Who wants to learn Slovene? :)

Hey guys!

I've noticed whispers that some of you want to learn slovene. My friend Monika (she is also a Duolingo user) really want to get this show on the road. We have already sent application to Duolingo incubator. Now we have also created a Facebook group for all lovers of Slovenia and Slovene language. The more people are interested in learning Slovene, bigger are the chances one day we will be able to start creating the course. We both have bachelor degree in Slovene linguistics (I'm actually doing masters now). We know our language very well and we'll be glad to answer any questions you might have about the language or the country.

Please join and share. We feel sLOVEnia :)

October 19, 2015


Oh, Slovene in Duolingo seems an unreal dream to me. I'd love to see it here since there are really no many good resources of Slovene in internet. I slowly (very slowly) study it myself using the grammar book I found on Scribd few years ago. I am not very far, I can read and understand simple texts like children's books or interviews where people tell about how they met, had children, moved to a new place, but nothing more complicated. And I don't speak and don't really understand the spoken language. I hope my learning pace will get faster now as I have 11 more months of maternity leave ahead. :) It's a shame I haven't learned Slovene yet since I've been visiting Slovenia every year since 2009. We always stay in the camping which has a motto - Your home away from home - and this is how I and my family feel about Slovenia. Actually even this profile picture of mine is from Slovenia. :) I really hope you manage to bring it to Duolingo! :) If Incubator was in a real world and not in virtual I would apply to be an assistant contributor - you know, the one who brings coffee for the real contributors and runs small errands for them so that they can spend more time creating the course. :)))

October 20, 2015
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Have you tried out this (almost) new and shiny webpage? :)

May 8, 2018

wow. thanks for the info! looks great!

May 16, 2018

Hey, I'm from Slovenia and I tried to submit a slovene course for English and German speakers, and I tried to sumbit an english, german, russian, italian and french course for slovene speakers, so the slovene people can learn it in their own language. I would like YOU to Support this, please!

May 7, 2017

I am a native speaker of Slovene and I have already applied in incubator. Reading the comments of this post I have a feeling there is enough interest to start this course. What is holding it back?

January 8, 2017

I I wander if anything has happened so far in your incubator, because we are trying to renew the initiative. I propose that we connect and work together. We have the plan to build both courses Slovenian for English and for Chinese speakers simultaneously. Why Chinese? - Well it will be a professional challenge for us trying to find some new solutions and make it more user friendly, specifically avoiding rigid translations that often burden such courses. Then it is an opportunity to offer to vast Chinese community a possibility of learning in some way marginal and not so well know language with rich cultural and interesting linguistic background, and third it would be of great practical help to those Chinese which have so far settled in Slovenia.

January 17, 2018

Good luck future Slovene team! :D

October 20, 2015

Thanks Dvir. I hope we make it :)

October 20, 2015

I absolutely would looooove to see Slovene on here and would definitely do a course in it.

October 20, 2015

Ravno sem se prijavila na Duolingo Incubator. Kakšno leto nazaj sem tudi, ampak ker se ni nič dogajalo sem mislila da bi spet. Bomo videli!

I just submitted my application on the Duolingo Incubator - again. I did it for the first time a year or so ago, but given that nothing had happened I thought I would try again. We'll see.

September 13, 2016


September 13, 2016

I would certainly love to learn Slovene! I fancy it as perhaps my favourite Slavic language ^.^

October 20, 2015

For anyone who's following this conversation, I think we've gotten critical mass to actually make this happen. I've got ~8 people so far who are willing to contribute to the course, and a friend at Duolingo who tells me that should be enough. If anyone here wants to contribute also, follow the link to the facebook group in the original post, and there's a post by Sabrina Gardner that has some more info.

May 14, 2017

I would love to be among the first guinea pigs to sign up. I'll watch the FB group for updates too.

May 14, 2017

I also am willing to be test subject

December 5, 2017

My grandmother is Slovenian, and I've been desperately trying to teach myself as a way of feeling closer to her and her culture, so I really hope this course happens at some point. :)

May 25, 2017

I would love to learn Slovene! Slovenia is a very beautiful country with a very beautiful culture with great artists and musicians. :) I actually tried looking into learning the language, but unfortunately there are not a lot of materials.

