Slovene for Walkers

Slovene for Walkers


It is fortunate for foreign visitors that the Slovenians are excellent linguists. You will find that most young people speak at least some English while the older generation will understand German. Their language bears few similarities to English and the grammar is complex, but do try to use some words – your efforts will be much appreciated. Below we have listed basic words and phrases that should help in an emergency, and others that you will frequently come across while you are walking and touring. We have also included on another page a simple guide to Slovene pronunciation.

    A few useful phrases and words.

    Hello, Good morning Dober Dan
    Good evening Dober večer
    Goodbye Na svidenje
    Please/you’re welcome/can I help you? Prosim
    Thank you Hvala
    Yes, No Ja, Ne
    Do you speak English? Ali govorite angleško?
    Help! Na Pomoč!
    I’m lost Izgubil/Izgubila sem se (m/f)
    How do I get to…? Kako pridem do…?
    Where is…? Kje je…?
    Straight ahead Naravnost naprej
    Turn left/right at the… Zavijte na levo/desno pri…
    Up/down Zgoraj/spodaj
    To go up/down gor/dol
    North, east, south, west Sever, vzhod, jug, zahod
    Entrance, exit Vhod, izhod
    Open, closed, diversion Odprto, zaprto, obvoz
    Hotel Hotel
    Inn, inn with accommodation Gostilna, gostišče
    Room Soba
    Toilets – men, women Stranišče – Moški, ženske

Below are some other useful words encountered on the maps and in our text in the book, as well as on Slovenia-Walking

    Slovene English English Slovene
    Bivak Bivouac/hut Alpine pasture Planina
    Cerkev Church At/by/near Pri
    Cesta Road Bivouac/hut Bivak
    Dolina Valley Bridge Most
    Dom Mountain hut/hostel Castle Grad
    Gora Mountain Cave Jama
    Gozd Forest Church Cerkev
    Grad Castle Corner Kot
    Hrib Hill Forest Gozd
    Jama Cave Gorge Soteska
    Jezero Lake Great V. (Veliki)
    Koča Mountain hut Hill Hrib
    Korito Ravine Hut (mountain) Koča
    Kot Corner Hostel (mountain hut) Dom
    M. (Mali) Little Lake Jezero
    Most Bridge Little M. (Mali)
    Naravni most Rock bridge Lower Sp. (Spodnji)
    Planina Alpine pasture Middle Sr. (Srednja)
    Po On/upon/by Mountain Gora
    Pod Under/below On/upon/by Po
    Pot Path/trail Pass/saddle/col Sedlo
    Potok Stream Path/trail Pot
    Pri At/by/near Ravine Korito
    Razglednik Viewpoint River Reka
    Reka River Road Cesta
    Sedlo Pass/saddle/col Rock bridge Naravni most
    Slap Waterfall Stream Potok
    Soteska Gorge Street Ulica
    Sp. (Spodnji) Lower Summit Vrh
    Sr. (Srednja) Middle Under/below Pod
    Ulica Street Upper Zg. (Zgornji)
    Vrh Summit Valley Dolina
    V. (Veliki) Great Viewpoint Razglednik
    Zg. (Zgornji) Upper Waterfall Slap

Please, if you think we should add some other words to these lists (or spot a mistake) please leave a comment below or contact us.

Thanks to Bojan Kralj who kindly spotted and reported a few typos and suggested another entry.

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