Exploring the Slovenian culture through its idioms and speaking Slovene like the locals are great way to discover the beautiful country of Slovenia.
- Imeti mačka (or tigra) – To have a cat (or a tiger).
It can actually mean that you have a pet, but most Slovenians will understand you’re having a hangover (cat) or a terrible hangover (tiger).
- Vse je spavalo po vodi – Everything fell into the water.
It means that something that was planned is cancelled.
French equivalent: “Tomber à l’eau”, which means pretty much exactly the same as in Slovene.
- Živeti kot ptiček na veji – To live like a bird on a branch.
It doesn’t refer that someone is actually living in a tree house – it means to be carefree or to be free.
Discover more Slovene “lessons” that might interest you: Slovene Numbers & Numerals, Slovene Nouns & Pronouns, Slovene Verbs, Slovene Adjectives, Slovene Syntax, Slovenian Idioms, Slovene Adverbs.
Let’s speak like locals,