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In Slovenia the official language is Slovene (or Slovenian), which is similar to other Slavic languages, particularly close to Serbian and Croatian, and uses the Latin alphabet.

Many Slovenes speak English very well, some use German and Italian as a foreign language. Slovenes generally appreciate any effort you make in their language.

Freising Manuscripts

Slovenian Language

The first written sample of the Slovenian language (also first among Slavic languages) are the Freising manuscripts (Brizinski spomeniki), which date back to around 1000 AD. The Catechism is the oldest preserved printed book in Slovene language. The protestant priest, Primoz Trubar, codified the language.

Now the Slovenian language is spoken by about 2,5 million speakers and is one of the official languages of the European Union.

Please find below some words and phrases you may need while travelling around Slovenia and Ljubljana.


There are some special letters in Slovene alphabet:

 – reads: CH (Chocolate)

Š –  reads: SH (Cash)

Ž – reads: J without D (Garage)

Good day Dober dan!
Good evening Dober večer!
Good morning Dobro jutro!
Thank you Hvala!
Please Prosim!
Excuse me Oprostite!
How are you ? (between friends, informal) Kako se imaš?
How are you ? (polite form) Kako ste?
Bye (informal) Adijo!
Good bye Nasvidenje!
Cheers! Na zdravje!
Beer Pivo
Good luck! Srečno!
Lucky journey! Srečno pot!


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