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ANG A young Slovene girl called Fani spent a year in the Emerald Isle working as an au-pair. After falling in love with good-humoured Irish bartender Dave, Fani lures him back to Maribor. But how can he possibly survive without knowing any Slovene? Trying to master »survival Slovene« turns out to be an incredible challenge for the highly motivated Dave, and occasionally a real nightmare for his beloved Fani. A Daily dose of Slovene language for foreigners wanting to improve their everyday Sl ...
 
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History is a wonderful thing. It teaches us about important things that happened in the past. Like about the RUINS OF A CASTLE – RAZBITINE GRADU, a PUBLIC BATH – JAVNO KOPALIŠČE, or even about a YOUNG SHOEMAKER - ČEVLJARČEK that saved a city. But on the other hand, there is a saying which says “Happy wife, happy life”. And as our Irish friend learn…
 
What a splash! I can tell you that their KOPALKE – SWIMSUITS, did stay on after that jump. And there were not many KOPALCEV – BATHERS at the KOPALIŠČE – SWIMMING POOL that day, so Fani was happy that Dave bought their VSTOPNICE – TICKETS. And some other words Dave learned today: CELODNEVNA VSTOPNICA – ALL-DAY TICKET, ŠTIRI-URNA VSTOPNICA – FOUR-HOU…
 
Dave persuaded Fani that ONE DOUGHNUT – EN KROF would not be enough. Dave convinced Fani that the right thing to do would be to get SIX DOUGHNUTS – ŠEST KROFOV, because the 7th would then be FREE - BREZPLAČEN. Dave also learned that MARELIČNA MARMELADA is APRICOT JAM, BOROVNIČEVA MARMELADA is BLUEBERRY JAM, and that Slovenia’s DESSERTS – SLADICE, a…
 
Dave is finally back from BOLNIŠKA – SICK LEAVE. His WOUND HAS HEALED – RANA SE JE ZACELILA. And his co-workers are happy he’s back, especially the cleaning lady Milena. It’s an unwritten tradition to SPITI ENEGA KRATKEGA or a HAVE A SHOT OF SPIRIT for such an occasion… Well actually, Slovenes find a REASON TO SAY A TOAST – RAZLOG DA NAZDRAVIJO ver…
 
Luckily, everything seems to be alright with Dave´s WOUND - RANA… Dave visited the doctor today for a PREVEZ or BANDAGE CHANGE… Although according to Dave it still HURTS - BOLI, the doctor said everything should be fine. He gave Dave some PROTIBOLEČINSKE TABLETE - PAINKILLERS and told him to come back in one week……
 
Today our Irish friend learned the hard way, that you should always focus, and in his case stay away from the HOSTESA - HOSTESS, even if she looks STUNNING or “BOMBA” - as his co-worker said:) Dave wasn’t paying attention and he even cut himself and WAS BLEEDING – JE KRVAVEL. In the end Dave needed some STICHES - ŠIVI… Luckily Milena drove him to t…
 
Today Dave managed to get his HAIL DAMAGE – ŠKODA ZARADI TOČE validated at the INSURANCE COMPANY - ZAVAROVALNICA. The VALUATOR - CENILEC made some PICTURES - FOTOGRAFIJE, filed a REPORT - POROČILO and Dave can now get the damage fixed. Of course, he will still have to drive to the PAINT SHOP - LIČARSKA DELAVNICA, but that is another story……
 
Dave was LAČEN – HUNGRY. There was nothing in the HLADILNIK – FRIDGE, and so he and Fani decided to get some burgers. And when it comes to burgers, today Dave learned that VEGGIE is VEGE, DOUBLE is DVOJNI, a TURKEY is a PURAN, BEEF is GOVEDINA, CHEESE is SIR, FRENCH FRIES are POMFRIT (OCVRT KROMPIRČEK), WITHOUT is BREZ, TO GO is ZA ZRAVEN, and Dave…
 
Dave's first attempt at RAW CAKE – PRESNA TORTA was a success. He also learned a few new Slovenian words: ZGORNJI - UPPER, SPODNJI - LOWER, VISOK - HIGH, GLOBOK - DEEP, PLITEK - SHALLOW, OZEK - NARROW, ŠIROK - WIDE, TEMNO – DARK, SVETLO - BRIGHT, TEŽEK - HEAVY and LAHEK - LIGHT. PREDAL is a DRAWER, and PLAST is a LAYER. Dave needs to wear an APRON …
 
Yes, ORODJE – TOOL is not the same as OROŽJE - WEAPON. Dave first told Jože that he has a PROBLEM – a TEŽAVO that is VERY COMPLICATED – ZELO KOMPLICIRANA. But when Dave explained that he needed to make a HOLE – LUKNJA, for a PLUMBING PIPE – VODOVODNA CEV, sosed Jože finally understood that what Dave needs is a POWER DRILL – VRTALNIK, which is an or…
 
