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Pardon my Croatian - Dubrovnik Green Market Edition


Following our earlier Green Market post (here) are some useful phrases for getting around, which will, if nothing else, draw a smile from your vendor.

Good afternoon - Dobar dan. [ DOE-bahr dahn ]

Or if you want to keep it in a more relaxed and local manner:

Hi – Kenova. [KE-no-va]

Is it fresh? – Je li freško. [Yeh lee freshko]

Is homemade – Je li je domaće? [Yeh lee DOH-ma-chay]

How much does it cost? – Koliko košta? [ko-lee-ko  KO-shta] or simply (and definitively locally) - Pošto? [po-shto]

Bear in mind that you will probably get a price for 1 Kilo, so if the metric system isn't your strong suit, here is a cheat sheet:

- 1 kg is 2.2 pounds
- 1.5 kg is 3.3 pounds
- 2 kg is 4.4 pounds and more than that you probably don't need!

With the summer season in the Mediterranean, we present the following fruits and vegetables:
(also bear in mind that these are local expressions, which are not often used outside the  Dubrovnik region, but will definitely earn you „extra points“ with  Dubrovnik market ladies)


Paprika – Paprika [PA-pri-ka] Croatian is a piece of cake, right?

Tomatoes – Pomadore  [po-MA-dor-ay]

Zucchinis – Tikvice  [TIK-vi-tsay]

Eggplants – Balančane [ba-LAN-cha-ney] good luck with this one

Cucumbers – Kukumari [KU-ku-ma-ri] no we are not kidding J

Peaches - Praske [pra-skey]

Plums – Šljve [shlYi -vey] just try to squeeze a little Y sound next to the L!

Cantaloupe – Pipun [PI-poon]

Water melon- Dinja [DIN-ya]

Cherries – Kriješve [] if it doesn’t work the first time just give up with this one and point with your finger

Grapes – Grožđe  [groz-jay]  

if you want it red, ask for black (no kidding) – Crno Grožđe [tsrno ] and for White ask for – Bijelo Grožđe [bee-ye-lo]


With the classics for the end:

Thank you very much. Hvala lijepa. [ HVAh-lah LYEH-pah ]

Goodbye! Adio [ adio ]




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