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 Dobar dan (frm) Zdravo / Merhaba (inf)
Halo / Molim (on phone)
How are you?

I'm fine, thanks. And you?
Kako si? (inf)
Kako ste? (frm)
Ja sam dobro, hvala. A vi?
Long time no see Dugo se nismo vidjeli
What's your name?


My name is ...
Kako se zoveš? (inf)
Kako se zovete? (frm)
Zovem se ...
Ja sam ....
Where are you from?
I'm from ...
Odakle dolazite?
Ja sam iz ...
Pleased to meet you Drago mi je / Drago mi je da sam vas upoznala/o
Good morning Dobro jutro
Good afternoon Dobar dan
Good evening Dobro veče
Good night Laku noć
Goodbye Alahimanet / Zbogom / Do viđenja / Ćao / Zdravo
Good luck Sretno! Sa srećom! (inf)
Cheers/Good health! Živjeli! Na zdravlje!
Have a nice day Želim ti ugodan dan (inf) Želim vam ugodan dan (frm)
Bon appetit Prijatno!
Bon voyage 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?
Yes, a little
Govorite li bosanski?
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
Response
Hvala / Hvala lijepa
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!
Help!
Fire!
Stop!
Upomoć!
Požar!
Stanite!
Call the police! Pozovite policiju!
Merry Christmas
and Happy New Year
Sretan Božić i Nova godina
Happy Easter Sretan Uskrs! / Sretan Vaskrs!
Happy Birthday 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

If you would like to make any corrections or additions to this page, or if you can provide recordings, please contact me.

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Links

Other collections of Bosnian phrases (some with audio)
http://home.freeuk.net/iandart/elem_phrases.htm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/other/quickfix/bosnian.shtml
http://www.101languages.net/bosnian/basics.html
http://wikitravel.org/en/Bosnian_phrasebook

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