The official language of Slovenia is Slovene – although every region and small villages have their own dialects (so different that sometimes even Slovenians don’t understand each others).
Slovene is categorized as a Western South Slavic language. There’s about 2.5 millions Slovene speakers worldwide – and you can be one too.
Learning a new language is always fun and exciting, and most importantly, it requires “Vaja dela Mojstra” – Practice makes Perfect!
Slovenščina – Slovene is a very difficult language, more than Chinese or French, even for me.
- The pronunciation and spelling can be very tricky – one wrong letter in the word and it has a completely different meaning.
- The Slovene alphabet has extra letters č, š, ž, but doesn’t have q, w, x, y.
- Slovene uses 3 genders: male, female, neutral and also 3 grammatical numbers: singular, dual, plural.
- Slovenians use two forms of speech: formal and informal – depending on who you are talking to.
- The tense is simple though, only present, past and future.
- Slovene is divided in 6 different cases: nominative, genitive, dative, accusative, locative and instrumental – knowing which case to use when is primordial.
And much more.
Everybody has a purpose when learning a new language: for fun, for travel purpose, for business… Which one is yours?
I’m learning Slovene because my husband is Slovenian and that I am currently in Slovenia, so learning Slovene is a must for me – to be able to work and talk with people.
If you want to learn Slovene for fun or for holidays purpose, knowing the pronunciation of some basic useful sentences should be good enough – meaning that understanding and learning all the grammar part is not a must.
If you need to learn Slovene for everyday use and be able to have a decent conversation in Slovene, then attending a Tečaj – Slovene course, is a must. I am a student myself, so we can indeed share knowledge and practice together too – and living in a Slovenian family does help me improve everyday.
Through my blogs, I will share my Slovene knowledge, from the casual Živjo – Hello to more details about the Slovenian cases and grammars.