Xenophobia is not necessarily seen perjoratively in Ptuj. Many are quite unashamed of it, to the extent they know it exists.

"I am a racist" says a neighbour cheerfully, who invariably intros by belittling my lack of Slovene. She would vote for Slexit. How much time have you spent teaching me Slovene, I eventually ask, exasperatedly. "Me???!!" the reply.

These days, when confronted by Slovenia on language - it is always a confrontation - I have learned to patiently ask the interlocutor how many hours they have spent teaching foreigners Slovene in the past week.

When they say zero, I ask them to multiply it by the number of weeks in a year, then by the number of years they have just asked me how long I am here, by which they hope to assert their proof of my inferior intellect.

Finally they get to multiply their answer by two million, explaining to themselves why I don't speak Slovene.

They go away to confer about how to modify their criticism. But are stuck like a scratched record.


If the civil service can get a business set up without warning the proprietor, that unless it's a very unusual business, probably operating outside of the country, it will probably be illegal; what is the point of civil servants and what is the purpose of this law, APART FROM the discrimination it achieves, and potential revenue therefrom? The extent to which Slovenia has profited from ZJRS is unknown.