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Learning Croatian: Phrase of the Week


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...

Our ‘Word / Phrase of the Week’ will teach you a variety of words and phrases commonly used in Croatia, but not commonly found in language learning material.

Today’s Phrase:


Ja u kupe, a ti u špade
  (ja u kupe, a ti u shpade)

Ja u kupe, a ti u špade is an old phrase used in Croatia with Dalmatian origins, and is usually used when two people are speaking and one will answer another with something that has no relevance to what the other is talking about. One might say politicians are experts at this when answering questions. The literal translation of the phrase relates to suits of playing cards (Italian) – I am playing Cubs (Kupe), and you are playing Swords (špade).

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