HR4EU website to learn Croatian online for free

HR4EU Portal to learn Croatian online for free
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.

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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: hr4eu@ffzg.hr

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.

Kind regards,
Nives Malenica
Ambassador
Croatian Embassy
Veleposlanstvo Republike Hrvatske or Santiagu
Ezequias Allende 2370, Providencia – Santiago, Chile “. Note: Alejandra Pavisich. Images: HR4EU “
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Meeting of the South American Croatian diaspora, April 28-30, 2016 in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia

During a Croatian community dinner last December 2015, the “Meeting of the South American Croatian diaspora 2016” event was presented. This meeting will take place in the city of Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, from April 28 to 30th, 2016 was discussed by the organizing committee chaired by Eng. Robert Jakubek, Honorary Consul of the Republic of Croatia in Santa Cruz Sierra, Bolivia, as well as Eng. Jorge Kuljis and Mr. Tomislav Kuljis, BSc who are in the organizing committee. The event will focus on three areas: socio-political area of the Croatian diaspora, Croatian culture and a business roundtable. The meeting has the support of the Croatian Embassy in Chile headed by Ambassador Nives Malenica, as well as the State Office for Croats outside Croatia based in Zagreb, Croatia chaired by Ms. Darija Krsticevic. Below is the official invitation, meeting program and the address of the website where you can find additional information about the event in English and online registration form. Additionally, committees will be formed to support this event in which the participation of people from the Croatian community in Santa Cruz, Bolivia is requested.

“Dear friends of the Croatian diaspora,

According to plan at our last meeting in Lima in September 2015, we are inviting all of you to our next meeting.

“MEETING OF THE SOUTH AMERICAN CROATIAN DIASPORA 2016” 
Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia –  April 28 – 30, 2016

With your help and participation we are sure that our next meeting of the Croatian Diaspora will reach the memorable success of previous meetings we’ve had, including such as the historic meeting of the binational Chambers Croats of South America, held in June 1996 in Buenos Aires, Argentina when we experienced a lot of happines as members of the Republic of Croatia, which was then a brand new free and sovereign state. This has been followed by other meetings such as the one held recently in Lima, Peru where we shared a lively and unforgettable encounter similar to annual meetings that have also taken place in Chile, and Paraguay.

Looking forward to our meeting in April that is aimed at a larger number of people, the official program is organized around work on three areas: socio-political area of the Croatian diaspora, the Croatian culture and a Business Roundtable. More details can be found on the program below.

We have the support of the Croatian Embassy in Chile and I am sure we will also get the support ofthe embassies of the Republic of Croatia in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Brasilia, Brasil as well as the State Office for Croats outside Croatia and its director, our friend, Ms. Darija Krstičević.

We expect to host in the Business Roundtable businessmen and businesswomen, entrepreneurs and companies of Croatian capital from South America and Croatia, as well as local businesses that could be interested in the participating entrepreneurs.

To conclude this invitation we wish to inform you that our committees are waiting for your inquiries. Various details, accommodation options, alternative travel options, as well as the program of international baroque music that will take place in Santa Cruz at same time develops, can be found on our website:

Lodging and accomodations with corporate discounts

It is worth noting that the city of Santa Cruz de la Sierra is at 400 meters above sea level. Santa Cruz de la Sierra is located in the center of South America, in an area with abundant tropical vegetation, at the start of the Amazon basin. The city of about 2 million people has daily connections to most capitals in South America. Currently, Santa Cruz is the largest development center and gateway for business in Bolivia.

Dear Friends, we hope to address the causes that unite us and enjoy this time to share and know about each other.

Jakubek Robert F.
Organizing Committee
“MEETING OF CROATIAN DIASPORA SUDAMERICANA 2016”

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“MEETING OF THE SOUTH AMERICAN CROATIAN DIASPORA 2016”
Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia – 28th  to  30th April 30, 2016
PLACE: Congressional Center “Inegas” Av. Bush before reaching the 3rd ring

MEETING  SCHEDULE
Thursday, April 28:
19:30 Welcome reception and dinner for visitors from other countries and guests.
Friday, April 29:
8:30 to 9:00 Presentation of credentials.
9:00 to 9:45 Welcome and opening remarks.
9:45 to 10:20 Economic overview of Bolivia and other countries of the South American continent.
10:20 Joint photos.
10:20 to 11:00 Break (coffee and soft drinks).
11:00 to 12:30 Presentation of the representatives of the delegations of the countries attending the meeting.
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch (in the congressional center).
14:30 to 18:00  Separate work groups by thematic areas:

1. socio-political problems of the Croatian diaspora.

2. Croatian Culture and the teaching of the Croatian language.
3. Business Roundtable.
20:30-23:00 Official dinner in honor of the guests, with artistic presentations with the  two attending Croatian diaspora folk groups .

Saturday, April 30:
Congressional center “Inegas” Av. Bush
9:00 to 10:30 Continuation of work in separate groups and elaboration of conclusions:
1. Problematic political partner of the Croatian diaspora.
2. Croatian Croatian Culture and language teaching.
3. Business Roundtable.
10:30 to 11:00 Break (coffee and soft drinks).
11:00 to 12:00 Closing ceremony: 1. Exhibition of the conclusions of each working group. 2. Proposal and approval of the final document with conclusions and statement for the media.
12:30 hours the congressional Center Transfer to lunch site.
13:00 to 17:00 Farewell lunch (rural environment).
After: Free.

VOLUNTEER COMMITTEES OF SANTA CRUZ BOLIVIA:
General coordination and protocol
Business conference
Culture and Youth
Reception, Lodging and Transportation
Information Center
Medical emergencies
Attention to visitors

Article by: Alejandra Pavisich. Source: http://diasporacroata.com