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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


ne zna ni ko pije ni ko plaća

The phrase ne zna ni ko pije ni ko plaća is basically a phrase used to sum up disorganisation or chaos. It is used when something is not really clear what is going on when looking at it and can be used for a number of cases which lacks organisation or order. The literal translation is – You don’t know who is drinking or who is paying.


– “I went to register with the main central police station, have you seen the chaos there? Take a ticket and 2 hours later you might get served, only to be told you need one more document…..ne zna ni ko pije ni ko plaća there”

– ‘Croatia’s World Cup qualifying campaign under Igor Štimac was a shambles, did you see the match against Scotland? Just looking at them on the field..ne zna ni ko pije ni ko plaća

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