The Slovene language, also known as Slovenian, belongs to the Western subgroup of the South Slavic languages and is spoken primarily in the small country of Slovenia in southern Central Europe. Worldwide, there are an estimated 2.5 million native speakers of Slovene, particularly in neighbouring states. In 2004, Slovene became an official language of the European Union.
Unlike its linguistic neighbours Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian, which are closely related to one another, Slovene is based on a different dialect and features differences in vocabulary, grammar, spelling and pronunciation that hinder mutual intelligibility with other Slavic languages.
Slovene is one of the oldest Slavic dialects still around today. The earliest records of written Slovene were found in the German town of the Freising in Bavaria (hence they are known as the Freising Manuscripts) and date back to the late 10th or early 11th century. The Slovene writing system is an extension of the Latin alphabet with additional accentual marks to distinguish between similar words that can have different meanings.
Slovene may not be a widespread language, but its international importance has grown since Slovenia’s admission to the European Union. Our Slovenian translators are carefully selected and specialise in the subject areas of the projects they are assigned.