Basic phrases for Greetings and Self-introduction

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Welcome to our Slovenian course for beginners! Today we`re going to talk how to say hello and how to introduce yourself in Slovene.

Greetings and introductions are the cornerstone of any language, so let`s jump right into it.


Dobro jutro
This is used in the morning until around 11 AM. It literally means "good morning" and is a polite way to start the day.

Dober dan
As the day progresses, you can switch to "dober dan," meaning "good day." It`s suitable from late morning until early evening.

Dober večer
In the evening, usually after 6 PM, "dober večer" is the go-to greeting. It translates to "good evening."

This is a formal way to say "hello" and is suitable for various situations, like meeting someone for the first time or addressing a group of people.

This is an informal and friendly way to say "hi" or "hello," especially in Ljubljana. It`s commonly used among friends, peers, or people of the same age group.


Moje ime je [ Your Name ] When introducing yourself, use "Moje ime je" followed by your name. This is a straightforward way to say "My name is [ Your Name ]." It`s a clear and concise way to introduce yourself.

Sem [ Your Name ]
Another option for introducing yourself is "Sem" followed by your name. This is a more concise way of saying "I am [ Your Name ]."

Prihajam iz [ Your Country ]
This translates to "I come from [ Your Country ]." Sharing your origin adds a personal touch to your introduction.

Sem [ Your Name ]. Učitelj/ica [ or Your Occupation ]
This means "I am [ Your Name ]. I am a [ Your Occupation ]." Sharing your profession can create connections and spark conversations.

Zelo sem vesel/a, da sem tukaj. Moje ime je [ Your Name ]
This translates to "I`m very happy to be here. My name is [ Your Name ]." Expressing excitement shows your positive attitude towards meeting new people.

Jaz sem [ Your Name ]. Poleg [ Your Occupation ], rad/a [ Your Hobbies/Interests ]
This means "I am [ Your Name ]. Besides [ Your Occupation ], I enjoy [ Your Hobbies/Interests ]." Sharing hobbies can help you connect on a personal level. Pozdravljeni, sem [ Your Name ]. Skupaj se bomo učili slovenščino
This means "Hello, I am [ Your Name ]. Together, we will learn Slovenian." When introducing in a group context, it sets the tone for collaborative learning.

Pozdravljeni, ime mi je [ Your Name ]. Sem tu, da se naučim slovenščine in spoznam novo kulturo
Translating to "Hello, my name is [ Your Name ]. I am here to learn Slovenian and get to know a new culture." This is another way to share your purpose can help break the ice.

Zelo vesel/a sem, da te spoznavam
To express genuine pleasure in meeting someone, you can say "Zelo vesel/a sem, da te spoznavam," which translates to "I`m very pleased to meet you."

Kako si?
When engaging in conversation, asking "Kako si?" means "How are you?" It`s a friendly way to show interest in the other person`s well-being.

Kako se počutiš?
For a deeper inquiry into someone`s emotions, you can ask "Kako se počutiš?" which means "How are you feeling?"


When introducing yourself in Slovenian, it`s great to keep it simple but meaningful. Here`s a basic script you can use:
Zdravo! Moje ime je [ Your Name ]. (Hello! My name is [ Your Name ].)
Sem študent/študentka in trenutno se učim slovenščino. (I am a student and I am currently learning Slovenian.)
Želim postati strokovnjak na področju tujih jezikov. (I want to become a foreign language expert.)
Zelo sem navdušen/navdušena nad slovensko kulturo in jezikom ter si prizadevam, da bi spoznal/spoznala na tem področju čimveč. (I`m really excited about Slovenian culture and language and I am eager to get to know them better.)

Remember, language learning is a journey. So, embrace the process and enjoy every step of discovering the beauty of Slovenian language and culture!
Don`t forget that a friendly smile and a positive attitude go a long way in making connections when introducing yourself. Good luck!