Even though the Slovenian language is one of the smallest Slavic languages, it’s one of the most diverse in terms of dialects. This exceptional variety in such a geographically limited area means that speech patterns sometimes differ from village to village. It also means that Slovenian speakers often have trouble understanding dialects from another part of the country.
Even linguists don’t agree precisely how many dialects of Slovenian there are. Most believe that there are close to 50. Whatever the exact number, the dialects are typically classified into eight regional groups – and the differences between each group are substantial.
Read more about this interesting topic in the article The Slovenian language has dozens of dialects (source: MMC News in English).
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