Greetings and Wishes for Special Occasions

There are specific greetings and different wishes that can be used on particular occasions. It is good to know them, either for traveling to Slovenia, for fun or to impress the Slovenian locals!


During holidays celebrations, we wish:

  • Vesel božič – Merry Christmas
  • Srečno novo leto – Happy New Year
  • Vesele praznike – Happy holidays
  • Vesele velikonočne praznike – Happy Easter

Life Events

For special life events, we wish:

  • Vse najboljše (za rojstni dan) – All the best (for your birthday)
  • Čestitam – Congratulations (graduation, wedding, winning an award…)
  • Srečno pot – Safe travel, Have a good travel
  • Bodi bolje – Get well soon, Get better soon

Everyday Use

Other greetings (beside the Basic Greetings) that we use every day:

  • Dobrodošli – Welcome
  • Srečno – Good luck
  • Na zdravje – Cheers (when you drink), Bless you (when you sneeze)
  • Dober tek – Enjoy your meal
  • Lep dan – Good day
  • Lepo se imej – Have a nice day

If there are other greetings that you want to know about or that interest you, just let me know!

Lepo se imej – Have a nice day,

Basic Greetings

Depending which part of Slovenia you are in, the greetings used locally might be different – please note that each region has their own dialect as well.

Which greetings that you will be using also depends on the time of the day. As in English, we say “Good morning” in the morning and “Good evening” in the evening. Here’s some guidelines.

Meeting Someone

During the day, until 9 AM, Dobro Jutro – Good morning.

After 9 AM and the most common form for Hello

  • Živjo – more friendly
  • Dober Dan – more formal and polite “Good day”
  • Zdravo – usually used near Maribor region

There’s a few different ways to say Goodbye

  • Adijo or Čao – more friendly  “Bye”
  • Nasvidenje – more formal and polite
  • Se vidimo (jutri) – with friends “See you (tomorrow)”

If it’s in the evening, from 6-7 to 9 PM, Dober Večer  – Good evening.

Saying Goodbye or when you’re heading to bed, Lahko Noč – Good night.

I hope you are enjoying yourself – learning some basics greetings!

Se vidimo kmalu – See you soon,