Slovakia, a country of approximately 5.6 million people, became an independent country with the breakup of Czechoslovakia into Slovakia and the Czech Republic in 1993. The Slovak and Czech languages are basically similar, but over time differences have begun to appear. Like all Slavic languages, Slovak is difficult to learn. The most effective way to learn this language is to undertake study abroad and/or undergo a language immersion experience in order to achieve communication competence. If these two options are not feasible, there are other ways to improve your knowledge of the Slovak language:
* Purchase a Slovak language book and start with learning the words and phrases you are most likely to use, e.g., "hello," "good morning," "good night," "my name is...," "where are the lavatory facilities," etc.
* Try to associate Slovak words with objects, actions or emotions
* Enroll in a class in Slovak if it is offered at nearby colleges or other commercial language providers
* Become familiar with Slovak newspapers and books
* Seek the company/acquaintance of a native Slovak speaker (universities, markets, restaurants, etc.)
* Watch Slovak TV on the net, movies, listen to songs in the Slovak language, etc.
* Use Internet software - there is no shortage of these type of opportunities
* Acquire an electronic device that translates English words and phrases into Slovak.
With hard work and perseverance you can become proficient in the Slovak language. This learning experience will benefit your visit to Slovakia for personal or business interests.