While Dave gets to grips with eastern Slovenian place names, let's see what he learned on the drive home. AVTOCESTA is a MOTORWAY/HIGHWAY. ZAPRTO/A is CLOSED, OBVOZ is a DETOUR, ŽIVAL NA CESTI is AN ANIMAL ON THE ROAD, DELO NA CESTI means ROADWORKS, OKVARJENO TOVORNO VOZILO is a BROKEN DOWN LORRY/TRUCK and NESREČA is an ACCIDENT. And let's hope tha…
 
Dave's favourite team is set to win and Dave and Fani will celebrate tonight! And next time, Dave can start using some of the Slovenian football vocabulary: CORNER KICK – KOT, HAND BALL – ROKA, FOUL - PREKRŠEK, FREE KICK – PROSTI STREL, RED CARD - RDEČI KARTON, YELLOW CARD – RUMENI KARTON, PENALTY KICK – ENAJSTMETROVKA, POWERFUL – MOČNO and VICTORY…
 
So, Dave is going back to school… There's a long way to go but he's optimistic… He's learning Slovene with every step. For example, he learned today that DEKAN is DEAN, SESTANEK is MEETING, NAD POVPREČJEM means ABOVE AVERAGE… and his GRADES - OCENE really are above average, so he can start TAKOJ - IMMEDIATELY with LECTURES – s PREDAVANJI.…
 
Dave is about to go back to STUDY – ŠTUDIJ. He studied LAW – PRAVO back in Ireland and tomorrow he’s going to get more information at the FACULTY OF LAW – PRAVNA FAKULTETA, so he can CONTINUE HIS STUDIES – NADALJUJE ŠTUDIJ. When he becomes a PRAVNIK - ODVETNIK, he’ll be able to work at a COMPANY – v PODJETJU, at the COURT – na SODIŠČU, or have his …
 
There are many things you can do against NESPEČNOST – INSOMNIA. You can try and RELAX – UMIRITI SE, you can COUNT SHEEP – ŠTETI OVCE. Sometimes MILK AND COOKIES – MLEKO IN PIŠKOTI help as well. But there is a backdraft in doing this, as our Fani learned… you might end up SNORING - SMRČATI… SLADKE SANJE – SWEET DREAMS Fani… hope you fall asleep soon…
 
Telling time in Slovene is making life even more complicated for Dave. He’s trying TO UNDERSTAND – DA RAZUME, but it IS COMPLICATED – JE KOMPLICIRANO. Let’s do a quick recap: WHAT TIME IS IT is KOLIKO JE URA, and for example: POL-ŠTIRI is HALF-PAST THREE. ČETRT NA ŠTIRI is a QUARTER PAST THREE, and TRI-ČETRT NA ŠTIRI is a QUARTER TO FOUR. We wish y…
 
So, Dave has learned about a common Slovenian habit… You have to take off your shoes and put on SLIPPERS – COPATI when you go into someone's house. You can't wear FLIP-FLOPS - NATIKAČI, or SANDALS - SANDALE. It's also not a good idea to wear your SOCKS – NOGAVICE (ZOKNI), and definitely don't go BAREFOOT – BOS/BOSONOG... But the most important thin…
 
It’s seems Dave’s not ready for Thursday yet but he learned some Slovene today. He learned that LOUD is GLASNO, ART is UMETNOST, RAINBOW is MAVRICA. And the colours: RED - RDEČA, YELLOW - RUMENA, ORANGE - ORANŽNA, GREEN – ZELENA and BLUE - MODRA. Now he knows an EXPERT is STROKOVNJAK and THURSDAY - ČETRTEK is almost here… ??…
 
Poor Dave, he thought he´d have a relaxed day before his shift. But at least he learned a few new Slovene words. The DISHWASHER is POMIVALNI STROJ, not to be confused with the PRALNI STROJ or WAHING MACHINE. Among the HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCES – GOSPODINJSKI APARATI there is also the MICROWAVE OVEN or MIKROVALOVNA PEČICA. If you are lucky, they are stil…
 
Today Fani finally managed to get Dave off the couch… and that's no mean feat because he wasn't using the WEIGHTS - UTEŽI that he had bought 6 months ago… And he wasn't going to do any PRESS-UPS (PUSH-UPS) - SKLECE, SIT-UPS - TREBUŠNJAKI or SQUATS – POČEPI at home. They're now proud MEMBERS - ČLANI of the local gym or 'fitnes'. MEMBERSHIP - ČLANARI…
 
