Slovak is a Slavic language like Czech, Russian, Polish, Bulgarian, Serbian, Croatian, Ukrainian, Belarussian or Slovene. It is officially spoken in Slovakia and by Slovak minorities abroad (mostly in the Czech Republic, Yugoslavia, USA, Canada, Australia, but also in a number of other countries).
To make it easier for most Europeans, Americans and other users of Latin alphabet, you do not have to learn new hieroglyphics in Slovak. However some letters do have also an accented form, as you can see in the chart below:
These accents (diacritics) indicate a slight change in pronunciation, but this is not difficult to learn. In spoken English they sound as in following examples: á as a in rather, ä as a in sap, č as ch in chew, ď as d in duel, dž as g in gin, é as ai in pair, ch, by the way, is pronounced as ch in scottish loch, í as ee in feel, ĺ as ll in bell, ň as gn in (fr.) cognac, ó as ou in four, ô as uo in duo, I’m afraid you will have to learn from your dog the sound of ŕ (gr r r r…), š as sh in shoe, ť as t in mature, ú as oo in tool, ý as ea in dream and finally ž as g in lingerie.
|Welcome||Vitaj (sg/inf) Vitajte (pl/frm)|
|Hello||Ahoj (sg/inf) Ahojte (pl/frm) Nazdar, Servus|
|How are you?
I’m fine, thanks. And you?
|Ako sa máš? (inf) Ako sa máte? (frm)|
|Ďakujem, dobre. A vy/ty?|
|What’s your name?
My name is …
|Ako sa voláš? (inf) Ako sa voláte? (frm)|
|Volám sa …|
|Where are you from?
I’m from …
|Som z …|
|Pleased to meet you||Teší ma|
and Happy New Year
|Veselé vianoce a Štastný nový rok|