October 20, 2015

(Also, this has one of the higher number of comments for the 'Who wants to learn ____' threads, so they can't say there's no demand for it :P I think I'd give it a go as well, Slovenia is absolutely beautiful and I'd love to go one day.)

July 16, 2017

Slovene sounds like really interesting idea. Maybe not for now, because I've got normal lessons in the school (and I need to pass exams this year, so I can't "let learning go") and my Ukrainian course to finish, but then who knows... Especially when I finish Ukrainian I'll speak 2 Slavic languages: Polish (my native language) and Ukrainian (first I need to finish it, but I can't wait to speak it), so then if I'll learn a new language I think I'll choose a Slavic language :)

October 20, 2015

Seeing Slovenian on Duolingo would be pretty neat, I've been in Slovenia a couple of times so being able to talk to the people there in their own language would be fun :) So the best of luck with your application!

Also btw, spreek je Nederlands? :p

October 21, 2015

Jaaaaa, prosim! I would love this, since I learnt it orally as my first language but I really need to brush up. One thing that would really bug me though would be to see it called 'Slovene'. I find it such an ugly alternative to the more elegant 'Slovenian'. Can't bear the sound or look of it.

October 22, 2015


Another vote here for Slovene! Having taken Slovene courses and used course books such as 1,2,3 Gremo! There is not a lot of content out there on English to Slovene both in text or programs, and it certainly would be a welcome addition by those wishing to learn the language.


January 31, 2017

I would love to learn Slovenian on Duolingo. This would make my mother who is originally from NE Slovenia very happy. My Slovenian really needs improving. Duolingo is an excellent program for this.

July 19, 2017

I would love it if Duolingo added a Slovene course! I am very interested in the country and culture. :)

October 12, 2017

I hope Duolingo gets a course for Slovene. It would be a great way to learn and review. As others have said, there are so few good materials for Slovene. I bought the Learn Slovenian Online course, which was a decent intro. I mostly use Memrise now and practice on Hello Pal with someone I got in contact with there. But it's slow-going.

July 15, 2016

I would like to learn this language and hope it comes to Duolingo soon :)

July 18, 2016

I would love a slovenian course!

July 18, 2016

I really wanna learn Slovene!

October 9, 2016

I am voting for Slovene as well. Cannot wait for it! Are there any news from the incubator application?

Prosim Duolingo!! In najlepsa hvala Maja in Monika!

March 7, 2017

I seriously hope we can make this happen! I visited Slovenia with my wife while I was deployed to Kosovo, and we absolutely fell in love with it. We can't wait to come back, and we can't wait to show Slovenia to our kids

April 14, 2017

yes please! I'm Slovenian but don't speak the language due to me growing up in Switzerland! I'd love to see a course for Slovenian!!

May 2, 2017

My friend really wants to learn Slovene (Slovenian?) too so I'm adding a vote by proxy. If there's all this will for it, surely more languages (added by volunteers as well, isn't it!) would be better for their app? The more, the merrier - I'm slightly annoyed that High Valerian got the slot and a language like Slovenian didn't...

July 16, 2017

I'm ready whenever Slovene is available in the incubator! Can't wait!

August 19, 2017

Hi, any progress on this? I'm interested! :)

September 5, 2017

Slovenia just qualified for a historic Eurobasket 2017 final!!! International fans might want to start pronouncing Gašper Vidmar or Jaka Blažič correctly... learn how to yell gremo Slovenci... or how to order a Laško at their next Stožice pilgrimage! :)

September 15, 2017

Struggling to learn the language to sit for my citizenship in Slovenia. I'd love if Duolingo could help me archieve this goal!

October 8, 2017

How is the incubator going? We are waiting for you! Cheers from Trieste!

October 11, 2017

Yes, please! And I cheer the most for at least English and German courses for Slovene. My children could use that and learning with Duolingo is real fun! You have my vote.

Ja, prosim! Še najbolj pa navijam vsaj za tečaja angleščine in nemščine za slovensko govoreče. :) Mojim otrokom bi to prav prišlo, z Duolingom pa je učenje res zabavno! Imate moj glas.

