How to Say Dates and Times in Slovene – Part 1

Expressing dates and times is quite an art in Slovene as it can be used with the First Sklon – Nominative, Fourth Sklon – AccusativeSecond Sklon – GenitiveFifth Sklon – Locative and the Sixth Sklon – Instrumental. We just have to know when to use which…


Dates in Slovene can be written in different ways, but it follows this order:

DAY – MONTH  YEAR

  • 21.04.2016 or 21._4._2016 or 21.4.2016
  • 21._april 2016 or 21._aprila 2016
Please take note of the space (colored in pink) between the elements of the date.

Here are some common situations were dates and times are used with different skloni.

Koliko (How much, how many, how long)

Koliko je ura1 (What time is it / What is the time)?

  • The time is 8:00 → Ura je osem1.
  • The time is 8:30 → Ura je pol* devetih2.
    *Be careful: the adverb pol is associated with the second sklon.

Kateri (Which)

Kateri danje danes (Which day of the week is today)?

  • Today is Monday → Danes je ponedeljek1.
    Days of the week: ponedeljek (Monday), torek (Tuesday), sreda (Wednesday), četrtek (Thursday), petek (Friday), sobota (Saturday) and nedelja (Sunday).

Kateri je danes (Which date is today)?

  • Today is April 21rst → Danes je enaindvajseti april1.

    * Note that the number in date ends with –i.

    For more information: Numbers in General – Številke

    Months: januar, februar, marec, april, maj, junij, julij, avgust, september, oktober, november and december.

Kateregasmo danes (Which day are we today)?

  • We’re April 21rst → Smo enaindvajsetega aprila2.

Kdaj (When)

Kdaj imate sestanek (When do you have an appointment)?

  • Imam sestanek4 v torek4/ v sredo(once in Tuesday / Wednesday).
  • Imam sestanek4 čez eno uro4 (in one hour).
  • Imam sestanek4 ob ponedeljekih5(M) (every Monday) / ob devetih(at 9:00).
    Time follows different rules, remember: ob enih, ob dveh*, ob treh*, ob štirih, ob petih

For more situations where dates and times are needed: How to Say Dates and Times in Slovene – Part 2.


Dates and times might seem like a complex concept, but knowing how to express them properly will be gratifying at the end. It is also very useful on a daily base or for more special occasion, such as appointment or birthdays.

If you have questions or comments, you are more than welcome to contact me and I will be more than happy to reply you!


Discover more Slovene “lessons” that might interest you: Slovene Numbers & Numerals, Slovene Nouns & Pronouns, Slovene Verbs, Slovene AdjectivesSlovene SyntaxSlovenian Idioms.

Let’s learn,
Anna.

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