Croatian Pronunciation

A Few Words About Croatian Pronunciation

Croatian words are pronounced exactly how they are spelt. This may not be such great advice to those who are having trouble reading Croatian but it is just a reminder that all letters and syllables in words are pronounced and there are no silent letters (unlike in English!).

As a general rule of thumb, Croatian vowels are short.

There is no q, w, x or y in the Croatian alphabet.

Croatian Pronunciation of Letters

Letter

c

č (hard)

ć (soft)

đ

g

h

j

lj

nj

r

š

ž

a

e

i

o

u

Pronunciation

like ts in lets

like ch in church

like ch in cheese

similar to J in June

like j in jam

like g in game

like h in ham

like y in yacht

like l in lure

like the Spanish ñ

trilled

like sh in sheep

like s in measure

like a in sofa

like e in met

like ee in feet

like o in dog

like oo in boot

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