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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


Today’s phrase of the day is following on from yesterday’s theme and is a word that captures a slice of Dalmatia. Although many argue that the ‘true’ Galeb has died out as times have moved on and changed, the label ‘Galeb’ was given to one who was a successful womaniser, a smooth operator who was Don Juan-esq. The Galeb has a gift of the gab and a way to woo the ladies, especially the unsuspecting tourists on the beaches of Dalmatia.  The literal translation is –  seagull.

Example: “You see that Czech tourist in the red bikini, Vincent was out with her last night,” Really, he was out with the Polish brunette the other night,” “What can you say, he is a real Galeb.”

Recent Phrases

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