This summer I am taking part in the Languages of Slovenia Challenge. This 3-month long challenge is hosted by Richard Simcott of Speaking Fluently and Máirín Millward from Mo’s Language Learning Journey in association with the Polyglot Conference, which will be held in Ljubljana, Slovenia in October 2018.
A polyglot is a term for someone that is familiar with several languages. It is derived from Greek ‘polu‘ meaning ‘many’ and ‘glotto‘ meaning ‘tongue‘.
I have hosted and been involved in many language challenges over the years. I am very excited about this language challenge hosted by 2 of my polyglot idols! My chosen language for this challenge will be Slovenian/Slovene. Prior to the challenge I had no experience in this language whatsoever and was unable to even say hello! I didn’t know anything about the culture or history of this beautiful country.
From knowing absolutely no Slovenian in July 2018. My goal is to host a Facebook LIVE in The Language Learners Hub group in October 2018 where I will be speaking for at least 10 minutes in Slovenian and answering any questions!
In comparison to other languages, I have studied there is a lack of resources and a limited amount of teachers. However, I will be logging all the resources I will be using (or find) for any future Slovene learners.
My Slovene Learning Resources
- I have created a Slovenian Board on Pinterest. If you are learning Slovene do let me know and I’ll add you to the board so you can add resources to.
- I’ll be using online lessons on skype with a teacher from Italki.com. You can also find language exchange partners for free on there. By clicking to register on my link here you will get free $10 of italki vouchers once you’ve booked and paid for your first lesson.
- Memrise To get to grips with the basics and learn the alphabet I’ll be using Memrise. This is great for some language learning on the go…, especially during the morning commute.
- Slovene Learning Online Slovene (SLO) is a freely accessible online course in Slovene for foreigners, developed at the Centre for Slovene as a Second and Foreign Language in cooperation with the company DigiEd. The course is for all those who wish to learn Slovene on their own in a simple, playful and effective way.
- The 50 Languages website has lots of phrases and vocabulary with audio and is divided into topics. The site is free to use. The link provided is for Slovenia but there are many more languages on there…
- Utalk is a paid service that has over 140+ languages. It works great on touchscreen devices and is one of my fave language learning resources.
- To make language learning fun and keep me motivated I’ll be using The Take Action Calendar for Language Learners.
- MAL - (Master Any Language) I stumbled across this site that has a wealth of different resources. The link will take you to the Slovenian section.