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Learning Serbian: The Definitive Chart of Serbian Verbs πŸ‡·πŸ‡Έ

Focused on a combination of comprehensiveness, simplicity, and ease of use. Get the world’s best learner’s chart for present and past tense Serbian verbs.

See also: Serbian cases.

I’m a beginner at studying Serbian, and charts help me with all the crazy complicated grammar. But I’ve found that existing charts are generally not comprehensive enough for my needs or not organized simply, so they’re hard to follow during class or conversation. So I’ve been creating my own.

I previously posted a chart of Serbian cases and got great feedback that it’s the best such chart that many learners and native speakers have seen. I’ve just created a new chart for Serbian verbs that includes all the present and past tense rules. Click the image to view the full PDF.

Serbian verbs chart (present tense and past tense)
Serbian Verbs Chart PDF (PPTX for editing; A4 size PDF)

For now, this covers only present and past tenses, but in the future I’m planning to add additional charts for the others.

I’m sharing this under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license, which means you should feel free to give it away or adapt it with appropriate credit.

How can I improve this in future versions? Did I make any mistakes? Is there anything I’m missing that’s important to include? Let me know!

Version History

  • V1.2 (2021-08-04): More verbs, more details, and minor corrections/clarifications.

Want more Serbian language charts? Check out my definitive chart of grammar rules for Serbian cases.

7 thoughts on “Learning Serbian: The Definitive Chart of Serbian Verbs πŸ‡·πŸ‡Έ”

  1. Reddit
    Great chart!

    Damn, when you look like this, Serbian is really difficult language to learn. Kudos to you for your effort. I will “steal” this so my wife can make some improvements in her tackling Serbian.

  2. Reddit
    It is an excellent chart! Just one suggestion: for the Past Tense of the verbs that end with -Δ‡i, you have verbs like peΔ‡i (to bake) where the forms are pekao, pekla, peklo or reΔ‡i (say) – rekao, rekla, reklo. So, -Δ‡- from the infinitive can be transformed into -k- also. There is no easy explanation for this, but in Serbian language we make the past tense using the verb to be (jesam – sam, si, je…) and another verb form (radni glagolski pridev – I am sorry, I don’t know how to say this in English): ja sam radio, ja sam iΕ‘la, oni su pekli. And sorry if you knew this already and you just didn’t include it because it makes things a little more complicated.

    […] The truth is – it is not simple for someone who didn’t grow up with that. I am sure that someone with more experience than me will explain that to you better.

    Nevertheless, Serbian is beautifull language with lots of grammar and rules, colorful words and meanings, and rich history. So, I hope you are enjoying your learning and I wish you all the best!

    1. @Certain-Actuator1076, this is definitely helpful. Even just within Serbian past tense, though, there are verb forms for past perfect, pluperfect, aorist, active past participle, and passive past participle. So I’ve edited the chart to call out that it covers only past perfect forms.

  3. Reddit
    Damn it… as a native speaker you never get into this way too deep, but it sure looks complicated. Keep up the good work!

  4. Hi Magdalena, thanks! That’s great to hear from a linguist and popular Serbian teacher like yourself. πŸ™‚

    I primarily referenced my own notes I took during classes at the Serbian Language and Culture Workshop in Belgrade. I also used Wiktionary pretty heavily to check verb conjugations. A blog post from Ling App listed common Serbian verbs, and I used that to fill in a few that I didn’t already have listed.

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