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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Klemen702

A brief amount of Slovenian.

I saw that alot of people are teaching small amounts of languages that are not avaiable on duolingo, so i thought i would too for those who are interested (but this is the only post i will make).

Not to be confused with Slovakia, Slovenia is a country In the north of the former Yugoslavia, borded by Italy, Austria, Hungary and Croatia, today i will be teaching the alphabet, the ''simplest'' pronouns and some simple words.

Alphabet:

The Slovenian alphabet is simple, here are the letters: A, B, C, Č, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, R, S, Š, T, U, V, Z, Ž. You may have noticed that the letters, Q, W, Y and X are not here, and that there are 3 new letters, Č, Š and Ž. Most of the alphabet is pronounced differently from English, but i will still teach how Č, Š and Ž are pronounced, some english words use what sound like those letters, please don't make the same mistake that they are pronounced as ch, sh and zh, just remember the how it sounds like in the words i'll list below.

''Ch''ocolate, ''Sh''ake and Vi''s''ion.

Now onto the first type of pronouns (and the only one i will put here) Jaz = i Ti = you On = he Ona = she To = it Mi = we Se = they (when we use ''they'' we use it as 2 words, for example: ''They'' will go swimming, ''Oni se'' bojo šli kopati).

And now for the last thing, here are some simple and grammar ish words: Živjo = hello. Čav (sounds like Čau) = bye (in some cases people use it to say hello) In = and (yes it's confusing for some) Kaj? = What? Kako si? = How are you? Kaj je to? = What is this? Danes je lep dan = Today is a good day. Ne govorim Slovenščine = I don't speak Slovenian. A znaš Angleščino? = Do you know English? Voda = water. Miza = table. Chair = stol. Hrana = food. Žival = Animal.

That's all i will say, i wanted to post something simple but at the same time i don't want to make too many posts to teach Slovenian, i hope this helped people who will be taking a vacation or are moving, or just people who want to learn more. :)

September 21, 2015

34 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mnedelkovska

Awesome! You have my support! I want to learn Slovenian. It is very similar to Serbian / Croatian and my Macedonian. Greetings from Macedonia )


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/1238723

Here is a link to the primary discussion for people interested in a Slovene (Slovenian) course on Duolingo: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/11160209

Here is a link to the facebook page in support of Slovene (Slovenian) on Duolingo: https://www.facebook.com/groups/465431640306112/

Here is a link to the discussion on how to request a language on Duolingo: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/15014194


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/greg.mort

Slovenian seems so hard, even after learning other Slavic languages. So far it's really kicking my behind. Also it sounds so unslavic-like and different to me :) I'm not giving up though!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NorthernPaw

Wish you all the best on your journey to learn our language. :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Petja.
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Just keep going, like with any other language it gets easier with time. :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Monsieur_Bovary

Nice! Slovenia, a lovable neighbour of ours...

P.S. How do you say "you" (second person plural) in Slovenian?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Klemen702

Vi. ''Vi dva pijete'' = You two drink.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Petja.
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There's a typo, it's 'vidva pijeta' (dual). :) Or 'vi pijete' (plural).


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sapiophia

Are you Slovenian? There are a lot of mistakes in this introduction (e.g. "ne govorim Slovenščine" should be "ne govorim slovenščino") and no mention of the dual form...


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Petja.
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Ahm no, using the 2nd case is actually correct here, so 'ne govorim slovenščine' is correct, but it'd be even better to say 'ne govorim slovensko'.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sapiophia

Oh, oops. I'm obviously not qualified to make this introduction either, haha!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Klemen702

I actually am, but i just have spent most of my life being on computer that i don't even use the language that much... sad i know, i am regretting making this.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dio_Cesonis

I loved the Čau, it sounds identical to our portuguese "Tchau".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Arctinus

It's only used in the western and central part of the country, though. In the eastern part it's way more common to say adijo (uh-DEE-yo) and you basically never hear čao, except from students who study here but are from the western/central parts. :P


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

Are "nj lj" separate letters in Slovenian?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Petja.
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Yes they are. 'nj' is considered as two seperate letters 'n' and 'j', the same goes for lj. :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Klemen702

Not entirely sure what you are asking, but i don't think they are a thing.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

In Croatian, as far as I know, "lj" is consider a separate letter, so e.g. "ljubiti" would be spelled "lj - u - b - i - t - i", and "njegov" would come after "novine" in a dictionary.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Klemen702

As far as i understand, l and j combined is used alot, so prehaps in some cases/places. But nj defenetly no.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Arctinus

Yes, they are separate letters and the word ljubiti would therefore be spelled l-j-u-b-i-t-i. :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mizinamo

How alive is the dual number in spoken Slovenian?

Is it always used / usually used / possible but optional / rarely used / almost dead?

Does it make a difference whether the subject is a human, an object that usually comes in pairs (gloves, shoes, skis, ...), or another object such as "apples" or "houses"?

For example, if you said "Look at those blue houses!" and there are exactly two, would you use the dual number or the plural?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Petja.
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Dual is one of the offical grammatical features of Slovene and should as such be regularly used; in reality however quite a number of Slovenes have problems using it correctly (using plural declensions instead).


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Klemen702

''However quite a number of Slovenes have problems using it correctly'' Haha, thanks for correcting me at my 2 mistakes. I don't communicate much in Slovene that i sometimes fail :P Any suggestions on what i could read online?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Petja.
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Don't know what you're interested in. Perhaps check out the national tv's website: http://www.rtvslo.si


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Blockhause

Remarkable detail that chair is stol in Slovenian. Stol is also chair in Danish, stuhl in German and stoel in Dutch (same root). It might be a loanword from German?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jakub4096

Yet, in Slovak stôl is table.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Klemen702

Yes, Slovenian used to have more words borrowed from German, but now there are way less.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NorthernPaw

Today we still have quite a few German words in slang/street talk but not in the written language itself. Not to nitpick but if you will teach the correct written way of Slovene then you need to fix some things or explain it better. Keep in mind i will only write the correct way of Slovenian language and not slang/dialects.

A znaš Angleščino? = Do you know English? Ali znaš angleščino? = Do you know English?+

We do not write the name of the languages with capital letters. + I believe this would be more accurate/appropriate.

Se = they It's Oni not Se : Mi,Vi,Oni.(We,You(plural),They) For example : Oni se bodo šli kopati.- They' will go swimming. Word SE is more equalent to Will (as this WILL happen in the future) in this case while in Present Continuous Oni se kopajo = They are swimming word SE would mean are(as it's happening now in this moment).

Živjo = hello. We write it Živijo but pronounce it as Živjo.

If anyone would like to hear our language i would recommend this band: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABdt4WRO-9w Sometimes the lyrics are not completely correct but oh well... It wasn't me who translated it by the way. You have Slovene,German and English lyrics.

But otherwise you did a nice job man.Keep it up and.I'll give you thumbs up and follow you on here if you wish.

Lep pozdrav. :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Blockhause

Interesting. That must have a historical reason ;)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SurrealSoul

Słowenia jest pięknym krajem :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Petja.
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Thank you, so is Poland. :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sjodni

I would love to learn Slovenian, it´s there with indonesian as languages I think would be really cool!

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