Get the world’s best Serbian language learner’s charts. Designed for simplicity, ease of use, and comprehensiveness.
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Serbo-Croatian grammar is no joke, and the language can be quite hard to learn for native English speakers who don’t already know another Slavic language. I’ve been making reference charts to help me in my Serbian language classes, and I’ve put a lot of love and innumerable revisions into them.
These charts can help you get started and continue your journey to mastery. I’ve shared them with many learners, native speakers, and language teachers and gotten great feedback that they’re the best such charts they’ve seen. They also look beautiful in print, if you want to take them with you to a classroom setting.
Serbian Cases, Genders & Plurals
Perhaps the thing that makes Serbian the most difficult for English speakers is its seven cases (English has none, except with pronouns where you get e.g. they/them/theirs). Having so many cases would be hard enough on its own, but then the cases go and mix with both plurality and Serbian’s three different genders. Plus there are different case declensions for nouns and adjectives.
Cases are also the most important part of Serbian grammar to master since you can’t say almost anything without them. A good chart is essential.
Click the image to view the full PDF, with all seven cases, three genders, singular/plural, prepositions, exceptions, and more. The organization here is designed to clearly show patterns and overlaps, minimizing the case endings you need to learn. Many charts fill a whole page with the case declensions alone and look that much more intimidating as a result.
Download this as an A4-size PDF: Serbian Cases Chart.
Serbian Verbs: Commonly Used Verbs & Tenses
This next chart includes 88 commonly used Serbian verbs, organized by (1) their present-tense conjugations, (2) verb endings, and (3) alphabetically. It also includes rules and examples for present, past, and future tenses.
Download this as an A4-size PDF: Serbian Verbs Chart.
Pronouns can be quite complicated in Serbian with cases, genders, plurals, short forms, and long forms. Some charts and grammar books make this feel overwhelming and impossible to learn (at least for me). So I created this next chart to clearly show the connections between things and to use various organizational and design touches to help it feel more manageable.
Click the image to view the full PDF, with declensions, short and long forms, etc. for personal pronouns, possessive adjectives/pronouns, demonstrative pronouns, and more, along with detailed grammar rules.
Download this as an A4-size PDF: Serbian Pronouns Chart.
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How can I improve these in future versions? Is there anything I’m missing that’s important to include? What parts are most helpful for you? What additional charts would be most helpful to create? I’d love to hear from you in the comments.