SLOVAKIA - The Heart of Europe
The Slovak Republic (short form: Slovakia/Slovensko, long form Slovenská republika) is a landlocked state in Central Europe. It has a population of five and half a million and an area of about 49,000 square kilometres (19,000 sq. miles). Slovakia is bordered by the Czech Republic and Austria to the West, Poland to the North, Ukraine to the East and Hungary to the South. The largest city is the capital, Bratislava. Slovakia is a member state of the European Union, NATO, the United Nations, the OECD and the WTO among others. The official language is Slovak, which belongs to the Slavic language family, like Czech, Polish and Russian.
Slovakia is a small but picturesque country. Its treasures and beauties are not something that all the world is talking about. Even so, the country has so many wonderful sights and natural beauties that there is sure to be something that will charm you. You should not overlook it when planning a tour of Central Europe.
The Slovak language belongs to the Slavic group of languages. It has many differences from English, but don't let this deter you from learning at least something. Any effort to try to order or do anything in Slovak will be met with much support!
Here are a few useful everyday phrases:
Dobry Den (dobry dyen) - Good morning / afternoon
Dovidenia (dovidyen-ear) - Goodbye
Prosim si jeden pohar piva/vina (proseem see yeden pohar piva/vina) - Please may I have one glass of beer/wine
Dakujem (dyaku-yem) - Thank you
Nech sa paci (nyek sa pa-chi) - Here you are
Dobru Noc (dobru nots) - Good Night
Este jeden, prosim (esh-tay yeden proseem).../Please may I have one more....