Learning Slovenian Slang #002

An interesting way to immerse into the Slovenian culture and interact with locals is to learn their slangs. It’s fun and it totally gives a break from the difficult Slovene grammar 😉 And the most amazing part of it? You probably already know some of them!

*Keep in mind that I live near Tržič, which is close to the Austrian border, therefore, many of the slangs are influenced by German. I’ve also used Tržiški slovar, edited by Tereza Gosar and Jožica Koder, as reference.

Ajnpren / Ampren

means prežganje (roux). For those who are familiar with cooking, roux is a way to thicken sauce, soup or stew by adding flour to melted fat. Sometimes, chopped čebula (onion) is added in too.


means shramba (storeroom, pantry).  Interestingly, it has the same meaning in Kajkavian – a northern Croatian dialect, but it origins from the Austrian-German word Speise (food).


means gostilna (inn, pub).  It comes from the Italian word osteria, which also means tavern or pub. So, don’t be surprised if you encounter various restaurants in Slovenia with “oštarija” in their name!

Discover more Slovene “lessons” that might interest you: Slovene Numbers & NumeralsSlovene Nouns & PronounsSlovene VerbsSlovene AdjectivesSlovene SyntaxSlovenian Idioms.

Let’s learn Slovene po domače,

Learning Slovenian Slang #001

In my opinion, slang is an important part of the linguistic heritage of Slovenia. Knowing about them is also a fun and amusing way to learn Slovene. And the best of it? You might have heard some of them already!

*Keep in mind that I live near Tržič, which is close to the Austrian border, therefore, many of the slang are influenced by German. I’ve also used Tržiški slovar, edited by Tereza Gosar and Jožica Koder, as reference.

Auš a nauš

means ali boš ali ne boš (will you or will you not). To which you can answer: bom (I will) or nam – ne bom (I won’t).

Also note that this slang can be conjugated as am, auš, au, ava, auta, amo, aute, aujo and nam, nauš, nau, nava, nauta, namo, naute, naujo.


means pokopališče (graveyard).  Interesting fact:  the settlement Britof, which is northeast of Kranj, actually doesn’t have its own graveyard!


means radovednež (curious).  I wasn’t even aware that it was a slang until now because one popular point of interest in Tržič is the last “firbec okno” (the curiosity window), which allowed women to peek outside without opening the window. Also, there’s a really good place to eat Restavracija Firbc’ okn  named after it.

Discover more Slovene “lessons” that might interest you: Slovene Numbers & NumeralsSlovene Nouns & PronounsSlovene VerbsSlovene AdjectivesSlovene SyntaxSlovenian Idioms.

Let’s learn Slovene po domače,

Anna’s “Cheat Sheets” added!

Hey guys,

after some thoughts, I decided to share my learning Slovene “Cheat sheets” with you guys, added in Learning Materials. Free to download and share (be nice and mention my blog – I would really appreciate that). There is just one available at the moment, but a very coveted one – Table of Skloni.

Let me know how you like it and if it’s useful. More to come, subscribe to my blog, Facebook Page if you haven’t already or visit often!

Study well,

Meet “Me” on Total Slovenia News

Hey guys,

Photo in Bledlast month, I accepted to do a short interview for Total Slovenia News – Meet the People, a newly launched website about what’s going on in Slovenia.

Once again, I am flattered and proud to be featured. 🙂 I am also glad that my blog is reaching more audience, especially my “Learn Slovene” section. I am happy to know that lots of people want to discover about Slovenia as well as learn Slovene!

Want to know what I found the most challenging upon moving to Slovenia, what I miss the most from Canada and much more? Read my interview Meet the People: Anna in Slovenia, Blogger to find out. Don’t forget to let me know what you think about it! 🙂

Woot, woot,

Korean Drama Filmed in Slovenia!

Hey guys!

this morning, my cousin informed me that a newly airing South Korean drama series were filmed in Slovenia! At first, I was shocked at the news, then I did some research and it turns out to be true!

Black Knight – The Man Who Guards Me

From this official trailer, I can already see some key scenes featuring beautiful places of Slovenia:

I think that this is an incredible opportunity and nice way to promote tourism in Slovenia! WOOT!

Until next time,

Little Escapades through Slovenian Hospitals

Hey guys,
just a “quick” update – parenthood is keeping me quite busy 🙂 and I’ve visited three Slovenian hospitals ever since.

Bolnišnica za ginekologijo in porodništvo Kranj –  Hospital for gynecology and birth center Kranj

Living in the Gorenjska Region, two of the closest birth centers are Kranj and Jesenice. Even if the birth center in Jesenice got recently renovated, we opted for Kranj as it is slightly closer.

Me and Daughter

About a month ago I was scheduled for my third CTG – cardiotocography (as I was overdue) and I got hospitalized as my contractions were getting closer and more regular. Everything was doing well, but somehow I quickly ended up with a C-section.

My first night as a mother was in the intensive care, but I was able to see our daughter for a moment. I recovered quickly and on the next evening, I got transferred to a normal room and spent some nice mother-daughter bonding time. The staffs were really nice and helpful. Few days after, we got discharged for home.

Bolnišnica Golnik in Klinični oddelek za pljučne bolezni in alergijoHospital Golnik and Clinic for pulmonary diseases and allergy

Breastfeeding is never easy, especially at the beginning, but it does get better. And one day, I got a bad fever and felt extremely tired. I went back to Kranj for a check-up: probability of mastitis. I got a prescription of Amoxicillin/clavulanic acid and developed an ugly skin rash reaction.