November 13, 2017

id love that so i could talk to my girlfriend in her native language just to melt her heart id love it if you did

November 19, 2017

I don't know if there is anyone who is still following this post, because it is two years old and it doesn't seem as if there is still anyone who is still commenting. I was just wondering if you are still working on this or if you stopped. Thanks, Noah

December 6, 2017

I am a Slovene and I would love love love love love... to contribute in this course! ;)

January 26, 2018

Me too, if they start the process, I'm totally in!

February 4, 2018
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I'm here too if there's any help needed. :)

May 8, 2018

i want to learn it

July 16, 2018

+1 for Slovenian. I holiday there every year and would love to learn the lingo!! Beautiful country

August 19, 2018

How can we help make this happen? It there some official procedure for voting or similar?

September 5, 2018

My grandfather is Slovene and I would love to learn the language he spoke!

October 16, 2018

I refuse to give up hope.

October 24, 2018

Slovensko govorim in pišem, bi se pa z veseljem še kaj naučil. Prepričan sem, da bi se slovenščine lotilo zelo veliko slovenskih izseljencev (druge, tretje … generacije), ki počasi pozabljajo slovenski jezik.

December 23, 2018

I'm intrigued, I've actually never heard of this language. it seems pretty cool.

October 19, 2015

Slovene or Slovenian is a slavic language spoken in Slovenia (one of the former Yugoslavian republics). It has around 2 million speakers. It's closely related to Serbian and Croatian.

October 19, 2015

ahh okay

October 19, 2015

Teacher: Who wants to learn Slovene? Me: OOH, PICK ME, PICK ME, PICK ME!! Teacher: Well, we need a course.. Me: I'll WAIT! I AM PATIENT! Teacher: But it's a hard language: Me: Don't doubt me. I will learn it. My hand is still in the air.

October 20, 2015

I would love to see a Slovenian course on Duolingo. Best of luck in your campaign to get this course on Duolingo! :)

October 20, 2015

There is a big community in Argentina that speak Slovenian. They learnt it language since their parents leave Slovenia many years ago. All of them are interested not to forget their parents and grandparents language. Slovenian in Duolingo will be a very valuable chance to improve and practice this language. Slovenian people, who live ouside Slovenia consider the language as a very valuable heritage they have recieved from elders.

October 20, 2015

Exacly! There are slovene communities in Uruguay, USA, Canada and Australia too. It's really hard for people outside of Slovenia to get study materials and even in Slovenia the courses cost a fortune. I'm really happy to see such interest in Slovene language. I hope we can make this happen, I think we just need to insist.

October 20, 2015

Yes please! I've been to Slovenia several times already and I'd like to improve my Slovene.

October 20, 2015

Hi, I think i got interest to learning slovene language & culture. so please accept me in FB Group. I'll looking forward to it Maja. :)

October 21, 2015

if you were to give us a short paragraph in slovene and english which we could send in, times that by x10 x12 x15 applications, that would surely get duo's attention!

October 21, 2015

I am pretty sure that Duo only starts looking at applications for a specific course once they already have plans to add the course.

October 21, 2015

I am still hoping to see Slovene added to Duolingo one day.

May 9, 2016

It’s the nation of poets. It needs a course.

July 5, 2016

Let's do this

July 13, 2016

Oh, me, me, please! I am first generation American - my mother was born in Ljubljana - and I am so sad that I've never managed to learn the language. I am not very good at learning languages to begin with; and making matters worse, there aren't really any good resources for learning it. I am here basically just in hopes that Slovenian gets added.

July 13, 2016

Nearly my entire family has roots in Slovenia and I have been trying to find a good online resource but have come up short. I need this!

July 25, 2016

My girlfriend is slovenian and I've been feeling pretty bad about my abject failures trying to learn the language; I've just started using duolingo and I like it a lot so I'd love the chance to learn Slovenian here!

August 6, 2016

Just found this post. I would also love to learn Slovene. I agree that there are few online resources and I've been very happy with my progress in Duolingo German, so a Slovene option would be perfect for me. My father was born there and I visited the first time last year - it is the most amazing country, and I speak about my trip to everyone I meet. I correspond with many relatives now, but only in English. It would be wonderful to start before my next visit.

August 6, 2016

I lived 3 years in Trst and learned Italian. I studied paragliding in Slovenia for two years. I had many Slovenian friends, but missed out on a lot of jokes from not knowing the language. The people are so kind. I would love to return, or even live there! So I want to learn some Slovene!!!

