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Dave's challenge: Let's learn Slovene

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A young Slovene girl called Fani spent a year in the Emerald Isle working as an au-pair. After falling in love with good-humoured Irish bartender Dave, Fani lures him back to Maribor. But how can he possibly survive without knowing any Slovene? Trying to master »survival Slovene« turns out to be an incredible challenge for the highly motivated Dave, and occasionally a real nightmare for his beloved Fani.
A Daily dose of Slovene language for foreigners wanting to improve their everyday Slovene, and have a laugh while doing it.
Premieres every weekday at 7:30 am, rebroadcasts at 3:45 pm … only on Radio Si.

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Mlada slovenka Fani je leto dni preživela na zelenem Irskem kot varuška otrok. Tam se zaljubi v hudomušnega barmana Davea in ga zvabi, da se z njo vrne/preseli v Maribor. A le kako v Sloveniji preživeti brez znanja slovenščine?
Spoznavanje »preživetvene slovenščine« je za izjemno motiviranega Irca neverjeten izziv, za njegovo Fani pa občasno prava nočna mora.
Dnevna doza slovenskega jezika za vse tujce, ki bi se želeli vsak dan naučiti nekaj novih slovenskih besed za vsakdanjik in se ob tem še nasmejati.
Vsak delavnik premiera ob 7:30, ponovitev ob 15:45 … samo na Radiu Si.

Avtor: Darko Pukl, Korab Jorgacieski, Polonca Gjorek, Dave Ryan

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275 - Wedding party

24. 6. 2022

POROKA – WEDDING is a new turning point in life. And today we learned new words as well: POROČNI ŠOPEK – WEDDING BOUQUET, NEVESTA – BRIDE, ŽENIN – GROOM, OBIČAJ – CUSTOM, POGRUNTAVŠČINA - TRICK/INGENUITY, GLAVOBOL – HEADACHE, and a PODVEZICA is a GARTER.

274 - Wedding ceremony

23. 6. 2022

How beautiful. To shed a tear. And so many new words: POROČNI OBRED – WEDDING CEREMONY, METULJČEK – BOW TIE, NEVESTA - BRIDE, ŽENIN – GROOM, ZVEST – FAITHFULL, ZVESTOBA - LOYALTY, SPOŠTOVATI – TO RESPECT, SVETI DUH – HOLY SPIRIT, and POLJUBITI – TO KISS. Good luck to the NEWLYWEDS – MLADOPOROČENCA!

273 - Pre-wedding customs

22. 6. 2022

The wedding is pretty close now and Dave is still surprised over Slovenia’s CUSTOMS – NAVADE/OBIČAJI. Anyway, tonight he learned that SALTY SNACKS are SLANI PRIGRIZKI, a PLAN is a NAČRT, and STRANGE is ČUDNO. TO GET REST is SPOČITI SE and he also learned that Slovenes are champions when it comes to talking about customs…

272 - Firefighter competition

21. 6. 2022

While Dave and sosed Jože head off to watch the TEKMOVANJE or COMPETITION, let's have a look at what Dave learned today. GASILCI - FIREFIGHTERS, GASILSKI AVTO - FIRE ENGINE, GAŠENJE POŽARA is TO PUT OUT/EXTINGUISH A FIRE, and GASILNI APARTI are FIRE EXTINGUISHERS. Sosed Jože was a PROSTOVOLJNI GASILEC – VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER in his younger days. DIRKA is a RACE, SUŠA is a DROUGHT, ŽLED is SLEET, and CEVI are PIPES. Luckily there are no fires today, but I'm sure that the competition is getting hot already.

271 - Picnic in the park

20. 6. 2022

Dave didn't manage to get his hands on some of Fani and Špela's drinks… but he did learn some new words at the picnic. DEKA - BLANKET, ODLOŽITI - TO PUT DOWN, SENCA - SHADE, MRAVLJA - ANT, OSA - WASP, ČEBELA – BEE, and SRŠEN - HORNET. And POJDI STRAN means GO AWAY! We just hope that Dave enjoys his OTROŠKI ŠAMPANJEC – KIDS’ CHAMPAGNE… because he won't get any of the real stuff.

270 - Bachelor party

17. 6. 2022

You know what they say, what happens at a FANTOVŠČINA – BACHELOR PARTY, stays at a fantovščina… Well, they say that for Vegas too with a reason… Dave’s friends made our Irish friend walk THE WAY OF THE CROSS – KRIŽEV POT. He had to walk it SOBER - TREZEN, as all the others drank WINE - VINO. After they reached the top of the Kalvarija hill it was party time, in the company of a HARMONIKA – ACCORDION player… Luckily Dave had one rule, »NO STRIPPERS or STRIPTIZETE«… And he hopes the guys obeyed, as he doesn’t remember… Well, the rest is history as I think Dave doesn’t even want to remember…

269 - Baby dream

16. 6. 2022

Maybe it was all the talk of Fani's friend's BABY SHOWER – ZABAVA ZA NOVO MAMICO that caused Dave's strange dreams last night, but he did, somehow, learn a lot of new words. DOJENČEK is a BABY, PLENICA is a NAPPY/DIAPER, PRALNA is WASHABLE, ZAMENJATI is TO CHANGE, SEGRETI is TO HEAT something up, MLAČNO is LUKEWARM and VOZIČEK is a PRAM. KRČ V ŽELODCU is a STOMACH CRAMP, BODI is a BODYSUIT/ONESIE, and “PODRETI KUPČEK” is TO BURP THE BABY. Well, at least now Dave knows how much work is involved in looking after a baby, but he also knows that he can do it!

268 - Catering

15. 6. 2022

It seems Dave and Fani found the catering service or catering for their wedding and the provider is offering a full service that includes SETTING UP THE FEAST – PRIPRAVLJANJE POGOSTITVE, and the CLEANING UP – POSPRAVLJANJE afterwards. The caterer also provides the CUTLERY – PRIBOR, PRTE – TABLECLOTHS, the WAITERS – NATAKARJE, and of course the FOOD - HRANA. The hardest part for our merry couple is to choose the right MENU - MENI.

267 - Wedding dress

14. 6. 2022

Well, sometimes Dave can surprise Fani and he sure did that this time. He already bought his WEDDING SUIT – POROČNA OBLEKA. And that is not going to bring any BAD LUCK – NESREČA, although Fani is quite SUPERSTITIOUS - VRAŽEVERNA. Dave also learned that a RENTAL SHOP is IZPOSOJEVALNICA and that buying a wedding dress for the bride is not a MAN’S THING – MOŠKA STVAR.

266 - Meaning of life

13. 6. 2022

It’s almost MIDNIGHT – POLNOČ and Dave started contemplating ABOUT THE MEANING OF LIFE – O SMISLU ŽIVLJENJA, and about WHAT HE WANTS – KAJ HOČE. He asked Fani if he was going through a MID-LIFE CRISIS – KRIZA SREDNJIH LET. Fani assured him that he was still an INTERESTING PERSON – ZANIMIVA OSEBA to be with, even though he fell asleep. So now Fani’s the one who’s AWAKE – BUDEN/BUDNA.

265 - An adventure

10. 6. 2022

Ah, yes, love is in the air and our romantic couple can’t wait to get to the MOON BAY – MESEČEV ZALIV. The BEACH – PLAŽA has no SAND – PESEK, but STONES – KAMNI. The SEA – MORJE might have some SEA URCHINS – MORSKI JEŽKI, but we’re not sure about the JELLY FISH – MEDUZE. Fani says there may not be any SHADE – SENCA, and Dave says it’s going to be an ADVENTURE – DOGODIVŠČINA or PUSTOLOVŠČINA.

264 - Wedding invitations

9. 6. 2022

The INVITATIONS – VABILA are written in SLOVENE – SLOVENŠČINA and in ENGLISH – ANGLEŠČINA. Fani found the perfect TEMPLATE – PREDLOGA and they wrote the TEXT – BESEDILO together. Now Dave just needs to pick them up at the PRINTING HOUSE – TISKARNA and BUY – KUPITI some ENVELOPES – KUVERTE.

263 - Window boxes

8. 6. 2022

As Dave & Fani head home to do some gardening on their balcony, let's have a look at what Dave learned this time. VRTNI CENTER is a GARDEN CENTRE, VRTNARJENJE is GARDENING, ZALIVATI RASTLINE is to WATER THE PLANTS and KARTONSKA ŠKATLA is a CARDBOARD BOX. SAJENJE is PLANTING, SEMENA are SEEDS, SADIKE are SEEDLINGS, and NAMAKALNI SISTEM is an IRRIGATION SYSTEM. And even though Dave doesn't have “GREEN FINGERS” - NI DOBER V VRTNARSTVU, at least he won't COMPLAIN - PRITOŽEVATI SE. That's because he knows that their VEGETABLES - ZELENJAVA will be grown with love and attention... and a little bit of FERTILISER – GNOJILO and COMPOST - KOMPOST.

262 - Wedding plans

7. 6. 2022

So, the list of GUESTS/INVITES – POVABLJENCI is ready. There is the BROTHER – BRAT, SISTERS – SESTRI, PARENTS – STARŠI, GRANDPARENTS - STARI STARŠI, BEST MAN – PRIČA, BRIDESMADIES - DRUŽICE. They are also inviting FRIENDS – PRIJATELJE and COUSINS – BRATRANCE (for male) in SESTRIČNE (for female). Oh, and don’t forget the CO-WORKERS – SODELAVCI.

261 - High fuel prices

6. 6. 2022

The FUEL PRICES – CENE GORIVA are getting higher and higher these days. So if you don’t want to drive on a RESERVE tank or REZERVA all the time you will need to spend a nice sum on a FULL TANK – POLNI REZERVOAR. The price also varies, depending on the kind of fuel: REGULAR 95-OCTANE – 95-OKTANSKI BENCIN or DIESEL FUEL - DIZEL. But people, like our Dave, don’t just buy fuel at the PETROL STATION – BENCINSKA ČRPALKA, but all sorts of things, like ice cream, beer, and even sandwiches. And that can make prices even more expensive…

260 - Wedding loan

3. 6. 2022

Dave and Fani are one step closer to their big day – the WEDDING DAY – POROČNI DAN. They took a LOAN – POSOJILO at the BANK – BANKA. After the banker checked all their documents: the personal ID CARD – OSEBNA IZKAZNICA and PAYSLIPS – PLAČILNE LISTE, the planning can now begin…

259 - Blood donation

2. 6. 2022

Dave is still ALIVE – JE ŽIV and HE DONATED BLOOD – JE DAROVAL KRI. He felt a bit DIZZY – VRTELO SE MU JE, but now he’s fine and he’s HAPPY – VESEL while he is HELPING TO SAVE LIVES – POMAGA REŠEVATI ŽIVLJENJA. NEXT TIME - NASLEDNJIČ everything will be better. He’s not afraid of the NEEDLE – IGLA anymore, so it will be easier to ROLL UP THE SLEEVE – ZAVIHATI ROKAV.

258 - Slovene slang

1. 6. 2022

Dave decided that he wants to learn some Slovene SLANG or SLENG. Fani told him that the saying »Si že auf?« means “Are you awake?”, and that »šautati« means “to shout”. One of the funniest sayings in Dave’s opinion was »Kva si pa ti dons tko ušmekan?« or “Why are you all dressed up today?”. And there were many other quotes… But “that’s enough for now” or “To je to, za toti dnar!”

257 - Wedding conversation

31. 5. 2022

It looks like the wedding plans will have to wait, but Dave is not wasting time. He learned that IMPORTANT is POMEMBNO, LATER is KASNEJE, PLAN is NAČRT, WEDDING GUEST is SVAT and DUTIES are OBVEZNOSTI or NALOGE. He also learned that MUSIC is GLASBA, FOOD is HRANA, CAKE is TORTA and that they will need a LOAN - POSOJILO for the wedding that Fani wants...

256 - Splinter or thorn?

30. 5. 2022

Dave got a THORN - TRN in his finger when he was lifting a BRANCH - VEJA. He thought it might have been another KLOP – TICK, or even a SPLINTER - TRSKA or SKODLA. Fani SORTED THINGS OUT though – “ONA JE ZRIHTALA”. She does know that Dave is a bit of a HYPOCHONDRIAC – HIPOHONDER. And no, Dave won't need a CAST - GIPS, or BERGLE - CRUTCHES... just a few drops of schnapps… and some COURAGE - POGUM!

255 - Massage voucher

27. 5. 2022

As Dave slowly recovers from his 'relaxing' massage, let's see what he learned today. MASAŽA is a MASSAGE, WELLNESS is a SPA, TERMIN is AN APPOINTMENT, a VOZEL is a KNOT and a PLAŠČ is A ROBE or DRESSING GOWN. The massage was SPROŠČUJOČA – RELAXING, at least for Fani it was. Unfortunately, Dave has a few BRUISES - MODRICE on his BACK - HRBET. But it's only going to be ZAČASNO - TEMPORARY. I'm sure that he'll feel much less TENSE - NAPET. He might even go back for another massage with Fani someday… or... maybe not.

254 - Day 4 in Ireland

26. 5. 2022

The wonderful Irish adventure is nearing its end with Dave’s invitation to lunch. An opportunity to learn new words: TJULENJ is SEAL, PRIPOROČATI – TO RECOMMEND, GOVEDINA is BEEF, ENOLONČNICA – STEW, KRVAVICE are BLACK PUDDING, DIMLJEN is SMOKED, LOSOS is SALMON, PASTIR is SHEPHARD… and we have TO ADMIT - PRIZNATI, Dave’s SPEECH - GOVOR was great.

253 - Day 3 in Ireland

25. 5. 2022

A really gorgeous trip and Dave shows Ireland's beauties. In the JEZERO or LAKE there are lot of fish… KRAP - CARP, ŠČUKA – PIKE and POSTRV- TROUT. Travelers also learned that OTOK is ISLAND, GRAD is CASTLE, SREDNJEVEŠKI means MEDIEVAL, STOLP is TOWER, STOLETJE is CENTURY, HRAST is OAK and PRITISK – PRESSURE.

252 - Day 2 in Ireland

24. 5. 2022

ČUSTVEN – EMOTIONAL. Dave wants to show his friends as much as possible. Using also new Slovenian words: RODNO MESTO means BIRTHPLACE, HOMETOWN is DOMAČI KRAJ, SOLZE are TEARS, POGREB is FUNERAL, OSUPLJIVO is STUNNING, POKRAJINA – SCENERY, ZGODOVINA – HISTORY, NARAVNE ZNAMENITOSTI are NATURAL ATTRACTIONS, KROŽNA VOŽNJA is ROUND TRIP, PRELAZ is MOUNTAIN PASS, GROFIJA is COUNTY, KRALJESTVO – KINGDOM, USTANOVLJENO – ESTABLISHED and Pero is not a SVETNIK – a SAINT yet :)

251 - Day 1 in Ireland

23. 5. 2022

A new country and completely different customs for Slovenes. Dave, however, is forced to learn new words. SMRČATI is TO SNORE, UTRUJEN means TIRED, ZAJTRK is BREAKFAST, BLIZU is CLOSE, MLEČNO means MILKY, KLIN is WEDGE, DVIGNITI ROKE – RAISE YOUR HANDS, OBŽALOVATI means TO REGRET. ŠUNKA is HAM and FIŽOL – BEANS, and they’re on the plate at an Irish breakfast.

250 - Flight to Dublin - part 2

20. 5. 2022

It is really useful to use the flight time to learn new languages. This time some POMEMBNE – IMPORTANT words: PRISRČNO means WARM or KIND, LJUBEZEN is LOVE, SAMOZAVEST – SELF-CONFIDENCE, TRD is HARD, SEDEŽ is SEAT, OČARATI means TO ENCHANT, and it was SLINASTO – SLIMY and a BAD TRY – SLAB POSKUS from Pero.

249 - Flight to Dublin - part 1

19. 5. 2022

Everyone is happy and already on the plane. Let’s repeat some new words: DOKUMENTI are DOCUMENTS, OSEBNA IZKAZNICA means ID CARD, VELJAVNA is VALID, SEDETI SKUPAJ – TO SIT TOGETHER, POSTATI SLABO means TO GET SICK, POTNIK or SOPOTNIK is PASSENGER, VZGLAVNIK is PILLOW, VARNOST is SAFETY, NAPOTKI or NAVODILA are INSTRUCTIONS, VARNOSTNI PAS is SAFETY BELT and we hope nobody will use the VREČKA ZA BRUHANJE – VOMITING BAG.

