Learning Slovenian with Think Slovenia


In the last 10 years we have helped over 100 people learning Slovenian, making Think Slovenia amongst the most experienced teachers of Slovene language for foreigners.

We offer predominantly one to one tuition, with the content, intensity and duration of courses designed around you. We also work with small groups and couples / families wanting to learn Slovenian together. 

Lessons can be organised and hosted in central Ljubljana region. We also offer distance learning options (setting and correcting exercises over email with phone support). Many of our students have successfully combined distance learning with tuition in Slovenia to create a bespoke course to suit their needs and movements between Slovenia and their country of origin.

We have experience of teaching many different age groups and levels - from running a Slovenian language school for kids in London to running intensive immersion courses in Ljubljana for foreign University researchers to Slovene language training for UK Ministry of Defence staff being posted to Slovenia.

All teaching is with Slovene native speakers fluent in English, with several years’ experience in language teaching and with the imagination to make learning Slovenian fun. In terms of course materials we use a variety of sources with the emphasis on the excellent ABC Gremo series.

 

Our Most Popular Courses


 

GET BY IN SLOVENE:

  Colloquial Slovene for beginners and intermediate level

Get by in Slovene is our most popular course. It teaches basic conversational Slovene and is aimed at all those who have ever had trouble making themselves understood when on holiday in Slovenia, or who would like to be able to talk with Slovene friends,  relatives or neighbours. The first ten hours of tuition usually cover essential topics (such as greetings) and simple, practical dialogues (such as ordering in restaurants). The next ten hours and beyond aim to consolidate a basic knowledge of Slovene grammar and vocabulary and slowly expand it, to give experience of a wider range of real life situations relevant to Slovenia today. The course is available on a one-to-one basis or for small groups in central Ljubljana.

IMMERSION COURSES IN SLOVENIA:

  Intensive courses in Ljubljana and other locations in Slovenia

The most effective way of learning a foreign language – including learning Slovene – is to immerse yourself in it in the country where it is spoken. We organise courses in Ljubljana that combine intensive teaching for up to four a day. We have also organised less intensive courses in Slovenia for people who are going to see family or friends and want to take advantage of their time there to do an hour or two of Slovene lessons every day. Tuition is combined with 1-2 hours of homework per day and as much exposure to Slovene language and dialogue outside of class time. 

BUSINESS SLOVENE:

  Commercial vocabulary and dialogues tailored to your business

Learning some Slovenian is not only a sign of respect for business associates in Slovenia, but shows that you are serious in your dealings with them – as all Slovenes understand the effort required to learn it. Business Slovene focuses on basic commercial vocabulary and dialogues and is customised to the needs of your particular business. It also teaches the skills necessary for reading and writing in Slovene. Many of the people who take this course are preparing for an extended business trip to Slovenia.

SLOVENE FOR PROPERTY OWNERS:

  A course to get the most out of your property in Slovenia

This useful course is tailor-made for people who have bought property in Slovenia and aims to teach them practical vocabulary and dialogues that will help them with renovating & managing their property – but also general language skills which will help getting to know new neighbours. Learning Slovenian is highly recommended for property owners!

 

Interesting Facts about Slovene Language



Slovene is one of only a few global languages to use not just singular and plural forms but a dual form. Residual traces of such a form can be found in a much wider range of languages including English: e.g. with use of words both vs. all, either vs. any, neither vs. none.

Slovene or Slovenian? We are often asked if it is correct to call the language Slovene or Slovenian in English. The answer is that both are correct! The Slovene / Slovenian version of the word also has two versions : Slovenski jezik or Slovenščina.

Slovenian is part of the Western subgroup of the South Slavic group of languages which also includes Bulgarian, Macedonian, Bosnian, Montenegrin, Croatian & Serbian and which are its closest relatives.

The earliest Slovene language documents - the Freising Manuscripts - date back to 972-1093 and are among the oldest surviving documents in any Slavic language. The first Slovene books were written by Primož Trubar in the early 16th century.

Although spoken by only 2.5 million people worldwide, there are 7 distinct Slovene dialects and up to 50 sub dialects, resulting partly from Slovenia's mountainous terrain.

Slovene is one of the EU's 24 official and working languages and is a co-official language in regions of Hungary, Italy & Austria bordering Slovenia.