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Slovene has plenty of words without vowels, 'čmrlj' is one of them. Photo: EPA

Words in English, French and German almost always require a vowel: A, E, I, O, or U (and sometimes Y). Slovene, however, has plenty of words without vowels. Interestingly, many of them are related to gardens. In fact, garden (VRT) is one. So is TRN (thorn) and KRT (mole) and Čmrlj (bumblebee).
Slovene gets around the lack of vowels because the “R” can carry a vowel like -ER sound. And what’s the longest word in Slovene without a vowel? It’s another garden-related word. It’s VZBRST – bloom.

Has a Slovene ever been to the moon ...

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Slovenia's highest mountain is ...

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The viaduct Črni kal is both ...

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One of Slovenia’s oldest traditions ...

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Slovenia’s flag looks very similar ...

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Travelling through Slovenia ...

Travelling through Slovenia, you’ll probably notice hayracks standing out in the open. They are known here as the kozolec. It’s a free standing, mainly wooden, device for drying and storing hay and grain.Although similar versions...

There is almost one cow for every ...

There is almost one cow for every four Slovenian inhabitants. In raw numbers, that means there’s about half a million cattle in Slovenia. But that’s nothing compared to the number of chickens in the country. There are more than 5...

What is the most successful handball team ...

What is the most successful handball team in Europe? If you’re into handball you’d probably say Barcelona. And that’s probably the right answer. But this is Slovenia facts --- so let’s ask another question. What is the most...