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Words in English, French and German ...

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.

In the Slovenian version of the nursery ...

In the Slovenian version of the nursery rhyme Frere Jacques, they ask if Mojster Jaka is still sleeping. But when it comes to sleeping nobody in Slovenia beats King Matjaž. According to the legend, the King was good but had many...

Slovenia’s internet domain name is .si ...

Slovenia’s internet domain name is .si  -- and it is popular. There are about 100,000 domain names ending in .si  in Slovenia. That’s not true for some other endings Slovenia could have gotten. Like .sl  which is...

Once, in Slovenia’s third largest city ...

Once, in Slovenia’s third largest city of Celje, a whole book was written and published in just 12 hours? It was a world record. The book was created in 12 hours by 12 writers. They started writing the book at 7 a.m. and the...

Slovenia's highest mountain is ...

Slovenia's highest mountain is Triglav at 2,864 meters. It's the tallest mountain in the Julian alps, but how does it compare to manmade buildings? Well, to build to the top of Triglav, you would have to stack the Burj al arab,...

The Pleterje Charterhouse is ...

The Pleterje Charterhouse is a one-of-a-kind building. It’s the only Carthusian monastery in Slovenia. There are only 400 Carthusian monks still left in the world, and only a few in the charterhouse near Šentjernej. Their goal is...

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...

The Dragon Bridge in Ljubljana ...

The Dragon Bridge in Ljubljana was originally built to honor the Austrian Emperor Franz Josef I. The dragon was a symbol of royalty. It has since become a symbol of Ljubljana. And more. According to one legend, when a virgin...

Foreigners (and even some Slovenes) stumble ...

Foreigners (and even some Slovenes) stumble with the use of the dual case. It’s a specialty of the Slovenian language, in that there is not only singular and plural but dual. Thus, “the two towers” in English is simply “Stolpa”...