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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:



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 clothes, 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).

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