September 5, 2016

Really, any of the South Slavic languages would be quite welcome to me.

November 7, 2016

I would love a Slovenian course on here. It is very hard to find a decent course online. I vote ja!

December 9, 2016

I'm going to Slovenia in October and would love to have some basic words to communicate with, so yes for Slovene language on DuoLingo!

December 9, 2016

I would really like for Slovenian to be a language on duolingo. I am half Slovenian and I went to Slovenian school for two years before I could no longer do it. Too bad not many people really know about Slovenia :/

December 9, 2016

Yess! I'd love for there to be a course for Slovene! I know the basics and everything but it would be awesome if there were to be a course <3 #wefeelsLOVEnia

December 16, 2016

I'm learning Slovene on Memrise for the moment. As there is no grammar whatsoever over there, a Duolingo Slovene course woul be highly appreciated :D

Meanwhile, does anyone know where to find some basic grammar overview? I searched the web for books or sites, but couldn't find much.

Kind regards,


January 3, 2017

Routledge has a "Colloquial Slovene," and I generally find that series useful.

January 3, 2017

Thanks, I'll check it out

January 3, 2017

Amazon has several books and the app 50 languages on iOS has it, though I find their practice methods are not nearly as effective as Duo's

January 29, 2017

There is a blog and under learn slovene she has many posts that have helped me alot.

March 31, 2017

Oh that would be so great... Slovene classes are so rare! I need to communicate with my on-law family! Thumbs up for Slovene!

January 9, 2017

I'd love to learn Slovene. I hope Duolingo positively reply to your application and listen to our request. Cheers.

January 23, 2017

I have yet to find a program that really focuses on using the cases, which is absurd because you're not going to speak Slovene well unless you can properly use the cases! 50 Languages is okay, not as good as Duolingo with Spanish. I'd love to see the same quality of learning in a Duolingo Slovene option.

I'm not sure how they would do the cases since 50 languages doesn't really help you practice them at all, and a brief explination of word order - please. Oh yeah, and the change in the ending of nouns when you get to 7+ or is it 5+ when you drop the ending all together. I'm getting a headache thinking about the grammar.

January 29, 2017

Slovene is, in its use of cases, very much like Russian, Ukrainian, or Polish, all three of which have Duolingo programs. I have only looked at Ukrainian and Polish, so I can't really comment on the Russian. The method of Duolingo clearly has to do with complete sentences, so grammatical features like noun declension and word order are meant to be studied in the context of the complete sentence. A lot of the languages also provide paradigms for things like noun cases in the Tips Notes sections, though those drop out of Ukrainian and Polish after just a few lessons (at least when they were in beta). All in all, though, Slovene is a Slavic, Indoeuropean language, so it should be a lot easier to put together a Duolingo for Slovene than it was for either Turkish or Hungarian, both of which have a lot more noun cases and a lot more exotic sentence structure than Slovene (at least to an English-speaker).

January 29, 2017

I only use Duolingo for Spanish, so I haven't seen how it teaches Russian or any of the other Slavic languages (I'd probably study Croatian though). They don't have special notes on Spanish in the iOS version, but they do have bots, which is cool. I haven't seen bots on the Andriod version.

Honestly though, Slovene is the most complex of the Slavic languages, mostly because of the dual, and being able to fill in the blank in sentences is not nearly as effective as knowing that negations should go into Tožilnik - I don't even know what to call that case in English, or that masculin nouns and adjectives don't take an ending in the Imenovalnik (Genative?) case. You know what I mean? Knowing the rules gives you the power of creation rather than just expecting you to parrot what you've repeated. Repetition is great, but mostly for strengthening a grammatical foundation that is already there.

There are ways to practice cases. For example, a fill in the blank: lepa ženska, now put the three endings from Rodilnik on there in the singular, dual and plural. Or another question could be, "What is the appropriate case ending if you want to say 'pri lep_ cerkv_?' Singular form.'"

There are ways of doing it that will give a person more practice and fluency that having the proper ending tagged onto adjectives and nouns that you place in a prewritten and structured sentence. Not to mention that fact that with word order, Slovenes can change the word order to create emphasis rather than using intonation, as I would in English.