248 - Pedicure and manicure

18. 5. 2022

Today Dave learned that visiting a PEDIKURA or PEDICURE isn’t so bad, plus he also learned a few new words… ETERIČNA OLJA are ESSENTIAL OILS, NOHTI are NAILS, NOHTI NA NOGAH are TOENAILS and MANIKURA is MANICURE. So now, no more HOLES or LUNKJE on the POSTELJNA PREVLEKA or BED COVER, as Dave’s toenails and feet are “GLADKI KOT RITKA”… well, isn’t that something :)

247 - Planning a trip to Ireland - part 2

17. 5. 2022

There is no end in sight with the candidates for the trip. Dave learned today that LATE means POZEN, ZGODEN is EARLY, PRIDRUŽITI SE – TO JOIN, NEČAKINJA – NIECE, BRATRANEC – COUSIN, TURISTIČNA AGENCIJA is TOURIST AGENCY, RODNO MESTO – BIRTHPLACE, DOMAČI KRAJ - HOMETOWN, IZLET is TRIP, SEVERNA OBALA means NORTH COAST, ZAŽELJEN – DESIRABLE, JUGO-ZAHODNO is SOUTH-WEST…

246 - Planning a trip to Ireland - part 1

16. 5. 2022

This is definitely not going to be an easy task for Dave. He knows that WORK – DELO, STRENGTHENS A PERSON – KREPI ČLOVEKA. But his friends have a BRILLIANT IDEA – IZVRSTNO IDEJO. They want an organized TRIP – IZLET to Ireland. They are ZAMIŠLJENI – THOUGHTFUL and Dave must TURN ON HIS BRAIN – VKLOPITI MOŽGANE. They already want to FIX A DATE – DOLOČITI DATUM, but first they need to ask for A FEW DAYS OFF – NEKAJ PROSTIH DNI. And so many ideas of what to see…

245 - TLC

13. 5. 2022

TENDER, LOVE AND CARE – NEŽNOST, LJUBEZEN IN SKRB is what Dave has to offer. And what more can Fani ask for? He did not bring her any HEMP – KONOPLJE, or any CBD and THC DROPS – KAPLJICE. But he did learn the following: ZELIŠČAR – HERBALIST, ZELIŠČA – HERBS, RAVNOTEŽJE – BALANCE, STOPNICE – STAIRS, BOLI – HURTS, and PROHIBITED – PREPOVEDANO.

244 - Trip to the furniture store

12. 5. 2022

While Dave says goodbye to his CHIPS or FRENCH FRIES - POMFRIT, and his hotdog, let's see what he learned on his little shopping trip. POHIŠTVO is FURNITURE, which he'll have to put into the PRTLJAŽNIK or “KUFERAM” – THE BOOT OF THE CAR. He'll also have to squeeze in a few other items, like A PICTURE FRAME - OKVIR ZA SLIKE, A STORAGE BOX - ŠKATLA ZA SHRANJEVANJE, A SOAP DISPENSER - RAZPRŠILNIK ZA MILO, and HANGERS - OBEŠALNIKI. We bet that Dave wishes he had a university LECTURE – PREDAVANJE now, instead of a long drive back home.

243 - Online banking

11. 5. 2022

Dave finally has a Slovenian ONLINE BANK – SPLETNA BANKA. The REGISTRACIJA – REGISTRATION was no problem, but there are so many new words: STANJE NA RAČUNU means ACCOUNT BALANCE, PLAČILA are PAYMENTS, DATUM ZAPADLOSTI is DATE OF MATURITY, ZNESEK – AMOUNT, NAMEN PLAČILA – THE PURPOSE OF PAYMENT… and one important lesson to remember: DENAR NI VSE – MONEY ISN'T EVERYTHING.

242 - Prepih

10. 5. 2022

If you’ve ever read the Guinness Book of World Records you've noticed that Slovenes are famous for their crazy records, but what they don’t like is a PREPIH or DRAUGHT. Slovenes are very superstitious about that, as they fear they will catch a COLD or PREHLAD. Dave even made a joke about it, that the fear of a draught is the reason that Slovenes only have two WIND TURBINES or VETRNE ELEKTRARNE. But Fani told him, that if the air inside is STUFFY or ZATOHLO, Slovenes would rather go outside, no matter how strong the wind is…

241 - To shave, or not to shave?

9. 5. 2022

Fani isn’t too enthusiastic about Dave’s new idea. She doesn’t want him to grow any facial hair. A BEARD is BRADA, a MOUSTACHE is BRKI, SIDEBURNS are ZALISCI, HAIR is LASJE. She wants him to use a SHAVER – BRIVNIK, so that he doesn’t look like THE GREEN MAN – ZELENI JURIJ.

240 - Old Vine Festival

29. 4. 2022

Looks like this is going to be a hard day for the trio. But Dave knows from now on that REZ STARE TRTE means the PRUNING OF THE OLD VINE, CEPIČ is a SCION, POTOMKA means A DESCENDANT, MESTNI VINIČAR means WINE DRESSER… But still… Dave is more interested in the products of SLOVENE WINEMAKERS – SLOVENSKI VINARJI. Na zdravje! Cheers!

239 - The case of the ex - Heidi part 2

26. 4. 2022

So, while Dave's past and current better halves compare notes, let's look at some of the words that he (and Heidi) have just learned. SURFING is DESKANJE, SNOWBOARDING is DESKANJE NA SNEGU, SKATING is DRSANJE and SKYDIVING is SKOK S PADALOM or PADALSTVO. For languages: FRENCH is FRANCOŠČINA, ITALIAN is ITALIJANŠČINA, ENGLISH is ANGLEŠČINA, GERMAN is NEMŠČINA and CHINESE is KITAJŠČINA. And we've also found out that Dave IS AFRAID OF HEIGHTS – GA JE STRAH VIŠINE, SPIDERS - PAJKOV and LITTLE DOGS - MAJHNIH KUŽKOV. And he's probably afraid of Heidi and Fani's CONVERSATION - POGOVOR, right now, too. Bogi Dave!

238 - The case of the ex - Heidi part 1

25. 4. 2022

Fani got to meet Dave's BIVŠA or EX-GIRLFRIEND Heidi today. She was a little bit LJUBOSUMNA – JEALOUS, but she didn't need to be. Dave is also a little bit LJUBOSUMEN, it seems. But there is no need for either one of them to be jealous… it's all WATER UNDER THE BRIDGE and in the past – or LANSKI SNEG in Slovene. Dave also learned that FRIZURA is a HAIRSTYLE and PAR DNI means A COUPLE OF DAYS. Let's see how they all get along… TOMORROW – JUTRI.

237 - Berries

21. 4. 2022

Today Dave learned more about BERRIES – JAGODIČEVJE. We have STRAWBERRIES – JAGODE, RASPBERRIES – MALINE, BLUEBERRIES – BOROVNICE, BLACKBERRIES – ROBIDE, CRANBERRIES – BRUSNICE, GOOSEBERRIES – KOSMULJE, DOGBERRIES – DRNULJE, ELDERBERRIES – BEZGOVE JAGODE, and CURRANTS – RIBEZ.

236 - Kolpa rafting

19. 4. 2022

Dave and Fani tried RAFTING – ČOLNARJENJE today. Their host, who was a LOCAL - DOMAČIN, told them they had to wear a HELMET – ČELADA, NEOPRENE BOOTS – NEOPRENSKE ŠKORNJE, a LIFE VEST – REŠILNI JOPIČ, and use a PADDLE - VESLO. Going down the river proved to be exciting, as it had a couple of RAPIDS – BRZICE and WATERFALLS - SLAPOVI. And Dave found out that the river was not that DEEP - GLOBOKA, and that it was mostly SHALLOW – PLITVA.

235 - A couple's life

15. 4. 2022

A COUPLE’S LIFE or ŽIVLJENJE PARA… Sometimes it’s not LIVING IN PARADISE or ŽIVETI V RAJU and it’s always good when we have friends to talk to, even if it’s a silly conversation. Our two friends today found out they have a lot in common. They both feel like SOLDIERS or VOJAKA, and their better halves are the GENERALS or GENERALA that are always asking them to do some CHORES or OPRAVILA and they call them NEZREL or IMMATURE. So thank God, there is a SAFE HAVEN or ZATOČIŠČE to talk about it…the bar;)

234 - Good luck

14. 4. 2022

3 against 1 for good luck…:) Today Dave learned that animals can bring LUCK – SREČA and also BAD LUCK – NESREČA. An example for bad lack: a BLACK CAT – ČRNA MAČKA that crosses the road. And examples for good luck are: PIGEON POOP – GOLOBJI KAKEC and a LADYBUG – PIKAPOLONICA. Also, a COIN – KOVANEC found on the ground brings luck. And what Dave already knew, a FOUR-LEAF CLOVER – ŠTIRIPERESNA DETELJICA also brings good luck. So, happy day for Dave!

233 - Buying pasta

13. 4. 2022

While poor Dave spends the next part of his afternoon in the shop looking for things, let us take a look at what he's learned today. POLŽKI are SNAILS, METULJČKI are BUTTERFLIES and ŠKOLJKE are SHELLS. They're all types of PASTA or TESTENINE of course. AKCIJA is a SPECIAL OFFER and POPUST is a DISCOUNT. Let's hope that Dave at least catches the second half of the game today.

232 - Cycling in Goričko

12. 4. 2022

Finally, the day has come when Fani gave up before Dave did… Dave really enjoyed CYCLING - KOLESARJENJE around the Goričko region. With his HELMET - ČELADA and BICYCLE – KOLO he made some kilometers. And Fani, SHE QUIT – JE ODNEHALA. She called her GRANDPA - DEDEK and left Dave to enjoy Goričko.

231 - Planting trees

11. 4. 2022

Our happy couple enjoyed some work as they followed the CALL OF NATURE or KLIC NARAVE by planting TREE SEEDLINGS - SADIKE. They brought some GLOVES or ROKAVICE and they got a MOTIKA or a HOW, and a SHOVEL or LOPATA. They felt tired after a whole day of work for MOTHER NATURE or MATI NARAVA and enjoyed some food and wine. But Dave decided to just stick with “wine and dine” and to leave the HOJA PO ŽERJAVICI or WALK ON EMBERS to professionals…

230 - Farmer for a day - part 2

8. 4. 2022

Apparently, the day at the farm will end happily. Dave learned that MESO IZ TUNKE means MEAT IN MINCED LARD, NAČRT means PLAN, GNOJ is MANURE, GNOJITI – FERTILIZE, VILE – MANURE FORKS, SAMOKOLNICA - WHEELBARROW, JABLANE - APPLE TREES, MALINE - RASPBERRIES, ROBIDE – BLACKBERRIES, MARELICE – APRICOTS, BRESKEV – PEACH … and they are still confused if TOPINAMBUR is really a JERUSALEM ARTICHOKE.

229 - Farmer for a day - part 1

7. 4. 2022

Dave prepares for the day at the ORGANIC FARM – EKOLOŠKA KMETIJA. He needs OLD CLOTHES – STARA OBLAČILA and RUBBER BOOTS – GUMIJASTI ŠKORNJI. He can’t go BAREFOOT - BOS. He’s practicing some new words like ŽIVINOREJA - LIVESTOCK FARMING, SAMOOSKRBA is SELF-SUFFICIENCY, ZELENJAVNI VRT – VEGETABLE GARDEN, KOZA - GOAT, KOKOŠ - CHICKEN and he already knows that a VINSKA KLET is a WINE CELLAR.

228 - Trees

6. 4. 2022

There are a lot of TREES - DREVESA in Slovenia. In fact, 64% of Slovenia is covered by forests. And today Dave learned that the WOODS or FOREST is called a GOZD. Also, HRAST is OAK, BUKEV is BEECH, LIPA is LINDEN, BREZA – BIRCH, BOR – PINE, SMREKA is SPRUCE, LUBJE is BARK and a NEVESTA is a BRIDE.

227 - Bomba

5. 4. 2022

Dave arrived at the GAS or PETROL STATION – BENCINSKA ČRPALKA with a “bomba”. But he didn’t have a real bomb with him. A PLINSKA BOMBA is another word for what Slovene’s call PLINSKA JEKLENKA or GAS CYLINDER. Fani likes using GAS – PLIN for making her COFFEE – KAVA, and not ELECTRICITY – ELEKTRIKA, which she says is EXPENSIVE – DRAGA.

226 - Beer fountain

4. 4. 2022

Dave has had an enjoyable time at the FONTANA PIVA ŽALEC – ŽALEC BEER FOUNTAIN! He has learned the words for... TO GO ON A TRIP – ITI NA IZLET, A GLASS – KOZAREC, GLASSES/SPECTACLES – OČALA, ARE YOU OK? – SI V REDU?, THE BEST – NAJBOLJŠI, OPTIKA – OPTICIAN, DRUNK – PIJAN, and YOU ARE IN TROUBLE! – TI SI V TEŽAVAH!

225 - Mountain out of a molehill

1. 4. 2022

The week didn't start off so well for Dave. He was “in the doghouse” or IN TROUBLE - V TEŽAVAH with Fani because he forgot to go to the CINEMA – KINO with her. He was a bit SERIOUS - RESEN today. Thankfully, Jakob's ADVICE – NASVET over a DRAUGHT BEER – TOČENO PIVO helped him out. Dave learned that KAJ TE MUČI? means WHAT’S BOTHERING YOU? and NE ZASPI is DON’T FALL ASLEEP. He also learned that MAKING A MOUNTAIN OUT OF A MOLEHILL is DELA SLONA IZ MUHE, and that ON THE HOUSE/FOR FREE is BREZPLAČNO. Thankfully, Fani FORGAVE HIM – OPROSTILA MU JE…this time.

224 - Deja vu

31. 3. 2022

Dave really can be PERSISTANT - VZTRAJEN. But not for the right DESICION – ODLOČITEV. Anyway, today he learned some new words, which means he is persistent when it comes to learning Slovene. DEJA VU is PRIVID, to BE SURE is BITI PREPRIČAN, a LIGHT DINNER is LAHKA VEČERJA, a KILO or KILOGRAM is KILOGRAM and to LOOSE WEIGHT means SHUJŠATI.

223 - Stolen car

30. 3. 2022

Dave had a pretty interesting day. HIS CAR GOT STOLEN – AVTO SO MU UKRADLI. Well actually, NOT FOR REAL – NE ZARES. HE MEMORIZED – ZAPOMNIL SI JE the wrong parking number. The SECURITY GUARD – VARNOSTNIK helped him solve the situation and the POLICE - POLICIJA was also involved. Eventually, he did get the car back as well as a pair of BRAND NEW TROUSERS – ČISTO NOVE HLAČE.

222 - Aliens and UFOs

29. 3. 2022

It started off with a conversation about our PLANET EARTH – PLANET ZEMLJA, the SUN – SONCE, the MOON – LUNA, STARS – ZVEZDE and our SOLAR SYTEM – OSONČJE. Then they stumbled on to the topic of ALIENS – VESOLJCI, UFOs – NLP-ji… And what followed next was an out-of-this-world experience… :) ?

221 - Visiting a farm

28. 3. 2022

It's really amazing how Dave gains knowledge at every turn. Today he learned new words at the FARM - KMETIJA: LIPA is LINDEN TREE, ČAJ is TEA, SESTRIČNA means FEMALE COUSIN, ZAROČENEC is FIANCE, HLEV is BARN, KRAVE MOLZNICE are DAIRY COWS, KOKOŠ is CHICKEN, JAJCA are EGGS, ZAJEC is RABBIT, SENCA is SHADOW … and he now knows that there is a LOT OF WORK – VELIKO DELA at every farm, every day.

220 - Stock take and maintenance

25. 3. 2022

Dave doesn't have to go to the KIDS PARTY – OTROŠKA ZABAVA, or the THEATRE – GLEDALIŠČE. I'm not sure he was that keen on going anyway but, unfortunately, he does have to work on Saturday morning. There's INVENTURA or a STOCK TAKE at the bar. He'll have TO COUNT - PREŠTETI a lot of things. They also have to do some VZDRŽEVANJE or MAINTENANCE. He might have to use a PAINTBRUSH - ČOPIČ, or a HAMMER AND NAILS – KLADIVO IN ŽEBLJE. Let's just hope that the boss doesn't ask him to climb any LADDERS – LESTEV or LOJTRA, and that they get everything done quickly so that Dave can relax for the rest of the weekend!

219 - Spring tiredness

24. 3. 2022

SPRING JE TUKAJ – POMLAD IS HERE and it’s time for SPRING CLEANING – SPOMLADANSKO ČIŠČENJE. Fani has made plans for them … They will WASH THE BEDDING – OPRALA POSTELJNINO, AIR THE PILLOWS - PREZRAČILA VZGLAVNIKE and the BLANKETS – ODEJE. They also need to do some DUSTING – BRISANJE PRAHU, VACUUMING – SESANJE and MOP THE FLOOR – BRISATI TAL. And while Dave still can’t wake up, he’s probably having SPRING TIREDNESS – SPOMLADANSKA UTRUJENOST.

