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How I Learned One of the Most Difficult Languages in the World, the Croatian Language

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Many of you may have read about DDE, but here is another surprise for you. Most of my fans know about how I learned one of the most difficult languages in the world, the Croatian language.

At that time, my son was very young and did not understand the reasons for us leaving South Africa. My heart felt like it was ripped off, the pain was just too much. I had no idea when I would return home and what to expect from my new place.

I had no choice, we had to get out of there!

The increase in rape cases and other criminal acts had put my mind in danger on numerous occasions. Leaving was our only option, as many other South Africans did in the past. On our arrival, we were fetched by a family member, and we travelLed another forty kilometres to our destination.

At that time, it seemed like it would not end.

After travelling for a week all we needed was to freshen up and go to sleep. It was after ten at night when we got to the family home, they were about to have supper, So, we sat munching on something small.

After the brief introduction, everybody was chatting, and my son and I were on our own. I had not spoken the Croatian language, but I was familiar with ''volim te,'' meaning ''I love you.''

Our first night changed like a light switch to light to dark, the previous Sunday we were in South Africa and the Sunday after we were in Croatia. Since then everything has changed from my life.

The next morning was fresh and different in the countryside, the family only spoke in the Croatian language to us. We looked at them with blank stares and did not know what to answer back.

To get us to speak the language right away, the locals tried to pressure us into speaking a language we had not spoken before that made me feel frustrated. They were hard on us, we had to handle the situation on our own.

Those who spoke English did not speak a word with us. A foreign language as difficult as this one is, the changes in grammar are difficult to grasp and much harder to understand.

For example:

When speaking of him or her. In the English language regarding him and her it is straightforward and well understood but not same in the Croatian language.

The names of female and male persons also have a change to the text. The many words with one meaning and of the older used words in each region have different pronunciations.

I often sat with several people in a room and never said a word. My speechless moments made me stronger. I felt it was unfair to us for them not speaking English when we really needed them to.

If it were vice versa, I would have been more helpful in communication. The mentality is different here, so thoughts like that are meaningless. The life we had disappeared fast, living in a foreign country, and not having any knowledge of the language was our own fault.

My son attended the village school during the first week, and that was a good start, he had an opportunity to mingle with other children, and it was for the benefit of both of us.

With the help of my son, I understood the Croatian language in two weeks. Though still, I had problems communicating with the local people. I gradually spoke and found my way to do that.

I decided to spend the time on my own and to not visit any of the family and just focused on my life. There was not any time for my husband to translate; he worked most of the time, and during conversations, he could not translate either.

While talking and translating was not possible. I used to watch other foreign movies, and follow the Croatian subtitles, that helped me tremendously.

After my son attended the primary school meeting up with people was not much of a problem. He often helped me out with the translation. After almost three years I went back to South Africa for a two-month vacation.

My trip made me see things from a different perspective. To go back home and know the true meaning of Croatia. While going into my third year in Croatia I bought a pocket dictionary, that was right after my trip back from South Africa it was my own decision.

The Croatian to English Dictionary and English to Croatian did make a huge difference to me and to learning on my own. We were pressured by the local people to speak the language from day one.

The local people did not understand my points of view and mentioned what they felt was right. Assuming if we spoke the language at home it would be easier.

I would not let that happen and did not want that to be. For me, it was about keeping my identity not about losing my identity. I did not want that for my child and me. It was up to us how we were going to cope with the language.

Listening to others was not how I wanted to go about my new life in Croatia. The pressure they put on us and the way they expected us to fall into a life we barely knew made me the unhappiest for a while. The many changes were more than enough to handle.

The third year, I moved forward and started on my own to mingle with the local people and speaking the Croatian language felt like a breeze. It happened in my own time, and I can speak the language fluently.

I understand their mentality more now than before. She guided me along for all those years with someone that I can always count on. A friend that has been living in Croatia for more years than I have and who knows the roots of this beautiful place.

My son is in college and had passed his difficult schooling years in the best way he could with very good grades. From a Cambridge college to a foreign school, and an A+ student that I never pressured into learning.

