DAVE'S CHALLENGE: Let's learn Slovene
DAVE's CHALLENGE and the challenges of learning Slovene
Slovene is complicated, as Dave learns in Dave's Challenge. Learning new letters like č and š and ž and words without vowels like ČMRLJ (bumblebee) are only the beginning! In English, once you learn the word for »bumblebee« you can sit back and relax. Well, maybe you have to learn to stick an »s« at the end to make it plural. But in Slovene you haven't even started. Want to make it plural? First you have to determine what kind of plural. That's because Slovene has plural and a very special case known as »dvojina« or »dual case«. So, for example, 2 bumblebees would be »čmrlja« and a big bunch of them would be »čmrlji«. But of course you're still not done learning the world for bumblebee because Slovene also uses noun declension. Are you next to a bee? Do you have a bee? Do you not have a bee? Is there something on the bee? These are all vitally important questions. If you're outside with two bees then you're »z dvema črmljema« but if you're outside with three bees then you're »s tremi čmrlji«. Did we mention that Slovene has 6 noun declensions that are different depending on gender and number?
Luckily, Dave has decided not to despair but to BEE optmisitic and press on with the help of his Slovenian wife Fani! We wish him – and you – the best of luck in taking on this challenge!
58 - Žnidaršičev Vrh 6421. april 2021
Well, it does happen. You can get lost, and in this case Dave and Fani did definitely GET LOST, or in Slovene, STA SE IZGUBILA. And so Dave didn’t find the house he was looking for, but he did find out that DESNO is RIGHT and LEVO is LEFT. That a CROSSROAD is a KRIŽIŠČE, that a ROUNDABOUT is a KROŽIŠČE, that when you make a TURN you ZAVIJEŠ, that an EXIT is an IZHOD, and that when you PASS something, like a hotel, you go MIMO hotela...
57 - Kakec festival20. april 2021
Today, Dave found out that JUICE is SOK, PIE is PITA and he learnt a very important lesson... Kaki (Persimmon) is a fruit. It doesn't smell too bad and it tastes SLASTNO - DELICIOUS!
56 - Sawing and mowing19. april 2021
Off goes Dave to CUT THE GRASS – KOSITI TRAVO, while Fani starts preparing a big tasty LUNCH, an obilno KOSILO, for her dear Dave. Who knows, it might turn out to be a LEP DAN – A NICE DAY after all.
56 - Sawing and mowing19. april 2021
ANG A young Slovene girl called Fani spent a year in the Emerald Isle working as an au-pair. After falling in love with good-humoured Irish bartender Dave, Fani lures him back to Maribor. But how can he possibly survive without knowing any Slovene? Trying to master »survival Slovene« turns out to be an incredible challenge for the highly motivated Dave, and occasionally a real nightmare for his beloved Fani. A Daily dose of Slovene language for foreigners wanting to improve their everyday Slovene, and have a laugh while doing it. Premieres every weekday at 7:30 am, rebroadcasts at 3:45 pm … only on Radio Si. ******************************************************* SLO Mlada slovenka Fani je leto dni preživela na zelenem Irskem kot varuška otrok. Tam se zaljubi v hudomušnega barmana Davea in ga zvabi, da se z njo vrne/preseli v Maribor. A le kako v Sloveniji preživeti brez znanja slovenščine? Spoznavanje »preživetvene slovenščine« je za izjemno motiviranega Irca neverjeten izziv, za njegovo Fani pa občasno prava nočna mora. Dnevna doza slovenskega jezika za vse tujce, ki bi se želeli vsak dan naučiti nekaj novih slovenskih besed za vsakdanjik in se ob tem še nasmejati. Vsak delavnik premiera ob 7:30, ponovitev ob 15:45 … samo na Radiu Si.
55 - Engagement16. april 2021
So, Fani was proposed to by Dave. Dave is in seventh heaven and also learned new words: SVEČA – CANDLE, ROŽE – FLOWERS, GLASBA – MUSIC, and he bought the perfect PRSTAN – RING with the almost perfect PRECIOUS STONE – DRAGI KAMEN.
54 - At the dentist15. april 2021
Despite the pain, Dave learned new words today: FEAR is STRAH, DUST is PRAH, TOOTH is ZOB, and a ZOBOZDRAVNIK is a DENTIST who will help him with the PAIN – BOLEČINA.
53 - Irisih family14. april 2021
Today Dave learned how to talk about his family. STRIC is UNCLE, BRATRANEC is MALE COUSIN, SESTRIČNA is FEMALE COUSIN, BRAT is BROTHER and SESTRA is SISTER.
52 - Romance under the stars13. april 2021
A romantic evening taught Dave some new words… CRICKET is ČRIČEK, STAR is ZVEZDA, MOON is LUNA, MILK is MLEKO, PIE is PITA and CHERRY is ČEŠNJA.
51 - Gorice12. april 2021
Today Dave learned that GORICE are HILLS, GORČICA is MUSTARD, and GOR is UP, and that they are all very different things.