Verbs describe movement or action. You’ll need them whenever you want to talk about what you, somebody or something else does, did or wants to do. Essential stuff. Memorize the verbs below and you’ll be well equipped for most basic Serbian conversations.

This lesson is part of the chapter “Learning Serbian“.

Basic Words & Phrases: Verbs

Important verbs

EnglishSerbianSerbian
(Romanization)
Pronunciation
(Audio)
(to) be
бити
biti
(to) have
имати
imati
(to) do / (to) make
радити
правити
raditi
praviti

can / (to) know how to
моћи
знати
moći
znati

(to) know (how)
знати (како)
znati (kako)
(to) know / (to) be acquainted with
знати
познавати
znati
poznavati

(to) understand
разумети
razumeti
(to) speak / (to) talk
причати
говорити
pričati
govoriti

(to) listen to
слушати
slušati
(to) hear
чути
čuti
(to) see
видети
videti
(to) feel
осетити
osetiti
(to) live
живети
živeti
(to) want
хтети
жeлети
hteti
želeti

(to) need
требати
trebati
(to) like
свиђати се
sviđati se
(to) love
волети
voleti
(to) give
дати
давати
dati
davati

(to) take
узети
узимати
uzeti
uzimati

(to) play
играти (се)
свирати
igrati (se)
svirati

(to) laugh
смејати се
smejati se
(to) come
доћи
стићи
doći
stići

(to) go
ићи
ići
(to) go by […] (e.g. by car)
путовати
pratiti
(to) write
писати
pisati
(to) read
читати
čitati
(to) count
бројати
brojati
(to) pronounce
изговорити
izgovoriti
(to) spell
спеловати
spelovati
(to) conjugate
конјугирати
konjugirati
(to) remember
сетити се
запамтити
setiti se
zapamtiti

(to) forget
заборавити
zaboraviti
(to) eat
јести
jesti
(to) try
покушати
пробати
pokušati
probati

(to) use
користити
употребити
koristiti
upotrebiti

(to) open
отворити
otvoriti
(to) close
затворити
zatvoriti
(to) greet / (to) welcome
поздравити
пожелети добродошлицу
pozdraviti
poželeti dobrodošlicu

(to) begin
почети
početi
(to) end
завршити
završiti

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