218 - Playing videogames

23. 3. 2022

Today Dave learned a very important lesson for life – not to play a VIDEO GAME – VIDEO IGRICA on your COMPUTER – RAČUNALNIK in the presence of your girlfriend, unless you want to be single… Fani didn’t find it amusing at all. She thought Dave is ADDICTED - ZASVOJEN with playing video games. She also didn’t like the fact that the game was about an ASSASSIN – PLAČAN MORILEC. So in the end Dave had to DELETE or IZBRISATI the game…

217 - Visiting the eye doctor

22. 3. 2022

Well, seems it’s time for Dave to get some CONTACT LENSES – LEČE, or GLASSES – OČALA. The EYE DOCTOR – OKULIST said his EYESIGHT - VID is not what it used to be, as Dave can no longer read the NEWSPAPER HEADLINES – ČASOPISNIH NASLOVOV from more than 2 meters away. And we also learned today that Dave prefers BEANS – FIŽOL over LENTILS – LEČA.

216 - Equinox

21. 3. 2022

WINTER - ZIMA is over... Dave and Fani are ready for SPRING – POMLAD. They decided to go for a SONIC BATH – ZVOČNO KOPEL with gongs at the EQUINOX – ob ENAKONOČJU. This time Dave also learned that BODY is TELO, SOUL is DUŠA and MIND is UM (our THOUGHTS – MISLI). Well, the DECISION – ODLOČITEV was right, they had a wonderful relaxing time together.

215 - Concert at Pekarna

18. 3. 2022

As Fani suspected Dave had “NEKAJ ZA BREGOM” or A HIDDEN AGENDA today, but in a good way, as he wanted to attend a CONCERT - KONCERT of a band that plays Irish and Scottish FOLK SONGS – NARODNE PESMI, but in a much harder version:) So the couple and their friends went to a local CONCERT HALL – KONCERTNA DVORANA. And as it was Dave’s idea, he decided the entrance fee was his treat or “da on časti vstopnino” as Pero put it… Rock ON!!!

214 - St. Patrick's Day

17. 3. 2022

Dave is very proud of his Irish descent. Celebrating St. Patrick´s Day means a lot to him as St. Patrick is one of Ireland’s most celebrated PATRON SAINTS or ZAŠČITNIKI. The main colour on this day is GREEN or ZELENA as it is associated with the shamrock - a THREE-LEAF CLOVER or TRIPERESNA DETELJICA. But there are no PARADES - PARADE here in Slovenia, so Dave decided to throw a party with some CORNED BEEF and CABBAGE – GOVEDINA in ZELJE, plus lots of BEER!!! Sláinte!

213 - A Farewell to Arms

16. 3. 2022

Dave started to read the NOVEL – ROMAN “A FAREWELL TO ARMS – ZBOGOM OROŽJE”, a work about the 1st WORLD WAR - 1. SVETOVNA VOJNA. Dave wanted to visit the places of the ISONZO FRONT – SOŠKA FRONT, especially the Museum of Kobarid with its marvelous EXHIBITION - RAZSTAVA. The merry couple also plans to visit the nearby CHARNEL HOUSE - KOSTNICA. And of course, our Irish friend also loves food. And when he heard about KOBARID CHEESE – KOBARIŠKI SIR and the ISONZO TROUT – SOŠKA POSTRV, he already knew the visit to the Soča region or Posočje would be good.

212 - Irish bank robbery

15. 3. 2022

There was a BANK ROBBERY – BANČNI ROP in town. One of the ROBBERS – ROPARJI was a FOREIGNER – TUJEC. They stole CASH – GOTOVINA, WALLETS - DENARNICE and other VALUABLES – DRAGOCENOSTI. The same night Dave had an EXCITING DREAM – VZNEMIRLJIVE SANJE and Fani found a mysterious BLACK BAG - ČRNA TORBA in their kitchen.

211 - International Women's Day

14. 3. 2022

Dave SURPRISED – JE PRESENETIL Fani WITH FLOWERS – Z ROŽAMI, COFFEE – KAVA, PANCAKES - PALAČINKE and TICKETS – VSTOPNICE for the THEATRE - GLEDALIŠČE. Every year we mark INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY – MEDNARODNI DAN ŽENA and Dave wanted Fani to feel special today. Well, he almost did…

210 - Pub quiz

4. 3. 2022

Dave's Pub Quiz looks like it's going to be a success… And he did learn some valuable new words along the way. HISTORY is ZGODOVINA and GEOGRAPHY is GEOGRAFIJA. THE LONGEST - NAJDALJŠI, THE SHORTEST - NAJKRAJŠI, THE OLDEST - NAJSTAREJŠI, THE YOUNGEST - NAJMLAJŠI, THE TALLEST - NAJVIŠJI, THE BIGGEST – NAJVEČJI, and THE SMALLEST - NAJMANJŠI. THE RICHEST is NAJBOGATEJŠI and THE POOREST is NAJREVNEJŠI. And, of course, Fani is THE MOST BEAUTIFUL - NAJLEPŠA, THE SMARTEST - NAJPAMETNEJŠA, and THE BEST - NAJBOLJŠA woman for Dave! And he is THE LUCKIEST – NAJSREČNEJŠI man in the world!

209 - Charity work

3. 3. 2022

Dave obviously has a good heart… He did some CHARITY WORK in the past – DOBRODELNO DELO – and he's even going to wake up early on Saturday morning to do some VOLUNTEER WORK - PROSTOVOLJNO DELO at the ANIMAL SHELTER - ZAVETIŠČE. There, he will have to FEED THE ANIMALS - NAHRANITI ŽIVALI, CLEAN the place - POČISTITI, and maybe even help people to CHOOSE A NEW PET - IZBRATI NOVEGA HIŠNEGA LJUBLJENČKA. He'd better set a few alarms, JUST IN CASE he falls asleep again – ZA VSAK SLUČAJ... But as Fani said, RANA URA, ZLATA URA – EARLY HOUR, GOLDEN HOUR. Nice work, Dave!

208 - Computer problems

2. 3. 2022

It’s also probably happened to you already that the COMPUTER – RAČUNALNIK, STOPPED WORKING – JE NEHAL DELATI when you had to urgently do something. Luckily for Dave and Fani their friend Pero could fix the problem. As he PLUGGED IT IN/CONNECTED IT - PRIKLJUČIL, he found out that the POWER SUPPLY - NAPAJANJE was OK, but that the RAM or computer memory wasn’t… So, thanks to Pero, the computer is working again and Fani can finish the paper and print it out… That’s of course if the PRINTER - TISKALNIK is working…

207 - Cool runnings

1. 3. 2022

Dave was too STUBBORN – TRMAST to dress properly before his winter run and now he's in bed with A COLD – PREHLAD. At least he doesn't have the FLU - GRIPA. Fani's going to go to the LEKARNA - PHARMACY for some MEDICINE - ZDRAVILO. His SYMPTOMS - SIMPTOMI include SNEEZING - KIHANJE and a SORE THROAT – BOLEČE GRLO. He's also a little bit DIZZY – OMOTIČEN and HE HAS A RUNNY NOSE – TEČE MU IZ NOSU. It looks like that's the only thing that's running today... Dave won't be going for a RUN - TEK anytime soon.

206 - Dave in prison

28. 2. 2022

This was Dave’s first time in PRISON – v ZAPORU. He met a lot of PRISONERS – ZAPORNIKI, who were behind BARS – REŠETKE in their CELLS – CELICE. The students had to FOLLOW THE RULES – UPOŠTEVATI PRAVILA and were told NOT TO TALK TO THE PRISONERS – NE POGOVARJATI SE Z ZAPORNIKI, not to react to their COMMENTS – PRIPOMBE, and avoid EYE CONTACT – OČESNI STIK. But they did lose the KEYS – KLJUČE to one of the prison doors, which remained LOCKED – ZAKLENJENA. Dave said they should call 113 - the police – to rescue them from inside the prison ;)

205 - At the spa

25. 2. 2022

Fani can be very PROUD - PONOSNA of her Dave. He proved to be a HERO - JUNAK again… HE SAVED A LIFE – REŠIL JE ŽIVLJENJE of a woman. SHE WAS DROWNING – SE JE UTAPLJALA. Meanwhile, Fani was RELAXING – SE JE SPROŠČALA in the SAUNA - SAVNA. And NEXT TIME - NASLEDNJIČ, they’ll go to Prekmurje and visit a SPA - TOPLICE there.

204 - Gossip

24. 2. 2022

You have to admit the conversation was a bit strange. But, nevertheless, TO GOSSIP has many names in Slovene, like OPRAVLJATI, VLEČI NEKOGA PO ZOBEH or ČENČATI… And when you pull a joke on someone or trick someone, they say POVLEČI ZA NOS. And to complete the rule of three, usually, if you don’t believe someone, you would say STOP IT… but of course it’s not like that in Slovenia. In some parts of the country, you will hear the saying, IDI V RIT!

203 - Second opinion

23. 2. 2022

Dave GOT SICK - JE ZBOLEL and Fani thinks it’s NOTHING SERIOUS – NIČ RESNEGA. Well Dave called the DOCTOR – ZDRAVNIK anyway. He suggested HOT TEA – VROČI ČAJ, CHICKEN SOUP – KOKOŠJO JUHO, ZDRAVILO ZA ZNIŽANJE TEMPERATURE – MEDICINE TO REDUCE FEVER, and VITAMINS – VITAMINI. But nothing helps Dave… So, he’s looking for a SECOND OPINION – DRUGO MNENJE.

202 - Fotelj

22. 2. 2022

DOGOVORJENO – IT’S A DEAL! Dave just bought a new ARMCHAIR - FOTELJ. It’s packed with MODERN TECHNOLOGY – SODOBNA TEHNOLOGIJA. It has a CUP HOLDER – DRŽALO ZA KOZARCE. The seating is made of LEATHER - USNJE, you can put your FEET UP – NOGE GOR, it has a USB PORT – USB VTIČNICA, and allows HANDS-FREE CALLING – PROSTOROČNO TELEFONIRANJE. But the best thing of all is that it can give you a MASSAGE – MASAŽA. Lucky Dave.. and lucky Fani….

201 - Snow blower

21. 2. 2022

“Kidanje snega” or SNOW SHOVELING, a common sport for Slovenes. A lot of work, but it goes a lot faster with a SNEŽNA FREZA or SNOW BLOWER. With the help of this ingenious machine, you can clear the “ajnfart” or DOVOZ - DRIVEWAY of snow in no time… But even if you put in a lot of effort to clear the driveway, you still have to wait for the SNOW PLOW or SNEŽNI PLUG to clear the road, so that you can drive safely…

200 - Going on a cruise

18. 2. 2022

Our couple has decided to go on a HOLIDAY - DOPUST. But not just any holiday, but on a CRUISE or KRIŽARJENJE. They will board a CRUISE SHIP - KRIŽARKA in Genoa and travel to Barcelona, Gibraltar and also Casablanca… Fani was a bit skeptical the couple could AFFORD – PRIVOŠČITI SI the cruise, but Dave said “if you cruise you can’t lose” … so… guess what, our couple is going on a cruise :)

199 - Vowel-less words

17. 2. 2022

Today Dave really dug deep into some tricky Slovenian sounds. Now he knows words which don't have any VOWELS - SAMOGLASNIKI, but lots of CONSONANTS - SOGLASNIKI. Fani is PROUD – PONOSNA of him because he has been so PRIDEN – GOOD/HARD-WORKING. We also learned that Dave comes from a PENINSULA - POLOTOK. The end of it, the CAPE is calles RT. ČRKA is a LETTER, ČRV is a WORM, KRT is a MOLE, 'BRŽ' means 'GO FASTER' and PRT is a TABLECLOTH. I'm not quite sure when Dave is going to need all those words... Maybe in the GARDEN - VRT.

198 - Reunion

16. 2. 2022

Dave wanted to surprise Fani but in the end HE WAS SURPRISED – JE BIL PRESENEČEN. HE MET – SREČAL JE his friend Kristina, the little girl that he met at the shopping centre WHEN SHE GOT LOST - KO SE JE IZGUBILA. They found out how they both know Fani, Kristina's KINDERGARTEN TEACHER – VZGOJITELJICA. It was really nice to have a CHAP – KLEPET with her.

197 - Diet

15. 2. 2022

Do you remember your NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION – NOVOLETNA ZAOBLJUBA? Have you been shocked by the VAGA/TEHTNICA - SCALE as well and decided to go on DIET – DIETA too? Have you also decided to eat less steak and more VEGETABLES - ZELENJAVA, like KORENČEK – CARROTS, POR – LEEK, BROKOLI – BROCCOLI, ŠPINAČA – SPINACH and CVETAČA - CAULIFLOWER. Well, our two friends are on a diet…at least Fani is and wants Dave to be a part of it as well…Of course, Dave is against it and decides to cheat. But as you know, you eventually get caught…

196 - Radio talkshow

14. 2. 2022

Dave’s life in Slovenia caught the attention of a RADIO STATION – RADIJSKA POSTAJA. They wanted to do an INTERVIEW - INTERVJU with him about his life in Slovenia. As Dave never had a radio appearance before, he did experience TREMA – STAGE FRIGHT. The technician quickly managed to calm him down, saying the recording IS NOT LIVE – NI V ŽIVO… So, after Dave calmed down, he got his HEADPHONES - SLUŠALKE and MICROPHONE - MIKROFON set, and it was time for the interview to start!!!

195 - Dance lessons

11. 2. 2022

The dance teacher Pola and Fani are putting Dave through his paces. He'll get the hang of it. He's also learning some important dance lingo in Slovene. VODITI is TO LEAD, DRSATI is TO SLIDE, BOKI are HIPS and KORAK is A STEP. NAPREJ is FORWARDS, NAZAJ is BACKWARDS, OBRNI SE is TURN AROUND, TELO is BODY and DUŠA is SOUL. It's the early days but I'm sure that Dave will find his PASSION - STRAST for DANCE - PLES soon.

194 - Ice cream with Mia

9. 2. 2022

Today the ice cream man, Sladoledar Sandi, made Dave & Mia's wishes come true. Dave got VANILIJA - VANILLA (and not broccoli) FLAVOUR – OKUS. Mia had ČOKOLADA - CHOCOLATE and LUBENICA – WATERMELON. Dave learned that PULT is COUNTER. He wanted a ŠALČKA - a TUB/CUP which was NA PULTU – ON THE COUNTER… But Mia wanted him to have a KORNET - CONE. Dave also learned that KAVA Z MLEKOM is COFFEE WITH MILK, KAVA S SMETANO is COFFEE WITH CREAM... And the MAGIC WORD – ČAROBNA BESEDA is PLEASE - PROSIM!

193 - Volk v rito

7. 2. 2022

Today Dave found out that SPRING is POMLAD, SUMMER is POLETJE, AUTUMN or FALL is JESEN, and WINTER is ZIMA. These are the LETNI ČASI - the SEASONS. He also learned an unusual saying »Boš dobil volka v rito« - you'll get a wolf in your bottom… which means if you don't dress properly in spring, you'll get sick… It's better to be ZAŠVICAN/PREPOTEN – SWEATY and not sit on cold steps... but it's OK to eat SLADOLED – ICE CREAM, apparently!

192 - Persian carpet

4. 2. 2022

It’s not a FLYING CARPET – LETEČA PREPROGA, but it is an EXPENSIVE CARPET – DRAGA PREPROGA… Fani says it looks MAGICAL - ČAROBNO. She loves the PATTERNS - VZORCI, it’s HAND-MADE – ROČNO NAREJENO, and it does have 20,000 KNOTS - VOZLOV. It was MADE IN IRAN – NAREJENO V IRANU. But Dave and Fani have plenty of carpets to choose from, they can also buy a SVILENA PREPROGA – SILK CARPET, or a VOLNENA PREPROGA – WOOLEN CARPET.

191 - First anniversary

1. 2. 2022

Today Dave learned that NEVERJETNO means UNBELIEVABLE, PRVA OBLETNICA is FIRST ANNIVERSARY, DRUGA is SECOND and TRETJA is THIRD. He also practised his colours, although not too successfully… RDEČA - RED, BELA - WHITE, RUMENA - YELLOW and ZELENA - GREEN. He learned that a 'PLOŠČA' usually has a lot of meat on it, Slovenes love their SALAD - SOLATA... and whatever you do, don't flirt... or should I say… be too friendly with the waitress... PRIPOROČAM – I RECOMMEND IT!

190 - At the theatre

28. 1. 2022

Today Dave really had BAD LUCK – “IMEL JE SMOLO” … The PIPE BURST - je POČILA PIPA in the THEATRE - v GLEDALIŠČU. He also learned ROW is VRSTA and SEAT is SEDEŽ. They were sitting IN THE 7TH ROW – V SEDMI VRSTI on SEATS 14 and 15 - na ŠTIRINAJSTEM in PETNAJSTEM SEDEŽU.

