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I've been looking for years for a good, comprehensive guide to learning Croatian that can take me through all the basic steps and get me started in speaking with my mother in her native tongue. Does anyone know of a good source for this?

What I am looking for is something similar to DuoLingo, where I will be able to break down sentences, understand every part and practice the language a bit with questions and explanations behind the grammatical rules. I also ask for only Croatian and not Serbo-Croatian, since it's a bit different from her dialect and it will be hard enough as it is speaking to her without the different terms for things.

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    Out of curiosity, have found anything that you ended up using? If yes, it would be nice if you could write this up in an answer to your question. – Christophe Strobbe Sep 11 '17 at 13:49
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The website Easy Croatian has 90 lessons (plus appendices) available for free (and for download) and seems very comprehensive - extensive & detailed lessons, and well-organized. However, it's not interactive like Duolingo is - easy-croatian.com is essentially a book.

Pimsleur also offers an audio course for Croatian, however, Pimsleur's method may not work as well for you as it does for some others. It's a 100% audio course, so if you're a visual learner, prefer charts & lists, it might not be the best option for you.

Finally, I'd recommend finding a real-life tutor, whether in-person or online. Two of the most popular language exchange websites are italki (has a few Croatian teachers) and Speaky (I couldn't find a number, but Croatian is on their list).

There's also the Croatian subreddit (which seems dead) and the Croatia subreddit (more active, you might be able to find a language exchange partner there). You could try asking either of those subreddits for a textbook recommendation.

Good luck!

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Though this is not a book but There is an American YouTuber that's living in Croatia and often she makes videos about her life there in Croatian https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_k8snbkwzqpxSIq5DUZYbw

I would suggest you to watch cartoons like Peppa pig, just to get a "feeling" of how it sounds

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