Great. Duolingo is not designed to get a person to fluency, but it would be amazingly helpful to have exercises that improved and solidified that grammatical knowledge.

January 30, 2017

I would guess that the Tožilnik might be the instrumental. Negations in Polish and Russian tend to take the genitive. The Imenovalnik sounds like the nominative case, which takes no ending in most Slavic languages. If Slovene has a complete dual, that is quite an interesting feature. I don't think any of the other modern Slavic languages retains that. Most languages can change emphasis by changing word order, but it is very difficult to design exercises in print that teach that well. As to morphological fill-in-the-blanks, I always found those pretty useless without the context of a sentence to see them in. Simply memorizing the endings can be done with a simple paradigm, which I agree ought to be included any any Tips & Notes, but none of that means anything without a feeling for the use of the case, which one can only get by seeing it in use in sentences.

January 31, 2017

Tožilnik is the accusative (4th case). The instrumental, 6th case, is orodnik. The imenovalnik is the basic form, yes. Slovene has a complete dual. Oh and imenovalnik is the nominative. Rodilnik, 2nd case = genitive. Others are dajalnik and mestnik, dative and locative.

Also, in Slovene, the objects of negations take the genitive. Imam to but Nimam tega.

January 31, 2017

I think German helped fill certain gaps re. cases, but I still struggle. Dual is pretty easy, ironically. More endings, pronouns, verb forms but that's all.

January 31, 2017

Nic review. Thanks. The thing I find most frustrating is not having a grammatical equivalent in English, which for me creates a big whole in my logic when trying to get a feel for how to use the language. Using Slovene while briefly living there was the only way to really get a feel for it.

January 31, 2017

I visited Slovenia and the language is so pretty! i really would like to learn it. Hvala for working on it : )

February 8, 2017

Put me on the list of very interested future students! I would love to improve the Slovenian which I've managed to aquire slowly over many years. It is so difficult to find learning materials for this very intricate, subtle and challenging language!

February 19, 2017

I'm sad that this beautiful language isn't in the incubator yet. :(

February 23, 2017

Slowene is the hardest language on the world???...didn't ya know that???.....but I love it

March 3, 2017

I'd object and say Finnish was, although Slovene certainly has more exceptions.

March 3, 2017

It's the most complex of the Slavic languages, but the hardest language on earth has to do with your native tongue and ear. It's impossible for a tone deaf American to learn Chinese because it's tonal, for example. Well, they'd learn little, but it would be horrible. And you're not looking at less spoken languages like Navajo or Tagalog.

March 3, 2017

That's not true! I have no trouble learning Mandarin.

March 3, 2017

I would definitely love to see this course!

March 26, 2017

Can I just ask you, why would you like to learn Slovene? What is your motivation?

March 28, 2017

Sure. I have been to the country and fell in love with it. I also have partial ancestry and would love to explore my roots. Finally, I already speak a Slavic language and think it would be cool to learn another (one of the smallest Slavic languages). How about you? What's your motivation?

March 29, 2017

Nice, that's interesting! I'm actually Slovene and I'm following this discussion just because it's interesting to see what foreigners think about my first language :).

March 29, 2017

That's great! Try to convince the developers and consider contributing to the course! What are your impressions so far? Good reasons why people want to learn?

March 30, 2017

I'm very interested.

April 19, 2017

do you know when or if a course would begin in the incubator?

May 4, 2017

Great! I'm voting for a Slovene part in Duolingo, please let us know if this is going to be real!

May 25, 2017

Pozdravljeni, Glede na stanje pri drugih evropskih jezikih ( Madžari, Čehi, Poljaki, Grki) bi bilo pametno najprej vzpostaviti angleščino za Slovence. Mogoče bo prej odobreno. Seveda podpiram oba tečaja.

June 4, 2017

I am at home in Slovenia and i want to learn English. I do not know German language. They were happy if i could learn from the Slo venian language. Thanks for the ansver. Alojzija Heindl

July 14, 2017

Hi there

We have created our own Slovene language course, the concept is similar to Duolingo, it is available here

Enjoy! :)

December 7, 2017

cool, I still hope duolingo does a slovenian course though

December 7, 2017

Oooh brilliant!

December 8, 2017

This is so awesome, thanks!!! I hope it gets the attention it deserves.