Understanding a foreign language is easy, but speaking is most difficult. Apart from my health, freedom and happiness are very important to me. The photos are of the view of and around my home. Life changed. I coped with the challenges in a positive attitude.

Photos of My Special Surroundings

A  view from my house over looking the mountain

A view from my house over looking the mountain

 A mountain  not far from my home

A mountain not far from my home

Our beautiful countryside.

Our beautiful countryside.

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© 2013 Devika Primić

Comments

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on May 10, 2016:

Hello Hari My move to another country showed me how to appreciate the little things in life. An encouraging comment. Thank you kindly.

Hari Prasad S from Bangalore on May 08, 2016:

Dde,

I really liked your story. It is really inspiriting how you dealt with the change. Though moving out of home town might have been a relief initially considering the prevalent conditions, but every new environment gives a excellent challenge. You have really been able to win over both the situations and learning a language is one of most challenging for sure. Congrats. Thanks for the hub too.

- hari

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on November 15, 2014:

Goga Bond All my best to you!

Goga Bond from Baku Azerbaijan on November 14, 2014:

Thanks for the answer....

It is more eassier if you live in the country of the language ....Unfortunately we now live in the third country and trying to learn Russian...but one day we will come back to live in Croatia, Slavonija county....All the best and enjoy beautiful Seaside...;-)

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on November 14, 2014:

Hi Goga Bond, I understand what that must be like. I have come a long way 12 years in Croatia and I am now speaking almost fluently. Everyone around me understands the way I speak so it is much better to communicate if required. Thank you for stopping by and sharing your experience.

Goga Bond from Baku Azerbaijan on November 14, 2014:

Im Croatian and I know how dificult the language is.

My husband is british and he have some difficulties as well but he learned enough to have conversation and undersand what are peuple talking about.. I aways tell him not to be worry about the grammar...As long they understand what you mean who really cares?

Ps: the subtitles on the Tv help him al lot a s well

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on November 13, 2014:

Pamela Kinnaird W I learned and still am learning and prooved to myself that I can do it the way I chose to do so. Thank you kindly for sharing such a thoughtful comment I appreciate you stopping by

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on November 13, 2014:

Hi RoadMonkey, I found the way that was most easiest so true of that thank you for commenting.

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on November 13, 2014:

Hi Marie Flint, thank you for sharing your experiences here of language learning. It is an interesting skill.

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on November 13, 2014:

word55 Thank you very much

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on November 13, 2014:

Hello suzettenaples, so kind of you to stop by here. I learned a difficult language and have cope with living around some difficult people but I go with the flow. I enjoy my daily activities and am blessed with love. I am really glad to have asked you to write a review about my achievements. You are amazing! Learning anew language and a new culture has taught me to be that strong person always.Great to have read your comment thank you.

Pamela Dapples from Arizona now on November 13, 2014:

I too applaud you for tackling such a difficult challenge -- and succeeding. And I am happy for you that you are in a place where you now feel at home -- safe and comfortable.

RoadMonkey on November 12, 2014:

Well done for learning a new language. It's not easy but you have persevered and found the way that suits you best.

Marie Flint from Jacksonville, FL USA on November 12, 2014:

I idolize linguistics. Latin is pretty tough, especially when so few people today use the language. My maternal grandmother spoke Hungarian fluently, so I guess I have my work cut out if I want to learn the ancestral tongue. German came fairly easily in college, perhaps because I have some German heritage as well. I agree that total immersion is the way to go; however, I'm also checking the Pimsleur programs, that supposedly use native speakers and claim efficient learning with only a half-hour daily effort. Since I don't travel much, language learning is purely a mental challenge. And, who knows, maybe someday I'll actually be able to use the skill. Spanish is high in demand for most of the southern U.S.

Al Wordlaw from Chicago on November 12, 2014:

Hi Devika, this was very inspiring! I'm glad you are experiencing and enjoying your new life. Continue being blessed!

Suzette Walker from Taos, NM on November 12, 2014:

Devika: What a wonderful article. I can see why you left S. Africa and I am sure you have more peace of mind now. It is a struggle to learn a new culture and foreign language. Your son, being younger, would learn the language more quickly. Also, total immersion is the best way to learn a language but in the beginning it is difficult. When I visit my relatives in Italy, the speak only Italian to me and it is total immersion for me. Yes, I agree it is easier to understand the language than it is to speak it.

