From 20 August to 1 October 2018, students enrolled in educational institutions of Slovenia for the 2018/2019 academic year mastered the basics of Slovenian grammar and vocabulary in the intensive courses of Slovenian language in Ljubljana organized by the 2TM Company. The course is traditionally held just before the beginning of the academic year so that students can get a basic language training that will successfully integrate them into the learning process. Under the guidance of an experienced teacher, 5 times a week for 4 hours a day, students learned to read, write, speak and comprehend Slovenian language correctly.
One of the course students was 24-year-old Oleg Alferov from Krasnodar region (Russia) enrolled in the Hospitality and Tourism study programme at the Hospitality and Tourism College in Maribor. The student shares his impressions of attending the intensive linguistic course.
“To prepare for my studies, I chose an intensive linguistic course organized by 2TM and have never regretted my decision: I received the necessary language practice and experience,” Oleg says. “The great advantage was that the course took place in Slovenia. We immediately plunged into the language environment, and this accelerated the learning process. From the first day of the course, our teacher, Vesna Nagode, showed herself as a true professional in linguistics and charged us with her positive energy. The classes were interesting. We had no cramming, but immediately tried to put knowledge into practice. We communicated and played. After classes or in breaks, the teacher answered our questions about life and study in Slovenia. This course is an invaluable help for everyone who comes to Slovenia for the first time and does not know the language at all. I really enjoyed the lesson excursion to the centre of Ljubljana. It was very informative.”
Oleg emphasizes that the Slovenian language is fairly easy to learn. The young man is confident that over time his level of Slovenian will only improve.
“One of the language difficulties that I can mention is the so-called dual number, which is unusual. In addition, there are about forty dialects in Slovenia. At first, I did not always understand the spoken language. My first Slovenian dialogues were with the dormitory neighbours, who constantly invited me to their company, eagerly communicated with me and corrected my mistakes. In the evenings, I practiced what I’d learned during the afternoon class, and the progress was not long in coming. Of course, after a month and a half of living here, my level of Slovenian is not ideal, but I am sure that this is a matter of time,” Oleg says. “I would advise those who are just beginning to learn the Slovenian language to practice as much as possible, try to quickly overcome the language barrier, not be shy and afraid of any possible difficulties. Believe me, if you make a mistake, and you do it for sure, no one will laugh at you.”
The teacher of the intensive language course, Vesna Nagode, also shares her impressions after completing the course.
“I really liked this group. The students were highly motivated. They always did their homework and asked many questions about the Slovenian language and life in Slovenia. We combined the pleasant with the useful. We studied and had an interesting time together. I was very surprised that, unlike ordinary young people who do not really think about goals in life, my students knew exactly what they wanted. Although they were all of different ages, they demonstrated an excellent team work,” Vesna says.
“I would like to thank all the students of the course for a great summer spent together and wish them success in their lives and studies. I would like to remind them that what the eye fears, the hands do. This applies to the study of our beautiful language, and to obtaining education in Slovenia as a whole,” the teacher emphasizes.
The 2TM Company shares these wishes. We hope that graduates of the language course will achieve their goals and make their dreams come true. We thank our partners from the Cene Štupar language school and personally the course teacher Vesna Nagode for their work, patience and professionalism!