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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