Czech is essentially Slovak as spoken by a German. Conversely, Slovak is essentially Czech as spoken by a Hungarian. John Cowan (in John Cowan's Essentialist Explanations)

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Slovak is a West Slavic language, a subdivision of the Slavic languages that also includes Polish and Czech. Slovak has around 5.2 million native speakers. The language should not be confused with Slovene, which is a South Slavic language.

From a linguistic point of view, Slovak and Czech from a language continuum, since most dialects of both languages are mutually intelligible. See Comparison of Czech and Slovak on Wikipedia.

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