Slovenian (slovenski jezik or slovenščina, a term frequently confused with slovenčina, which refers to the Slovak language) is one of the southern languages. It is spoken by 2.5 million people around the world and is the official language for 1.85 million of them.
One of its peculiarities is that it is composed of a large number of dialects that are more or less intelligible among themselves. While the standard language is used in formal and public settings, the dialects, of which it is estimated that there are between seven and 50, are mainly used on a daily basis.
One of its other peculiarities is the dual grammatical number, which is a rarity in Indo-European languages. The word order is also very free and the language has two rules of accentuation and many declensions.
The Slovenian alphabet consists of 25 letters: a b c č d e f g h i j k l m n o p r s š t u v z ž, which can form 29 sounds. In addition, the language is composed of three grammatical numbers, six cases with eight declensions and three grammatical genders.