How do I find someone who speaks (writes, really) Croatian?
July 2, 2013 11:35 PM   Subscribe

I have a short e-mail I'd like to write to a hotel in Croatia. I'm sure they speak English, but just to be on the safe side, I'd like to get this written in Croatian. I'm not sure I trust Google Translate on this. How could I find someone to help me write/translate this?
posted by StrictlyVague to Society & Culture (10 answers total)
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posted by samthemander at 11:44 PM on July 2, 2013 [1 favorite]

Send it to me:)
posted by leigh1 at 2:32 AM on July 3, 2013 [4 favorites]

I did this a lot last month before I went there. They all speak English, trust me.
posted by Potomac Avenue at 3:11 AM on July 3, 2013

Post it on Jobs, no doubt there is someone here who speaks Croatian.
posted by ellieBOA at 4:13 AM on July 3, 2013

Best answer: You're reaching behind your head to touch your nose. You are not being safe but may come across as condescending. They speak English, especially fluently at hotels.
posted by Kruger5 at 6:32 AM on July 3, 2013 [1 favorite]

Best answer: Yeah, I would definitely send your message in English. English fluency is very, very common in Croatia, and almost universal in the tourism/hospitality industry. Trying to speak Croatian (or come across as fluent) doesn't necessarily garner one the respect or acknowledgement one might otherwise hope to receive.
posted by chicxulub at 7:02 AM on July 3, 2013

I do business internationally, and used Google translate, but apologize for so doing. No one has ever mistaken my meaning nor taken offense. Hotels expect English emails.
posted by Ideefixe at 8:13 AM on July 3, 2013

My husband is native Croatian - if you memail it, I will ask him to translate. But English is ubiquitous, and a hotel is sure to have front desk staff fluent in English. I speak about 3 Croatian phrases and could converse with almost everyone except his elderly family.
posted by citygirl at 9:57 AM on July 3, 2013
posted by bearette at 2:31 PM on July 3, 2013

In those situation I send both the English and the Google translation.
posted by colin_l at 6:45 PM on July 3, 2013

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