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Useful Bosnian phrases

A collection of useful phrases in Bosnian for almost every occasion.

Key to abbreviations: inf = informal, frm = formal, >f = said to women, >m = said to men.

You can see these phrases in many other languages by clicking on the English versions.

English Bosanski (Bosnian)
Welcome Dobrodošli
Hello (General greeting) Dobar dan (frm)
Hello (on phone) Halo
How are you? Kako si? (inf)
Kako ste? (frm)
Reply to 'How are you?' Ja sam dobro, hvala. A vi? (frm)
Ja sam dobro, hvala. A ti? (inf)
Long time no see Dugo se nismo vidjeli
What's your name? Kako se zoveš? (inf)
Kako se zovete? (frm)
Bosnian Zovem se ...
Ja sam ....
Where are you from? Odakle dolazite? (frm)
I'm from ... Ja sam iz ...
Pleased to meet you Drago mi je
Drago mi je da sam vas upoznala
Drago mi je da sam vas upoznalo
Good morning
(Morning greeting)
Dobro jutro
Good afternoon
(Afternoon greeting)
Dobar dan
Good evening
(Evening greeting)
Dobro večer
Good night Laku noć
(Parting phrases)
Do viđenja
Good luck! Sretno!
Sa srećom! (inf)
Cheers! Good Health!
(Toasts used when drinking)
Na zdravlje!
Have a nice day Želim ti ugodan dan (inf)
Želim vam ugodan dan (frm)
Bon appetit /
Have a nice meal
Bon voyage /
Have a good journey
Sretan put!
I understand Razumijem
I don't understand Ne razumijem
Please speak more slowly Molim te, govori malo sporije! (inf)
Molim vas, govorite malo sporije! (frm)
Please write it down Molim te, napiši to! (inf)
Molim vas, napišite to! (frm)
Do you speak Bosnian? Govorite li bosanski?
Yes, a little
(reply to 'Do you speak ...?')
Da, malo
How do you say ... in Bosnian? Kako se na bosanskom kaže ...?
Excuse me Izvinite! Oprostite! (frm) Oprosti! (inf)
How much is this? Koliko košta ovo?
Sorry Oprostite
Please Molim
Thank you Hvala
Hvala lijepa
Reply to thank you Nema na čemu!
Where's the toilet? Gdje je toalet?
Gdje je WC?
This gentleman will pay for everything Ovaj gospodin će sve platiti
This lady will pay for everything Ovaj gospodin će sve platiti
Would you like to dance with me? Da li si za ples?
Da li bi želila plesati sa mnom? (>f)
Da li bi želio plesati sa mnom? (>m)
I love you Volim te
Get well soon Ozdravi brzo! (inf)
Ozdravite brzo! (frm)
Leave me alone! Pusti me na miru!
Call the police! Pozovite policiju!
Christmas and New Year greetings Sretan Božić i Nova godina
Easter greetings Sretan Uskrs!
Sretan Vaskrs!
Birthday greetings Sretan rođendan
One language is never enough Jedan jezik nikad nije dosta
My hovercraft is full of eels
Why this phrase?
Moja lebdjelica je puna jegulja

Corrections and translations by Diana Hrustanovic and Muhamed Mešić

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