Slovene language

language spoken in Slovenia

Slovene (or Slovenian) is a language. It is the official language of Slovenia.

slovenski jezik, slovenščina
Pronunciation[sloˈʋenski ˈjɛzik], [sloˈʋenʃtʃina]
Native toSlovenia, Italy (in Friuli Venezia Giulia), Austria (in Carinthia and Styria), Hungary (in Vas); emigrant communities in various countries
Native speakers
2.5 million[1]
Latin (Slovene alphabet)
Slovene Braille
Official status
Official language in
 European Union
Regional or local official language in:
Regulated bySlovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts
Language codes
ISO 639-1sl
ISO 639-2slv
ISO 639-3slv
Linguasphere53-AAA-f (51 varieties)
Idioma esloveno.png
Slovene-speaking areas
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More than two million people speak Slovene. It is a Slavic language, written for more than 1000 years.

It is one of the official languages in the EU. The alphabet is almost like the English alphabet.

Examples :


  1. "International Mother Language Day 2010". Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia. 19 February 2010. Retrieved 29 January 2011.
  2. Nìč sounds like nitch in English. The Č in nič is a special letter of the Slovene alphabet. Other special letters are Š and Ž.