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Learning Croatian: Phrase of the Week – A State of Body & Mind

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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 word:

Fjaka [f:jar:ka]

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Fjaka is the slang word for a particular relaxed state of body and mind. It can be described as the ‘sweetness of doing nothing’ or a ‘daydreamy state’, and the people in Dalmatia value this state highly. Some even like to believe that Fjaka helps cure diseases, and makes you look and feel younger.

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