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2008.0326

The Country of Love Featured during Event

<p><font face="Arial">By Joanna Tung<br /> Campus Reporter</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">Slovenia was featured and introduced at the International Lounge today, while the Office of International Affairs resumed its weekly introduction of different countries.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">Jovanovic Ljiljana, a Slovenian student who is now studying at the Mandarin Training Center, described her motherland as &ldquo;a country of love.&rdquo;</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">&quot;See?&nbsp; The four letters &lsquo;l-o-v-e&rsquo; are spelled in the name of our country,&rdquo; Ljiljana said.&nbsp; &ldquo;We are the country of love.&rdquo;</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">She said that most Slovenian people would enjoy drinking and all kinds of homemade food, especially bread.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">&quot;The title of our national anthem actually means &lsquo;cheers.&rsquo;&nbsp; Now you can imagine how much my countrymen love to drink,&rdquo; Ljiljana said.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">In addition, Ljiljana mentioned that three languages are used in Solvenia &ndash; Slovenian, Italian and Hungarian.&nbsp; Although English is also used at more and more calsses at school, foreign students will still feel frustrated outside the classrooms if they do not speak local languages.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">English major freshman Hsieh Pei-yu (謝佩諭), who participated in the activity, echoed Ljiljana&rsquo;s remarks.&nbsp; She said she would be more than happy to visit the country but she will not consider herself as an international student there.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">&quot;Language will be a big obstacle for me,&rdquo; she said.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">Meanwhile, Neza Lostrek and Matic Kavcic,, another two Slovenian students who are also studying at the Mandarin Training Center, taught participants at the scene a Slovenian song and showed some Slovenian dancing as well.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial">Slovenia used to be a part of Yugoslavia but became independent on June 25, 1991.&nbsp; She is a neighbor country of Italy, Austria, Hungry and Croatia.&nbsp; The country joined the European Union (EU) and currently possesses the 2008 presidency of EU Council.</font></p> <p><font face="Arial"></font>&nbsp;</p>