vas

A typical village in Slovenia. Source

Translation: village

The straightforward translation of vas is village. However, you will encounter this word a lot in a completely different setting: vas is also an object pronoun, used in two different roles:

2nd person plural

Videl sem vas hoditi po cesti.
(I saw (multiple) you walking down the road.)

Ne slišim vas!
(I don´t hear (multiple) you!)

The formal version of the 2nd person singular (see also Extra)

Gospod Novak, dolgo vas že nisem videl.
(Mr Novak, I haven´t seen you for a long time.)

Gospod Novak, vabimo Vas na sestanek članov odbora.
(Mr Novak, we invite you to a meeting of the board members.)

Examples:

Življenje na vasi je idilično.
(Village life is idyllic.)

Z vasi je prišel v mesto.
(He came from a village to the town.)

Novica se je hitro razširila po vasi.
(The news has spread quickly throughout the village.)

Vas ima sto prebivalcev.
(The village has a hundred dwellers.)

Expressions:

Zame je španska vas.
(it´s all Greek to me; lit. For me it is a Spanish village; note that another version with the same meaning is deveta vas, which translates into “ninth village”)

Dober glas seže v deveto vas.
(what is good, or of good quality, is famous very far away; lit. – a good voice reaches to the ninth village)

Related:

zaselek – hamlet
mesto – town
velemesto – city

Listen to the pronunciation of Slovenian words and phrases.

Extra:

You address other people formally when you want to show respect. Typically you would use this form when talking with someone you don´t know or someone older you know, but not well enough to be on a friendly basis. In writing you can be extremely formal by capitalize it (Vas instead of vas). In Slovenia, this formal address is still very common and even expected; forgetting to use it in certain situations is considered rude.

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