189 - Building materials

27. 1. 2022

So, while poor Dave picks himself up off the floor, let's take a look at some of the new words he learned today. BETON is CONCRETE, JEKLO is STEEL, LES is WOOD, OPEKA is BRICK, and MALTA is MORTAR. He also learned an unusual one... a CEMENT MIXER is called a 'HRUŠKA', which also means PEAR. And Dave's not thinking about DOJENČKI - BABIES, MALČKI -TODDLERS or OTROCI - CHILDREN just yet… He has a HOUSE - HIŠA and a HONEYMOON - MEDENI TEDEN to pay for first!

188 - Missed call

26. 1. 2022

Today Dave learned a few new important words for everyday life in Slovenia. POLICA is a SHELF, ISKATI – TO LOOK/SEARCH FOR, IZGUBITI is TO LOSE and NAJTI is TO FIND. A MISSED CALL is a ZGREŠEN/NEODGOVORJEN KLIC, a WRONG NUMBER is a NAPAČNA ŠTEVILKA and if Dave TIDIED UP – POSPRAVLJATI once in a while, he wouldn't have to LOSE HIS NERVES - IZGUBITI ŽIVCE.

187 - Waste management

25. 1. 2022

Next time, it’ll be better if Dave takes out different kinds of WASTE – SMETI, one at a time, and not ALL AT ONCE – VSE NAENKRAT. And Dave learned that Slovenians also have WASTE SORTING – LOČEVANJE ODPADKOV. They separately dispose of their PAPER – PAPIR, PLASTIC – PLASTIKA, GLASS –STEKLO and ORGANIC WASTE – BIOLOŠKI ODPADKI.

186 - Dissapointed Milena

24. 1. 2022

The Story continues... Milena is a treasure trove of new words for Dave … UTRUJEN/A means TIRED, RAZOČARAN/A – DISAPPOINTED, PRVI is FIRST, DRUGI is SECOND, PRAVLJICA – FAIRYTALE, PREMALO means TOO LITTLE, ZAVRETI – TO BOIL, PODEŽELJE is COUNTRYSIDE, ODRAŠČATI – TO GROW UP, SLUŽABNICA is MAID, OBNEMETI – TO BE SPEACHLESS, ZAKLAD is TREASURE, KRIČATI – TO SHOUT … And obviously Milena is not SATISFIED - ZADOVOLJNA, which is something completely different from "zadovoljena";)

185 - Meet me party

21. 1. 2022

It’s good that Dave has such good friends that they take him to a MEET ME PARTY or SPOZNAVNA ZABAVA. But Dave is also USEFUL – UPORABEN … he knows how to GET INSIDE or PRITI NOTER. He learned new words tonight: FRIZER is HAIRDRESSER, MLADINA is YOUTH, NAJBOLJ DIVJA means THE WILDEST, PLESIŠČE is DANCE FLOOR, GIBČNA is MOVABLE or FLEXIBLE, MAHATI is TO WAVE, OČALA are GLASSES and POZNATI SE means TO KNOW EACH OTHER. PRIDRUŽIMO SE – LET’S JOIN the party!

184 - Animal sounds

20. 1. 2022

Today Dave and Mia learned that animals make different sounds in different languages. Well, Dave also learned a few other useful things… SVEŽ ZRAK is FRESH AIR, ZVOKI are SOUNDS, OVCA is a SHEEP and ŽABA is a FROG. He already knew RACA-DUCK and PETELIN-ROOSTER from before... But enough learning for today. It's time for a BREAK - PAUZA. Enjoy the CARTOONS - RISANKE Dave and Mia!

183 - Fight for Dave

19. 1. 2022

There were sparks at the pub tonight. But Dave keeps learning new words over and over again: V REDU SEM means I’M FINE, PREPRIČLJIVO means CONVINCING, POGREŠATI – TO MISS SOMEONE or SOMETHING, LIKATI is IRONING, LJUBOSUMEN – JEALOUS … and Korošica Urša is never ENVIOUS - NEVOŠČLJIVA. It seems that this story will not be concluded quickly…

182 - New pet

18. 1. 2022

That really was LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT – LJUBEZEN NA PRVI POGLED… Fani and Leonard… Dave brought Milena’s CAT – MAČEK (or MUCEK when he’s young) while Milena is away for the WEEKEND – KONEC TEDNA. Now that there’s a GUEST – GOST in the house, Dave has to eat DINNER - VEČERJA alone.

181 - Sreča v nesreči

17. 1. 2022

Our couple experienced quite a shock today when they heard Fani´s dad FELL - PADEL and had to be taken to the HOSPITAL – BOLNICA/BOLNIŠNICA with an AMBULANCE - REŠILEC. As Dave and Fani rushed to see him, they found out that nothing vital – not the SPINE - HRBTENICA nor the HEAD – GLAVA - had been damaged. Instead, the X-RAY - RENTGEN showed that Fani´s dad BROKE HIS LEG – JE ZLOMIL NOGO and as Špela said he got a GIPS or MAVEC – PLASTER/CAST. He might need THERAPY sessions or TERAPIJA. You could say “SREČA V NESREČI” – “BLESSING IN DISGUISE”!

180 - Buying shoes

14. 1. 2022

Dave found out today that he can also wear a 42 – DVA IN ŠTIRIDESET - shoe size, and not only a 43 – TRI IN ŠTIRIDESET size. He also learned that SLAČITI SE means TO TAKE OFF YOUR CLOTHES, while SEZUTI SE means TO TAKE OFF YOUR SHOES. Also, TO TRY ON – PROBATI/POSKUSITI, WET – MOKRO, COLD – MRZLO, RAIN - DEŽ, SNOW – SNEG, SOCKS – NOGAVICE, SHOES - ČEVLJI, TIGHT – OZKO, NAILS – NOHTI, and CASH is GOTOVINA.

179 - The tooth fairy

11. 1. 2022

Poor Dave doesn't sound too happy about his APPOINTMENT - TERMIN with the DENTIST – ZOBOZDRAVNIK/ZOBOZDRAVNICA. Well, he did learn some useful new words though. LIZIKA is a LOLLIPOP, SLADKARIJA means SWEETS or CANDY. ZOB is a TOOTH and ZOBNA MIŠKA is the 'Tooth Mouse', or the TOOTH FAIRY as they say in English. NEKAJ MANJKA means SOMETHING IS MISSING, and most importantly of all, ENO JABOLKO NA DAN, ODŽENE ZDRAVNIKA STRAN - AN APPLE A DAY, KEEPS THE DOCTOR AWAY!

178 - Life in Slovenia

7. 1. 2022

It’s not easy for a foreigner to start a new life in another country. He has to NAVADITI SE – GET USED TO a lot of new things. The HARDEST thing or NAJTEŽJE is the LANGUAGE – JEZIK, the CUSTOMS – NAVADE and traditions in Slovenia. In Dave’s case an obstacle was also that the Irish drive on the left and as Dave put it, he thought everyone was a GHOST DRIVER – VOZNIK KI VOZI V NAPAČNO SMER. But according to our Irish friend the upside are the PEOPLE - LJUDJE and FOOD - HRANA and that he can DISCUSS THINGS/HAVE A CHAT - POKRAMLJATI with friends over a good beer!

177 - Easy money

5. 1. 2022

Easy money, that’s what Dave thinks! KARKOLI is ANYTHING, POKLIČITE is CALL, TAKOJ is IMMEDIATELY, ZDAJ is NOW. He wants TO SELL – PRODATI their TV – TELEVIZIJA. He says it’s BLACK – ČRNA, but only when it’s NOT TURNED ON – ko NI PRIŽGANA. He’s going to sell the TV together with the CABLES – KABLI and REMOTE CONTROL – DALJINEC, and you can watch while STANDING – STOJE, SITTING - SEDE, or LYING – LEŽE. DOBRA CENA – GOOD PRICE, CALL NOW – POKLIČITE ZDAJ!

176 - New Year's customs

3. 1. 2022

Fani is obviously quite SUPERSTITIOUS – VRAŽEVERNA. Dave won’t eat POULTRY – PERUTNINA on NEW YEAR’S DAY – na NOVOLETNI DAN. But he will wear something NEW – NOVO, OLD – STARO and BORROWED – SPOSOJENO, FOR GOOD LUCK – ZA SREČO in 2022.

175 - Dedek Mraz

31. 12. 2021

There are still some traditions unknown to our Irish friend, but he is a quick learner… Today he learned that they celebrate three good men in Slovenia. Next to SAINT NICHOLAS – SVETI MIKLAVŽ and SANTA CLAUS – BOŽIČEK, they also know DEDEK MRAZ – GRANDPA FROST. Dedek Mraz wears a SIVA KUČMA – GREY FUR HAT and has a BELA BRADA – WHITE BEARD. He also wears a TOPEL KOŽUH – WARM COAT. He comes in a KOČIJA - CARRIAGE and has a ZVRHAN KOŠ DARIL – BASKET FULL OF GIFTS… That’s according to a CHILDREN’S SONG - PESMICA... Happy holidays everyone!

174 - Flirt

30. 12. 2021

We are not used to this kind of Dave:) Some new words, also in the Carinthian dialect that Dave learned today: MLADA DAMA means YOUNG LADY, PRIPOROČATI – TO RECOMEND, SPLAVAR is a RAFTER, STAREJŠI BRAT is OLDER BROTHER, PLESATI – TO DANCE, GIBLJIVI means MOVABLE, POSKOČNI – BOUNCY, GLEDALIŠČE is THEATRE, KNJIŽNICA – LIBRARY and REŠI ME – SAVE ME!

173 - Firefighters calendar

29. 12. 2021

Today our Irish friend learned about yet another tradition as two voluntary firemen came to BRING BEST HOLIDAY WISHES – ZAŽELETI LEPE PRAZNIKE and also brought a CALENDAR – KOLEDAR of their FIRE DEPARTMENT – GASILSKO DRUŠTVO. But our Dave is a quick learner and from now on he will know, that if firefighters stand at your door and your house is not burning, then you invite them in and offer a drink, as well as a CONTRIBUTION – PRISPEVEK.

172 - Tepežnica

28. 12. 2021

I know what you are thinking…Slovenes and their strange traditions. The 28th of December is the Day of the Holy Innocents. In Slovenia they also call it "tepežnica" or "pametva". On this day kids, or also KIDS AT HEART – OTROCI PO DUŠI, can beat the adult with a ŠIBA - ROD and receive DENAR - MONEY. There’s also this kind of a tradition in Ireland, but the roles there are reversed, so children there called it the UNLUCKIEST DAY OF THE YEAR - NAJBOLJ NESREČEN DAN V LETU… Either way, it should only be observed on the 28th and not the day after...

171 - Last names

27. 12. 2021

No matter what OBČINA – MUNICIPALITY you live in, you're bound to find people with interesting last names. So, don't be surprised if you ever run into someone with the last name MEDVED – BEAR, VOLK – WOLF, MAČEK – a MALE CAT, PIŠČANEC – CHICKEN, ZVER – BEAST, MRAVLJA – ANT, JUHA – SOUP, LONEC – POT, HREN – HORSERADISH, or KLOBASA – SAUSAGE.

170 - Advent market

24. 12. 2021

CHRISTMAS or BOŽIČ. For some Slovenes, including Fani, this means drinking KUHANČEK or MULLED WINE and smelling the scent of CINNAMON – CIMET and CLOVES – KLINČKI in the air, while strolling through the CHRISTMAS/ADVENT MARKET or BOŽIČNI SEJEM and admiring the LUČKE – LIGHTS and BOŽIČNA RAZSVETLJAVA – CHRISTMAS LIGHTING. On Christmas Eve traditionally Slovenes also visit the POLNOČNICA – MIDNIGHT MASS.

703 - Christmas miracle

23. 12. 2021

Dave got SAD NEWS– ŽALOSTNE NOVICE from Ireland. His favourite aunt Nessa PASSED AWAY – JE UMRLA and he’s pretty SAD – ŽALOSTEN. Anyway, there is something good even in bad things. Dave and his brother are aunt Nessa’s HEIRS – DEDIČA. Aunt Nessa was pretty RICH – BOGATA. 

168 - Three Santas

22. 12. 2021

Today Dave learned that three important guys come to Slovenia in December… MIKLAVŽ – ST. NICHOLAS at the start… BOŽIČEK – SANTA CLAUS at CHRISTMAS – BOŽIČ, and Dedek Mraz – GRANDFATHER FROST at the end of the year… Oh, and a JABOLKO - APPLE isn't always for eating!

167 - Looking for a Christmas tree

21. 12. 2021

While Dave puts his back into cutting down his and Fani's first CHRISTMAS TREE - BOŽIČNA JELKA, let's look at some of the words he's learned today. GOZD or GOŠA is WOODS. SVEŽI ZRAK is FRESH AIR. MRZLO is COLD, BOR is a PINE TREE, HRAST is an OAK TREE, STORŽ is an ACORN and SMREKA is a SPRUCE TREE. MAH is MOSS. JASLICE is a CRIB or NATIVITY SCENE. SEKIRA is an AXE and SEKATI is TO CUT DOWN a tree. I think that Dave has definitely earned a KUHANO VINO – MULLED WINE or two today.

166 - High heels

20. 12. 2021

Lost in translation. Poor Dave walked into the wrong place again. He wanted to buy Fani some HIGH HEELS – VISOKE PETE or PETKE, but almost bought her some PODKVE – HORSESHOES, PRI KOVAČU – AT THE BLACKSMITH’S. And some other words we learned today: DRAGO – EXPENSIVE, POCENI – CHEAP, NJIVA – FIELD, MESTO – TOWN, ONCE A WEEK – ENKRAT NA TEDEN, DELOVNA – HARDWORKING, MOČEN – STRONG or STOUT, and HRANITI – TO FEED.

165 - Vi & ti

17. 12. 2021

Dave learned today that LEARNING or EDUCATION is IZOBRAŽEVANJE. He also found out that it's important to know when to 'VIKATI' - to use the polite form - or 'TIKATI'. When using the polite form we don't say 'SI' but 'STE'. “FOR YOU” in the polite form is 'ZA VAS'. The verbs also have to change… I think that Dave will get it…SČASOMA - EVENTUALLY!

164 - In the basement

16. 12. 2021

Oh, those love birds… And Dave, he’s learning Slovene AT EVERY OPPORTUNITY – OB VSAKI PRILOŽNOSTI. Even when cleaning the BASEMENT - KLET or TEMNA LUKNJA – DARK HOLE. They found old SHOES – ČEVLJI and CLOTHES – OBLAČILA… from 2009. Fani used to work out also, there was some old WORKOUT DEVICE – TELOVADNA NAPRAVA. And back in the days friends wrote in her SPOMINSKA KNJIGA – MEMORY BOOK.

163 - Dave irons a shirt

15. 12. 2021

Today Dave learned from Mia that SESTANEK is a MEETING, SLUŽBA is WORK, LIKATI is TO IRON, LIKALNIK is AN IRON, OBLAČILA are CLOTHES, STOJALO is a CLOTHES HORSE, ODLOČITI is TO DECIDE, DOBRO VPRAŠANJE is A GOOD QUESTION, and Fani is always LOVELY - LEPA… and never ANGRY – JEZNA... unlike her sister Špela, it seems!

162 - English lessons

14. 12. 2021

And that's how Dave started giving private English lessons. In doing so he also learned a few more Slovenian words: AD – OGLAS, URE – LESSONS, NATIVE SPEAKER – NARAVNI GOVOREC, BEGINNERS – ZAČETNIKI, ADVANCED – NAPREDNI, DVA KRAT NA TEDEN – TWO TIMES A WEEK, PRICE – CENA, PREVEČ – TOO MUCH, PREMALO – TOO LITTLE, and A NEGOTIABLE PRICE is CENA PO DOGOVORU.

161 - Skiing

13. 12. 2021

Dave’s first ski lesson was fun. He fell x times, but he’s still willing to learn. Today he learned SNEG is SNOW, SMUČI are SKIS, ROKAVICE are GLOVES, ŠAL is SCARF and ŠALA is a JOKE. He now also knows that FUN is ZABAVA and SNEŽAK is a SNOWMAN.

160 - Shooting pool

10. 12. 2021

NASLEDNJIČ – NEXT TIME Dave will be back. And he will play POOL – BILIJARD again. However, Dave did not accept the STAVA – BET this time. Instead, he decided to keep his PROMISE – OBLJUBA to Fani and be home by 11. But next time he plays pool he will now the vocabulary - a CUE is PALICA, TO BREAK is DA RAZBIJEŠ, and you can play with the PRAZNE - STRIPES or POLNE – SOLID balls.

159 - Looking for a house part 2

9. 12. 2021

So... FINGERS CROSSED – DRŽIMO PESTI for Dave and Fani and their HOUSING LOAN – STANOVANJSKI KREDIT. Today our couple found their DREAM HOUSE – SANJSKA HIŠA but earlier thought that Izidor was about to sell them a WRECK - PODRTIJA.

