Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian Intermediate I

Course Status: 
CEU code: 
SLTG 5003
CEU credits: 
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Start and end dates: 
17 Sep 2018 - 7 Dec 2018
Marijana Kardum

Bosnian Croatian Serbian Intermediate I


Introduction to the Language and Culture of Bosnia, Croatia, and Serbia

Language Course, 2 credits

2018 Fall Term


Instructor: Marijana Kardum (Department of History, CEU)

Office Hours:

By appointment


Learning Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian at CEU

Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian are three standard languages spoken by the majority of population of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia, and Montenegro. They are mutually intelligible languages belonging to the South Slavic branch of languages. Partly for that reason and partly because of their shared historical development, they are often considered to be the three standard versions of one Serbo-Croatian, or Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian language. Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian languages share a common core, which enables all their speakers to communicate freely with one another. Students might choose to concentrate on Bosnian, Croatian or Serbian, but focusing on any of these languages will allow them to comprehend and to communicate throughout the region where these languages are spoken.


Goals and learning outcomes. The aim of the Intermediate I course and its successive course in the winter semester is to help the students continue to develop proficiency in reading, speaking, and writing of Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian. The focus of the course will lie on acquiring the skills of reading and text comprehension needed for scientific research.


Format. Every session will be dedicated to introducing a new grammatical topic as well as new vocabulary tied to a particular theme. Classes are based on active student participation. Each session will begin with a short repetition of main vocabulary and grammar of the previous session(s). Students will receive regular homework, which will be checked in class.


Assessment. Regular attendance (minimum of 10 sessions out of 12) is mandatory for all course attendants (including those registered for audit). Further absence will be compensated by extra homework covering the material missed by the student. Performance will be assessed by class participation (5%), 5 short quizzes of 5-10 minutes every other week (35%), and a final written exam (60%).


Readings. Čilaš-Mikulić, Marica, Milvia Gulešić Macheta, Sanda Lucija Udier. Razgovarajte s nama A2-B1 (Book and Grammar/Exercise book). Zagreb: Hrvatska sveučilišna naklada, 2013.


Week 1

Introduction to the course

Cases repetition

Possessive adjectives

Adjectives ending in –ski –ški –čki –ćki

Talking about countries and languages

Week 2

Accusative case of adjectives, demonstrative and possessive


Accusative of personal pronouns

Present tense (-(n)uti>-(n)em)

Week 3

Locative case of adjectives, demonstrative and possessive pronouns

Week 4

Verbal aspects

Conditional I

Talking about plans, wishes and possibilities

Week 5

Dative case of adjectives, demonstrative and possessive pronouns

Possessive dative

Impersonal sentences

Transport and communication

Week 6

Comparison of adjectives

Comparative and superlative of adverbs

Future tense II

Friendships, character, future

Week 7

Instrumental case of adjectives, demonstrative and possessive


Verbs and adjectives with the instrumental case

Talking about work

Week 8

Genitive case of adjectives, demonstrative and possessive pronouns

Verbs with genitive

Present tense –ati>-im


Week 9

Nouns –(e)n- and –(e)t-

Present tense –sti>-dem


Week 10

Present tense –vati>-jem

Pluralia tantum

Talking about famous people

Week 11

Revision and Exercises

Week 12

Final exam