I am a Spanish teacher (retired) and fluent in Spanish and it made it easier for me when I lived in Mexico and Spain. But, when I lived in Germany (I taught high school off a U.S. army base) I did not know the German language. I had to teach during the day (that was in English) but I had to take German lessons in the evening. I had German landlords so I had to learn German. It also is not any easy language to learn. I have heard that Hungarian and Croatian are two of the most difficult languages to learn so I applaud you in your learning of Croatian. I understand how difficult it is to uproot yourself and move to another country and culture, but the growth experienced is amazing. Thanks for sharing your experience with us and congrats to you for making a new life in Croatia.

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on July 29, 2014:

Johna all my best to you in learning the language and I have passed many obstacles to gt this far. I finally speak the language with no hassle. Thank you

Johna on July 28, 2014:

Bok. Ja se zovem Johna. Ja sam iz Amerike ali moj roditelji su iz istre. Ucim hravtski oko 4 godine sada Thank you for your inspiring article. I hope I can speak fluently one day as well. :)

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on May 18, 2014:

Hi Trib so nice to hear to share a part of your experience here Croatia is certainly a beautiful country and very peaceful indeed thank you very much for commenting.

Trib on May 17, 2014:

Dobre dan. Hrvatska is my favorite country. My father was US Army and I am US Navy so I have travelled a lot. I have been all over Croatia, and I must sy you chose a wonderful place and a very difficult language. Hvala.

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on April 21, 2014:

Hi jtrader different mentalities and different cultures challenges in a different perspective I learned that when I came to Croatia thank you for sharing your thoughts here.

jtrader on April 19, 2014:

As you say the mentality is different in many countries. Some people expect that you should just learn their language in minutes. Perseverance helped you to be successful.

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on March 29, 2014:

Maja if you need to know anything more please email me at dprimic@gmail.com you talikng to him in Croatian won't work if he does not want to it will only work if he wants to speak the language.

Maja on March 28, 2014:

My husband is an American and we decided to live in Croatia,problem is well the language. any tips you can give me that will help him learn aside of what i usually hear "ohh just talk to him as much as you can on Croatian and make him watch tv,kick out English ". its really hard on him because hes more of a study and learn tipe of person but im also aware studying tuns of books wont really help him that much... he dosnt know what kind of approach to take when it comes to learning and to be honest neither do i...

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on February 13, 2014:

Thank you

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on February 13, 2014:

JessicaS17 thank you kindly for stopping by

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on February 13, 2014:

RTalloni thank you very much for commenting

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on February 13, 2014:

sweetie1 it certainly is a complicated language but I managed to learn and cope with what I know thank you very much for sharing your thoughts on his hub.

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on February 13, 2014:

sweetie1 it certainly is a complicated language but I managed to learn and cope with what I know thank you very much for sharing your thoughts on his hub.

sweetie1 from India on February 13, 2014:

It looks like a very complicated language. I am sure you must have had lots of more problems then you put them here. Very nicely written hub. voting it up and interesting.

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on November 28, 2013:

Good Morning from Croatia rebeccamealey a lovely sunny day here today with clear skies, thank you for sharing your thoughts here

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on November 28, 2013:

Hi Au fait thank you for another visit my new life changed me in many ways. I appreciate the vote up, awesome, beautiful and the share. I am glad to have you as one of my faithful followers.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on November 27, 2013:

Good for you! My son in law and his family immigrated here aseveral years ago, so I can relate.

C E Clark from North Texas on November 27, 2013:

This is another of my favorites of your articles. I wanted to revisit it because I find it so uplifting. It tells us all of what a courageous person you are and gives us all an example of how to face difficult times and turn them around into something good. Voted up, awesome, beautiful, and will share.

JessicaS17 on November 08, 2013:

Thank you for sharing. This can be very motivating for language learners like myself... I completely agree with the fact that "Understanding a foreign language is easy but speaking it is most difficult" I find myself learning online @easylanguageexchange.com and other sites.