On the next day, I took an appointment with my new family doctor and he sent me to Golnik for an allergy check-up. They hospitalized me for 24 hours. The staffs were really nice and accommodating as I got a VIP single room and a baby crib for our daughter.

I got discharged with prescriptions and follow-ups at their clinic for allergy. The staffs were really nice, especially at the sight of our daughter 🙂 I’m glad the skin rash is now over.

Splošna bolnišnica JeseniceGeneral Hospital Jesenice

Meanwhile, my husband had a bad abdominal pain for two days… And on a Sunday morning, he went to the town clinic in Tržič, the on-duty doctor sent him right away to Jesenice for further examinations… and he got Appendicitis 😦

He got a surgery within the next few hours. It ended in the evening, but the staffs were kind enough to let me visit him, outside of normal visiting hours. My husband recovered nicely and got discharged two days after.

Honestly, I’ve never “visited” hospitals as often as in the last month (except for work). Being on the other side, as a patient, did feel a bit awkward.

What I’ve learnt from all these little escapades: the meals in Slovenian hospital are really delicious. I was surprised and impressed. It felt like a small but nice consolation for being hospitalized.

Now, we’re back on our feet, so no need to worry.
Until next time,

Going on an Exciting Life Journey

Sorry guys,
I know that I haven’t post in a while… but in the past months, my husband and I have been slowly preparing ourselves to begin a new life journey and adventure: Parenthood! 🙂

It sounds scary at first: diaper changes, sleepless nights and a lifelong worrying about their well-beings… But that’s what parents are. Parenthood is also such an emotional and exciting adventure! Witnessing their first smile, first step… their growing up, sometimes too fast, sometimes too slow.

Being future parents, we will never feel 100% ready and prepared, but I have no doubt that we will do our best and do great! 😉

Meanwhile, I have been sewing many baby things: clothes, toys, blankets… and my husband has been doing some renovations for the nursery 🙂

So, if I am unable to respond or post as often, please do forgive me – you know that I am not slacking! ❤

Until next time,

Cloudy Easter Monday in Logarska Dolina

Recently, the weather has been a mix of sun, clouds, wind and rain, but I can’t really complain because it makes the grass happy. 🙂 Despite the uncertain weather, we decided to take advantage of the day off and go on izlet in Logarska DolinaLogar Valley.

Located in the Kamnik Alps, Logarska Dolina is one of the most beautiful glacial valleys in Europe. The valley consists of a few touristic farms and it is an ideal destination for those who wants to taste self-sustained local products and hikes.

Entrance of Logarska Dolina

Entrance of Logarska Dolina

At the entrance of the valley, a herd of beautiful Highland cows are peacefully eating grass, next to the Kapela Kristusa Kralja – Chapel of Christ the King, designed by the famous Slovenian architect Jože Plečnik.

The drive to Logarska Dolina was decently long and on curvy roads. By the time we arrived, we were famished. We randomly pick a place to eat and had a fantastic homey lunch at Penzion Kmečka hiša Ojstrica – pension Country house Ojstrica, near the entrance of the valley.

At the far end of the Logarska Dolina is the impressive Slap Rinka – Rinka waterfall. A waterfall of 105 m height with a single 90 m drop.

Rinka Slap and Eagle's Nest

Rinka Slap and Eagle’s Nest

Slap Rinka is the source of the Savinja River, which flows through the Savinjska region of Slovenia and almost as soon as it hits the bottom, its water goes underground and reappears as Izvir Črne – Spring of Črna, in the lower part of the valley. Next to Slap Rinka is a little rest spot, the Orlovo Gnezdo – Eagle’s Nest, that serves drinks and ice cream.

I was curious about how the bottom of the waterfall looked like, so we went all the way to the feet of the waterfall, with the mix of water and wind, we got wet so quickly! It must be very refreshing during hot summer days, but not that day. 😉

Until next time,

Featured on National Radio in Slovenia

Hey guys,

Fotolov near Bled

I was on Radio Slovenia this morning, on RTV SLO PRVI – Drugi pogled, a program that invites foreigners living in Slovenia to share their stories, anecdotes and thoughts about Slovenia.

When I got the invitation, I was thrilled, excited but also a bit nervous and worried… like “what am I going to say”… and in Slovene?!?

Although, at the actual “interview”, Andreja Gradišar, the reporter, was really nice and made me at ease instantly. Listen and read about my thoughts of Slovenia in Anna Giang iz Kanade (only in Slovene).

So, for those who heard me “talk” on national radio… my Slovene is far from perfect and I will probably still make make many mistakes for a long while. And, it’s totally fine! While learning a new language, I truly believe that it is:

Better to talk with mistakes than not talk at all.  🙂

PS – Am I the only one, but I’m always a little surprised when I listen to my own voice talking? 😉

Happy happy,

Changing Roof in Gorenjska

Hey guys,
I’ve been quite busy recently. We just changed the roof of our nearly 150 years old house. Quite a huge renovation, I think the last change was probably 50 years ago… if not more… 😉

With renovations, one of the (less) fun part is probably shopping for contractors. After some research and asking around, we got a few offers but decided to go with KK OBLAK gradbeno in trgovosko podjetje D.O.O. –  as we only hear good things about them.

Honestly, I have to say that I have nothing to complain about them. They are quick, efficient, professional and consistently hardworking. They took care of everything and it was absolutely worry-free for us (as it should be) – they even managed to accommodate some last minute changes without problem.

I was really impress by their working speed. We got a completely new and beautiful roof of approximately 300m2 in 8 days (wooden pillars, balcony, everything)!

If you ever need to change a roof in the Gorenjska region, I would totally recommend them!

Admiring our new roof,