January 08, 2018
My Slovene isn’t great, but it’s good enough to get by in a very limited sense and getting better all the time, and one way I try and improve is through exposure to as much language input aimed at my level as possible. In practice, this means that billboards, junk mail, and trash TV are a goldmine of direct and simple content, rarely aimed at anyone with more than a 10-yr old’s vocabulary.
To this end, one of the more informative parts of my social media consumption is when I scroll through Facebook and come across a new post by Slovenske smešne scene (Slovenian Funny Scenes), a page that posts memes in Slovene. Colourful and juvenile, it’s very rewarding to get the joke, even if I’d roll my eyes at the same material in English. Below are a few representative examples from the page, with translations under each image.
On the way to school. On the way from school
My girl at home. My girl in public
Tag a friend who's always hungry
The doctor said I can only drink one glass of beer a day
Tag a friend who's shorter than his girlfriend
After a test. In middle school: When I don't know the answer to one question. At university [Faks, fakulteta]: When I know the answer to one question
Meanwhile, in Dolenjska [this is a joke about wine - check the license plate]
How I feel when I finish math homework
With / without make-up
Tag a friend who's like this when they see a sexy girl
How my sister thinks she looks. How she really looks. Tag your sister
When you've smoked some strong grass
Tag a single friend who needs a bed like this
Astrologers say that anyone who finished 2017 single will definitely meet their soulmate in 2018
If you enjoyed the learning potential of these memes then follow Slovenske smešne scene on Facebook for new jokes almost every day, and the world will slowly reveal itself to you.