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(E) Croatian speakers reach out to talk
By Nenad N. Bach | Published  10/7/2004 | Community | Unrated
(E) Croatian speakers reach out to talk


Croatian speakers reach out to talk

Dear Help!: My wife was born in what is now Croatia and of course speaks the language. She would enjoy speaking with someone else who speaks the language.

L.G.,Cocoa Beach

Dear Help!: I was born in a village called Kozino near Zadar. I came to the U.S.A. in 1947, and my cousins in Croatia are surprised how well I speak the language after being gone so long.

They say I speak the old language, without the Serbo influence, which I'm told the country now is going back to.

I am interested in speaking with the person who requested information about making contact with Croatian speakers.


Dear Help!: My husband and a number of his friends are Croatian. He speaks fluent English and can be reached via Internet.

R.G.,Cocoa BeachSmall world, isn't it?

The three people heard from above were replying to a recent column in which a Melbourne woman identified only as L.H.D. expressed interest in getting in touch with other Brevard Countians capable of conversing in Croatian.

Linguists say the language is among those less commonly taught around the world.

Because the woman whose letter ran Thursday requested that her name and address not be published, identity of the respondents has been reduced to initials, as well.

Turnabout's fair play, one might say.

In order to facilitate discussion among them, Help! provided the four parties concerned with each other's names and e-mail addresses.

Dear Help!: A while ago, you gave some contact information about Jim Beam bottles. Could you list those addresses for me again?

Susan Laibl,Melbourne

Membership in the International Association of Jim Beam Bottle and Specialty Clubs can be attained only through affiliation with a local club.

District Director Barba Peeling of Apopka said there are four such clubs in Florida. Their presidents' names and addresses follow:

Central Florida Beamers -- Jeanine Connelly, 1786 Meredith Ave., Deltona, FL 32738.

Deep South Jim Beam Club -- Clola Schoneweis, 2555 S.E. Seventh Place, Homestead, FL 33033.

South Florida Jim Beam Club -- Bob Kelly, 14302 S.W. 76 St., Miami, FL 33183.

Tampa Bay Jim Beam Club -- Bill Brewster, 128 Cactus Dr., Hudson, FL 34667.
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  • Comment #1 (Posted by Michael)

    I am first generation American from Croatia. I am also trying to find Croatian speaking people and clubs and events. please e mail me if you have any information near fort lauderdale florida.
  • Comment #2 (Posted by kraljXIII)

    On short notice I found this St. Petersburg based site called Croatian Friends of Florida. I am sure they will be able to assist you tremendously.
  • Comment #3 (Posted by KraljXIII)

    For future enquiries of a similar nature, I encourage you to register in the CROWN forum by contacting You will then be able to post your topic in one of our topic sections and receive possibly more replies. This is the post I did today for you.
  • Comment #4 (Posted by Mark)

    I am not Croatian, But i plan to move there on a permanant basis very soon... I love the culture and it is such a beautiful place.. I have a apartment in the village of Zelina for 3 years now. I have many friends and think you are a very lucky person if you come from such a wonderful place... People in the U.S. have no idea about real beauty until they see Croatia.. Id love to talk to anyone from there.... Thank you.
  • Comment #5 (Posted by Mark)

    I left a comment but didnt leave where i am now... Im in Ft Lauderdale Florida.... Please email at if you would like to chat.. Thank you, Mark
  • Comment #6 (Posted by K.S.)

    My name is Kate. I am Croatian through ancestors. I have been accepted into a study abroad program, though, and am wanting to learn the language before I go. Does anyone know any tutors near Fort Myers or Naples? Greatly appreciated.
  • Comment #7 (Posted by Dr.Reginald Qusenberry)

    I am trying to help a friend that is (CROATIAN)she lives in Hollywood, Fl want to meet others from her country
    but there are no Club or organizations can you advise us/her to locate people from her country. she is not one the
    Internet I am only trying to help.
    Thank you
  • Comment #8 (Posted by Tisha)

    Good Afternoon, my name is Tisha, and i am a casting director at The Kitchen, located in downtown Miami. We are a voice over and dubbing studio that is currently looking for Croatian Speakers to come in for auditions. If you or anyone you know is interested, please contact me at 305-415-6217 or Also, please feel free to take a look at our website, Thank you!
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