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