Ambassador Nives Malenica shared the good news about HR4EU a website where you can learn Croatian online for free. Since 2012, it is mandatory for applicants of the Croatian citzenship to know the Croatian language, and take the exam the Croatian citizenship exam in Croatian to apply for Croatian citizenship. The portal has 5 levels: basic, intermediate, advanced, Croatian for college students and Croatian for business. However, you don’t obtain a certificate by completing the course, the material included corresponds generally to the A2 level of the Common European Framework for languages, namely the basic level of knowledge of the language. To access the site visit: www.hr4eu.hr
Below the letter from Ambassador Malenica on the subject: “Dear all,
The Embassy of the Republic of Croatia in Chile is pleased to inform the Croatian community in the countries covered (Chile, Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru) that we have just received news from Croatia regarding the creation of a portal for Croatian language learning that is completely free of charge.
The portal, HR4EU, was developed by linguists and Croatian scholars of the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Zagreb, with funding from the European Social Fund. One of the objectives of the portal, is precisely the promotion of the Croatian language among members of the Croatian diaspora in the world and the idea is for students to acquire knowledge of Croatia in general.
Learning Croatian through the HR4EU portal is accessible through five free courses, of which three are general: Beginner Course (initial level), Intermediate Course (intermediate level) and Advanced Course (Advanced level). In addition, two courses are available for special user groups: Croatian for Business Users (for business users) and Croatian for Students (Croatian for college students). Although a certificate is not obtained by completing the course, the material included corresponds generally to the A2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, i.e. the basic level of knowledge of the language. In addition, courses will be useful for those who are already studying Croatian, as a source of additional material to deepen their training.
Along with the aforementioned courses Croatian language, the HR4EU portal will offer, through nine interactive maps, a range of information about Croatia, its culture, history and gastronomy. Also, practical information related to the stay and studies in Croatia will be offered, which could may be useful to anyone seeking to travel to Croatia, especially students.
The portal content is accessible in Croatian and English and the courses have been developed in English.
However, there is still no Spanish version of HR4EU, and we expect that users who speak the English language will find this portal helpful, while we hope that in the near future this great project will expand and consider a version in Spanish, which would be extremely important for the Croatian communities in Latin America.
For further information, please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hoping this news have a great interest to all who wish to know more about Croatia, and especially for those who want to learn the language of their ancestors.
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