158 - Looking for a house part 1

8. 12. 2021

Fani and Dave are going to see a HOUSE - HIŠA with gospod KLOBASA – SAUSAGE. Dave’s CLASSMATE - SOŠOLEC owns a REAL ESTATE AGENCY – NEPREMIČNINSKO AGENCIJO and is a REAL ESTATE AGENT – NEPREMIČNINSKI AGENT. Well, we’ll see what the young couple will say about the house NEAR MARIBOR – BLIZU MARIBORA.

157 - Chest of drawers

7. 12. 2021

Ah, there is nothing that can spice up your life better than a good home improvement project. Our couple bought a new KOMODA or CHEST OF DRAWERS. They decided to SET IT UP / ASSEMBLE IT – MONTIRATI themselves, with the help of a KLADIVO – HAMMER, a SCREWDRIVER – IZVIJAČ, SCREWS – VIJAKI, and a few NAILS – ŽEBLJI, as well as lot of patience and trust, not to get “s hamrom po prstu…”

156 - Resignation

4. 12. 2021

Will Dave really loose his best friend at work? He is not happy that Milena has decided to DATI ODPOVED – TO RESIGN or QUIT, but he did learn some new words: ZAUPATI means TO TRUST, MEJA is BORDER, USTREZATI means FITS, TRGATEV is GRAPE HARVEST, VINOGRAD is VINEYARD, NAREZEK is MEAT PLATE, OSNOVNA ŠOLA – PRIMARY SCHOOL, POGUMNO means BRAVE, LASTNIK is OWNER, NEUČAKAN is IMPATIENT, DELAVNIK – WORKING DAY and KOSTANJI are CHESTNUTS. VSO SREČO – GOOD LUCK, Milena!

155 - Viole at work

19. 11. 2021

What an experience for Dave. A little fan atmosphere and there are already a bunch of new words here: NAPETA TEKMA - TENSE MATCH, OGREVATI – TO WARM UP, PETI – TO SING, PESEM - SONG, ZAPLETENO - COMPLICATED, ČAST – HONOR. SAMO EN means ONLY ONE, NAPOVEDATI is TO PREDICT, VEDEŽEVALEC is a FORTUNE TELLER, and REVEŽ means a POOR MAN.

154 - Klopotec

18. 11. 2021

A KLOPOTEC or WIND RATTLE is a symbol of Styria. Of course, Slovenes are known for their strange records, some even made it into the GUINNESS BOOK OF RECORDS or GINESOVA KNJIGA REKORDOV as we supposedly have the highest “klopotec” in the world. The size of its BLADES or KRIL is said to be 18 meters. As Dave pointed out, they don’t have wind rattles in Ireland, and there´s also another thing you don’t find in Ireland, it’s a SNAKE or KAČA…

153 - Irish phrases

17. 11. 2021

There is nothing like a good chat with a friend over a drink… This time Dave was the teacher, as he explained a few of the Irish PHRASES - IZRAZI he commonly uses. BLIMEY means to express SURPRISE - PRESENEČENJE. JANEY MACK has the same meaning and is short for JESUS, MARY and JOSEPH - JEZUS, MARIJA in JOŽEF. When you want to GO TO THE TOILET – ITI NA STRANIŠČE/WC, in Ireland you say “YOU GOTTA HIT THE JACKS”. And perhaps the most often used Irish word is SLÁINTE or NA ZDRAVJE!

152 - TV night

16. 11. 2021

So, after watching their… or maybe Fani's favourite TV show, it appears that Dave has SOMETHING IN THE EYE - NEKAJ V OKO but he insists that it's not SOLZE - TEARS. Fani definitely got GOOSEBUMPS – KURJA POLT after that episode. Dave should stretch a little bit more. He started the evening with pins and needles… and ended it with a CRAMP - KRČ. Maybe he should see the Valley Doctor about that.

151 - St. Martin's Feast

15. 11. 2021

Dave really can be a bit silly sometimes, but his Fani loves him just the way he is… Although he makes her mad from time to time… And she also loves his Slovene… Today for example he learned DUCK is RACA, MUST is MOŠT, PASTA TATTERS are MLINCI, and CABAGGE is ZELJE… RDEČE – RED zelje must be on the table on ST. MARTIN'S DAY – MARTINOVO. He also learned the WINE STORE is VINOTEKA and that a BIG BOUQUET OF FLOWERS – VELIK ŠOPEK ROŽ can fix almost anything…

150 - Tarok

12. 11. 2021

Today Dave had his first experience in playing the CARD GAME or IGRA S KARTAMI “Tarok”. He learned that Tarok isn’t used to tell fortune from cards. Instead, you play a new game each ROUND, or as Pero said RUNDA. He also learned that the Slovene saying: “SREČA V KARTAH, NESREČA V LJUBEZNI" or “LUCKY AT CARDS, UNLUCKY IN LOVE” can also be true…

149 - St. Martin's Day

11. 11. 2021

Slovenes and their WINE - VINO. Today Dave has learned that the ST. MARTIN'S DAY FESTIVAL is called “MARTINOVANJE”. CHEERS means NA ZDRAVJE, a BIG CROWD is called VELIKA GNEČA, a RUNDA means a ROUND OF DRINKS, and if you’ve had too much to drink, you’ll end up with a HANGOVER or MAČEK…

148 - Sour cabbage

10. 11. 2021

Dave has found out that going back to study isn’t easy… but he also found out that he likes sour cabbage… Now he knows that ZELJE is CABBAGE, KISLO is SOUR, and ZAJEC is RABBIT. EXHAUSTED is IZMUČEN, DINNER is VEČERJA, LUNCH is KOSILO, and as he loves sour cabbage he’s lucky Fani made a CEL LONEC – WHOLE POT of it.

147 - The lottery

9. 11. 2021

“VEČ SREČE PRIHODNJIČ” or “BETTER LUCK NEXT TIME” as our couple failed to win the LOTTERY JACKPOT or GLAVNI LOTERIJSKI DOBITEK. In fact, they only got 1 out of 7 NUMBERS - ŠTEVILKE right in the LOTTERY DRAW – ŽREB LOTERIJE. Guess Dave really used up all the famous luck of the Irish by getting Fani…

146 - Winter tires

8. 11. 2021

Today Dave learned that GUME are TIRES, MENJAVA is TO CHANGE and, well, Fani thinks that he's a bit »hin« sometimes.

145 - Wine cellar

29. 10. 2021

Dave has become a wine lover. Milena took him to the WINE CELLAR - VINSKA KLET between beautiful VINEYARDS – VINOGRADI. He learned new words: PREŠA or STISKALNICA means GRAPE PRESS, SOD is BARREL, SUHO is DRY, POLSUHO is HALF DRY, POLSLADKO is HALF SWEET and SLADKO is SWEET. He also knows that SVEŽINA means FRESHNESS and that PLETENKA is the funny WICKER BOTTLE.

144 - Koline

28. 10. 2021

Dave enjoyed a bit of Ireland today as he and his love Fani were invited to "KOLINE" or to make sausages from a slaughter. They made KAŠNICE – WHITE PUDDING and KRVAVICE - BLACK PUDDING. Fani wasn’t around as she is more of a VEGETARIAN - VEGETERIJANEC/KA. Maybe she just doesn’t like to eat BLOOD or KRI for breakfast…I mean who would…well, nevermind…   

143 - Vehicle technical check

27. 10. 2021

Dave was expecting a quieter day off but at least he learnt a lot of new and useful words in TWO languages this time..Slovenian and the Štajerska dialect. BRAKES are ZAVORE in Slovenian, BREMZE in Štajerska. The CLUTCH is MENJALNIK or SKLOPKA/KUPLUNGA. A MIRROR is OGLEDALO or ŠPEGEL. WINDSCREEN WIPERS are BRISALCI or ŠAJBNVIŠERI. And a TECHNICAL CHECK is TEHNIČNI PREGLED in most places. And it wasn't all about cars either... SPREDAJ is AT THE FRONT, and ZADAJ is AT THE BACK... And the good news is that Dave gets to do it all again NEXT YEAR - NASLEDNJE/DRUGO LETO!   

142 - Dave's cycling trip

26. 10. 2021

Dave isn't exactly a top class athlete... but at least he meant well and did try to practise his Slovene along the way. He did learn a few new words though. KOLESARSKA STEZA - CYCLING LANE, PAUZA - BREAK, KOLESARSKI IZLET- CYCLING TRIP, GUME - TIRES, and to PUMP/FILL the tires is NAPUMPATI/NAFILATI gume. VERIGA is a CHAIN... but Dave and Fani won't be visiting a chain of towns named after the days of the week any time soon... at least not this weekend anyway. They'll be lucky to make it to the next village... for a rogljiček or some pogača :)

141 - Bridget Jones

25. 10. 2021

And that's how Dave and Fani's movie night ended… Well at least Dave learned KOKICE is POPCORN, COMPLAINING is JAMRANJE, a SAW is a ŽAGA or MOTORKA, and his SNORING - SMRČANJE is pretty loud.

140 - Styrian dialect

22. 10. 2021

Such are the everyday dialogues in Maribor... However, Dave is learning new words: PRIJAZNI means FRIENDLY, POLJUBITI – TO KISS, ZLOMITI – TO BRAKE, STRANIŠČE is TOILET, PREPIRATI SE – TO ARGUE, POSTAVA is FIGURE, ČUDOVITO means ADORABLE, and STRINJATI SE means TO AGREE.

139 - Tick

21. 10. 2021

Dave is still alive and has learned a few new Slovenian words... TICK is KLOP and they can be really dangerous. He knows now that NOTHING BIT HIM – NIČ GA NI PIČILO and HE DIDN’T FAINT – NI OMEDLEL. Thank god Fani was so calm and had TWEEZERS - a PINCETA. And it’s true, POISON - STRUP is sometimes hidden in small bottles.

138 - Google knows more than Fani

20. 10. 2021

History is a wonderful thing. It teaches us about important things that happened in the past. Like about the RUINS OF A CASTLE – RAZBITINE GRADU, a PUBLIC BATH – JAVNO KOPALIŠČE, or even about a YOUNG SHOEMAKER - ČEVLJARČEK that saved a city. But on the other hand, there is a saying which says “Happy wife, happy life”. And as our Irish friend learned, no matter how much Google knows, you should at least listen to your better half or let her enjoy just watching a BEAUTIFUL VIEW – ČUDOVIT RAZGLED, if you don’t want trouble in paradise…

137 - At the swimming pool

19. 10. 2021

What a splash! I can tell you that their KOPALKE – SWIMSUITS, did stay on after that jump. And there were not many KOPALCEV – BATHERS at the KOPALIŠČE – SWIMMING POOL that day, so Fani was happy that Dave bought their VSTOPNICE – TICKETS. And some other words Dave learned today: CELODNEVNA VSTOPNICA – ALL-DAY TICKET, ŠTIRI-URNA VSTOPNICA – FOUR-HOUR TICKET, STOPNICE are STAIRS, and a TOWEL is called a BRISAČA.

136 - Doughnuts

18. 10. 2021

Dave persuaded Fani that ONE DOUGHNUT – EN KROF would not be enough. Dave convinced Fani that the right thing to do would be to get SIX DOUGHNUTS – ŠEST KROFOV, because the 7th would then be FREE - BREZPLAČEN. Dave also learned that MARELIČNA MARMELADA is APRICOT JAM, BOROVNIČEVA MARMELADA is BLUEBERRY JAM, and that Slovenia’s DESSERTS – SLADICE, are sweet, but difficult to pronounce.

135 - Back at work

15. 10. 2021

Dave is finally back from BOLNIŠKA – SICK LEAVE. His WOUND HAS HEALED – RANA SE JE ZACELILA. And his co-workers are happy he’s back, especially the cleaning lady Milena. It’s an unwritten tradition to SPITI ENEGA KRATKEGA or a HAVE A SHOT OF SPIRIT for such an occasion… Well actually, Slovenes find a REASON TO SAY A TOAST – RAZLOG DA NAZDRAVIJO very often… NA ZDRAVJE DAVE, glad you are back!

134 - Dave goes for a bandage change

14. 10. 2021

Luckily, everything seems to be alright with Dave´s WOUND - RANA… Dave visited the doctor today for a PREVEZ or BANDAGE CHANGE… Although according to Dave it still HURTS - BOLI, the doctor said everything should be fine. He gave Dave some PROTIBOLEČINSKE TABLETE - PAINKILLERS and told him to come back in one week…

133 - Dave cuts himself

13. 10. 2021

Today our Irish friend learned the hard way, that you should always focus, and in his case stay away from the HOSTESA - HOSTESS, even if she looks STUNNING or “BOMBA” - as his co-worker said:) Dave wasn’t paying attention and he even cut himself and WAS BLEEDING – JE KRVAVEL. In the end Dave needed some STICHES - ŠIVI… Luckily Milena drove him to the HOSPITAL – BOLNICA/BOLNIŠNICA. I think I speak for all when I say it’s better not to tell Fani the real story of what really happened…

132 - Taking out the trash

12. 10. 2021

Another IMPORTANT LESSON – POMEMBNA LEKCIJA for Dave. SMETI means GARBAGE or TRASH, IZGOVOR is EXCUSE, LOČEVATI means TO SEPARATE, STEKLO is GLASS, PAPIR is PAPER, PLASTIKA is PLASTIC, PLOČEVINKA is CAN, PLASTENKA means PLASTIC BOTTLE and OSTALI ODPADKI means OTHER WASTE.

131 - Hail damage

11. 10. 2021

Today Dave managed to get his HAIL DAMAGE – ŠKODA ZARADI TOČE validated at the INSURANCE COMPANY - ZAVAROVALNICA. The VALUATOR - CENILEC made some PICTURES - FOTOGRAFIJE, filed a REPORT - POROČILO and Dave can now get the damage fixed. Of course, he will still have to drive to the PAINT SHOP - LIČARSKA DELAVNICA, but that is another story…

130 - Hungry for burgers

8. 10. 2021

Dave was LAČEN – HUNGRY. There was nothing in the HLADILNIK – FRIDGE, and so he and Fani decided to get some burgers. And when it comes to burgers, today Dave learned that VEGGIE is VEGE, DOUBLE is DVOJNI, a TURKEY is a PURAN, BEEF is GOVEDINA, CHEESE is SIR, FRENCH FRIES are POMFRIT (OCVRT KROMPIRČEK), WITHOUT is BREZ, TO GO is ZA ZRAVEN, and Dave is already DRULING – Dave SE SLINI…

129 - Mushrooms and chestnuts

7. 10. 2021

Fani surprised Dave today with a full BASKET – KOŠARA of CHESTNUTS – KOSTANJI and MUSHROOMS - GOBE and hers weren’t POISONOUS - STRUPENE. They decided to have an autumn picnic with the NEIGHBOURS – SOSEDI. Autumn is Fani’s favorite SEASON OF THE YEAR - LETNI ČAS.

128 - High, low, deep, shallow

6. 10. 2021

Dave's first attempt at RAW CAKE – PRESNA TORTA was a success. He also learned a few new Slovenian words: ZGORNJI - UPPER, SPODNJI - LOWER, VISOK - HIGH, GLOBOK - DEEP, PLITEK - SHALLOW, OZEK - NARROW, ŠIROK - WIDE, TEMNO – DARK, SVETLO - BRIGHT, TEŽEK - HEAVY and LAHEK - LIGHT. PREDAL is a DRAWER, and PLAST is a LAYER. Dave needs to wear an APRON - PREDPASNIK, to keep his clothes clean and if his next cake turns out as well, he might even offer you a slice… Izvoli :)

127 - Weapons and tools

5. 10. 2021

Yes, ORODJE – TOOL is not the same as OROŽJE - WEAPON. Dave first told Jože that he has a PROBLEM – a TEŽAVO that is VERY COMPLICATED – ZELO KOMPLICIRANA. But when Dave explained that he needed to make a HOLE – LUKNJA, for a PLUMBING PIPE – VODOVODNA CEV, sosed Jože finally understood that what Dave needs is a POWER DRILL – VRTALNIK, which is an orodje, which you can use without a LICENCE – DOVOLJENJE.

126 - Rally driving in Prekmurje

4. 10. 2021

While Dave gets to grips with eastern Slovenian place names, let's see what he learned on the drive home. AVTOCESTA is a MOTORWAY/HIGHWAY. ZAPRTO/A is CLOSED, OBVOZ is a DETOUR, ŽIVAL NA CESTI is AN ANIMAL ON THE ROAD, DELO NA CESTI means ROADWORKS, OKVARJENO TOVORNO VOZILO is a BROKEN DOWN LORRY/TRUCK and NESREČA is an ACCIDENT. And let's hope that Dave's driving skills get up to speed on Slovenia's fast roads pretty soon.