PREKLETO - So be DAMNED. It turned out to be a CLOUDY, WINDY AND RAINY DAY – OBLAČEN, VETROVEN IN DEŽEVEN DAN. The WEATHER FORECAST – VREMENSKA NAPOVED said it was going to be DRY - SUHO, but it wasn’t. Fani and Dave did not have their UMBRELLA – DEŽNIK, but they did have two full bags of MUSHROOMS – GOBE. TWO KILOGRAMS PER PERSON - DVA KILOGRAMA N…
 
Fani has a lot of work ahead of her this afternoon mending Dave's clothes... but Dave did learn a few new words again. VELIKA LUKNJA – BIG HOLE, ŠIVATI – TO SEW, MADEŽ - STAIN, GUMB – BUTTON, MANJKA – MISSING, and ZADRGA - ZIP. If he's not more careful, Dave might have to wear OVERALLS - KOMBINEZON or DELOVNI PAJAC, the next time he goes to work.…
 
As Dave tries to decide which GOD or SAINT’S NAME DAY he’ll choose, he’s learned about another one of Slovenia's cultural sides. He now knows that GOD doesn't mean God. That's BOG. Next year he’ll have to get Fani a MALO DARILO - a SMALL GIFT – maybe some SWEETS/CANDIES – BONBONI/SLADKARIJE or a BOUQUET OF FLOWERS – ŠOPEK ROŽICE for her Saint's Day…
 
As Dave and Fani celebrate Slovenia's first ever Eurovision Song Contest - or Eurosong - victory, let's look back at some of the words Dave learned this evening. GLASOVATI - TO VOTE, POWER CUT - IZKLOP ELEKTRIKE, SVEČKE – CANDLES, BATERIJSKA SVETILKA - FLASHLIGHT, NOČNA MORA – BAD DREAM / NIGHTMARE, SANJATI – TO DREAM, ZMAGATI – TO WIN, and KDO JE …
 
It was a BEAUTIFUL DAY or ČUDOVIT DAN for Fani as she took Dave on a BALLOON RIDE or POLET Z BALONOM. It wasn’t as amusing for Dave as HE’S AFRAID OF HEIGHTS – IMA STRAH PRED VIŠINO. So, he must have felt quite scared, when the balloon WAS FILLING WITH HOT AIR – SE JE POLNIL S TOPLIM ZRAKOM. At the end, Dave and Fani were enjoying a BEAUTIFUL VIEW …
 
Although technology has evolved, a THUNDERSTORM or NEVIHTA can still cause damage to your household and car. Especially a HAILSTORM or NEVIHTA S TOČO. To prevent damage from either one people still like to pull the cables out of the electricity or like Fani said “kable izklopit iz toka”, or to lower the blinds. In case of a hailstorm it’s also best…
 
What have we learned today: The best thing against the summer heat is to GO SWIMMING - PLAVATI. And if you aren’t lucky enough to live by the sea, you will have to find a SWIMMING POOL - BAZEN. But you usually can’t jump into the water there or the LIFEGUARD – REŠEVALEC IZ VODE might want to throw you out. Poor Dave learned an important lesson toda…
 
Today Dave mastered the art of ORDERING FOOD OUT – NAROČANJE DOSTAVE HRANE. He ordered a pizza margherita and a MIXED SALAD – MEŠANA SOLATA with PUMPKIN OIL – BUČNO OLJE and VINEGAR - KISS for Fani, and a pizza diavola or “pikantna pica” for himself. He paid the delivery man in cash, but he still has to learn something about giving a TIP - NAPITNIN…
 
Dave went to the HAIRDRESSER – FRIZER/FRIZERKA – at the „frizerski salon“. He just wanted a SHORT HAIRCUT - a KRATKA FRIZURA... But NOT TOO SHORT – NE PREVEČ KRATKO. He used to have a PONYTAIL – ČOP, DYED HAIR – POBARVANE LASJE, and even PLAITS – KITKE when he was younger... But those days are gone and now he's worried about being BALD – PLEŠAST. L…
 
This was Dave's first camping experience in Slovenia. He learned some new words including ŠOTOR – TENT, KLINI – PEGS, KLADIVO – HAMMER, SPALNA VREČA – SLEEPING BAG, KONZERVA – CAN, ŽEPNI NOŽ – POCKET KNIFE. And remember, there's no such thing as BAD WEATHER – SLABO VREME, only BAD CLOTHING – SLABA OBLAČILA.…
 
