Hvar – Zagorje Forests

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January 7, 2023 – Croatian is a smart language however it’s the Croatian dialects that can kill you. What number of of you may perceive these dialect specialists from Hvar and a forest in Zagorje?

In response to my YouTube video a number of weeks in the past, I nonetheless argue that Croatian is a logical language, however these je*eni dialects…

It has been virtually a decade since Professor Frank John Dubokovich, Protector of the Hvar Dialects, hit the web along with his iconic Dalmatian Grunt. The professor’s continued area of interest sequence on Hvar dialects has introduced him (largely younger, enticing, and feminine) a cult following of loyal followers. However the energy of his message impressed others.

Grgo Petrov, so caught up within the Professor’s Dalmatian Grunt, modified his college course and continued to dedicate himself to capturing Croatian dialects all around the nation, and in addition diversified numerous dialect concepts and dialects. Providers. Beneath is a little more about Grgo’s (fairly extraordinary) polish efforts, however here is the e-mail the Professor despatched me years in the past to elucidate how he modified his life.

Good day Paul!

We’ve not met in individual, however you have had an enormous affect on me and what I have been doing over the previous few years. It took me a very long time to lastly contact you haha.

I wish to thanks for the Hvar Dialect Classes that you just began posting on YouTube 5-6 years in the past. Identical to my different mates in Zagreb and the area, I used to be in shock. It was tremendous enjoyable but additionally academic. It received me pondering (and the remainder of us) about how our genuine native heritage was being destroyed. Common consciousness of this native universe that we’ve got all through Croatia.

What occurred subsequent is that I began recording “Marija Bistrica’s kajkavski lectures” on YouTube in my native mom tongue… lastly, together with my Masters mission, I spent most of my College preserving and selling native dialects and values. Croatia.

I graduated as a visible communications designer, so I wrote and illustrated a fairy story within the Kajkavski type, then posters and movie books for kids. Then I began recording different individuals on the shore. Simply final yr I spent two weeks on the island of Dugi Otok recording the tales and dialects of the native individuals. The mission began to attach native individuals throughout Croatia by elevating consciousness. Colleges and fogeys are calling me for shows… it is loopy.

And it began after I noticed the primary “Hvar Dialect Lesson” you despatched.

Cheers from Zagreb!

You may take a look at a few of Grgo’s polish movies on his channel above – they’re wonderful.

We each considered the unthinkable – how about bringing the Professor to Zagreb to fulfill with Grgo, maybe for a non-public lesson with considered one of Grgo’s personal dialect specialists? Somebody like the beautiful Martina that Grgo actually found whereas residing in a forest (okay, a village within the forest) in Zagorje.

The result’s under – I actually marvel what number of Croatians can perceive the dialects spoken by Martina and the Professor.

You may see the remainder of the Professor’s iconic language sequence at: custom TCN YouTube playlist.

And now a little bit bit about Grgo and his initiatives. If you wish to cooperate with him, you may attain him by way of his contact data. graphic design site.

Documented short interviews of Čakavski and Kajkavski dialectson the coast, on the islands and in Zagorje…largely I’d ask normal questions, they’d reply) … I’d analysis the native dialect, speak to linguists and native fanatics, and it will join me with attention-grabbing native audio system… I strap the digicam to my backpack and we’re on our manner!

Imbra Houstovnjak – kajkavski fantasy book and College of Design, a most important mission at ZG … the ebook I hope to publish bilingual this yr… the unique PDF is able to learn. The intention was to present the Kaj-Croats a narrative of their mom tongue because it was not the identical, and to attach the areas in a manner that every one might perceive regardless of the variations. (I obtained constructive suggestions from a number of colleges in Zagorje that the youngsters loved studying)

Imbra Hustovnjak across Croatia (similar story in numerous dialect)

Imbra Hustovnjak Animated Audiobook (first half) – A 5-minute video on YouTube with textual content, photos and narration by Martina Premor (woman with Šumski dijalekt)

Priča o jednom Cashew (Kaj’s story) – illustrated Educational picture book about the history and use of the Kajkavski language in Northern Croatia. Teamwork with Croatian linguist Bojana Schubert from Ludbreg – authorized by the Ministry of Schooling for major colleges. It was printed final yr.

Croatian local identity with original souvenirs – widespread merchandise illustrated and designed With the assistance of the local people, some native Zagreb, Kajkavski and Čakavski idioms… the webshop and the entire mission are partially hidden (engaged on the packaging and discovering native outlets) as it’s slowly creating within the background.

Moj prvi abecedar – the first Kajkavski illustrated alphabet for children with words from various dialects. Scholar mission. Additionally on the road of financing hahaha (however Imbra Hustovnjak is a precedence)


What’s it wish to dwell in Croatia? You may observe my 20 years expatriate sequence, 20 Ways Croatia Changed Me in 20 Yearsbeginning over – Business and Dalmatia.

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