It take a little longer but I'm getting there :)

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on October 01, 2013:

RTalloni so nice of you to share such an interesting comment yes SA has become very dangerous and I can no longer be the safe even if I went back for holiday to my family it is sad to see how change has made Souht Africa, and my new life is treating me very well thanks for a valuable comment

RTalloni on October 01, 2013:

The story of your move and adjustments in Croatia are interesting to read. You've made me want to know more about the land and people there, as well as the history and current way of life.

Our friends in South Africa describe the dangers and difficulties, and I'm glad you were able to move to a safer place. Croatian people are in many ways very much like people everywhere. There's an old saying that probably applies, "Folks is folks." :) Though the differences can be a real learning experience!

Sharing your story could be helpful to a variety of people. From those who are facing or have made a life-changing experience to those who teach and help said people, getting insight from others who have experienced one should be beneficial.

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on September 09, 2013:

Shyron E Shenko thanks for all votes so glad you took the time and read my hubs have pleasant day

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on September 08, 2013:

DDE, this is so interesting. I don't think I could move to a different country and learn their language. My country has every language and any language. I love the English language, it is a living language.

You are very courageous.

Voted-up, Useful, Interesting and shared.

-Shyron

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on June 03, 2013:

Au fait thanks life is full of surprises and many challenges how one copes with such challenges and surprises is what makes the individual stronger and go getter.

C E Clark from North Texas on June 02, 2013:

What an inspirational story! It must have been so hard to leave your original home country, but I'm glad you are comfortable and safe where you are now, and that you have found happiness and think of Croatia as your home.

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on May 17, 2013:

Interesting language though far too many grammar issues to learn the CROATIAN language one has to live in Croatia to know the actual learning process by constantly listening to the local speak one easily pick up many words. It is different if you want to and if you don't want to learn a language. Thanks for the votes and good luck

Insightful Tiger on May 16, 2013:

I really enjoyed reading your story. I want to introduce the language to my son, eventually. My husband is part Croatian and so I was interested in seeing how it went for you to learn the language.

I'm very happy for you, because you didn't give up and it paid off. Congratulations! Voted up!

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on April 22, 2013:

Good for you I tried with languages and speak a few, but English is my first and most spoken language thanks

ryanjhoe from Somewhere over the rainbow on April 22, 2013:

That's good for you! I also want to learn other languages than english and my origin language but right now I think I need to improve my english to be more better and better.

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on April 07, 2013:

Thanks life is full of challenges how we approach these challenges counts verymuch

Girish puri from NCR , INDIA on April 07, 2013:

Where there is will, there is a way, God bless, Devika.

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on April 01, 2013:

A foreign language is most difficult when you are pressured into speaking it, thanks for showing up here

toknowinfo on March 31, 2013:

I admire you very much for learning to communicate in another language. Croatian sounds like a difficult language to master. I hope you are very proud of yourself.

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on March 31, 2013:

Thanks for getting back to me Happy Easter to you too.

Michael-Milec on March 30, 2013:

Hi DDE. Forgive me please for not paying attention to your question,'are you Croatian? .' No. I was born to Slovak parents, the official language that time in beautiful country which doesn't exist anymore was Serbo-Croation. Those two separate language have many similarities , so it was my next to my native and a Hungarian, since we were under their occupation, in my first grade was added an extra language. Learning other language for kids is a joke. Later on in my studies picking additional languages went easier, until this one rich in vocabulary , English . It's more demanding in writing/ publishing practice than in daily living. That is postponing my authorship on HP.

Thank you for your time and kindness. Oh, have a blessed rest of the Easter.

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on March 30, 2013:

I had many challenges along the way thanks for commenting

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on March 30, 2013:

Very ineresting DDE! You are courageous!

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on March 27, 2013:

Thanks you too and have a wonderful time

DREAM ON on March 27, 2013:

I wanted to come back and reread your wonderful story.Just wishing you and your child a wonderful Easter.

