SLOVENIAN ALPHABET AND PRONUNCIATION

The Slovenian alphabet has 25 letters. It does not have the letters W, Q, X, Y. But you have to learn three new letters: (pronounced as ch in English), (sh), and (zh, as in azure). The mark above the letters is called a carrot, or, in Slovenian, streica (literally: little roof).

Listen carefully to the following words for pronunciation. If a given letter has several phonetic values, then examples and similar English sounds are given for each.

Slovenian
spelling
Examples Similar English
sounds
A mama mom father
B biti to be to be
C cena price tse-tse fly
okolada chocolate chocolate
D dan day day
E cena price
teta aunt
pes dog
bed
fat
the
F fant guy far
G garaa garage garage
H hia house Spanish Juan
I vidim I see see
J jej! eat! Yankee, hey
K kam where to kick
L levo left left
M mama mom mom
N ni nothing nothing
O telefon telephone
oe father
horn
hot
P pot path path
R roa flower road
S sedem 7 seven
est 6 shock
T taksi taxi taxi
U ura hour soon
V vaza vase vase
Z zob tooth zero
ena wife pleasure

L and V at the end of a word or before another consonant are pronounced like English w:

pol half, volk wolf know
nov new, v mestu in town wrong


D and together are pronounced like English j:

Madarska Hungary Jane