Croatian language learning and usage outside Croatia
Dear Madam/Sir,

The purpose of this questionnaire is to gather data about Croatian language learning and usage by Croatians and people of Croatian descent who live outside Croatia. The questionnaire is exclusively intended for scientific purposes as part of the research project 'Croatian as heritage language: current state and developmental perspectives' of the Faculty of Teacher Education, University of Zagreb (Main researcher Lidija Cvikić, PhD) in cooperation with The Croatian Heritage Foundation.

The questionnaire deals with Croatian-learning experiences and the usage of Croatian in the family and community. We believe that such extensive and detailed insight into the current state of Croatian learning and usage outside Croatia will provide key data needed for further development and improvement of the Croatian learning curriculum and consequently to the preservation of the Croatian language abroad. Therefore your help and cooperation is extremely important to us and we really appreciate it! Thank you.

This questionnaire is completely anonymous. All personal data gathered by it will be confidential and available exclusively to researchers. The research results are intended for scientific purposes only. By filling out the questionnaire you are giving approval for participating in the research. It takes 15 - 20 minutes to fill out the questionnaire.

We are grateful to Sanja Zubčić, PhD, University of Rijeka, and Luka Budak, MA, University of Macquire on whose questionnaire and research results this questionnaire is partly based.

Once again a sincere thank you on your help!

