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11. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 9y

Depends where really - Zagreb has always been a strong hold for the Slavs - so I heard alot of russian sounding words.

The coast - especially to the North was inhabited by Venetians - Italian would be common especially near the Slovenia peninsula.

12. Posted by ReinierNL (Full Member 207 posts) 9y

Quoting coldwarspy

no I think Russian would be better to have than German. Many words are the same.

The pan-Slavic words, such as numbers, 'ulica' (street) and 'voda' (water), are easily recognisable, but otherwise don't count on Russian being useful in Croatia, since the two languages differ too much. The use of Russian in Croatia is rather limited; only people of roughly 40 years and older may speak it. Those younger than about 30 will speak English. Italian is only spoken in some Istrian towns (e.g. Rovinj, Pula). You can perfectly get by using English in the popular tourist places, but outside those it will become tricky.

Coldwarspy, why did you post a Serbian mobile phone number for Zagreb?

Personally, I'd omit Zagreb from your itinerary. It's by far not a beautiful as the coast. The other places suggested by the others are really nice.

13. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 9y

Coldwarspy, why did you post a Serbian mobile phone number for Zagreb?

woah! Yeah sorry! It was the next number i had after the Zagreb Hostel - For Novi Sad.
I need another holiday.

14. Posted by zaksame (Respected Member 571 posts) 9y

Hi again,
1. Language
Don't worry about language in Croatia. The Croatian people speak more languages (or at least enough to get by) than any other europeans I've met (maybe with the exception of the Sami). The younger ones put most people to shame with their knowledge of English, Italian, German, Spanish, and as for the Slavic languages.... I myself speak Russian and recently had a pleasant conversation - over a lot of local wine of course - with a Slovak, a Croat, a Bulgarian and a Estonian - and we mostly always used our native tongues.

2. Places you may miss out on
Yes there are lots of places you will miss out on, but bring a map and as you pass them on a bus or ferry mark them in and make a note to go back and why you should do so.
I've been to Croatia every year for the past seven and still have hundereds of places I want to see.....

Have fun, enjoy the country and its people. Dine well and simply on roast lamb, local wines, local cheeses and dried meats and steer clear of over priced tourist traps. Shop local.


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