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Slovenia

Useful phrases for Slovenia

The main language in Slovenia is Slovenian, sometimes also referred to as Slovene, which is closely related to the Serbian and Croatian languages. Around a third of Slovenians also speak English, a percentage which goes up much more in the popular coastal resorts around the Slovenian Riviera. To help you get by on your Slovenia holidays, here are some common phrases to try.

Common Slovenian phrases

Hello - Živjo (ZHEE-vyoh) / Zdravo (ZDRAH-voh)
Good morning - Dobro jutro (DOH-broh YOO-troh)
Good day/Good afternoon - Dober dan (DOH-ber dahn)
Good evening - Dober vecer (DOH-behr veh-CHEEHR)
Good night - Lahko noc (LAA-koh nohtch)
Nice to meet you - Me veseli (meh veh-seh-LEE)
How are you? - Kako si? (kah-KOH see?) / Kako ste? (kah-KOH steh?)
Fine, thank you - Hvala, dobro (HVAH-lah, DOH-broh)
What is your name - Kako ti je ime? (inf) (kah-KOH tee yeh ee-MEH?) / Kako Vam je ime? (pol) (kah-KOH vahm yeh ee-MEH?)
My name is ______ - Ime mi je ______ (ee-MEH mee yeh____)
Please - Prosim (PROH-sihm)
Thank you - Hvala (HVAA-lah)
Thank you very much - Hvala lepa (HVAA-lah LEH-pah)
You're welcome (in response to 'Thank you') - Prosim (PROH-sihm) / Ni za kaj. (nee zah kai)
Yes - Da (dah)
No - Ne (neh)
Excuse me (to get through) - Samo malo, prosim (sah-MOH MAH-loh, PROH-sihm)
Excuse me (to get attention) - Oprostite (oh-prohs-TEE-teh)
I'm sorry - Oprostite (oh-prohs-TEE-teh)
I have trouble speaking Slovenian - Slabo govorim slovensko (slah-BOH goh-voh-REEM sloh-VEHNS-koh)
I don't understand - Ne razumem (neh rah-ZOO-mahm)
Do you speak English? - Govorite angleško? (goh-voh-REE-teh ahn-GLEHSH-koh?)
Goodbye - Nasvidenje (nahs-VEE-deh-nyeh)

Numbers

0 - Nic (nihch)
1 - Ena (EH-nah)
2 - Dva (dvah)
3 - Tri (tree)
4 - Stiri (SHTEE-rih)
5 - Pet (peht)
6 - Sest (shehst)
7 - Sedem (SEH-dehm)
8 - Osem (OH-sehm)
9 - Devet (deh-VEHT)
10 - Deset (deh-SEHT)

Out and about

Where is the toilet? - Kje je stranišce? (kyeh yeh strah-NEESH-cheh)
How much is a ticket to _____? - Koliko/Kolko je vozovnica do_____? (koh-LEE-koh/KOHL-koh yeh VOH-zohv-nee-tsah doh...?)
One ticket to _____, please - Eno vozovnico do _____, prosim. (EH-noh VOH-zohv-nee-tsoh doh...?)
Where does this train/bus go? - Kam gre ta vlak/avtobus? (kahm greh tah vlahk/AHF-toh-boos?)
How do I get to _____ ? - Kako pridem do _____ ? (kah-KOH PREE-dehm doh...?)
Where are there a lot of... - Kje je polno... (kyeh yeh POHL-noh...)
...restaurants? - ...restavracij? (REHS-tow-rah-tsy)
...bars? - ...barov? (BAH-row)
Can you show me on the map? - Mi lahko pokažete na zemljevidu? (Mee lah-KOH poh-kah-zhet-eh nah zem-yeh-VEE-doo?)
Taxi! Taksi! (TAHK-see)
Take me to _____, please - Odpeljite me, prosim, v/na _____ (OHD-peh-lyee-teh meh, PROH-seem, vuh/nah)
Do you accept credit cards? - Ali sprejemate kreditne kartice? (AH-lee spreh-yeh-MAH-teh kreh-DEET-neh kahr-TEE-tseh?)
Where is an (ATM)? - Kje je bankomat? (kyeh yeh bahn-KOH-maht?)
Do you have this in my size? - Ali imate to v moji velikosti? (AH-lee ee-MAH-teh toh veh MOH-yee veh-lee-KOHS-tee?)
How much is this? - Koliko stane to? (koh-LEE-koh STAH-neh toh?)
OK, I'll take it - Dobro, vzel bom to (DOH-broh, OO-zehl bohm toh)
Can I have a bag? - Lahko dobim vrecko? (LAH-koh doh-BEEM VREHCH-koh?)

