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Learning Croatian sayings and phrases – #10

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Is the Croatian language hard to learn? If you ask most people new to the language they would say it definitely is. 

But that does not mean you still can’t impress locals and make a few people laugh by learning some well-known Croatian sayings or phrases.

In this series we will teach you commonly used sayings in Croatia which are not typically found in language learning material.

Today’s saying:

Di si bija kad je grmilo

English: The saying Di si bija kad je grmilo is an old phrase used in Croatia originating from the Dalmatian region. It is used as a rhetorical question to someone who may conveniently ‘disappear’ when the sh**t hits the fan, and may resurface once things are back to normal. Someone who does not stick through the good and bad times. 

The literal translation of the phrase is – where were you when it thundered.

Words/conjunctions meanings

di si bija – where were you

kad – when

je – it

grmilo – thundered

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