125 - Goooaaal!

1. 10. 2021

Dave's favourite team is set to win and Dave and Fani will celebrate tonight! And next time, Dave can start using some of the Slovenian football vocabulary: CORNER KICK – KOT, HAND BALL – ROKA, FOUL - PREKRŠEK, FREE KICK – PROSTI STREL, RED CARD - RDEČI KARTON, YELLOW CARD – RUMENI KARTON, PENALTY KICK – ENAJSTMETROVKA, POWERFUL – MOČNO and VICTORY – ZMAGA. Oh, and the match did finish ONE-NIL – ENA-NIČ.

124 - Back to law - part 2

30. 9. 2021

So, Dave is going back to school… There's a long way to go but he's optimistic… He's learning Slovene with every step. For example, he learned today that DEKAN is DEAN, SESTANEK is MEETING, NAD POVPREČJEM means ABOVE AVERAGE… and his GRADES - OCENE really are above average, so he can start TAKOJ - IMMEDIATELY with LECTURES – s PREDAVANJI.

123 - Back to law - part 1

29. 9. 2021

Dave is about to go back to STUDY – ŠTUDIJ. He studied LAW – PRAVO back in Ireland and tomorrow he’s going to get more information at the FACULTY OF LAW – PRAVNA FAKULTETA, so he can CONTINUE HIS STUDIES – NADALJUJE ŠTUDIJ. When he becomes a PRAVNIK - ODVETNIK, he’ll be able to work at a COMPANY – v PODJETJU, at the COURT – na SODIŠČU, or have his own LAW OFFICE – ODVETNIŠKO PISARNO or ADVOKATURO. Today he also learned about Slovenia’s biggest POET – PESNIK, France Prešeren… the one who wrote Slovenia’s NATIONAL ANTHEM – HIMNA, the “Zdravljica”.

122 - Insomnia

28. 9. 2021

There are many things you can do against NESPEČNOST – INSOMNIA. You can try and RELAX – UMIRITI SE, you can COUNT SHEEP – ŠTETI OVCE. Sometimes MILK AND COOKIES – MLEKO IN PIŠKOTI help as well. But there is a backdraft in doing this, as our Fani learned… you might end up SNORING - SMRČATI… SLADKE SANJE – SWEET DREAMS Fani… hope you fall asleep soon…

121 - What time is it?

27. 9. 2021

Telling time in Slovene is making life even more complicated for Dave. He’s trying TO UNDERSTAND – DA RAZUME, but it IS COMPLICATED – JE KOMPLICIRANO. Let’s do a quick recap: WHAT TIME IS IT is KOLIKO JE URA, and for example: POL-ŠTIRI is HALF-PAST THREE. ČETRT NA ŠTIRI is a QUARTER PAST THREE, and TRI-ČETRT NA ŠTIRI is a QUARTER TO FOUR. We wish you the best of luck!

120 - Grape harvest

24. 9. 2021

Today Dave learned some very important words in Slovenian… TRGATEV is GRAPE HARVEST, ŠKARJE are SCISSORS or SHEARS, and the word for a BOX is ŠKATLA… or maybe it's GAJBA... or... KIŠTA! Let's just say »škatla« for now!

119 - Slippers

23. 9. 2021

So, Dave has learned about a common Slovenian habit… You have to take off your shoes and put on SLIPPERS – COPATI when you go into someone's house. You can't wear FLIP-FLOPS - NATIKAČI, or SANDALS - SANDALE. It's also not a good idea to wear your SOCKS – NOGAVICE (ZOKNI), and definitely don't go BAREFOOT – BOS/BOSONOG... But the most important thing is not to be TRMAST - STUBBORN.

118 - Dave at the gallery

22. 9. 2021

It’s seems Dave’s not ready for Thursday yet but he learned some Slovene today. He learned that LOUD is GLASNO, ART is UMETNOST, RAINBOW is MAVRICA. And the colours: RED - RDEČA, YELLOW - RUMENA, ORANGE - ORANŽNA, GREEN – ZELENA and BLUE - MODRA. Now he knows an EXPERT is STROKOVNJAK and THURSDAY - ČETRTEK is almost here… ??

117 - Na vrsti, v vrsti

21. 9. 2021

Today Dave learned that a VRSTA is a QUEUE, to be V VRSTI means to be IN A QUEUE, and when you’re NA VRSTI it means it’s YOUR TURN. Dave was smart enough to MAKE AN APPOINTMENT – SE JE NAROČIL, which means he did not have to WAIT – ČAKATI too long…

116 - Slepa kura

20. 9. 2021

Today Dave learned another Slovene saying: SLEP KO KURA – BLIND AS A CHICKEN… While Fani loves MORNINGS – JUTRA, Dave LOVES TO SLEEP – OBOŽUJE SPANJE. SQUIRREL is VEVERICA, WEEKEND is KONEC TEDNA, SATURDAY is SOBOTA and sleeping is or maybe isn’t OVERRATED – PRECENJENO.

115 - Crying friend

17. 9. 2021

Dave has done it again. He proved he can be a true FRIEND – a PRIJATELJ. HE UNDERSTANDS FRIENDS – ON RAZUME PRIJATELJE. And by doing that HE’S LEARNING – ON SE UČI new words, like for example NOSEČA – PREGNANT, PUNČKA – LITTE GIRL, and FANTEK – LITTLE BOY.

114 - Dishwasher problems

16. 9. 2021

Poor Dave, he thought he´d have a relaxed day before his shift. But at least he learned a few new Slovene words. The DISHWASHER is POMIVALNI STROJ, not to be confused with the PRALNI STROJ or WAHING MACHINE. Among the HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCES – GOSPODINJSKI APARATI there is also the MICROWAVE OVEN or MIKROVALOVNA PEČICA. If you are lucky, they are still under WARRANTY – GARANCIJA, so you don’t have to pay for the “servis” or maintenance.

113 - Joining the gym

15. 9. 2021

Today Fani finally managed to get Dave off the couch… and that's no mean feat because he wasn't using the WEIGHTS - UTEŽI that he had bought 6 months ago… And he wasn't going to do any PRESS-UPS (PUSH-UPS) - SKLECE, SIT-UPS - TREBUŠNJAKI or SQUATS – POČEPI at home. They're now proud MEMBERS - ČLANI of the local gym or 'fitnes'. MEMBERSHIP - ČLANARINA isn't exactly cheap, but they did get a DISCOUNT - POPUST and after filling out a FORM - OBRAZEC, they can now work out together. Čestitamo Dave and Fani!

112 - Weather forecast

14. 9. 2021

PREKLETO - So be DAMNED. It turned out to be a CLOUDY, WINDY AND RAINY DAY – OBLAČEN, VETROVEN IN DEŽEVEN DAN. The WEATHER FORECAST – VREMENSKA NAPOVED said it was going to be DRY - SUHO, but it wasn’t. Fani and Dave did not have their UMBRELLA – DEŽNIK, but they did have two full bags of MUSHROOMS – GOBE. TWO KILOGRAMS PER PERSON - DVA KILOGRAMA NA OSEBO, to be exact.

111 - Meeting the priest

13. 9. 2021

Dave’s learning experience is not always pleasant, but it is always educational! Today he learned the difference between a ŽUPNIK – PRIEST and a ŽUPAN – MAYOR, and that a CERKEV is a CHURCH, that MAŠA is MASS, and that TO PRAY is MOLITI…

110 - Buttons and stains

10. 9. 2021

Fani has a lot of work ahead of her this afternoon mending Dave's clothes... but Dave did learn a few new words again. VELIKA LUKNJA – BIG HOLE, ŠIVATI – TO SEW, MADEŽ - STAIN, GUMB – BUTTON, MANJKA – MISSING, and ZADRGA - ZIP. If he's not more careful, Dave might have to wear OVERALLS - KOMBINEZON or DELOVNI PAJAC, the next time he goes to work.

109 - Saint's name day

9. 9. 2021

As Dave tries to decide which GOD or SAINT’S NAME DAY he’ll choose, he’s learned about another one of Slovenia's cultural sides. He now knows that GOD doesn't mean God. That's BOG. Next year he’ll have to get Fani a MALO DARILO - a SMALL GIFT – maybe some SWEETS/CANDIES – BONBONI/SLADKARIJE or a BOUQUET OF FLOWERS – ŠOPEK ROŽICE for her Saint's Day - her 'god'... and he's even been to a BIRMA - a CONFIRMATION or possibly to an OBHAJILO – FIRST COMMUNION, or maybe it was a KRST - a CHRISTENING. He doesn't really remember... but, then, neither does Fani!

108 - Eurovision

8. 9. 2021

As Dave and Fani celebrate Slovenia's first ever Eurovision Song Contest - or Eurosong - victory, let's look back at some of the words Dave learned this evening. GLASOVATI - TO VOTE, POWER CUT - IZKLOP ELEKTRIKE, SVEČKE – CANDLES, BATERIJSKA SVETILKA - FLASHLIGHT, NOČNA MORA – BAD DREAM / NIGHTMARE, SANJATI – TO DREAM, ZMAGATI – TO WIN, and KDO JE ZMAGAL/A? – WHO WON? Well, we know that Slovenia were the WINNERS - ZMAGOVALCI this year... and for Ireland, well, there's always next year for 'douze points'!

107 - Balloon ride

7. 9. 2021

It was a BEAUTIFUL DAY or ČUDOVIT DAN for Fani as she took Dave on a BALLOON RIDE or POLET Z BALONOM. It wasn’t as amusing for Dave as HE’S AFRAID OF HEIGHTS – IMA STRAH PRED VIŠINO. So, he must have felt quite scared, when the balloon WAS FILLING WITH HOT AIR – SE JE POLNIL S TOPLIM ZRAKOM. At the end, Dave and Fani were enjoying a BEAUTIFUL VIEW or ČUDOVIT RAZGLED. Well, at least Fani was, as Dave was hoping to touch the ground soon…

106 - Hail

6. 9. 2021

Although technology has evolved, a THUNDERSTORM or NEVIHTA can still cause damage to your household and car. Especially a HAILSTORM or NEVIHTA S TOČO. To prevent damage from either one people still like to pull the cables out of the electricity or like Fani said “kable izklopit iz toka”, or to lower the blinds. In case of a hailstorm it’s also best to cover the car with a BLANKET – ODEJA, or “koca” in the Styrian dialect. And it’s recommended to do this before the hailstorm, or you might get wet afterwards. Not to mention, dealing with the possible damage to REPAIRS or POPRAVILO…

105 - Sunburn

25. 6. 2021

What have we learned today: The best thing against the summer heat is to GO SWIMMING - PLAVATI. And if you aren’t lucky enough to live by the sea, you will have to find a SWIMMING POOL - BAZEN. But you usually can’t jump into the water there or the LIFEGUARD – REŠEVALEC IZ VODE might want to throw you out. Poor Dave learned an important lesson today. And it has nothing to do with JUMPING INTO THE POOL – SKAKATI V BAZEN. The lesson is to always wear SUNSCREEN – KREMA ZA SONČENJE. If not, you might get a SUNBURN – SONČNE OPEKLINE.

104 - Food delivery

24. 6. 2021

Today Dave mastered the art of ORDERING FOOD OUT – NAROČANJE DOSTAVE HRANE. He ordered a pizza margherita and a MIXED SALAD – MEŠANA SOLATA with PUMPKIN OIL – BUČNO OLJE and VINEGAR - KISS for Fani, and a pizza diavola or “pikantna pica” for himself. He paid the delivery man in cash, but he still has to learn something about giving a TIP - NAPITNINA in Slovenia.

103 - Trip to the hairdresser's

23. 6. 2021

Dave went to the HAIRDRESSER – FRIZER/FRIZERKA – at the „frizerski salon“. He just wanted a SHORT HAIRCUT - a KRATKA FRIZURA... But NOT TOO SHORT – NE PREVEČ KRATKO. He used to have a PONYTAIL – ČOP, DYED HAIR – POBARVANE LASJE, and even PLAITS – KITKE when he was younger... But those days are gone and now he's worried about being BALD – PLEŠAST. Let's just hope that Fani gets used to Dave's new hairstyle soon or he might have to wear a WIG - LASULJA at Špela's birthday party next week!

102 - Korošica

22. 6. 2021

Dave loves Slovenian DIALECTS - NAREČJA, even though he sweats with them. He was PREPARED - PRIPRAVLJEN for the first student PARTY – ZABAVA. He learned new words: ROJSTNO MESTO - BIRTHPLACE, MUČITI SE – TO STRUGGLE, ENOSTAVNO - SIMPLE, POHITI - HURRY UP and NAPITNINA - TIP … the joy of every barman.

101 - First camping trip

21. 6. 2021

This was Dave's first camping experience in Slovenia. He learned some new words including ŠOTOR – TENT, KLINI – PEGS, KLADIVO – HAMMER, SPALNA VREČA – SLEEPING BAG, KONZERVA – CAN, ŽEPNI NOŽ – POCKET KNIFE. And remember, there's no such thing as BAD WEATHER – SLABO VREME, only BAD CLOTHING – SLABA OBLAČILA.

100 - Weekend in Istria

18. 6. 2021

Today Dave learned a few useful words... and not just for when you're looking for the SUGAR – SLADKOR, or the BUTTER – MASLO. ON is NA, IN is V, UNDER is POD, BEHIND is ZA and IN FRONT OF YOU / ME is PRED TABO / MANO... And don't worry, there are no eyes in the EGGS - JAJCA... It's just JAJCA NA OKO - FRIED EGGS. Dober tek.. enjoy your meal!   

99 - Crossword puzzle

17. 6. 2021

The young man from Ireland has a really steely will. Even a CROSSWORD PUZZLE – KRIŽANKA is great for learning new Slovenian words: NA PRIMER - FOR EXAMPLE, PAMETNO - SMART, GLAVNO MESTO - CAPITAL CITY, UNIČITI - TO DESTROY, HROŠČ - BEETLE, NEMOGOČE – IMPOSSIBLE, NOR - CRAZY, OSEL - DONKEY, ČRKE - LETTERS, KRAŠKA JAMA - KARST CAVE… Everything is easy… with Fani's help.   

98 - Setting the table

16. 6. 2021

Today Dave learned that "bograč" stew and other similar dishes are called 'NEKAJ NA ŽLICO' or 'SOMETHING ON A SPOON'... He had to SET THE TABLE - PRIPRAVITI MIZO, with a KROŽNIK - PLATE, VILICA - FORK. It's VILICE if we have many FORKS, NOŽ is a KNIFE, ŽLICA, of course, is a SPOON, and KOZAREC is a GLASS. KOZARCI are GLASSES... and his stomach won't rumble - 'trebušček ne bo krulil' - for much longer.

97 - Geography

15. 6. 2021

There's no real rule in naming countries or its citizens in Slovene. So it can be confusing and complicated! Not all, but most countries, end with either an »IJA« ending, like Slovenija - Slovenia, Nemčija – Germany, Italija – Italy, Grčija – Greece, Anglija – England... Or with a »KA« ending, like for example Hrvaška – Croatia, Madžarska – Hungary, Kitajska – China, Irska – Ireland, or Nizozemska – the Netherlands... But when it comes to nationalities and naming the men and women of each country, we advise the use of a DICTIONARY – a SLOVAR.   

96 - Mosquitos

14. 6. 2021

So Dave met Maribor's MOSQUITOS – KOMARJE today. While enjoying the ISTRIAN WINE – ISTRSKO VINO, which tastes DELICIOUS – OKUSNO, HE GOT BITTEN BY MOSQUITOS - SO GA POPIKALI KOMARJI… They are really WILD – DIVJI here BY THE DRAVA RIVER - OB REKI DRAVI. Well, he now at least he knows he’s NOT ALLERGIC – NI ALERGIČEN to wine, so he and Fani can enjoy it again tomorrow on the BALCONY – NA BALKONU, with MOSQUITO SPRAY – Z RAZPRŠILOM PROTI KOMARJEM, while watching the SUNSET – SONČNI ZAHOD.   

95 - Fishing

11. 6. 2021

Dave returns home after a nice day out FISHING or RIBARJENJE with his friends at the local FISH POND - RIBNIK. It was his first fishing experience in Slovenia and he found out he still hasn’t forgotten how to use a FISHING ROD - RIBIŠKA PALICA. And with the right BAIT - VABA and a perfectly set FLOATER - PLOVEC he caught a pretty CARP - KRAP into his FISHING NET - PODMETALKA. Well, about the size of the fish… you know how fishermen are, right…   

94 - Package delivery problems

10. 6. 2021

Dave´s Slovene is improving; he was able to get things done without his Fani. He managed to call the CUSTOMER SERVICE - POMOČ UPORABNIKOM and he will now be able to pick up the SHIPMENT - POŠILJKA, more precisely the BRACELET – ZAPESTNICA, he bought for Fani at the PROVIDER'S STORE - POSLOVNICA in Maribor. That’s if he remembers to bring his ID and receipt with the ŠTEVILKA NAROČILA or ORDER NUMBER.