You are… *
Date of birth. *
Your answer
Place and country of birth. *
Your answer
What is your occupation? *
Your answer
What is your school degree? *
In which country do you live? *
Your answer
If you were not born in the country you live, when did you move there?
Your answer
Place and country of your father’s birth. *
Your answer
Place and country of your mother’s birth. *
Your answer
If your parents were born in Croatia, when did they move abroad?
Were any of your grandparents born or did they live abroad (in the country where you live)?
Your answer
What is the official language in the country where you live?
If there is more than one official language, write the language you speak.
Your answer
What language do you consider your mother tongue? *
Your answer
Using grades from 1 to 5 evaluate your knowledge of the official language of the country you live. *
1 is the lowest and 5 is the highest grade
1 – not at all
2 - poor
3 –good
4 – very good
5 - excellent
I understand the language
I speak the language
I can read the language
I can write the language
Using grades from 1 to 5 evaluate your knowledge of the Croatian language. *
1 is the lowest and 5 is the highest grade
1 – not at all
2 - poor
3 –good
4 – very good
5 - excellent
I understand Croatian.
I speak Croatian.
I read Croatian.
I write Croatian. 
Choose the statement that best describes you. *
If you know a Croatian dialect, write the name of the dialect or the place in Croatia where it is spoken.
Your answer
How did you learn Croatian? *
When you were a child…. *
Choose the statement that best describes you. *
How often you… *
never
rarely
sometimes
often
every day
…read in Croatian?
...watch Croatian TV?
...listen to the Croatian radio?
...listen to Croatian songs?
...use Croatian on the Internet?
...write in Croatian?
If you had a chance, would you like to improve you knowledge of Croatian? *
What would be your preferred way of learning Croatian?
As a child, did you attend Croatian school/Croatian classes (in the country where you live)? *
How old were you when you started and finished attending Croatian school/ Croatian classes?
Your answer
How often did you attend Croatian school/Croatian classes?
Where and when were the classes held?
Did you like attending Croatian school?
Please, explain briefly why you liked or didn’t like to go to Croatian school.
Your answer
As a child, did you attend tamburica or folklore classes? *
If you attended it, please explain briefly if you liked it and why.
Your answer
Which language did or do you speak... *
Croatian
Croatian and language of the country where I live.
Language of the country where I live.
Some other language.
...with your mother?
...with your father?
...with your siblings?
...on family gathering (extended family or different generation)?
...with close friends of Croatian descent?
Which language do you use in your personal/private space? *
Croatian.
Croatian and the language of the country where I live.
The language of the country where I live.
It doesn’t refer to me.
In which language do you think?
In which language do you dream?
If you have pets, in which language do you talk to them?
If you swear, in which language do you do it?
In which language do you count fast?
If you are religious, in which language do you pray?
In which language do you express deep feelings (love, condolences...)?
In which language do you react when you are upset?
Is there a Croatian club or Croatian center in the place you live? *
If there is, do you attend the events held there (parties, gatherings, sport and cultural events)?
If you are an active member of the community, which language is used in the community during formal events?
Are there any religious events held in Croatian in the place you live? *
Is the knowledge of Croatian useful for your job? Explain why. *
Your answer
How do you perceive yourself? *
Can the people in your environment recognize that you are of Croatian descent on the basis of your name or surname? *
Choose the statement that refers to you. *
Your homeland is... *
How often do you travel to Croatia? *
Where do you plan to spend the rest of your life? *
For you personally, is it important to know Croatian? *
Your answer
If it is important for you to know Croatian, why is so?
In your opinion, is it important for the Croatian community to maintain Croatian? *
In your opinion, why is important for the Croatian community to maintain the Croatian language? *
Required
In your opinion, in which way can Croatian be maintained abroad? *
Required
In your opinion, who should care / be responsible most for maintaining the Croatian language outside of Croatia? *
The following questions refer to people who are married and/or have children. If you don’t belong to any of the two categories, you can finish filling out the questionnaire by clicking the SUBMIT button at the bottom of this page.
Your answer
Are you married? *
If you are married, in your family…
Is your spouse of Croatian descent?
If your spouse is of Croatian descent, please evaluate his/her knowledge of Croatian.
 1-not at all
2-poor
3- good 
4-very good
5-excellent
My spouse understands Croatian...
My spouse speaks Croatian...
My spouse can read Croatian...
My spouse can write Croatian...
If your spouse is not of Croatian descent, does s/he know Croatian?
Which language do you speak with your spouse?
If you speak Croatian with your spouse, which topics do you discuss in Croatian?
Do you have children?
How many children do you have?
In which language….
Only Croatian.
Croatian and in another language, but Croatian prevails.
Croatian and in another language, but more in another language
Croatian and another language equally often.
Never Croatian, just in another language. 
I have one child (applies to the last statement). 
...you speak to your children?
...your spouse speaks to your children?
... your parents speak/spoke to your children?
...your spouse parents’ speak/spoke to your children?
....your children speak to you?
...your children speak to the other parent?
...your children speak to the other parent?
If you speak Croatian with your children, which topics do you discuss in Croatian?
Please evaluate the Croatian language knowledge of your child.
Answer if you have ONE CHILD.
 1-not at all
2- poor
3-good 
4-very good
5-excellent
My child understands Croatian...
My child speaks Croatian...
My child can read Croatian...
My child can write Croatian...
Please evaluate the Croatian language knowledge of your children.
Answer if you have TWO or MORE CHILDREN.
1-not at all
2- poor
3-good 
4-very good
5-excellent
My older child understands Croatian...
My younger child understands Croatian...
My older child speaks Croatian...
My younger child speaks Croatian...
My older child can read Croatian...
My younger child can read Croatian...
My older child can write Croatian...
My younger child can write Croatian...
Is it important for you that your children know Croatian and why?
Your answer
Have your children ever attended Croatian school/Croatian classes?
Have your children ever attended tamburica or folklor classes?
How often your children attend(ed) Croatian school?
Where and when were the classes held?
Do you think your child/children should know Croatian better considering the fact that they attend Croatian school?
As a parent, are you satisfied with the Croatian school/Croatian classes? Please explain why.
Your answer
In your opinion, what should be done in order to make Croatian classes more effective?
Who should be more involved in Croatian school (in order to make classes more effective)?
If your children didn't go/don't go to Croatian school, please explain why is so.
Your answer
Have your child ever attended Croatian school/Croatian course in Croatia?
Do you know what are the options of learning Croatian in the country where you live after primary school?
Is there anything else you find important but it was not included in the questions?
Your answer
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