Živjo!

The first post!

This is a greeting between people who know each other well (but don’t have to be necessarily friends). In a literary form you may encounter živijo, but only in writing (perhaps in books or in an email from someone who wants to write in a “proper” Slovenian). You can use it both for “hello” and “goodbye”.

Some other informal forms regularly used:

  • zdravo – hello and goodbye (slightly more formal, I guess)
  • čao – hello (and especially) goodbye (informal, from Italian)
  • adijo – goodbye (slightly formal, from French)
  • se vidiva / vidimo – see you (dual) / see you (plural) (very informal)

And formal forms:

  • dobro jutro – good morning
  • dober dan / večer – good day / evening
  • lahko noč – good night
  • pozdravljeni – hello
  • nasvidenje – goodbye (lit. until the next time)
  • zbogom – goodbye (lit. with God)

Examples:

Živjo Luka, kako si?
(Hi Luka, how are you?)

OK, sedaj moram oditi. Živjo!
(OK, I have to leave now. Bye!)

A pronunciation of all the Slovenian words and examples in this post.

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