Today Dave learned a few useful words... and not just for when you're looking for the SUGAR – SLADKOR, or the BUTTER – MASLO. ON is NA, IN is V, UNDER is POD, BEHIND is ZA and IN FRONT OF YOU / ME is PRED TABO / MANO... And don't worry, there are no eyes in the EGGS - JAJCA... It's just JAJCA NA OKO - FRIED EGGS. Dober tek.. enjoy your meal!…
 
The young man from Ireland has a really steely will. Even a CROSSWORD PUZZLE – KRIŽANKA is great for learning new Slovenian words: NA PRIMER - FOR EXAMPLE, PAMETNO - SMART, GLAVNO MESTO - CAPITAL CITY, UNIČITI - TO DESTROY, HROŠČ - BEETLE, NEMOGOČE – IMPOSSIBLE, NOR - CRAZY, OSEL - DONKEY, ČRKE - LETTERS, KRAŠKA JAMA - KARST CAVE… Everything is eas…
 
Today Dave learned that "bograč" stew and other similar dishes are called 'NEKAJ NA ŽLICO' or 'SOMETHING ON A SPOON'... He had to SET THE TABLE - PRIPRAVITI MIZO, with a KROŽNIK - PLATE, VILICA - FORK. It's VILICE if we have many FORKS, NOŽ is a KNIFE, ŽLICA, of course, is a SPOON, and KOZAREC is a GLASS. KOZARCI are GLASSES... and his stomach won'…
 
There's no real rule in naming countries or its citizens in Slovene. So it can be confusing and complicated! Not all, but most countries, end with either an »IJA« ending, like Slovenija - Slovenia, Nemčija – Germany, Italija – Italy, Grčija – Greece, Anglija – England... Or with a »KA« ending, like for example Hrvaška – Croatia, Madžarska – Hungary…
 
So Dave met Maribor's MOSQUITOS – KOMARJE today. While enjoying the ISTRIAN WINE – ISTRSKO VINO, which tastes DELICIOUS – OKUSNO, HE GOT BITTEN BY MOSQUITOS - SO GA POPIKALI KOMARJI… They are really WILD – DIVJI here BY THE DRAVA RIVER - OB REKI DRAVI. Well, he now at least he knows he’s NOT ALLERGIC – NI ALERGIČEN to wine, so he and Fani can enjoy…
 
Dave returns home after a nice day out FISHING or RIBARJENJE with his friends at the local FISH POND - RIBNIK. It was his first fishing experience in Slovenia and he found out he still hasn’t forgotten how to use a FISHING ROD - RIBIŠKA PALICA. And with the right BAIT - VABA and a perfectly set FLOATER - PLOVEC he caught a pretty CARP - KRAP into h…
 
Dave´s Slovene is improving; he was able to get things done without his Fani. He managed to call the CUSTOMER SERVICE - POMOČ UPORABNIKOM and he will now be able to pick up the SHIPMENT - POŠILJKA, more precisely the BRACELET – ZAPESTNICA, he bought for Fani at the PROVIDER'S STORE - POSLOVNICA in Maribor. That’s if he remembers to bring his ID and…
 
Luckily Dave has found the KEYS TO THE APARTMENT - KLJUČE OD STANOVANJA. It seems they weren’t in Fani´s PURSE - TORBICA, but that he left them in the car, so he didn’t have to drive all the way to Fani´s sister to get the SPARE KEYS - REZERVNE KLJUČE. Fani suggested that he put them on the KEYCHAIN - OBESEK of the car keys, so that this awkward si…
 
Dave’s right! Most weather adjectives in Slovenia do end with a “NO”. Today we mentioned SončNO – Sunny, OblačNO – Cloudy, DeževNO – Rainy, SnežNO – Snowy, MegleNo – Foggy, and NevihtNO – Stormy. We also have JasNO – Clear and VlažNO – Humid… So now, not only is Dave still a YOUNG MAN - MLADENIČ, now he can also strike a conversation about the weat…
 
Today Dave visited Ptuj for the first time although he didn't see much of the town. However, his friend Declan did teach him a few useful new words. GRAD - CASTLE, REKA - RIVER, JEZERO - LAKE, MOST - BRIDGE, CERKEV - CHURCH, KAPELA - CHAPEL, ZVON - BELL, and PAS - BELT. Dave also got a quick introduction to plurals in Slovenian. MOSTOVI - BRIDGES, …
 
Today Dave visited Bled… and learned that LAKE is JEZERO and BOAT is ČOLN. He ROWED - je VESLAL, and took care for some ROMANCE – ROMANTIKA. Dave also learned STEPS are STOPNICE and on Bled Island there is 99 – DEVETINDEVETDESET of them. And the GROOM is ŽENIN, BRIDE is NEVESTA, SECRET is SKRIVNOST and HAPPY MARRIAGE is SREČEN ZAKON.…
 
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