Slovenian: Lepo mi ajaj pa pridna bodi!

  • Irbis

    Senior Member
    Slovenian, Slovenia
    You probably missed "L" at beggining?
    Sleep well and be good!

    "ajaj" is usually used when you talk to a child, it is quite affectionate (neutral version is "spi"), but I don't know how to translate this to English more accuratelly.


    New Member
    Canada , French
    OK so pridna means...??? What is the verb in this sentence? Because I can't find it in the dictionary! "Mi" is a possessive pronoun and what about "pa"?

    Hvala lepa!


    Senior Member
    Slovene, Slovenia
    The sentence is stupid, therefore it's difficult to translate it.
    As Irbis explained "ajati" is a childish way to express 'to sleep' "spati". "Mi" is a clitic for "meni" 'to me' and has no specific meaning in this particular sentence, where btw, the comma is missing after "ajaj". This comma separates two clauses. So if I rewrite it to a somehow proper sentence, it would look like this:
    Lepo spi, pa pridna bodi! -- Sleep well and be dilligent!

    You are asking what the verb is. There are actually two and therefore must be separated by a comma:
    - ajaj: an imperative form, singular, of the verb ajati /to sleep/
    - bodi: an imperative form, singular, of the verb biti /to be/

    pridna is a feminine sing. adjective of the masculine form priden: dilligent

    pa ... that's a bit difficult :D ... it usually means 'but', it can also mean 'and' (specially here in Ljubljana). The meaning can always be visible from the context and dialect.


    Senior Member
    Slovenian, Slovenia
    If you need base forms to search in dictionary, you can try this web site:
    You just enter any form and you will get all possible base forms (along with all forms for those base forms).
    And I don't agree with translation "dilligent" here. This is also possible meaning for "priden" (close to "marljiv" or "prizadeven" in Slovenian), but I think meaning here would be closer to "ubogljiv" ("good").

    "pa" has many meaning. In a lot of cases you can just skip it, otherwise you can translate it with "but", "however" or "and" (more colloquial).
    And comma is not missing here! If "pa" is in meaning "and" ("vezalno priredje") there is no comma (actually you can distinct meaning this way, if you trust the writer to be aware of this).


    New Member
    Canada , French
    When I looked at the web site, its all in Slovanish. Its really nice but there's something I don't understand: you have single, dual and plurial, after that, there's first person, second person, and third person? Who is second person if dual means 2 person? I'm a little bit mix up because there is nothing about masculin or femine form. And the past present and futur???

    Sorry, maybe I ask too much.


    Senior Member
    Slovenian, Slovenia
    The English name for the language is Slovenian or Slovene.

    Short dictionary:

    samostalnik - noun
    pridevnik - adjective
    glagol - verb
    prislov - adverb
    števnik - numeral
    zaimek - pronoun
    predlog - preposition
    veznik - conjunction
    členek - particle
    medmet - interjection

    sklon - case
    imenovalnik - nominative
    rodilnik - genitive
    dajalnik - dative
    tožilnik - accusative
    mestnik - locative
    orodnik - instrumental

    število - number
    ednina - singular
    dvojina - dual
    množina - plural

    spol - gender
    moški - masculine
    ženski - feminine
    srednji - neuter

    oseba - person
    prva - first (I, we)
    druga - second (you)
    tretja - third (he/she/they)

    nedoločnik - infinite form
    namenilnik - supine
    velelnik - imperative
    sedanjik - present

    Past and future tenses are made using -l participle ("deležnik na -l").
    For simple sentences you can try a machine translator:

    I'm writing a letter. - Pišem pismo.
    I'll write a letter. - Napisal bom pismo.
    I wrote a letter. - Napisal sem pismo.


    New Member
    Canada , French
    OK, the "L" at the end and the "na" at the beggining!? And how I know where to "cut" the end of the verb like: pisem: na-pis... al
    So if I'm a girl it's the same: Napisal bom pismo! Is it right?


    Senior Member
    Slovenian, Slovenia
    "na" at the beginning is because "napisati" is perfective verb and "pisati" is imperfective verb ("na" is in this case, typical prefixes to create perfective verbs are: do, iz, z, s, se, na, nad, o ,ob, od, po, pre, pred, pri pro, raz, u, v ,vz, za ... - and there is no simple rule when to use one and it also depends on meaning).

    No, for a girl the ending is -la:
    Napisala bom pismo.
    Pisala bom pismo. (I'll be writting a letter.)