December 8, 2017

Great!! Thank you!!!

December 11, 2017

YES! I'm British but would love to live in Slovenia one day which means learning their beautiful language!

December 12, 2017

Slovene is beautiful and I would love to learn it. Language resources about the lesser known languages are so far to find.

January 9, 2018
January 9, 2018

I am really glad that so many discussants and interest has appeared in a few days. Actually the idea is quite serious. As one of the founders of the Department of Asian studies at the Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana I strongly support this idea and I made contacts at the Department for Slovenian language as well as the Department of English language to find enthusiasts willing to participate in this project. The aim is to offer Slovenian language to the world population of English and Chinese speakers. So both courses will be prepared simultaneously and there is support of the linguists’ at all three departments. Slovenian is spoken by rather small population, but has long cultural tradition and is one of the most archaic Indo-European languages, has a bit more complicated grammatical structures with similarities to Sanskrit, but could be very interesting for linguist fans and a very good basis lo learn all other Slavic languages. So I am looking forward for the support from duolingo community to stimulate us in our endeavours.

January 17, 2018

Hi, I study languages, am a native Slovene speaker and I would love to contribute to the project! I think it would be very special to have a good Slovenian course here on Duolingo since there really aren't many on the Internet. Looking forward to spreading our interesting language all around the world!

June 27, 2018

I like duolingo and am disappointed Solvenian is not available. I am here in the is beautiful country and want to learn a bit

July 22, 2018

If anybody is going to make a course for Slovene, I would also want to help you.

August 22, 2018

A je tole še aktualno? Sem že dala dvakrat prijavo v inkubator. Kakšne novice? Se mi zdi, da nas je kar nekaj, ki bi prispevali k izdelavi tečaja...

August 29, 2018

Jaz sem se tudi že dvakrat prijavil, da bi rad pomagal pri izdelavi tečaja....

August 30, 2018

Tudi jaz sem že nekajkrat dala prijavo, pa mi je vsakič napisal, da ni nihče drug zainteresiran za to in da bodo sporočili, ko bo. Pa se mmi zdi, da to ne drži.

August 30, 2018

would be great to have this one

November 10, 2018

Thank you! I requested to joing the FB Slovene Group. My wife is Slovenian and our girls and I would love to have a more convenient way to learn it.

January 10, 2019

I would love to see Slovene added...I will for sure learn it...I have roots in Slovenia, so would like to learn it on top of my Hungarian.

January 16, 2019

Would be amazing to have Slovene added to Duolingo!

January 18, 2019

Ja, prosim! I can't wait for Slovene! I want to learn all the main Slavic languages, and Slovene seems really easy and fun to learn. I just have some questions, which cases are mostly used in everyday Slovene, and also, how closely related is it to other Slavic languages? (Polish, Czech/Slovak, Serbo-Croatian, Macedonian, Bulgarian, Ukrainian, Russian, and Belarusian) I always thought of Slovene as the bridge between the Northern Slavic and the Southern Slavic languages, is that true?

Srečno in najlepša hvala! :)

October 20, 2015

Hey! Slovene has 6 cases: nominative, genitive, dative, accusative, locative and instrumental. Normally we use all six cases in everyday communication but sometimes it can happen people confuse genitive with accusative and dative with locative. I can't help you much with your other questions because I don't speak any other Slavic languages except Slovene and Serbian. In my opinion Slovene has the closest relation to Croatian. However knowing one slavic language will help you when you learn another one because in the end we do belong to the same language group. But sometimes silimarities also make things more difficult because of 'false friends'. I hope you find this helpful. If you have more questions, feel free to ask. And don't forget to join our group :)

October 20, 2015

Slovene is a South Slavic language, meaning that it's most closely related to Serbo-Croatian, Bulgarian and Macedonian. The similarities with Serbo-Croatian are much stronger than with the eastern South Slavic languages.

Just a minor correction - there are no North Slavic languages. The Slavic languages spoken to the north of Europe are the West Slavic languages (Czech, Slovak, Polish, etc) and the East Slavic languages (Russian, Ukrainian, Belarusian, etc). Slovak has features that are both West Slavic and South Slavic, so in a sense it's more of a transitional language between South and West Slavic.