93 - Lost keys

9. 6. 2021

Luckily Dave has found the KEYS TO THE APARTMENT - KLJUČE OD STANOVANJA. It seems they weren’t in Fani´s PURSE - TORBICA, but that he left them in the car, so he didn’t have to drive all the way to Fani´s sister to get the SPARE KEYS - REZERVNE KLJUČE. Fani suggested that he put them on the KEYCHAIN - OBESEK of the car keys, so that this awkward situation would not happen again…   

92 - The weather

8. 6. 2021

Dave’s right! Most weather adjectives in Slovenia do end with a “NO”. Today we mentioned SončNO – Sunny, OblačNO – Cloudy, DeževNO – Rainy, SnežNO – Snowy, MegleNo – Foggy, and NevihtNO – Stormy. We also have JasNO – Clear and VlažNO – Humid… So now, not only is Dave still a YOUNG MAN - MLADENIČ, now he can also strike a conversation about the weather, in Slovene…   

91 - In a pub in Ptuj

7. 6. 2021

Today Dave visited Ptuj for the first time although he didn't see much of the town. However, his friend Declan did teach him a few useful new words. GRAD - CASTLE, REKA - RIVER, JEZERO - LAKE, MOST - BRIDGE, CERKEV - CHURCH, KAPELA - CHAPEL, ZVON - BELL, and PAS - BELT. Dave also got a quick introduction to plurals in Slovenian. MOSTOVI - BRIDGES, ZVONOVI - BELLS, PASOVI - BELTS... and, while we're talking about plurals, if Dave and Declan order 'še ena runda', they're going to have to answer to Fani!   

90 - Trip to Bled

4. 6. 2021

Today Dave visited Bled… and learned that LAKE is JEZERO and BOAT is ČOLN. He ROWED - je VESLAL, and took care for some ROMANCE – ROMANTIKA. Dave also learned STEPS are STOPNICE and on Bled Island there is 99 – DEVETINDEVETDESET of them. And the GROOM is ŽENIN, BRIDE is NEVESTA, SECRET is SKRIVNOST and HAPPY MARRIAGE is SREČEN ZAKON.

89 - Oh, crap!

3. 6. 2021

So, despite all the nonsense, Dave learned some new Slovenian words today… BIRDS are?PTIČKI, FRESH AIR is SVEŽ ZRAK and they really should go for a WALK – SPREHOD, MORE OFTEN – BOLJ POGOSTO. MORNING is JUTRO, TOILET is STRANIŠČE, RAIN is DEŽ and in Maribor, funny, they say “nea seri”, which means “ne govori”…

88 - Horoscope

2. 6. 2021

It's hard to convince our Dave to trust the star signs too much. But he learned new Slovene words: VERJETI means BELIEVE, ŠKORPIJON is SCORPIO, DEVICA – VIRGO but also VIRGIN, VODNAR – AQUARIUS, OVEN is ARIES, BIVŠI FANT means EX-BOYFRIEND, NEPRIČAKOVANO is UNEXPECTED, SODELAVCI are CO-WORKERS and GROZNO is TERRIBLE. And you? Have you already read the horoscope today?

87 - The dryer

1. 6. 2021

What a day for Dave… He‘s becoming a real help for Fani in the apartment. From today he has some new friends: PRALNI STROJ – WASHING MACHINE and DRYER – SUŠILNI STROJ… He learned some important words: PRAZEN - EMPTY, BOMBAŽ - COTTON, OBČUTLJIVO - SENSITIVE, VOLNA - WOOL, POSTELJNINA - BEDDING, MEČKATI SE - WRINKLE, OČISTITI - TO CLEAN… And never apply MEHČALEC – SOFTENER in your dryer! :)

86 - Fire in town

31. 5. 2021

Aaaaand that’s the end of that lesson! Dave can SEE WITH HIS EYES – Dave VIDI Z OČMI. DAVE SMELLS SMOKE – DAVE VOHA DIM. DAVE HEARS SIRENS – DAVE SLIŠI SIRENE, AND A CHILD IS CRYING – IN OTROK JOČE. Also, he learned that ONE MAN is EN ČLOVEK, TWO MEN are DVA ČLOVEKA, and PEOPLE are LJUDJE. Dave already knows that GASILCI are FIREFIGHTERS and the POLICE is POLICIJA.

85 - Serious talk

28. 5. 2021

Dave and Fani will discuss kids tommow, but today Dave learned FAMILY is DRUŽINA, KIDS are OTROCI, BOY is FANTEK and GIRL is PUNČKA. TOO EARLY is PREZGODAJ and YOUNG is MLAD. They agreed there's a whole FUTURE – PRIHODNOST in front of them and that TOMORROW – JUTRI everything will sort itself out…

84 - Work in the garden

27. 5. 2021

It was quite an exhausting day for our couple, but it was worth it as they will soon be able to eat home-grown vegetables. Dave learned many new Slovene words as well, as they planted KROMPIR – POTATOES, FIŽOL – BEANS, KUMARICE – CUCUMBERS, PARADIŽNIK – TOMATOES and SOLATA – SALAD. But before they planted the seeds, some hard work had to be done, which involved using a SHOVEL – LOPATA, MOTIKA – HOE and GRABLJE – RAKE. But there is nothing like a home-grown salad and French fries, right?

83 - Sneezing and hiccups

26. 5. 2021

Today Dave learned that SLASTNO means DELICIOUS, KIHATI is TO SNEEZE, KOLCANJE is HICCUPS, VIDIM – I SEE, SLIŠIM – I HEAR, VOHAM – I SMELL, POČUTIM – I FEEL and LEPO DIŠI – IT SMELLS GREAT! And the next time he goes out, he should try to avoid POLLEN – CVETNI PRAH... and mini muffins!

82 - Grumpy day

25. 5. 2021

Today Dave learned that some people can be RUDE – NESRAMEN or NESRAMNA, UNGRATEFUL - NEHVALEŽEN or NEHVALEŽNA, and IMPATIENT – NEUČAKAN or NEUČAKANA. We all get MOODY – TEČEN or TEČNA, from time to time. Sometimes we do things that are STUPID or SILLY – NEUMNO, but also things that are UNBELIEVABLE - NEVERJETNO. Let's hope that Dave's day gets better when Fani's parents visit and it turns out to be NEPOZABNO – UNFORGETTABLE!

81 - Love disappointment

24. 5. 2021

What a day for Dave... he had never been in such a situation before! But still what new words has he learned today? NIMA SMISLA - NO SENSE, SVET - WORLD, SVET SE MI JE PODRL – MY WORLD IS SHATTERED, ODSELITI SE – TO MOVE AWAY, STAROST - AGE, STARA KOKLJA – OLD CHICKEN, JUHA – SOUP, SAMSKI - SINGLE… and VREDNO JE POSKUSITI – IT’S WORTH A TRY... always :)

80 - Picnic

21. 5. 2021

Dave is a great host…and a real grill master. Again, he learned some new words: MALE SKRIVNOSTI - LITTLE SECRETS, OGENJ - FIRE, PLAMEN - FLAME, ŽEJEN - THIRSTY, PERUTNIČKE - CHICKEN WINGS, RAŽNJIČI - SKEWERS, SHRAMBA - PANTRYand HUJŠATI - TO LOSE WEIGHT. Dave also knows very well what helps when it’s hot! :)

79 - At the library

20. 5. 2021

Dave is taking his Slovene learning very seriously .. khm khm.. Anyway, IN THE LIBRARY – V KNJIŽNICI he learned that a BOOK is a KNJIGA, a LIBRARIAN is a KNJIŽNIČAR/KA. Fani likes to read LOVE STORIES – LJUBEZENSKE ZGODBE and to RECOMMEND is PRIPOROČATI. He already knows ANIMALS are ŽIVALI, FAMILY is DRUŽINA, and from today he also knows that a FAIRYTALE is a PRAVLJICA and a PROFESSION is POKLIC. He needs to be a MEMBER – ČLAN and he needs his CARD or IZKAZNICA.

78 - Grey disaster

19. 5. 2021

Well, Dave and Fani really had a stormy morning! Well, it was for Fani… but Dave, he learned some new words… SPIDER is PAJEK, TERRIBLE is GROZNO, GREY HAIR is SIV LAS and obviously that means a DISASTER – KATASTROFA. He also learned that HAIRDRESSER is FRIZER, TO PULL OUT is IZPULITI, MONDAY is PONEDELJEK, SCISSORS are ŠKARJE and TWEEZERS is PINCETA.

77 - Full Moon

18. 5. 2021

Well, while Dave can't sleep, he can practice his Slovene counting. That night he also learned COFFEE is KAVA, MOON is LUNA, which has this strong POWER – MOČ that is even stronger when the moon is FULL – POLNA. COUNTING SHEEP – PREŠTEVANJE OVAC doesn't help, also not DEEP BREATHS – GLOBOKI VDIHI.

76 - Healthy lifestyle

17. 5. 2021

There's a long way to a healthy lifestyle for Dave and Fani, but they‘ve started… And Dave has also learned TO AGREE - STRINJATI SE. A RUN –TEK is a GOOD IDEA – DOBRA ZAMISEL and a WARM-UP – OGREVANJE is very IMPORTANT – POMEMBNO. He now also knows that ANKLES are GLEŽNJI, TO CIRCLE is KROŽITI, and that NECK is VRAT in Slovene. As Fani said, HAM AND EGGS – JAJCA IN SLANINA are not healthy, but a smoothie is, especially when it contains GREENS –ZELENJE like SPINACH – ŠPINAČA, BROCCOLI – BROKOLI and KALE –OHROVT.

75 - First day at work

14. 5. 2021

Dave is very lucky that cleaner Milena is so HELPFUL - USTREŽLJIVA. Today he learned that GNJAVITI is TO BOTHER/TO PESTER, GARDEROBA is WARDROBE, KUHAR is COOK, LUŠTEN or LUŠTNA is CUTE, GRENKO is BITTER, TREZEN is SOBER, PIJAN is DRUNK … And a lot of new ŽGANJICE - SPIRITS were presented to him: BOROVNIČEVEC - BLUEBERRY SCHNAPPS, VILJAMOVKA - WILLIAMS PEAR SCHNAPPS, HRUŠKOVEC - PEAR SCHNAPPS but sweet, TAUŽNTROŽA, TRAVARICA… and SCHNAPPS with MEDICINAL HERBS – ZDRAVILNA ZELIŠČA …. We can only hope Dave has a very good memory :)

74 - Ogenj v hiši - part 2

13. 5. 2021

So, the FIGHT – PREPIR is over. The morning is GOOD – DOBRO, Fani is not ANGRY – JEZNA anymore. And Dave learned that I’M SORRY is ŽAL MI JE. US TWO/WE is MIDVA, NOT FAIR is NI POŠTENO, APARTMENT is STANOVANJE and the RULES are PRAVILA. A PROMISE is OBLJUBA and their KITCHEN – KUHINJA is now CLEAN – ČISTA. Dave also learned that Fani loves those kinds of SURPRISES – PRESENEČENJA.

73 - Ogenj v hiši - part 1

12. 5. 2021

It's pretty tense at Dave and Fani‘s. But no matter what, Dave is learning Slovene in every situation… Today he is mostly shocked, but still he learned that MOVIE/FILM is FILM, SERIOUS is RESEN, WRONG is NAROBE and a MESS is NERED. To WASH DISHES is OPRATI POSODO, to TAKE OUT THE GARBAGE - ODNESTI SMETI, a WASHING MACHINE is a PRALNI STROJ and to WASH HAIR – is UMITI LASE. And now he also knows what it looks like when Fani gets really MAD – JEZNA. Let’s wait until tomorrow to see how the fight continues...

72 - Minced lard

11. 5. 2021

Dave can wake up early, even on Sundays … if it's a SUNNY DAY – SONČEN DAN and if the EARLY HOUR – RANA or ZGODNJA URA has sense. His motivation is high as soon he realizes that NAREZEK is a MEAT PLATE (COLD CUTS) with DOMAČA PAŠTETA - HOME MADE PATE and ZASEKA – MINCED LARD with ONION – ČEBULA… He even forgets about all the attributes of his friend's new mistress: DOLGE NOGE – LONG LEGS, ZELENE OČI – GREEN EYES and VELIKE USTNICE – BIG LIPS. 

71 - Shopping for new clothes

10. 5. 2021

Today Dave went NAKUPOVATI - SHOPPING to the NAKUPOVALNO SREDIŠČE – SHOPPING CENTRE.He got a new SRAJCA - SHIRT, MAJICA - T-SHIRT, KAVBOJKE – JEANS... but he didn't buy any HLAČE - TROUSERS. Fani wanted to get him a new 'BUNDA' or WINTERCOAT... in April. And Dave learned that you need to change quickly in the CHANGING ROOMS - KABINE.He might need to bring a book with him next weekend though on his next trip for “nakupovanje”. 

70 - Firefighter's party

7. 5. 2021

Today Dave feels the atmosphere of a GASILKA VESELICA – a FIREFIGHTER'S PARTY. He met a lot of VESELI LJUDJE – HAPPY PEOPLE and learned a few new words: NARODNA NOŠA – NATIONAL COSTUME, ŠKORNJI are BOOTS, OSVEŽILNO means REFRESHING, DEŽEVATI is RAINING, KRANJSKA KLOBASA is a CARNIOLAN SAUSAGE, PLES is DANCE and ROŽICA is small ROSE.

69 - Gardening

6. 5. 2021

Today Dave's workout was DIGGING – KOPANJE with a SHOVEL – z LOPATO. He learned that Fani's mother has a HERB GARDEN – ZELIŠČNI VRT where she grows HERBS – ZELIŠČA. There are some VEGETABLES - ZELENJAVA that we PLANT – SADIMO, and some that we SOW – SEJEMO… For a big FAMILY – DRUŽINA it’s important to have a big GARDEN – VRT. Oh, and MELISSA (LEMON BALM) – that's MELISA – an herb.

68 - Jože, FBI agent

5. 5. 2021

Today Dave learned that POPOLDAN is AFTERNOON, DOPOLDAN is MORNING, POČITEK is REST, GLAVOBOL is a HEADACHE, PREHLAD is a COLD, ČASOPIS is a NEWSPAPER, or 'CAJTNG' if you live in Štajerska, 'SCHNAPPS' is seen as a cure for many ailments… and, no, Jože does not work as a secret agent… He just finds things ZANIMIVO - INTERESTING.

67 - Dvojina

4. 5. 2021

Dave and Fani are a couple, which means there’s two of them. And when THEY want to describe what THEY’RE doing, they have to use the first person of the Slovene dual form, which ends with the letters “v” and “a”. For example, THE TWO OF US – MIDVA: PLETE-VA - KNIT, DELA-VA - WORK, se POGOVARJA-VA - TALK, SEDI-VA - SIT, POSLUŠA-VA - LISTEN, se SMEJI-VA - LAUGH, se OBJEMA-VA - HUG, PLAVA-VA - SWIM, TEKA-VA - RUN, SMUČA-VA - SKI, PIJE-VA - DRINK, JE-VA - EAT in se STRINJA-VA - AGREE.

66 - Okusiti-Okužiti

3. 5. 2021

What a mess! Dave just got into a lot of trouble for mispronouncing one word. In fact, he only got one letter wrong! Instead of OKUSIL – to TASTE, he said OKUŽIL – to INFECT! Dave would've been better off using POSKUSITI – TO TRY. »Rad bi poskusil torto« means «I'd like to try the cake«. »Rad bi okusil torto« means »I'd like to taste the cake«. But »Rad bi okužil torto« means »I'd like to infect the cake«. So now, Dave has to prove to everyone that he's not ILL – BOLAN, but ZDRAV – HEALTHY!

65 - Little niece Mia

30. 4. 2021

Today Dave learned that SMRDIŠ means YOU SMELL, although we're not quite sure he got the true meaning of that one. He also learned that IGRIŠČE is a PLAYGROUND, NEČAKINJA is NIECE and... well, maybe it's better if he doesn't know what 'cepec' really means! Ignorance is bliss sometimes!

64 - Swimming pool or cemetery?

29. 4. 2021

Little did Dave know by then that “kopališče” and “pokopališče” are two very different things. A KOPALIŠČE is a SWIMMING POOL, but a POKOPALIŠČE is the CEMETERY, the place where we bury our dead. So, remember, if you're with someone, and YOU LOVE EACH OTHER – SE IMATE RADI, always choose to go to the kopališče, and never to the pokopališče. Peace be with you ;)

63 - Become a vegetarian

28. 4. 2021

So, that’s the way our young couple ended their conversation about them becoming vegetarians. Anyway, Dave learned some new Slovenian words: ŽIVALI – ANIMALS, ZDRAVJE – HEALTH, ZELENJAVA – VEGETABLES, SADJE – FRUIT, OREŠČKI – NUTS, OREHI – WALNUTS, ARAŠIDI – PEANUTS and INDIJSKI OREŠČKI – CASHEWS.

