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)
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.
- Martin, Tady & Slavka: Czech and Slovak language comparison (with subtitles) (YouTube, 11 minutes, 20.12.2016): video in which a native Slovak and a native Czech compare a number of phrases in Slovak and Czech.
Learning Slovak Online
- Slovake.eu. This website for learning Slovak is the outcome of a project supported by the European Commission and is based on the website “Lernu!” for learning Esperanto. The project also created an app named Crazy Sheep (in the Google Play store). (The project is present on Twitter as SlovakeEU.)
- Slovak 101 on 101Languages (a website maintained by Chuck Anderson). The website also has a list with the 1,000 Most Common Slovak Words.
- Slovak Cooking: Slovak Language Lessons. Language lessons on a cooking website.
- Mai Ha Ngoc Nhu: How to Study Slovak - Learn to speak a new language: free app in the iTunes store.
- Learn Slovak, articles and resources on FreeLanguage.org.
- e-slovak: an online self-study course based on the textbook Krížom-krážom. Slovenčina A1 by Studia Academica Slovaca – The Centre for Slovak as a Foreign Language.
- RSI: Learn Slovak: 1 – Basic Greetings: the first video in a series of ten that teaches a few basics of Slova. (The videos are also available on YouTube, but have not been organised into a playlist. Here is the full list: 1: Greetings, 2: Courtesy phrases, 3: Introductions, 4: Days of the week, 5: Numbers, 6: Telling the time, 7: Ordering in a cafe, 8: Directions, 9: Travelling, 10: Emergencies.)
- Slovak Lessons: paid Slovak lessons to individuals and groups by a tutor based in Bratislava.
- Martina Tinka: Learn Slovak with Martina: YouTube videos that provide an informal introduction to various aspects of Slovak. Martina Tinka is a native speaker of Slovak.
- Teachers of Slovak on italki.
- Lingea slovníky: translating dictionaries (e.g. for English - Slovak, French - Slovak and German - Slovak.
- Lexilogos: Dictionnaire slovaque: tool that allows you to search several dictionaries.
- Slovenské slovníky: online tool that searchers several monolingual Slovak dictionaries.
- movin'App: Offline English Slovak Dictionary with Voice: (on iTunes): dictionary for iPad.
- Matthieu: Le slovaque, langue slave méconnue, Le monde des langues, 17.06.2016.
- Learning the Slovak language, a forum on Slovensko.com.
- Kristina Jakabekova: Cheat Sheet of 10 Incredibly Useful Slovak Phrases, Matador Network, 12.12.2014.
- WelcomeToBratislava.eu: Summer University of Slovak Language. See also the website of the Centre for Continuing Education.
- Centre for Continuing Education (at the Comenius University in Bratislava): Certificate of Slovak Language.
- Slovak Centre London. See also its webpage about language courses.
- Slovak Centre Ireland.
- MyLanguages: Learn Slovak: gives an overview of basic Slovak grammar.
- Slowakei-Net.de: Das Forum für Slowakei-Interessierte: German discussion forum for people interested in Slovakia.
- Slovenský inštitút v Berlíne (Slowakisches Institut Berlin, Hildebrandstr. 25, 10785 Berlin, Germany).
- The YouTube channel Samuel and Audrey - Travel and Food Videos has several playlists about Slovakia, especially Bratislava: Bratislava Travel Guide, Things to do in Bratislava Attractions & Places To Visit and Slovakia Travel, Slovak Food & Slovak Culture Videos.
- L'Ubica & Christophe Henßen:
Einstieg Slowakisch. Herausgegeben von Hedwig Nosbers & Matthias Öhler.
Ismaning: Hueber, 2011.
An introductory course that consists of a book (172 pages) and two CDs. The course consists of 20 lessons that follow the German expat Georg Müller as he starts working at a subsidiary company in Slovakia. Each lesson starts with a German introduction and has two short dialogues. Each dialogue has a short vocabulary list, some grammatical explanations and a few exercises. The course claims to take the learner up to CEFR level A1 (the most basic level in the CEFR).
- John Nolan:
Slowakisch — Wort für Wort. Bielefeld: Reise Know How Verlag Peter Rump,
2013 (10th edition). ISBN 978-3-89416-272-6.
A Slovak phrasebook with a basic grammar and other linguistic and cultural information that can be useful when traveling in Slovakia. The book is accompanied by a pronunciation trainer on a CD that can be bought from the publisher's website, where you can also find smartphone apps.