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on March 26, 2013:

Learning anew language is tough especially if it is the Croatian language, thanks for sharing your thoughts

Claudia Tello from Mexico on March 25, 2013:

I know a little about moving to a new country and having to learn a different language. It is very tough and I deeply congratulate you on achieving it. Changing so many things at the same time can be difficult but if one takes it as a positive experience of gain (not loss) it can be very satisfying as well.

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on March 23, 2013:

I enjoyed reading about your brief experience in Dubrovnik, are you Croatian? Have a great weekend and I look forward to reading more of your hubs.

Michael-Milec on March 23, 2013:

Thank you DDE , you have a great weekend also. And if you find time to go to Lokrum island , enjoy its unique beauty. It was quite looong time ego when I was celebrating my 17th birthday in Dubrovnik. Your creative writing also took me back to similar of your situation with " pocket two dictionaries ," when I was to be admitted to Erlanger's University , using German to Serbo- Croatian ( there wasn't Slovak at that time ) and Serbo-Croatian to German dictionaries, the fellow-students called me "Michael--" Wǒrterbuch" " ,

Forgive me please, for taking your valuable time , for my selfishness.

God bless you.

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on March 23, 2013:

Michael-Milec, thanks for the insightful comment and for the votes I appreciate you taking the time to stop by at my hubs, have great weekend.

Michael-Milec on March 22, 2013:

DDE; čestitam , to je veliki uspjeh !

What an impressive story of strong will to master the " most difficult language in the world." Croatian language as other of "Slavic" group are just that, difficult in grammar. Us of Slavic background would say that the English is one of the most difficult language. However nothing is difficult what one wants to know.

You are great incouragment in your articles teaching how to will and to know from personal experience . Thank you, for sharing.

Voted up and beautiful.

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on March 15, 2013:

Thanks for sharing your opinions here I am so proud of me and my child for getting this far and knowing so much more.

Marlene Bertrand from USA on March 14, 2013:

Learning a foreign language is a great accomplishment. I think your family may have done a great service by only speaking Croatia. As difficult as it was, I think it forced you to learn the language more quickly. I would love to learn a new language by this type of full submersion. But, what a relief that you had your son and English speaking friend for those times when you just wanted to hear and speak a language that is familiar to you.

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on March 12, 2013:

Thanks for the vote up and sharing so much appreciate your efforts here, I am always up for a challenge.

Nell Rose from England on March 11, 2013:

That must have been so hard DDE, but that was awesome the way you did it yourself, your child learned quicker because at school and being younger they pick up languages so quickly, I don't know whether I could do it like you did, but well done, and I am so pleased that you are in a safe country now, voted up and shared! nell

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on February 27, 2013:

Thanks for commenting have a good day

S McNasby on February 26, 2013:

Awesome! That is quite a feat, and it's an inspiration to read about it.

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on February 26, 2013:

Thanks for reading my hub, I am now free in a peaceful place, and living in the countryside which is really a pleasure for me. Hope you are doing well too?

Thelma Alberts from Germany and Philippines on February 26, 2013:

Well done! Living in a foreign country without knowing the language is very hard. I can relate to that. I´m glad you feel at home in your adopted country and you don´t have to be scared about crimes anymore as I´m sure Croatia is a beautiful and peaceful country to live. Thanks for sharing your personal story to us.

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on February 22, 2013:

Thanks and yes now I can communicate and I know more now life is full of surprises, and I enjoy learning.

DREAM ON on February 21, 2013:

I am convinced after you learning the Croation language everything else in life is going to be a breeze.I always had trouble learning languages it wasn't something I could adapt to easily even though I tried very hard.I tried to learn French and I may not know much but I do have the utmost respect for anyone who speaks any language.Congratulations and big hugs to you and your wonderful success.I am happy for the whole family in your new safe home.

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on February 12, 2013:

Thanks so very much for a such an encouraging comment someone I can relate to

lemonkerdz from LIMA, PERU on February 12, 2013:

DDE well done on the language front. To learn a language properly you have to do more than read books and practice, you have to learn and adapt to a new culture. This was my biggest challenge moving from England to Peru. Heart being ripped out....i understand that feeling too well. But learning Croation? Hats off to you girl

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on February 04, 2013:

Thanks for the vote up, interesting a useful, something I never thought about so true my friend.