62 - Pancakes

27. 4. 2021

Today Dave learned some more new words: PALAČINKE - PANCAKES, RECEPT - RECIPE, MOKA - FLOUR, POSNETO MLEKO - SKIM MILK, SOL - SALT, POPER - PEPPER, VILICA - FORK and NOŽ - KNIFE. Dober tek – bon appetit … if you also made your Boxty :)

61 - Ice cream

26. 4. 2021

Dave is making great progress – this time he learned the new words ... DANES - TODAY, VROČE - HOT, JEZEN/JEZNA - ANGRY, SLADOLED - ICE CREAM, OKUS - FLAVOUR, MALINA - RASPBERRY, ČOKOLADA - CHOCOLATE, LIMONA - LEMON, BOROVNICA - BLUEBERRY, JAGODA - STRAWBERRY, KEPICA - SCOOP, LEŠNIK - HAZELNUT... and LEDENA KAVA - ICED COFFEE.

60 - Zoo

23. 4. 2021

Dave’s first visit to the Zoo in Ljubljana was a lot of fun and he learned some new words… ŽIVALSKI VRT - ZOO, MIŠ or MIŠKA - MOUSE, NAČRT - PLAN, OPICA - MONKEY, KRAVA – COW, TJULENJ – SEAL, LEV - LION, DOLGI VRAT - LONG NECK, BITI PODOBEN – TO RESEMBLE/LOOK LIKE, SVIZEC - MARMOT, SLON - ELEPHANT, PAPIGA - PARROT, LAČEN - HUNGRY and Dave is often ŽEJEN – THIRSTY :)

59 - Birthday invitation

22. 4. 2021

Dave obviously knows how to take care of good neigbourly relations very well. He learned some new words today… DANES - TODAY, CRKNJEN or MRTEV - DEAD, POZABITI – TO FORGET, ROJSTNI DAN - BIRTHDAY, VABILO - INVITATION, DARILO - A GIFT, MOŽ - HUSBAND, ROŽE - FLOWERS, SLADKO - SWEET, PAMETNO – SMART, VESEL - HAPPY and PLES – DANCE :)

58 - Žnidaršičev Vrh 64

21. 4. 2021

Well, it does happen. You can get lost, and in this case Dave and Fani did definitely GET LOST, or in Slovene, STA SE IZGUBILA. And so Dave didn’t find the house he was looking for, but he did find out that DESNO is RIGHT and LEVO is LEFT. That a CROSSROAD is a KRIŽIŠČE, that a ROUNDABOUT is a KROŽIŠČE, that when you make a TURN you ZAVIJEŠ, that an EXIT is an IZHOD, and that when you PASS something, like a hotel, you go MIMO hotela...

57 - Kakec festival

20. 4. 2021

Today, Dave found out that JUICE is SOK, PIE is PITA and he learnt a very important lesson... Kaki (Persimmon) is a fruit. It doesn't smell too bad and it tastes SLASTNO - DELICIOUS!

56 - Sawing and mowing

19. 4. 2021

Off goes Dave to CUT THE GRASS – KOSITI TRAVO, while Fani starts preparing a big tasty LUNCH, an obilno KOSILO, for her dear Dave. Who knows, it might turn out to be a LEP DAN – A NICE DAY after all.

56 - Sawing and mowing

19. 4. 2021

ANG A young Slovene girl called Fani spent a year in the Emerald Isle working as an au-pair. After falling in love with good-humoured Irish bartender Dave, Fani lures him back to Maribor. But how can he possibly survive without knowing any Slovene? Trying to master »survival Slovene« turns out to be an incredible challenge for the highly motivated Dave, and occasionally a real nightmare for his beloved Fani. A Daily dose of Slovene language for foreigners wanting to improve their everyday Slovene, and have a laugh while doing it. Premieres every weekday at 7:30 am, rebroadcasts at 3:45 pm … only on Radio Si. ******************************************************* SLO Mlada slovenka Fani je leto dni preživela na zelenem Irskem kot varuška otrok. Tam se zaljubi v hudomušnega barmana Davea in ga zvabi, da se z njo vrne/preseli v Maribor. A le kako v Sloveniji preživeti brez znanja slovenščine? Spoznavanje »preživetvene slovenščine« je za izjemno motiviranega Irca neverjeten izziv, za njegovo Fani pa občasno prava nočna mora. Dnevna doza slovenskega jezika za vse tujce, ki bi se želeli vsak dan naučiti nekaj novih slovenskih besed za vsakdanjik in se ob tem še nasmejati. Vsak delavnik premiera ob 7:30, ponovitev ob 15:45 … samo na Radiu Si.

55 - Engagement

16. 4. 2021

So, Fani was proposed to by Dave. Dave is in seventh heaven and also learned new words: SVEČA – CANDLE, ROŽE – FLOWERS, GLASBA – MUSIC, and he bought the perfect PRSTAN – RING with the almost perfect PRECIOUS STONE – DRAGI KAMEN.

54 - At the dentist

15. 4. 2021

Despite the pain, Dave learned new words today: FEAR is STRAH, DUST is PRAH, TOOTH is ZOB, and a ZOBOZDRAVNIK is a DENTIST who will help him with the PAIN – BOLEČINA.

53 - Irish family

14. 4. 2021

Today Dave learned how to talk about his family. STRIC is UNCLE, BRATRANEC is MALE COUSIN, SESTRIČNA is FEMALE COUSIN, BRAT is BROTHER and SESTRA is SISTER.

52 - Romance under the stars

13. 4. 2021

A romantic evening taught Dave some new words… CRICKET is ČRIČEK, STAR is ZVEZDA, MOON is LUNA, MILK is MLEKO, PIE is PITA and CHERRY is ČEŠNJA.

51 - Gorice

12. 4. 2021

Today Dave learned that GORICE are HILLS, GORČICA is MUSTARD, and GOR is UP, and that they are all very different things.

50 -Train to Ptuj

9. 4. 2021

Dave finally managed to get a TICKET – VOZOVNICA to Ptuj. He could have bought a SINGLE TICKET – ENOSMERNA VOZOVNICA, but decided to get a RETURN - POVRATNA instead. He didn't have to wait long on the PLATFORM – PERON... and the TRAIN - VLAK didn't have to wait on the TRACK - TIR, for him, either.

49 - Days of the week

8. 4. 2021

Today Mia taught Dave the days of the week – PONEDELJEK, TOREK, SREDA, ČETRTEK, PETEK, SOBOTA... and the day that most people relax and do nothing – NEDELJA. Except for Mia maybe, she practises the PIANO - KLAVIR.

48 - Bad day

7. 4. 2021

Well, it wasn’t the best day for Fani, but Dave sure knows how to make it better. And he also knows some new words. TO ASK - VPRAŠATI, DAY - DAN, GOOD MORNING - DOBRO JUTRO, BUS - AVTOBUS, BOSS - ŠEF, PRINCIPAL - RAVNATELJ. TO GET MAD - RAZJEZITI SE, BEGINNING - ZAČETEK, TOE - PRST, BREAKFAST - ZAJTRK, KID - OTROK and TO VOMIT - BRUHATI. He also learned that TO STINK is SMRDETI, HURT is BOLEČINA and LUNCH is KOSILO.

47 - Špela's birthday

6. 4. 2021

Well, the cake is ruined, but Dave is ready to sing Špela the sorry song… And he also knows some new words... TO BE LATE – BITI POZEN, HAPPY BIRTHDAY – VSE NAJBOLJŠE, SINGING - PETJE, MUSIC - GLASBA, SONG - PESEM and SURPRISE - PRESENEČENJE. He will surprise Špela with another PRESENT – DARILO in a BOX – v ŠKATLI. ROUND is OKROGLO, COLOURFUL is PISANO and SWEET is SLADKO. And the most important thing he will say: SORRY – OPROSTI to Špela.

46 - Public administration

5. 4. 2021

Today Dave learned what the UPRAVNA ENOTA – ADMINISTRATION OFFICE is all about. He also found out that you have to visit more than one OKENCE – COUNTER (WINDOW), and how to WAIT - ČAKATI to get the job done... And how to renew his ID CARD – OSEBNA IZKAZNICA! Fani is PONOSNA – PROUD of Dave.

45 - Job interview / Part 2

2. 4. 2021

Dave apparently has a shot at his first job in Slovenia. Today he practiced new Slovenian words… NATAKAR - BARTENDER, BI KAJ SPIL - WOULD YOU LIKE SOMETHING TO DRINK, POGREŠATI - TO MISS SOMETHING, SE UČIM - I AM LEARNING, ENOSTAVNO - EASY, POVEJ - TELL ME, PRIČAKOVANJE - EXPECTATION, PLAČILO – PAYMENT, and Dave will get his first 6 euro NA URO – PER HOUR starting tomorrow :)

44 - Job interview / Part 1

1. 4. 2021

Dave almost blew his first chance to find a job. But he practiced Slovene words again… ZAPRTO - CLOSED, ČISTILKA - CLEANER, ŠEF - BOSS, SLUŽBA - JOB, SEDI - SIT DOWN, ČAKAJ – WAIT, POL ŠTIRIH - HALF PAST THREE, PREPOZEN - TOO LATE, JEZEN - ANGRY, STAVITI - LET’S BET, VSO SREČO - GOOD LUCK… We will soon learn how successful Dave was in the interview…

43 - Taxi small talk

31. 3. 2021

Slovenians are “krasni ljudje”, or wonderful, splendid people, who do like to have their little talks or CHATS, known as KLEPETI. Because, when you do have these CONVERSATIONS – POGOVORI, or as Fani described them – “little pogovori”, you find out things about other people, and their NEIGHBOUR - SOSED, GRADMOTHER - BABICA, GRANDFATHER – DEDEK, SON – SIN, DAUGHTER – HČERKA, BROTHER – BRAT, SISTER – SESTRA, COUSIN – BRATRANEC for a male or SESTRIČNA for a female cousin, their NEPHEW – NEČAK or NEČAKINJA, AUNT - TETA, and UNCLE - STRIC. And need we stress again, they’re all “krasni ljudje”.

42 - Easter is coming

30. 3. 2021

Spring gives Dave new energy. Also for learning Slovenian. Today he learned that VELIKA NOČ means EASTER, KOKOŠJA JAJCA are CHICKEN EGGS, BARVATI is TO PAINT, POMLAD is SPRING, JAGNJETINA is LAMB, PREKAJENA ŠUNKA – SMOKED HAM, MESAR is BUTCHER, HLEB is LOAF, KRUŠNA PEČ is BREAD OVEN, HREN is HORSE RADISH, OBLAČILA are CLOTHES, ŽEGEN is EASTER BLESSING… and Dave can hardly wait for the end of LENT – POSTNI ČAS :)

41 - Forest animals

29. 3. 2021

Today Dave learned some new words: ŽIVAL means ANIMAL, GOZD is FOREST, LISICA is FOX, MEDVED is BEAR, VEVERICA is SQUIRREL, VOLK is WOLF, ZAJEC is RABBIT, and DIVJA SVINJA is WILD PIG (WILD BOAR). There’s no end in view for Dave’s challenge… :)

40 - Dave in Ljubljana

26. 3. 2021

And that was Dave’s first sight-seeing trip to Ljubljana with his LOVED ONE - his LJUBLJENA. Fani showed him the TROMOSTOVJE - the TRIPLE BRIDGE, the LJUBLJANSKI GRAD - LJUBLJANA CASTLE, and Dave did enjoy being around the inhabitants of Slovenia’s capital, the LJUBLJANČANI, and their prettier half, the LJUBLJANČANKE.

39 - Looking for a job

25. 3. 2021

Today Dave learned some new words – WAITER is NATAKAR, JOB is DELO, PIVNICA is BAR, CV is ŽIVLJENJEPIS, RAZGOVOR ZA DELO is JOB INTERVIEW, KAVA is COFFEE and SLADKOR is SUGAR. He still needs some more Slovene words, but he’ll get there…

38 - Potica

24. 3. 2021

Fani and Dave won’t eat potica today because Dave didn’t learn the ingredients, but he learned some new words... CHRISTMAS is BOŽIČ, EASTER is VELIKA NOČ, DOUGH is TESTO and STUFFING is NADEV. He also learned FLOUR is MOKA, YEAST is KVAS, WALNUTS are OREHI and POPPY is MAK.

37 - Sugar

23. 3. 2021

Today Dave learned that HVALA means THANK YOU and SLADKOR means SUGAR, but that you can’t use it for your significant other.

036 - DAVE'S CHALLENGE / BOOKING A ROOM

22. 3. 2021

ANG A young Slovene girl called Fani spent a year in the Emerald Isle working as an au-pair. After falling in love with good-humoured Irish bartender Dave, Fani lures him back to Maribor. But how can he possibly survive without knowing any Slovene? Trying to master »survival Slovene« turns out to be an incredible challenge for the highly motivated Dave, and occasionally a real nightmare for his beloved Fani. A Daily dose of Slovene language for foreigners wanting to improve their everyday Slovene, and have a laugh while doing it. Premieres every weekday at 7:30 am, rebroadcasts at 3:45 pm … only on Radio Si. ******************************************************* SLO Mlada slovenka Fani je leto dni preživela na zelenem Irskem kot varuška otrok. Tam se zaljubi v hudomušnega barmana Davea in ga zvabi, da se z njo vrne/preseli v Maribor. A le kako v Sloveniji preživeti brez znanja slovenščine? Spoznavanje »preživetvene slovenščine« je za izjemno motiviranega Irca neverjeten izziv, za njegovo Fani pa občasno prava nočna mora. Dnevna doza slovenskega jezika za vse tujce, ki bi se želeli vsak dan naučiti nekaj novih slovenskih besed za vsakdanjik in se ob tem še nasmejati. Vsak delavnik premiera ob 7:30, ponovitev ob 15:45 … samo na Radiu Si.

36 - Booking a room

22. 3. 2021

Fani expected Dave to book a double room – a dvoposteljna soba, but Dave booked a room with a pograd, which is a bunk bed. So remember, a SINGLE ROOOM is ENOPOSTELJNA SOBA, a DOUBLE ROOM is DVOPOSTELJNA SOBA, and if you're ever planning a romantic weekend – never book a room with a POGRAD – a BUNK BED ;)

35 - Kekec from France

19. 3. 2021

Well then, that was Dave’s first introduction to Kekec, a Slovenian cultural icon and the story of a brave boy – a fearless shepherd from the Slovene highlands, who went up to the mountains to find a cure for his blind little sister. That’s Kekec. And by now, I think all of us have already learned that SLOVENIA is called SLOVENIJA, right? Dave’s home country IRELAND is called IRSKA, and FRANCE is called… FRANCIJA.

34 - Mountain feat

18. 3. 2021

Today Dave learned new words – COTTAGE CHEESE is SKUTA, MOUNTAIN is GORA, CHAIR is STOL, and TABLE is MIZA.

33 - Dave's engagement

17. 3. 2021

Today Dave learned that GOLD is ZLATO and SILVER is SREBRO. STO is a HUNDRED, SREČA is LUCK, and VSO SREČO is GOOD LUCK.

32 - Visiting grandparents in Prekmurje

16. 3. 2021

Today Dave learned some of the Prekmurje dialect and a lot of new words - BABICA is GRANDMOTHER, DEDEK is GRANDFATHER, MOJE IME is MY NAME, DOBRO JUTRO is GOOD MORNING, LEPE is NICE, OČI are EYES, VPRAŠATI is TO ASK, PITI is TO DRINK, TI is YOU, JAZ is ME, ŽGANJICA is BRANDY, PRIJATELJSTVO is FRIENDSHIP and PRIJAZEN is TO BE KIND.

31 - Cheese and ham bread roll

15. 3. 2021

Dave learned about what a ŠTRUČKA is. And how hard it can be to get one with ŠUNKA – HAM and SIR - CHEESE.

30 - The boys are back in town

12. 3. 2021

Today Dave learned that DOBRODOŠLI means WELCOME, DVE PIVI means TWO BEERS, ŠE ENA RUNDA means ANOTHER ROUND and LAHKO RAČUN means CAN I GET THE BILL? Oh, and Fani learned that CRAIC is FUN... at least in Ireland anyway.

29 - Driving too fast

11. 3. 2021

Thanks to Dave’s bad Slovene he just avoided a fine. But he learned some new words: POLICEMAN – POLICIST, FINE – KAZEN, DOCUMENTS – DOKUMENTI, FAST – HITRO.