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Learning Croatian – Phrase of the Day

You know some basic Croatian, enough to get you by, but there is nothing that will impress more than knowing a local phrase or slang that you can slip into a conversation. Croatia Week has launched its ‘Word / Phrase of the Day’, where we will teach you a variety of words and phrases commonly used in Croatia, but not commonly found in language learning material.

Today’s Phrase


prodavati muda pod bubrege

The phrase prodavati muda pod bubrege basically means to offer something of inferior quality, disguised and made out to be something which is of  better quality. This can range from not just material things such as fake Louis Vuitton bags, or shoes, or cars, but also such things as ideas and political policies. Car salesmen and politicians are usually good at this. The literal translation is – to sell testicles as kidneys (butcher’s reference)

Example: Nick, I bought this Rolex watch the other day, cost me a packet…you like it? “Vincent, can I take at look at the back of it…I think you have been done, it is definitely a fake. they have ‘prodavati muda pod bubrege’

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