receives it, they may thank you in words. hvala Also hvala lijepaBut when those words are accompanied by a kind of head nod or hand movement, it has a negative reaction and one is actually politely rejecting the candy.

Sign up to receive the Croatia Week Newsletter Hvala – Find out more about Croatian words to learn first

Back to top button