October 20, 2015

In my experience Slovene is very close to Serbian and Croatian, less so to Russian and is relatively far from Polish and Czech. However indeed as Maja says knowing any of the Slavic languages will help you with another. Knowing Russian helps me with Slovene a lot, I often choose the right grammar forms without knowing the rule - just because there is the same paradigm in Russian.

October 20, 2015

Is it easy? I always got the impression that Slovene had a reputation for being one of the most difficult Slavic languages from reading the comments of people trying to learn it (I've not tried to myself). Nevertheless, it would great to see it on Duolingo, as there seems to be less learning material for Slovene in English out there than any other Slavic language.

October 20, 2015

Pssst... :) Actually I think it's not easy at all. As I said before if you know any other slavic languages, it will be a great help. However people who learn Slovene normally learn canon slovene, meanwhile slovene people mostly speak in dialects. For such a small country Slovenia has a lot od dialects (people still argue about the exact number but let's say it between 40 and 50) and subdialects. For example: I come from southern Slovenia and our dialect has been influenced by italian language and even when I speak canon slovene, people can normally recognize where I come from because of my intonation and melody. My friend Monika is from Maribor (north-east) and they have been influenced by german. We both live in Ljubljana (central region) and they have their own dialect too. Of course we can all understand eachother but sometimes it can happen that I use a word and my friends from other parts of Slovenia don't know what it means. For example: 'an ant' in canon slovene is 'mravlja' but I say 'bravinc' or 'curly' in canon slovene is 'valoviti' and I say 'ricasti'. Slovene also has three grammatical numbers (singular, dual, plural) and that can cause some confusion even for Slovene speakers. Sorry for a long post but I'm really excited to share some knowledge about Slovene language. In the future we will also post some basic slovene lessons on forum and in the group. :)

October 20, 2015

Yes yes yes... some basic Slovene lessons... :))))))

October 21, 2015

Is it true that the dual is only used for masculine nouns in spoken language, and for feminine/neuter you use the plural?

August 23, 2016

I'm replying to flootzavut's comment here, because replying to it directly doesn't seem to be possible. It took me quite a long time to get what you were asking (partly beacuse I don't speak Russian) and I'm still not sure if I understood the matter completely. Therefore, I'm pretty sure Slovenian doesn't use numbers and cases in that way.

So, let's say we have the number two (dva). Since it's a cardinal numeral it's usually used with a noun (in the dual, of course). So, we have (for example) a feminine noun "ženska" (a woman) in the dual - "dve ženski" (two women). nominative: DVE ženski (sta) = two women (are) genitive: DVEH žensk (ni) = two women (are not here) dative: DVEMA ženskama (dam) = (I give sth to) two women accusative: DVE ženski (vidim) = (I see) two women locative: (o) DVEH ženskah (govorim) = (I'm talking about) two women instrumental: (z) DVEMA ženskama (grem) = (I'm going somewhere with) two women

We use numbers with all of the cases (it depends on the verb and the preposition used in the sentence). And, as you can see, the ending of the number and the noun changes. But the ending of the number is also different if the noun is feminine, neuter or masculine. Considering this, I think English is a fairly easy language to learn ...

I hope I replied to you question and I hope this helps in some way.

September 3, 2016

No, not exactly - we use the dual for all of the nouns... For example: a masculine noun: tisti stol (that chair) en stol (a/one chair), dva STOLA (two chairs), trije stoli (three chairs)

a feminine noun: tista miza (that table) ena miza (a/one table), dve MIZI (two tables), tri mize (three tables)

a neutral noun: tisto okno (that window) eno okno (a/one window), dve OKNI (two windows), tri okna (three windows)

But there are also some nouns that exist only in singular and plural, some uncountable nouns and the ones that exist only in plural.

August 26, 2016

Obviously, the dual number changes things a bit, but besides that, does Slovene use different cases with different numbers? I'm wondering if they're at all similar or even the same as in the other Slavic languages I've studied. (Mostly Eastern and Western, I did do a year of Croatian, but that was fifteen years ago and I don't remember for the life of me if the numbers took cases the same way or not!) I believe these systems are relics of things like dual number (if memory serves...), so I'm really curious if they're reflected in Slovene.

