Pronunciation
Izgovorjava

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Pronunciation is lesson 5 out of 35. At this stage you will have mastered the alphabet and become familiar with the sound of spoken Slovenian.

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In Slovenian, most words are written phonetically with some exceptions. For example, the word ‘po‘ is pronounced as ‘po‘, meaning ‘snail’.

V slovenščini večino besed zapišemo fonetično, razen nekaj izjem. Na primer, beseda ‘polž’ se izgovori kot ‘pouš’.

Examples of exceptions


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Word/Phrase Pronunciation English Translation
Ta rob je oster, pazi! rop This corner is sharp, careful!
Ostal sem brez odgovora. (masculine) bres I didn’t get an answer.
Arhiv je bil uničen. arhiu The archive was destroyed.
Potujemo na zahod. zahot We are travelling west.
Vedno je govoril, da bo postal pilot. govoriu and postau He always said he would become a pilot.
Dovolj! dovol Enough!
Konj je mogočna žival. kon A horse is a powerful animal.
Kupila si je drag nakit. drak She bought herself expensive jewellery.
Odklopili so jim elektriko. otklopili They disconnected the power.
Naša občina je najmanjša. opčina Our municipality is the smallest.
Vstop je brezplačen. bresplačen Entrance is free.
Bolel jo je zob. zop She had a toothache.
Kdo je to? gdo Who is this?

Wide ‘o’

Široki ‘o’


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Word English Translation
nova (feminine) new
koza goat
pomaranča orange

Narrow ‘o’

Ozki ‘o’


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Word English Translation
morje sea
noč night
slog style
žoga ball

Did You Know?

The most famous Slovenian mask is ‘Kurent‘ or ‘Korent’? It comes from the city of Ptuj, and is one of the most traditional carnival masks, which are supposed to persecute winter and bring good luck.

Kurent Slovenian Mask

Wide ‘e’

Široki ‘e’


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Word English Translation
letalo plane
več more
polet flight

Narrow ‘e’

Ozki ‘e’


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Word English Translation
ples dance
lepa (feminine) beautiful
reka river
slep blind

Semivowel

Polglasnik

The semivowel sound is indicated with the character ‘ə’. Read more about the semivowel use on our blog.

Polglasnik je prikazan z oznako ‘ə’.


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Word Pronunciation English Translation
pes pəs dog
ves vəs whole
december decembər December
d dəš rain

Exercise

Attempt to pronounce each word correctly, reading aloud, then listen to the audio to see how you did. Repeat the words aloud again after listening to the audio.

Poskusite izgovoriti pravilno vsako besedo in jo na glas prebrati. Potem poslušajte avdio posnetek, da vidite, kako vam je šlo. Po poslušanju avdio posnetka, še enkrat na glas ponovite besede.

Word English Translation
vas village
les wood
meč sword
pes dog
ris lynx
most bridge
konj horse
češnja cherry
objektiv lens
nekdo someone
kolo bike
misliti think


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Course Overview

  1. Getting Started
    Začetek
  2. The Slovenian Alphabet
    Slovenska abeceda
  3. Slovenian-English Dictionary
    Slovensko-angleški slovar
  4. How Slovenian Sounds: About Slovenia
    O Sloveniji
  5. Deconstructing Grammar
    Razčlenitev slovnice
  6. Introducing Cases and Dual
    Predstavitev sklonov in dvojine
  7. Pronunciation
    Izgovorjava
  8. Dialogue One
    Prvi dialog
  9. Dialogue Two
    Drugi dialog
  10. Formal Telephone Conversation
    Formalni telefonski pogovor
  11. Useful Phrases
    Uporabne fraze
  12. Interrogatives, Greetings, Introductions
    Vprašanja, pozdravi, predstavljanje
  13. Travel
    Potovanja
  14. At a Restaurant
    V restavraciji
  15. City and Cultural Sights
    Mestne in kulturne znamenitosti
  16. Bank, Post Office and Shopping
    Banka, pošta, nakupovanje
  17. Sport
    Šport
  18. Relatives
    Sorodniki
  19. Professions and Schooling
    Poklici in šolanje
  20. Numbers
    Števila
  21. Time
    Čas
  22. Date
    Datum
  23. Nouns and Articles
    Samostalniki in členi
  24. Colours
    Barve
  25. Adjectives
    Pridevniki
  26. Languages and Nationalities
    Jeziki in narodnosti
  27. Possessive Pronouns
    Svojilni zaimki
  28. Present Tense Verbs
    Glagoli v sedanjiku
  29. Negation
    Negacija
  30. Past Tense Verbs
    Glagoli v pretekliku
  31. Future Tense Verbs
    Glagoli v prihodnjiku
  32. Imperative
    Velelnik
  33. Modal Verbs
    Modalni glagoli
  34. Most Common Verbs and Participles
    Najbolj pogosti glagoli in deležniki
  35. Cases and Declining Nouns
    Skloni in sklanjatve
  36. Prepositions and Declining Nouns
    Predlogi in sklanjatve
  37. Next Steps
    Naslednji koraki