Word for the Travel Wise (03/25/06)

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to the Embassy of Serbia and Montenegro in
Washington D.C., the country will be honoring the famous href="http://www.tesla-museum.org/meni_en/nt.php?link=tesla/t&opc=sub1">Nikola Tesla, electrical engineer and
inventor of Serbian origin in making 2006 Year of the Nikola Tesla. One of his greatest scientific contributions was
the rotating magnetic field and of the complete system of production and distribution of electrical energy (motors,
generators) based on the use of alternate currents. Today the high-voltage coreless transformer also constructed by
Nikola Tesla is known as the "Tesla Coil." Science is by no means my field of expertise, but the lives of men
who do great things certainly fascinates me. If you find yourself headed to Serbia this year to check out the href="http://www.tesla-museum.org/meni_en/nt.php?link=tesla/t&opc=sub1">Tesla Museum you may want to know some
Serbian. Just a tad.

Today’s word is a Serbian
word used in Serbia and Montenegro:
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meaning
Welcome!

I can only imagine seeing this word somewhere in the airport when arriving, not to mention
various other places in the country which makes it quite appropriate for today’s selection. You can click here or on the
word above to go to BBC to hear audio on the
word
. For the most part Serbian is spoken by Serbs everywhere and is apart of the Stokavian dialect (former
standard of the Serbo-Croatian language). Serbian School online is
completely free and a great place to start for those interested in learning. While their services are free they do ask
for PayPal donations which I suggest giving whatever you can if you planning on using their guides. Bookmark the site
and check back daily for their word of the day or refresh to learn a few in one day. Join the href="http://www.srpskijezik.edu.yu/">Serbia Language and Culture Workshop during summer for intensive sessions
with other like-minded foreigners. As usual Lonely Planet has the nifty href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/1864502274/026-9911956-7830046">pocket-sized phrasebooks to help you
along the way in Eastern Europe. This
particular guide
has small sections devoted to a number of languages in the region.