For example, in Russian (and Ukrainian and Polish... I think it may be similar in Czech, but I'm doing the reverse course and I'm figuring out how the cases work in a very roundabout way, so I'm not certain), 1 takes the nominative singular, 2-4 take genitive singular, 5+ take genitive plural. When you get to 20+, it depends on the final digit of the number which case it takes.

Does Slovene do this at all? Or does it just have singular/dual/plural?

(I know somewhere I have Colloquial Slovene, but all my language books have gone walkabout and I can't even find my Russian textbooks at the moment.)

August 26, 2016

Obviously in written language, but also in spoken language (in the central dialects)?

September 13, 2016

Written and spoken language aren't that different in terms of grammar, but they aren't that alike in the pronunciation of words. But people from the south-eastern part of Slovenia tend to use the plural (not the dual) pronoun in the spoken language, even when talking about two people. That's because they are close to Italian border, they all speak Italian, Italians don't have the dual, so... they just don't complicate and use the plural :).

September 24, 2016

I know I want to!

November 5, 2017

I would love it!!!!!

November 11, 2017

I'm interested too, especially due to the lack of learning material for slovene !

November 19, 2017

I love duolingo, I think the best language platform in my case English

January 11, 2018

I love duolingo, I think the best language platform in my case English

January 11, 2018

Well, how is the project going on after two years? We (fans from Faculty of Arts in Ljubljana) are starting a new initiative of Slovene or Slovenian for Chinese speakers. Of course we would like to prepare both courses (for English and Chinese speakers) simultaneously, so if you still want to continue with this project we can join forces and continue together. How many incubators have you started and how much work has been done?

January 18, 2018

I am also in for Slovenian!

January 19, 2018

I would learn it in a heart beat

January 24, 2018

@MitjaSaje and @Maja.kurid - thanks for continuing to push this forward. I am a Brit living in Slovenia and am attempting to learn Slovenian. I would love to see SLO on Duolingo and in the meantime have been using the site (thanks!).

What is the status with the progress of SLO on DL?

Do you know what is requried in order for a new course to be created?

Is it down to a group of volunteers, or do DL have to decide there's enough demand before they approve it?

I see that both Irish (~80K native speakers) and Welsh (~700K) are already available on DL - despite these languages having fewer speakers than SLO - so it cannot be decided on the number of speakers alone.

If we know the process, then we could perhaps help make it happen faster.

Hvala lepa!

February 3, 2018

Thank you!! Yes, I would LOVE to see DL offer a course in Slovenian!

February 7, 2018

I'm moving to Slovenia in August. Would love to learn a little before I arrive.

March 17, 2018

Yes please!

April 4, 2018

Yes, please--let's have a Slovenian option! I've been trying to work through Goethe Verlag's "book2 English-Slovenian for beginners" but Duolingo's format is much better!

May 12, 2018

As someone with Slovene heritage, I would love to see a course for it on Duolingo. I use Duo to learn the languages of my ancestors and believe it is the best program for learning a language. Slovene died out in my family several decades and I'd love to bring it back. It would also be interesting to see a south Slavic language on the website. Perhaps Serbo-Croatian could be next

November 5, 2018

Bit of an older thread, but I'd still love to learn Slovene! I've been using Slonline but I still think that having a Duolingo course would be fantastic.

February 4, 2019

Not sure how active this is, but I would love to have a Slovene course!

February 5, 2019

This thread is active! Thank you for joining.

February 5, 2019

I just love the enthusiasm and dedication of the contributers, Slovenian would be so cool!

March 18, 2019

Why is this not happening? 3 years and counting I’ve been desperately waiting for this course

April 7, 2019

I want.

June 9, 2017


August 19, 2017

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August 19, 2017

Any news on this course? It would be my next language after I am done with German :)

July 22, 2019


August 19, 2017

I am from Austria living close to the Slovenian borders and the possibility to learn Slovenian at duolingo would be great!

April 18, 2019

I would really love to learn Slovene, it is such a beautiful language and I am highly interested in the language.

April 30, 2019

I love Slovene and definitely want to see it in Duolingo

April 30, 2019

Been trying to learn your language since a while, and since I'm having a good experience with Duolingo in learning a bit of Hungarian, would just love to learn that you fulfilled your dream. It goes without saying that I will join your FB group !

May 30, 2019

Yes please

June 13, 2019
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