Croatian Etiquette: Proper Behavior and Manners

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Croatian people are very friendly. When you meet someone who is Croatian for the first time, you shake hands with him or her and look them in the eye. When you become friends with them, you can kiss girls quickly on each cheek one time, or hug boys and pat them on the back.

The Croatian people like to spend time together. They go to each other houses and have dinners together. They talk a lot while they’re eating. Usually, they are making jokes and talking very loudly.

Croatian people like playing cards. Popular games are called “briškula”, “trešet”, or “bela”.

Sometimes, they will even sing traditional songs.

When you want to talk to someone you don’t know well, you call them “Gospođice” (Miss), or “Gospođo” (Mrs.) and their last name. Mr. is “Gospodine” and his last name, for example, Gospodine Jones.

When you leave, you can say “Zbogom” which means goodbye. See you later is “doviđenja”. Some people even say “Ciao”, like Italians.

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