Yes, today I'm going to be answering some questions some frequently asked questions about the Serbian languagelearning process.
So to begin I want to just thank everybody who asked questions across the social media platforms.
Big shoutout to you.
I'm going to shout you out here in this video.
It's a beautiful thing to see the community of Serbianlanguage learners grow and I want to see it continue to grow because we are doingsomething that is incredibly valuable.
It's going to be a great journey for youand I'm so excited and motivated to help motivate you to learn more about theSerbian language.
So let's go ahead and get started with our first couple ofquestions that reached out to me across Instagram and Facebook, on YouTube andemail.
Question number one comes from Shelly from the USA and her question is:"How long does it take to become proficient in Serbian language?" There'snot really like a canned answer Shelly and a huge shout out to you.
Thank you so much for the question and thanks for tuning into the broadcast.
I have a fewthings to kind of consider.
One it depends upon what your definition ofproficiency is.
I'm going to go into what I think it should be.
And the secondthing, it depends on what you are doing.
And so I define proficiency to beginwith as being able to converse and communicate and a pretty effective andin a smooth manner in the language.
If you are proficient it means you're able to navigate across the tenses with relative ease.
It doesn't mean that you'vemastered every single aspect of the grammar.
It just means that you canlisten to and contribute to conversations and do so in a way where you can be somewhat relaxed and somewhat fluid in your ability to navigate acrossthe tenses and that does require a little bit of time and effort.
But I wantto go and answer your question more directly.
So again, if you don't have aresource, for those of you out there and you're like: "Oh I'm gonna justlearn a word.
I'm gonna learn a phrase.
If I learn enough of those, I'm gonna speak Serbian.
" Nah! It's not gonna happen! It's not gonna happen! It would take you and eternity to learn Serbian if that's the case.
And since none of us have eternityyou would die before you ever learned Serbian.
So the biggest thing I can sayis you need to get a resource.
And obviously, as a contributing member of the Serbian Language Podcast, I am going to advocate for utilizing SLP (Serbian Language Podcast) because it's a resource that hasassembled everything that you need to be successful in your journey.
But if youdon't like that resource and you have another resource go for that but justfind any resource that works for you and stick with it.
A dynamic resource isgonna do the following things for you: It's going to teach you how to read andwrite and get you literate in the language It's going to teach you how toproduce the correct sounds, set your pronunciation is on point.
It's going toexpose you to the structure of the language and help you understand the grammar and it's gonna also help you understand the "WHY" behind the grammar.
so it's going to break down the "WHY" behind the "WHAT".
It's also going to be acommunity where you can engage with and share with and learn from others.
Andit's also going to have multiple means by which you can practice yourgrammatical proficiency as well as access to reading and listening topodcasts and things of this manner.
They give you a holistic understanding of the language because a language, especially like Serbian is incredibly layered so you need a resource that's going to provide you with all the differentlayers that you need to achieve your goal of proficiency.
So if you have thatresource and you're making use of it by creating a study plan, you're knowingwhich days of the week (preferably at least five days a week for 20 minutes).
And you hear that and go: "Omg! Five days a week, 20 minutes!" That's nothing.
You knowhow much time we waste? We waste so much time.
If you're serious about your goal youcan dedicate 20 minutes five days a week and take a day or two off if you'd liketo.
If you want to go hardcore and go seven days a week I'm right there withyou.
Okay, but you have to have the resource and then you have to use it.
Andbuild out your study plan and calendar it out and don't leave it to chance.
If you're doing that then you can expect to see some pretty big results in four to six months.
Everybody learns differently.
For thoseof you who have learned a second language already the process is going tobe expedited because you know this process very well.
I benefit from that.
I'm a Serbian language learner, yes.
Also I have proficiency in Spanish and inPortuguese and so coming into Serbian I could really understand grammaticallyalso that's how the language fits in.
And I begin to be the language as a mathproblem because language is where math meets music, right.
If you don't have the experience of learning the second language and this is your first time I would say expect it to take a little bitlonger.
And that's okay.
Because your mind is having to make so many incredibleadjustments and you have to give it the time, right, give it the space, and makethe investment so your brain can then work for you and synthesize what you'relearning.
So don't focus on your end goal, focus on the journey and falling in lovewith the process.
