UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


Lake Bled, Slovenia



The Slovene language is spoken primarily in the Republic of Slovenia (population ca. 2 million) and by Slovene minorities in neighbouring countries. It belongs to the group of South Slavonic languages, along with Croatian, Serbian, Macedonian and Bulgarian, but also shares common elements with West Slavonic languages such as Czech and Slovak. Located at a cultural crossroads in central Europe where Slavonic-speakers mix with speakers of Romance, Germanic and Finno-Ugric languages, Slovenia and its language show the influences its neighbours' – particularly in its numerous dialects, of which there are around fifty in its diverse territory. Slovene is written in the Latin alphabet. Slovene is also a romantic language, as it has a special form (dual) for referring to a two people, objects or concepts.

Slovene Lectrice: Maja Rančigaj