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How To Say ‘How Are You?’ In Serbian & Common Responses

In this post, you will learn how to say ‘how are you?’ in Serbian. You’ll also learn common responses so you can respond if you’re asked this question. This can be really useful if you’re speaking with someone from Serbia or if you’re travelling there. 

Serbian is a version of the Serbo-Croatian language used mainly in Serbia. It is the official language of Serbia, one of the official languages of Bosnia & Herzegovina and also a co-official language in Montenegro. 

There are approximately 12 million speakers of Serbian. 

Serbian is mutually intelligible with both Bosnian and Croatian.

How To Say ‘How Are You?’ In Serbian

There are a few different ways to ask ‘how are you?’. Here are the most common:

In formal situations, such as with people you don’t know, you can say:

How are you?Како сте?Kako ste?

In more informal situations, you can say:

How are you?како си?Kako si?
What’s up?шта има?Šta ima?

How To Respond To ‘How Are You?’ In Serbian

There are many different ways that you can reply to this question. Below are the most common responses to this question. I’ve also included how to say ‘thank you’ as it’s polite to thank someone if they ask how you are.

Thank youхвалаHvala
I’m fine/ I’m goodДобро самDobro sam
I’m sick (male speaker)Болестан самBolestan sam
I’m sick (female speaker)Болесна самBolesna sam
I’m happyсрећан самSrechan sam
I’m sadтужан самTuzhan sam
I’m not goodнисам добарNisam dobar
I’m tiredУморан самUmoran sam

It’s also useful to know how to say ‘and you?’ or ‘what about you?’ to find out how someone else is if they ask you.

And you? (informal)А ти?A ti?
And you? (formal)A Ви?A vi?

Check out the below video to hear the pronunciation of some of these phrases. This is a super long video so skip to 39:15 to hear ‘how are you?’ and responses:

Example Conversation:

Person 1: Kako si? (How are you?)

Person 2: Dobro sam, hvala. A ti? (I’m good, thank you. And you?)

Person 1: Dobro sam. (I’m good)

Thanks for reading this post. 

You should now know how to say ‘how are you?’ in Serbia and you should also be able to respond if you’re asked! 

You can’t go wrong with these simple phrases.

Increase your vocabulary further by learning how to wish someone a happy birthday in Serbian.