The name Serbo-Croatian is a controversial issue due to historical and political issues, as well as to the fickleness of the word .
Throughout the history of the South Slavs, the vernacular, literature and written language of the regions and ethnicities developed independently.
In the mid 19th century, both Serbian and Croatian writers and linguists decided to use the most widespread tokavian dialect as a basis for their standard language. Thus a bi-variant language appeared, which the Serbs officially called "Serbo-Croatian language" and the Croats "Croatian and Serbian". Moderate people usually say that the issue of Serbo-Croatian language is exaggerated and that the nomenclature is hardly important. A small minority aver that a "Serbo-Croatian language" has never existed and that this term designates a Croatian variant of the Serbian language.
You can deeper penetrate into Serbo-Croatian language and its dialects with Serbo-Croatian language courses.
Especially for this purpose General Croatian Beginners' Courses start every month a new Beginners' course which introduces both spoken and written Serbo-Croatian language. Proficiency in conversation is the primary goal though all of the four language skills - speaking, listening, reading and writing - are practiced thoroughly.
Students are encouraged to develop their Croatian language communication skills so that they can use the language confidently and correctly. Special emphasis is made on pronunciation, intonation, stress and vocabulary building.
Small classes ensure maximum opportunity for participation and attention to individual needs.
On completion of the Beginners' Course you will have covered the fundamentals of Croatian grammar including past, present and future tenses and will have developed a sufficient vocabulary to participate in basic everyday conversation.
Duration of the course: 30 hours (1.5 hours/week for 20 weeks)
Weekday evening courses take place from 19:30-21:00
Saturday courses take place from 11:00-12:30
Intermediate and Advanced Courses provide opportunities to build on the fundamentals mastered at the beginner's level. Situational and functional language practice, attention to listening skills, use of authentic materials and role plays comprise a dynamic approach with effective communication as its goal. More specialized intermediate and advanced courses in spoken and written Croatian are also available according to demand.
Responding to the needs of the growing number of multi-cultural families, the Croatian Language School has launched Saturday classes for children aged 5-7 and 8-12. A lively and fun-filled approach offers a unique opportunity for young learners to access the language.
The Croatian Language School featuring One-to-One Tuition offers individual courses from general to specialized Serbo-Croatian language for students of any level. Working closely with you the teachers assess your language proficiency and design a course of study to meet your needs.