Slovene learning materials

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‘Gremo naprej’ tells you about the summer and winter schools

We give below an account of the materials for studying Slovene that we know of.  That’s materials for English speakers and from the starting-point of London, England.  Remember that Slovene can also be called Slovenian, but on the Internet Google will generally sort that out for you.

Do email me with any corrections or further information!

Courses

It’s easy to find the Slovene Learning Online introductory course online and it exists in a number of languages besides English.

The other thing that is very easy to find is the Slovene evening classes at SSEES.  There is also a beginners’ class in Nottingham.  I don’t think there are any other organised Slovene classes in the UK.

Textbooks

There seem to be essentially two contenders here.  The newer Colloquial Slovene, which is meant to include the possibility of self-study, is quite nice and you can access the audio files online.  There’s an older version with a different author that does not seem to enjoy a good reputation.

Then there are the textbooks produced by the Center za slovenščino kot drugi in tuji jezik/Centre for Slovene as a Second and Foreign Language: A, B, C gremo…, Gremo naprej, Naprej pa v slovenščini.  These are meant for use with [by] a teacher, and can be bought online from the Ljubljana University Arts Faculty Bookshop.  (The site takes a long time to load, but then it works fine.)

Dictionaries and grammars

While there are many Slovene-English/English-Slovene dictionaries produced in Slovenia, they are of course aimed a Slovenes and I have yet to find one that includes both stress and grammatical information for the Slovene words.  You can use the Pons English-Slovene/Slovene-English online dictionary (though it seems to know fewer words than Google Translate) and combine it with the pronunciations given on Forvo.  Forvo’s coverage of Slovene is however rather patchy.

There is a  comprehensive grammar by Peter Herrity.  As somebody says on Amazon, it has lots and lots of helpful sentences.  You can also access online A Short Reference Grammar of Standard Slovene.

TV and radio (on the Internet)

It is easy enough to find Slovene Internet radio stations.  See also an article on ‘Slovene with subtitles’,  which gives information on TV programmes with Slovene subtitles.

Other resources on the Internet

Languages Around The Globe has a posting on Resources for learning Slovene which points us to some additional items, such as a grammar checker, Slovenian for travellers, a language exchange site that is not Conversation Exchange, and a SSEES page that doesn’t seem to be working.

In slightly more detail, the Fran portal has a number of online (monolingual) dictionaries along with other reference material.  The Slovene Digital Library looks as though it ought to be interesting.

There are also the Minuta za jezik audio files, which require a certain level of Slovene to make use of.  The slovenscina.eu site has a number of interesting tools, for instance the Slovene morphological lexicon  interestingly shows that neither the dual number nor (more surprisingly) the dative case is especially popular.

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Courses in Slovenia

It is again easy enough to find the Ljubljana University Slovene Summer School (advertised at the top of this posting) and other courses throughout the year, together with the Summer Seminar for Slovene Language, Literature and Culture.

As I said–do feel free to email me with any corrections or further information!


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