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I want to buy a present. Žel-m kupi-i--o-l-n. Želim kupiti poklon. Ž-l-m k-p-t- p-k-o-. -------------------- Želim kupiti poklon. 0
But nothing too expensive. A----n---a--re-iš- ----o. Ali, ništa previše skupo. A-i- n-š-a p-e-i-e s-u-o- ------------------------- Ali, ništa previše skupo. 0
Maybe a handbag? Možd---u-n- to-b-cu? Možda ručnu torbicu? M-ž-a r-č-u t-r-i-u- -------------------- Možda ručnu torbicu? 0
Which color would you like? K--- b-j---e--te? Koju boju želite? K-j- b-j- ž-l-t-? ----------------- Koju boju želite? 0
Black, brown or white? C-n-,--m-đ---li bi-elu? Crnu, smeđu ili bijelu? C-n-, s-e-u i-i b-j-l-? ----------------------- Crnu, smeđu ili bijelu? 0
A large one or a small one? V-liku-i-i-m--u? Veliku ili malu? V-l-k- i-i m-l-? ---------------- Veliku ili malu? 0
May I see this one, please? M------ v---e-----u? Mogu li vidjeti ovu? M-g- l- v-d-e-i o-u- -------------------- Mogu li vidjeti ovu? 0
Is it made of leather? J- -- ona ---k--e? Je li ona od kože? J- l- o-a o- k-ž-? ------------------ Je li ona od kože? 0
Or is it made of plastic? Ili -e -d umj-tno---ateri----? Ili je od umjetnog materijala? I-i j- o- u-j-t-o- m-t-r-j-l-? ------------------------------ Ili je od umjetnog materijala? 0
Of leather, of course. Na--vno, -d-ko-e. Naravno, оd kože. N-r-v-o- о- k-ž-. ----------------- Naravno, оd kože. 0
This is very good quality. To-j---o----o-d---a-k-a--t-ta. To je posebno dobra kvaliteta. T- j- p-s-b-o d-b-a k-a-i-e-a- ------------------------------ To je posebno dobra kvaliteta. 0
And the bag is really very reasonable. A--i---a -u----t----ce -----va--o -ov--jn-. A cijena ručne torbice je stvarno povoljna. A c-j-n- r-č-e t-r-i-e j- s-v-r-o p-v-l-n-. ------------------------------------------- A cijena ručne torbice je stvarno povoljna. 0
I like it. Sv-đa--i s-. Sviđa mi se. S-i-a m- s-. ------------ Sviđa mi se. 0
I’ll take it. U--t -u -e. Uzet ću je. U-e- ć- j-. ----------- Uzet ću je. 0
Can I exchange it if needed? M-gu-l---e ev---u--n-----------i? Mogu li je eventualno zamijeniti? M-g- l- j- e-e-t-a-n- z-m-j-n-t-? --------------------------------- Mogu li je eventualno zamijeniti? 0
Of course. P-dr-z----e-a-s-. Podrazumijeva se. P-d-a-u-i-e-a s-. ----------------- Podrazumijeva se. 0
We’ll gift wrap it. Up---ra--će-- -- ka--pok---. Upakirat ćemo jе kao poklon. U-a-i-a- ć-m- j- k-o p-k-o-. ---------------------------- Upakirat ćemo jе kao poklon. 0
The cashier is over there. T-m- p-e-- j- b--gajna. Tamo preko je blagajna. T-m- p-e-o j- b-a-a-n-. ----------------------- Tamo preko je blagajna. 0

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