SLOVENIAN FOR BEGINNERS 1

Part One: How to get drinks in a pub

Worst Case Scenario: You have been running around and admiring things in Ljubljana (Maribor, Celje, Koper…) for quite a long time and you are really truly thirsty now. Your tongue says it may go on sticking to your mouth cavity for the rest of your life if it doesn’t get wet soon.

As if by magic, a pub appears in front of you. You enter it and soon discover the list of beverages. Unfortunately, it says things like jagodni sok or čokolada s smetano. A second before you break out in tears/sweat, you discover some reasonable beverages, like coca cola, or fanta. You also think hard and seem to remember or you guess correctly that kava is coffee, voda is water, vino is wine and pivo is beer.

Let me tell you: you are saved.

So, how do you order your drinks in Slovenian? OK, OK, I realise the introductory part has taken me too long. Here we go:

1. Have a good look at your list of beverages. Let us assume you discover things like:

bitter lemon, sprite

pivo, vino, sekt (šampanjec)

konjak, viski, rum

cappuccino, latte macchiato, espresso

fanta, coca cola, mineralna voda

vodka,

kava, čokolada

2. Obviously, you will need to utter an appropriate sentence to order your drinks. In most cases, we Slovenians use the structure “(name of a drink), please.” In Slovenian:

___________, prosim. (Pronunciation: „pro-ssim“)

3. If your wish is to be found in the blue list above, just use the very word in front of “prosim”:

Sprite, prosim.

Pivo, prosim. (“pee-vo”)

Cappuccino, prosim.

4. If you would like to order something from the pink list, you will have to perform a beauty trick before going on. It goes like this: change the ending -a into -o and then use this new word in your sentence:

Fanto, prosim.

Coca colo, prosim,

Mineralno vodo, prosim.

Vodko, prosim.

Kavo, prosim.

5. That’s it! You’ve done it!

6. Admittedly, there may be some troubles regarding the amount of the drink you wish to order – use your hands at this point. They will be happy to serve you, my dear Slovenian-speaking visitor.

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