UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


Lake Bled, Slovenia


Slovene Level 1 Beginners

Course description: Level 1 is intended for students with no previous knowledge of Slovene or minimal knowledge such as a few words, the alphabet or other basics. The course runs over three ten week terms and each session is two hours long. The course aims to cover a basic knowledge of the everyday Slovene language. It develops the basic skills of speaking, reading, listening and writing in Slovene, as well as your ability to use the language effectively in everyday situations.

Topics and functions: The alphabet and pronunciation, greetings, numbers, how to introduce yourself and others, asking and answering questions about personal details, your family, describing how you spend your day, ordering food and drinks in a restaurant, giving and understanding directions, accepting or declining an invitation, the human body. You will also get to know some aspects of Slovene culture and society.

Grammar: Nouns, adjectives, verbs, reflexive verbs, personal pronouns, possessive pronouns, basic grammar points – for example different uses of some cases (with focus on nominative and accusative as the most used cases) and the use of all three tenses, prepositions and simple adverbs, prepositions and conjunctions.

Study materials: The course book will be Nataša Pirih Svetina, Andreja Ponikvar: A, B, C ... Gremo. Ljubljana: Center za slovenščino kot drugi/tuji jezik, 2018. It will be supported by additional materials (grammar exercises, role play, reading and listening comprehension).

Online sources: A very useful online English-Slovene/Slovene-English dictionary is www.pons.si

If you are interested in the history of the Slovene language, its characteristics and development, there is an excellent book by Monika Kalin Golob, Nataša Komac, Nataša Logar: O slovenskem jeziku/On Slovene.