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Heteronyms in Slovenian and English

Words that are written the same and in most cases have different meaning and different pronunciation, are called heteronyms. As I like to play with words, I gathered some examples of heteronyms in Slovenian and English, which are stated below.

Heteronyms are usually short words with around 3-5 letters. For sure, there are many more words which are written identically in those 2 languages, so if you find some, feel free to add them in the comments. There are also words like »talent«, »idol« and »program«, which are written in the same fashion and have the same meaning but different pronunciation in Slovenian and English. They are also a little bit longer.

Examples of heteronyms:

1.

SLOVENIAN ENGLISH
PAST trap
preteklost, čez (time) PAST

2.

SLOVENIAN ENGLISH
PÓT, PÔT path, sweat
lonec POT

3.

SLOVENIAN ENGLISH
DO till, until, to (time)
delati, narediti (to) DO

4.

SLOVENIAN ENGLISH
KIT whale
oprema, pribor, orodje KIT

5.

SLOVENIAN ENGLISH
SIT (masculine) full (not hungry anymore)
sedeti (to) SIT

6.

SLOVENIAN ENGLISH
SAD (singular) fruit
žalosten SAD

7.

SLOVENIAN ENGLISH
CAR tsar
avto CAR

8.

SLOVENIAN ENGLISH
OVEN ram, Aries (astrology)
pečica OVEN

9.

SLOVENIAN ENGLISH
SET set
namestiti (to) SET

10.

SLOVENIAN ENGLISH
STAR (masculine) old
zvezda STAR

 

star - old

star – old

zvezda - a star

zvezda – a star

11.

SLOVENIAN ENGLISH
BAR bar, café
bar, tablica (čokolade) BAR (of chocolate)

12.

SLOVENIAN ENGLISH
DATUM date (time)
podatek DATUM

13.

SLOVENIAN ENGLISH
POD under, below
strok POD

14.

SLOVENIAN ENGLISH
LIST leaf
seznam LIST

15.

SLOVENIAN ENGLISH
ONE (plural, feminine) they
ena ONE

16.

SLOVENIAN ENGLISH
PET five
domača žival PET

If you know some identical words in Slovenian and English, share them with us! 🙂