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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
(General greeting)
Dobar dan (frm)
Hello (on phone) Halo / Molim
How are you? Kako si? (inf)
Kako ste? (frm)
Reply to 'How are you?' Ja sam dobro, hvala. A vi?
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?
I'm from ... Ja sam iz ...
Pleased to meet you Drago mi je
Drago mi je da sam vas upoznala/o
Morning greeting(s) Dobro jutro
Afternoon greeting(s) Dobar dan
Evening greeting(s) Dobro veče
Nighttime parting phrase(s) Laku noć
Parting phrase(s) Zbogom
Do viđenja
Good luck Sretno! Sa srećom! (inf)
Toasts used when drinking Živjeli!
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 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 je ovo?
Sorry Oprostite / Žao mi je
Thank you Hvala / Hvala lijepa
Reply to thank you Nema na čemu!
Where's the toilet? Gdje je toalet/WC?
This gentleman/lady will pay for everything Ovaj gospodin će sve platiti (gentleman)
Ova gospođa će sve platiti (lady)
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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