klop pod klopjo

Translation: a tick under a bench

What is this all about? In today’s post I give you several tongue twisters in Slovenian (like Slovenian wasn’t already difficult enough!). Admittedly, they’re quite silly and you won’t hear them in everyday life, but perhaps you can learn some and impress your Slovenian friends?

Če čebula ne bi če imela bi bila bula.
(If an onion wouldn’t have on it would be ion.)

Pešec prečka cestišče.
(A pedestrian crosses the road.)

Perica reže raci rep.
(A washerwoman cuts off a duck’s tail. – It’s a palindrome!)

Pikčasta ptička v pikčasti kletki.
(A spotty birdie in a spotty cage.)

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letalo

Translation: airplane

Many tourists come to Slovenia by plane. The main Slovenian airport is Letališče Jožeta Pučnika, a rather small airport with little traffic. But cozy in its own way.

Examples

Med letom v London sem poslušal glasbo.
(During the flight to London I listened to music.)

Posebno letalo je poletelo na Kanarske otoke.
(A special airplane flew to the Canary islands.)

Podjetje je izdelalo prvo letalo na električni pogon.
(The company made the first electric airplane.)

Letalo je strmoglavilo sredi oceana.
(The plane crashed in the middle of the ocean.)

Proverb

Kdor visoko leta, nizko pade.
(Pride goes before the fall. Lit. – Those who fly high, fall low.)

Related

letališče – airport
leteti – to fly
balon – balloon
cepelin – zeppelin
strmoglaviti – to crash (with an airplane)
let – a flight

Extra

Edvard Rusjan was the first Slovenian who flew with a plane in 1909. He made the plane with the help of his brother. Two years later he died in a plane crash. Crazy times.

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plastika

Translation: plastic (noun)

Plastic is the silent killer of our planet. This post will help you to annoy those around you who don’t give plastic a lot of attention. Note that the adjective is plastičen.

Examples

Zakaj trgovine še vedno prodajajo plastične vrečke?
(Why do shops/stores still sell plastic bags?)

Plastika v oceanih vsako leto povzroči smrt milijonov živali.
(Plastic in ocean kills millions of animals each year.)

Plastični izdelki za enkratno uporabo so pogubni za okolje.
(Plastic disposables are devastating for the environment.)

Z nekaj domišljije lahko plastične odpadke uporabimo znova.
(With a bit of imagination we can reuse plastic waste.)

Koliko plastike recikliramo vsako leto?
(How much plastic do we recycle each year?)

Related

reciklaža – recycling
plastična operacija – plastic surgery
onesnaženje – pollution
odpadki – rubbish, waste, trash

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dojenček

Translation: a baby

There comes a time in a person’s life when suddenly their old acquaintances start spamming them with cute baby pictures. I suspect I entered that stage. Anyway, a baby younger than four weeks is also called novorojenček (a newborn).

Examples

Kamor se obrnem, povsod vidim dojenčke!
(Wherever I turn, I see babies everywhere!)

Dojenčka je hranila po steklenički.
(She fed the baby from a bottle.)

Dojenčki ne potrebujejo veliko reči.
(Babies don’t need many things.)

Kako lahko pomirim mojega dojenčka? – Daj mu dudo.
(How can I calm down my baby? – Give him a pacifier.)

Related

novorojenček – a newborn
štruca – a small baby wrapped in clothes; literally a loaf (of bread)
voziček – a baby carriage (lit. a small carriage)
plenica – a diaper

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