Because once you do that the rest is going to follow.
But Iwould say about four months after your start date you're going to begin to seesome serious results.
If you have a great resource and you have a great study planto go along with it.
And I hope that answers your question and thank youShelly.
Question number 2 comes from Christina from Australia and shout outto you.
Thanks for this question and here is Christina's question: "Are there anyshortcuts to learning declensions?" I see you.
"No!" that's the answer.
There's not really a shortcut for learning the declensions.
And you shouldn't hear thatand balk at it and go: "Omg!" You should actually be excited.
There's noshortcuts to declensions because it is a foundational base of the language.
People focus too much on the "WHAT" and not enough on the "WHY".
All declensions are designed to do is to help you navigate and filter through yourspecific meanings.
That's all it's designed to do.
The 7 cases are means by which the meanings are filtered.
It is beautiful.
When I first heard aboutdeclensions I was like blown away.
But now as I begin to study it through Serbian Language Podcast which has broken this down in a dynamic fashion.
So if you havenot seen the declension breakdowns on Serbian Language Podcasts you watch out! Because it is tremendous.
Ok! But suffice to say, that there's not really going to be a shortcut but you're going to have to internalize the "WHY" behind each ofthe 7 cases.
And here's a Pro tip for you, Christina – Do not try to learn declensions in isolation.
And also don't try to learn them out of order.
I've seen people say: I'm studying 6th case now.
Next week I'm gonna go to the 2nd case and after that I'm gonna go to the 7th case".
So don't do this.
Learn them in order.
Right? Makeit orderly in your mind first.
Also practice using declensions in Englishand by that here's what I mean: so if I wanted to say "I want to watch this film",what case should the word "film" be in? Na na na.
Classic! It should be in 4th case.
Why?Because the 4th case answers the question "WHAT?" What I want to watch – "this film".
So "this film" needs to be in 4th case.
So just do drills like that inyour mind so that you're actually utilizing it in English first before youthen try to make the adjustment into Serbian.
That's gonna save you a lot oftime and help you internalize the "WHY".
We have time for one morequestion for today's broadcast.
And I do want to ask it and the question iscoming from Sara.
This is a longer question so I'm going to actually read Sara's question.
Sara's from Canada.
Sara thank you so much for your question andhere's what Sarah's question is.
She says "My boyfriend is Serbian and speaksEnglish fluently.
He would like me to learn Serbian but do I really need tosince he's already fluent English?" That is a great question!Here's what I would say to that Sara: Number one – he's trying to tell yousomething.
Okay! If he wants you to learn Serbian it's because he can probablyenvision you speaking to his parents into his family ah the subtleties thesubtleties yes because remember everybody doesn't speak English inSerbia a lot of people do a lot of people do and they speak it beautifullybut a lot of the older generation may not have advanced proficiency in Englishand so if you can speak Serbian you can communicate with your boyfriend's familyand who knows perhaps one day he might even become your husband and whywouldn't you want to speak your husband's language right he is yourboyfriend right now I get that you guys are feeling it out it's all goodbut I would highly recommend you consider what he's trying to explain toyou and that's his level of seriousness perhaps behind you guys's relationshiphe probably wouldn't want you to in serbian if he didn't think you guysare going to be together for some time but at the end of the day you can't getworld-class or dynamic and anything that you personally are not passionate aboutso where does your passion lie are you interested in learning serbianif so perhaps it could compliment you guys's relationship but I wouldn't wantto to pressure you into doing anything that you wanted to do but I would HIGHLYencourage you to consider it because as someone who's married to Serbian woman Ithink it is a beautiful thing to be able to communicate and talk to her familyand also to converse with her in our own language remember the language our firstlanguage is typically the language that were going to dream in and how specialit is when you can speak to your significant other in the language oftheir dreams so I would highly encourage you to consider that thank you guys allso much for your wonderful questions we have so many more questions I'm going toget to those in future Q&A broadcasts this was the first one and more to comeplease let me know what you think in the comments was this helpful for you giveus a big thumbs up if it was and please subscribe to the channel and join us onthis Serbian language learning journey shout out to all of you and I can't waitto read your comments and any questions that you might have that I could answershout out to all of you see in future broadcasts you you.