“I just love learning languages, for me it is like different types of music,” commented Samatha Becker from South Africa after a Croatian language course at the Europe House in Dubrovnik.
And Samatha wasn’t alone at the language course; she was joined by a young couple from Australia, Luke Zhang and Shifra Joseph, who also sang the praises of the course.
Getting to grips with the basics
Europe House Dubrovnik is located at Nikola Tesla Street 9 which is in the Batala suburb of Dubrovnik. It is easy to reach and there are plenty of buses that stop almost directly outside of the offices. The Croatian language mini-courses run every day from 2.00pm to 6.00pm, from Monday to Friday, up until the 15th of September, and the courses are free of charge.
The course lasts for two hours which is more than enough to give you a good basic understanding of the language. At least you’ll be able to ask your waiter a few questions and meet and greet people. “I think what I have learnt today will be very useful to at least establish an initial rapport and then I will flip into English. But at least I won’t go straight into English,” explained Shifra with a smile.
Easy to find the offices on Nikola Tesla Street
These courses are aimed at visitors to the city and as the President of Europe House Dubrovnik, Adriana Kremenjaš Daničič, explained “Croatia is a small country and in comparison with the world's largest languages, the very few people speak Croatian. That is why we do not expect our visitors to know our language. But everywhere in the world, even in Croatia, people are delighted when foreigners try and speak their language.”
And they seem to be working well. Luke from Australia added that when asked how difficult it had been to learn Croatian answered “It has been really fun, our teacher Barbara was excellent. It will take me a while to get the hang of the language but this course has certainly helped.”
Mini-course proving popular
Europe House Dubrovnik (EHD) is very active in the Dubrovnik community. Europe House Dubrovnik (EHD) was founded in March 1995 as a non-profit, non-party and non-governmental association. The Statute was signed by the representatives of 24 legal entities from various parts of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County. The founding goals were to affirm the concept of European unification, to inform Croatian citizens, especially young people, on the progress of European integration, to foster their understanding, tolerance and dialogue with the citizens of other states, and to promote Croatia through cooperation with foreign governmental and non-governmental organizations.
And apart from the Croatian mini-course that are currently being held in the Europe House Dubrovnik the organisation also organizes educational workshops, lectures, exhibitions, round tables, media campaigns, celebrations for Europe Day, international seminars and conferences. Besides releasing its own publications, EHD also collects and distributes publications on various aspects of European integration, in several European languages. The activities are mostly youth-oriented, so that most of the associates are young people. After Croatia's EU-accession in 2013, Europe House Dubrovnik became part of the European Commission's network Europe Direct as a host of the Europe Direct Dubrovnik Information Centre
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