Eating out

A table for one person/two people, please - Mizo za enega/dva, prosim (MEE-zoh zah eh-NEH-gah/dvah, PROH-seem)
Can I look at the menu, please? - Ali lahko vidim jedilnik, prosim? (AH-lee LAH-koh VEE-dahm yeh-DEEL-neek, PROH-seem?)
Is there a house speciality? - Ali obstaja hišna specialiteta? (AH-lee ohbs-TAH-yah HEESH-nah speh-tsyah-lee-TEH-tah?)
I'm a vegetarian - Sem vegetarijanec (sehm veh-geh-tah-RYAH-nehts)
Fixed-price meal - Meni (MEH-nee)
A la carte - Po narocilu (poh nah-roh-CHIH-loo)
Breakfast - Zajtrk (ZAY-tehrk)
Lunch - Malica/kosilo (mah-LEE-tsah/koh-SEE-loh)
Dinner - Vecerja (veh-CHEH-ryah)
Appetiser - Aperitiv (ah-peh-REE-teew)
Main course - Glavna jed (GLAW yeht)
Dessert - Sladica (slah-DEE-tsah)
Snack - Prigrizek (pree-GREE-zehk)
I want _____ - Želim _____ (ZHEH-leem____)
May I have some _____? - Ali lahko dobim_____? (AH-lee lah-KOH DOH-beem____?)
I want a dish containing_____ - Želim jed z_____ (ZHEH-leem yehd zuh____)
May I have a glass of _____? - Lahko dobim kozarec _____? (lah-KOH DOH-beem koh-ZAH-rehts_____?)
May I have a bottle of _____? - Lahko dobim steklenico _____? (LAH-koh DOH-beem steh-kleh-NEE-tsoh____?)
Excuse me, waiter?[m]/waitress?[f] - Oprostite, natakar?[m]/natakarica?[f] (oh-prohs-TEE-teh, nah-TAH-kahr?[m]/nah-tah-kah-REE-tsah?[f])
I'm finished - Jaz sem koncal (yahz sehm KOHN-chahl)
It was delicious - Bilo je odlicno (BEE-loh yeh ohd-LEECH-noh)
The check, please - Racun, prosim (RAH-choon, PROH-sihm)

Food and Drink terms

Soup - Juha (YOO-hah)
Chicken - Pišcanec (peesh-CHAH-nehts)
Beef - Govedina (goh-VEH-dee-nah)
Fish - Riba (REE-bah)
Ham - Sunka (SHOON-kah)
Sausage - Klobasa (kloh-BAH-sah)
Cheese - Sir (seer)
Eggs - Jajca (YAI-tsah)
Salad - Solata (soh-LAH-tah)
Vegetables - Zelenjava (zeh-LEH-nyah-vah)
Fruit -Sadje (SAH-dyeh)
Bread - Kruh (krooh)
Noodles - Rezanci/testenine (reh-ZAHN-tsih/tehs-teh-NEE-neh)
Rice - Riž (reezh)
Beans - Fižol (FEE-zhohl)
Butter - Maslo (MAHS-loh)
Coffee - Kava (KAH-vah)
Tea - Caj (chai)
Juice - Sok (sohk)
Milk - Mleko (MLEH-koh)
Water - Voda (VOH-dah)
(Sparkling) water - (Gazirana) voda ((gah-zee-RAH-nah) VOH-dah)
Beer - Pivo (PEE-voh)
Red/white wine - Rdece/belo vino (RDEH-cheh/BEH-loh VEE-noh)