Festivals in Serbia – a great way to learn the Serbian language

Урбана култураУчење српског језика
27 Jun 2023

Participating in camps at various festivals is a great opportunity to learn a new language. As a professor of Serbian language for foreigners, I highly recommend joining these events, as they provide an immersive experience that facilitates language learning.

Festivals provide a unique opportunity to learn a new language while also experiencing the culture and traditions of a country. Through attending cultural events and interacting with locals, you will be able to immerse yourself in the Serbian language and develop your comprehension, pronunciation and grammar skills. Additionally, you will have the chance to practice your spoken language skills and build social connections with people from all over the world during festivals in Serbia.

Learning a new language can be challenging, but it can also be incredibly rewarding. Participating in camps at festivals is a fun and effective way of enhancing your Serbian language skills while also enjoying the lively atmosphere of festivals. Don’t miss out on this opportunity – sign up for the Academic Serbian Association’s course today and start your journey towards mastering the Serbian language.

The Academic Serbian Association offers special discounts on basic Serbian courses during festival time. This is an excellent way to make the most of your festival experience while also developing your language skills. During the summer festivals, you will be able to attend individualized courses with a 10 percent discount, and if you bring a friend to the course, you will be able to attend the course with a reduced price of up to 20 percent.

Sign up via this link, the trial class is free.

These are my top 5 festival recommendations that have amazing campsites for young people around the world.

Nišville Festival, one of the most prominent jazz festivals in Serbia, is set to take place in 2023. Music lovers from all around the world will have the opportunity to witness incredible performances from a plethora of talented artists in the city of Niš. The festival promises to deliver a diverse range of styles and genres to cater to every musical taste. With stunning stages, lively crowds and an atmosphere charged with energy, Nišville Festival 2023 is bound to be an unforgettable event. So mark your calendars and get ready to experience the magic of jazz in the Balkans at Nišville Festival 2023!

The Slaughter Horror Film Festival in Doljevac (a village in the vicinity of Niš), Serbia, is set to be a thrilling event for horror film enthusiasts worldwide in 2023. With its dark and eerie atmosphere, the festival is the perfect place to showcase the latest and greatest in horror films. From blood-curdling slashers to terrifying supernatural thrillers, audiences can expect to be on the edge of their seats throughout the festival. The Slaughter Horror Film Festival is a celebration of cinema that invokes fear and terror. With talented filmmakers and actors from all over the world attending, expect an unforgettable experience with special screenings, workshops, and discussions. So prepare yourself for a scare and get ready to explore the world of horror films at Slaughter Horror Film Festival Doljevac 2023.

The Lovefest Festival of 2023 in Vrnjacka Banja is set to be an absolutely unforgettable event. As one of the most beloved music festivals in the region, Lovefest is known for its incredible lineup of musicians from all over the world. From indie rock bands to electronic DJs, there’s something for everyone at this festival. In addition to the music, Lovefest also offers a wide range of other attractions, including art exhibitions, workshops, and food stands. Whether you’re a seasoned festival-goer or a first-timer, you’re sure to have an amazing time at Lovefest 2023. So grab your friends, pack your camping gear, and get ready for an unforgettable weekend of music, fun, and community spirit. We can’t wait to see you there!

Exit is one of the biggest music festivals in Serbia, held every summer since 2000 in the Petrovaradin Fortress in Novi Sad. It is famous for its diverse line-up, featuring international and local artists from various genres of music, including rock, pop, electronic, and hip-hop. The festival attracts visitors from all over the world and is an excellent opportunity to experience Serbian culture and hospitality. The festival also hosts various art exhibitions, workshops, and performances, making it a unique and enriching experience for all attendees.

The Niš Film Festival and International Choral Celebration in Niš are both fantastic events that showcase the best of Serbian culture. The film festival brings together talented filmmakers from all over Serbia and beyond, while the choral celebration is a wonderful way to experience the beauty of Serbian music. The atmosphere in Niš during these events is truly electric, with people coming from all over to enjoy the shows and take in the sights and sounds of the city. Whether you’re a fan of film or music, these festivals are not to be missed!


If you don’t want to speak Serboenglish…

  1. What are you doing, brate?
  2. Cheers, tatko.
  3. I love eating pljeskavice, mate.
  4. Take a seat, drug.
  5. It’s a lovely day, bre.
  6. I’m going to visit baba and deda.
  7. How are you, burazeru?
  8. Let’s go for a stroll, drugari.
  9. I’ll be in touch, druže.
  10. Catch you tomorrow, curo.

… while meeting amazing people, making new acquaintances, or perhaps encountering the love of your life, here are a few useful phrases to start with.

  1. Hello/Hi – Zdravo.
  2. Thank you – Hvala.
  3. Can I have a beer/wine/cocktail please? – Mogu li dobiti pivo/vino/koktel, molim te?
  4. Where is the bathroom/toilet? – Gde je deo za toalet?
  5. Cheers! – Nazdravlje!
  6. Sorry, I don’t speak Serbian very well. – Žao mi je, ne govorim baš dobro srpski.
  7. Nice to meet you – Drago mi je što sam vas upoznao/la.
  8. Do you know where we can find some good food? – Znate li gde možemo naći neku dobru hranu?
  9. What kind of music do you like? – Koju vrstu muzike voliš?
  10. Can I join your group/party/table? – Mogu li se pridružiti vašoj grupi/zabavi/stolu?

Serbia is famous for its lively summer festival scene, and for good reason! But if you’re a young foreigner joining the fun, you might be wondering what some of the locals are saying. Here are a few Serbian phrases to help you fit in – and impress your new friends! Just be careful not to overdo it on the rakija (Serbian brandy), or you might find yourself in need of that koštana košulja (aka karirana košulja 🙂 )Živeli!

  1. Čekam te 100 godina” – “I’ve been waiting for you for a donkey’s years”
  2. Ne mogu da pričam s tobom kad si pod gasom” – “I can’t talk to you when you’re pissed”
  3. Sve si mi na stomak natak’o” – “You’re getting on my nerves”
  4. Imaš li živu glavu?” – “Are you brain-dead?”
  5. Zajeb’o si keca” – “You’ve messed up big time”
  6. Ma ima da nam se smuči” – “We’re gonna be sick of it”
  7. Nema šanse da će uspeti” – “There’s not a snowball’s chance in hell they’ll succeed”
  8. Ma treći put po zemlji” – “Third time’s a charm”
  9. Al’ si se prošetao” – “You’ve really done it”
  10. Daj mi redom” – “Fire away”

The author of the text “Festivals in Serbia – a great way to learn the Serbian language” is Marko Radulović, an online Serbian language instructor at the Academic Serbian Association, the only accredited school for learning Serbian language through online classes.

Sign up for a free trial class and learn with us.  Don’t miss out on a great opportunity! Get 10% discount on individual Serbian language courses for foreigners. If you bring a friend, both of you get 20% discount. Use the code ASA 10 or ASA 20 when applying. See you soon!

*photos are taken from the official website of the festival in Serbia (mentioned in the text )