UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


Lake Bled, Slovenia


Slovene Level 2 Lower Intermediate

Course description: Level 2 is intended for students who have recently completed the Beginners course or who already have basic knowledge of the language and its grammar acquired through visits to the country or self-study. The course runs over three ten week terms and each session is two hours long. The course aims at giving students further understanding of grammar, developing broader vocabulary and improving listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.

Topics and functions: Talking about yourself, family and friends, describing people, talking about the weather and seasons, talking about events and holidays and acquainting yourself with Slovene national and religious celebrations, important tourism destinations, travelling, booking a holiday, famous Slovenes, orientation and directions, talking about your home, apartment, and house, describing your vacation.

Grammar: Revision of all cases in the singular form, continuing with different uses of all cases (in singular and plural), use of all three tenses (present, past, future), prepositions with cases, comparison of adjectives, adverbs, word order, imperative, verbal aspect (imperfective and perfective), personal and possessive pronouns, conjunctions.

Study materials: The basic course book will be Ivana Petric Lasnik, Nataša Pirih Svetina, Andreja Ponikvar: Gremo naprej (Ljubljana: Center za slovenščino kot drugi/tuji jezik, 2003). It will be supported by additional teacher’s materials.

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

The Fran Portal is a useful resource that integrates a number of dictionaries, portals, and other sources developed by the Fran Ramovš Institute in Slovenia. It allows browsing in Slovenian linguistic corpora based on both simple and complex searches. www.fran.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.