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!
25 -Lost girl5. marec 2021
This time Dave was sweating in a shopping centre. A new lesson for him… but he practiced some new words… IZGUBITI SE means TO GET LOST, MAMICA is MUMMY, NEZNANCI are STRANGERS, NE JOČI means DON’T CRY, KOLIKO SI STARA means HOW OLD ARE YOU, KJE STANUJEŠ means WHERE DO YOU LIVE, BLIZU is CLOSE, VARNOSTNIK is SECURITY GUARD, OZVOČENJE is SOUND SYSTEM... And remember, never betray children's secrets.
24 -Politics4. marec 2021
Dave got stuck in the most heated debate of Slovenes – politics. He learned that POLITIKI are POLITICIANS, DRŽAVNI ZBOR is NATIONAL ASSEMBLY, PRENOS V ŽIVO means LIVE BROADCAST… GROZLJIVKA is THRILLER, KOMEDIJA is COMEDY, a KRIMINALKA is a CRIME MOVIE, PLAČA is SALARY, DRŽAVLJANSTVO is CITIZENSHIP and NE RAZUMEM means I DON'T UNDERSTAND.
23 - Lazy friend3. marec 2021
LEN, or LENA, does mean LAZY, but LENA is also a common Slovene female name. Anyway, whether Dave is LEN or not is up for debate, but the fact of the matter is that today Dave did learn the difference between UMAZANO – DIRTY and ČISTO – CLEAN, and he did learn how to use a METLA – a BROOM, how to SWEEP THE FLOOR – POMESTI TLA, BRISATI PRAH – CLEAN THE DUST, to VACUUM THE HOUSE – SESATI HIŠO, and that you do have to be gentle with the ČASOPIS – NEWSPAPER, when washing the OKNO – WINDOW.
22 - Parents-in-law2. marec 2021
Today Dave learned some new words – MOM is MAMA, FATHER is OČE, MOTHER-IN-LAW is TAŠČA and FATHER-IN-LAW is TAST. FLOWERS are ROŽE, WINE is VINO and BIRTHDAY is ROJSTNI DAN.
21 - Postman1. marec 2021
Dave got scared to death today, but he learned some new words – POŠTA is POST and PAKET is PACKAGE. He’s not from Slovenia and that means he’s a TUJEC or a FOREIGNER. PODPIS is SIGNATURE, a FEMALE FRIEND is PRIJATELJICA, NOSEČA means PREGNANT, and that’s what Fani is not...yet...
20 - Housework26. februar 2021
Well, Dave is no good at cleaning, but he learned some new Slovene words anyway. Now we know BATHROOM is KOPALNICA, TOILET is STRANIŠČE, and BATHTUB is KAD. We also now the BOTTOM is SPODAJ and UP is ZGORAJ, RED is RDEČE, WHITE is BELO, and PINK is ROZA. That’s something, right?
19 - With the niece to the cinema25. februar 2021
The first visit to the cinema in Slovenia did not end according to Dave‘s wishes. But he still learned some new words... NEČAKINJA - NIECE, PRAVLJICA - FAIRY TALE, POGLEJ - LOOK, DOVOLJ STARA - OLD ENOUGH, HITRO - FAST, DRZNO - FURIOS, PREDLOG - SUGGESTION, NEVERJETNO - INCREDIBLE, STRINJATI SE - TO AGREE and NI SLABO - NOT BAD. Dave is really making progress :)
18 - First skiing trip24. februar 2021
Today Dave learned a few tongue-twisters in Slovenian... a PARKIRIŠČE is a CAR PARK, a GOSTIŠČE is a GUESTHOUSE, and a PRENOČIŠČE is ACCOMMODATION, or where they're going to stay. They have a SMUČIŠČE and DRSALIŠČE for SKIING and SKATING… And they need to use the SEDEŽNICA – the CHAIR LIFT to get there... Oh, and Dave needs to go and lie down now.. on a JOGI - a MATTRESS!
18 - First skiing trip24. februar 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.