Slovene Learning Online is a freely accessible online course in Slovene for foreigners, developed at the Centre for Slovene as a Second and Foreign Language in cooperation with the company DigiEd. The course is for all those who wish to learn Slovene on their own in a simple, playful and effective way.
Do you already know Slovenia well? Have you heard of Mount Triglav? Have you ever eaten potica? If you want to get to know Slovenia better, watch the short animation which will tell you what is special about it and what it is known for.
The best way to get to know Slovenia and its people is through the Slovene language, which has a long spoken and written tradition. The animation below will tell you about the language. If you learn the odd Slovene word while you are watching, then the Slovenes you meet will be very pleased.
The Slovene alphabet has 25 Latin letters. Anything unusual? The Slovene alphabet does not contain the letters q, x, y or w, but it does have č, š and ž. The sign above these letters is known as a caron or hachek. The pronunciation is not difficult. The letter ž sounds like the letter s in the English word 'pleasure', š like sh in 'show' and č like ch in 'cherry'.
Would you like to give your phone number in Slovene? Or write down the phone number of a new Slovene friend? Well, learning the numbers in Slovene is not all that difficult. You need to learn a few basics and then you can ring your new Slovene friend.
The courses offered by the Centre for Slovene as a second and foreign language at foreign universities are taken by more than 3000 students each year. Do you still not speak Slovene? Then click here.
Authors: Tjaša Alič, Branka Gradišar, Tanja Jerman, Jana Kete Matičič
Web development: DigiEd, d. o. o.
Design: Jasna Karnar
English translation: dr. David Limon (SLO 1), Erica Johnson Debeljak (SLO 2)
Overview of the translation: Mojca Šoštarko (SLO 2)
Review: dr. Ina Ferbežar, dr. Nataša Pirih Svetina
Photos: Shutterstock; policemen, personal ID card: Slovenian police; Student ID card: MNZ RS.
Illustration: Elephant: Nina Urh
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