Shelley Watson on February 04, 2013:

Thank you for sharing this very interesting part of your life with us - it's hard enough to leave home but one never thinks of the hardship entailed in learning another country' language and their ways when emigrating. Up, interesting and useful.

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on January 31, 2013:

Thanks, any foreign language is easy to understand but to speak well that is another process.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on January 30, 2013:

Congratulations on your determination and your success at learning a difficult language, DDE! This is an interesting hub. I have never been in a situation where I had to learn a new language. I think I would find it very hard!

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on January 26, 2013:

Thank you too it takes time to learn foreign language

Vinaya Ghimire from Nepal on January 26, 2013:

Learning language is hard. I once tried to learn French, I failed.

Thanks for reading and commenting on my works.

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on January 26, 2013:

Thanks for the vote up, useful and interesting nothing is impossible if you try

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on January 25, 2013:

Very interesting and I guess done just the way a child learns his native language, by listening and relating to words and sentences. Of course for an adult it is much more difficult and I appreciate the determination you showed. Well done Devika!

This is indeed a very inspirational lesson for us all in that nothing is impossible if one is determined to do it.

Voted up, useful and interesting.

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on January 25, 2013:

Thanks for kind comment and yes learning a different language is exciting if you do it on your own.

Fehl Dungo from close to you... on January 25, 2013:

That is a great achievement. Knowing different languages is an asset. Croatian sounds so exciting. I only know 3 languages as of now. LOL

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on January 24, 2013:

Thanks for that!

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on January 24, 2013:

Yes difficult but a good learning experience. Thanks nice to see you here!

Omowali Isidore on January 24, 2013:

congrats!

Life Under Construction from Neverland on January 24, 2013:

Congratulations!!! I wish i could learn any language too aside from my native language and of course English..that sounds fun..but really hard.

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on January 23, 2013:

Learning a new language as the Croatian language is very difficult thanks for the encouraging comment I so much look forward to such feedback.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on January 23, 2013:

Very happy for you that you are now living in a beautiful country that is crime free compared to your former homeland. It would be very difficult to move to a foreign land not understanding the language...but you DID IT with time and effort. Congratulations! You can be proud of yourself! Thanks for sharing this personal story of determination and success.

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on January 23, 2013:

So good to see you stop by and thanks for such a positive comment

Jo Alexis-Hagues from Lincolnshire, U.K on January 23, 2013:

DDE, life can be tough at times, but you are a prime example of the strength of the human spirit. You did what you had to do, for yourself and for your family, yes; you should be proud. A wonderful and inspirational hub.

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on January 23, 2013:

Wow! Such a wonderful comment I proud of my achievements, thank very much, weather in Croatia hasn't been much warmer either. I look forward to reading your encouraging comments.

epigramman on January 23, 2013:

Thank you so much for sharing your personal life with your readers and this is such an eye-opening story but also a very inspiring one as well. Before I read anything about the lady 'behind' the pen I could tell just through your 'other' writing that you were a strong, independent, open minded, courageous and brave person - bravo to you - and a hub-bravo from the epi-man for being the special person you are and someone to look up to. Sending you warm wishes from lake erie time ontario canada 4:45am (home from work) on probably the coldest night of the year so far

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on January 22, 2013:

Yes that is true and I am proud of me for not letting any other person tell me how to, it doesn't matter how old one is learning is open to anyone and can be a success if you do it by yourself, thanks for the valuable comment

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on January 22, 2013:

Thanks for the continuous comments

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on January 22, 2013:

I learned the Croatian language through understanding and sub-titles on Croatian television not from going to intuition

Martin Kloess from San Francisco on January 22, 2013:

Thank you for this insight and congratulations.

Priya Singh from US on January 22, 2013:

But how................:)

Shining Irish Eyes from Upstate, New York on January 22, 2013:

Outstanding and very inspirational for me as well. I wonder if many knew how difficult the language would be and also realized the best way was to have you jump in with both feet, so to speak. You have taught me a valuable lesson here. With determination, almost anything is possible.

Devika Primić (author) from Dubrovnik, Croatia on January 22, 2013:

Thanks for your kind words, and the vote up and shared.

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