Yes German is alive and well in Slovakia.
I had an occasion on my last trip when I tried to turn an automobile around
in a one-way-street. The Slovak Police stopped me for going the wrong way
on a one-way. Our conversation was in German. While discussing my
"offense" on the side walk, a gentleman from India approached us and asked
in the Queen's English if I could help translate with the Slovak Police. I
did, and explained to the police that he had parked his car in a parking
lot, went into the hotel and fell asleep. When he awoke, he found that the
parking lot was closed and locked. After paying my fine on the spot, the
police then followed him to the parking lot to arrange to get his car out.
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Behalf Of William
Sent: Friday, September 03, 2010 8:13 PM
Subject: [Slovak-World] Re: Clarifying Slovak and German
I can tell you that knowledge of German on my first trip to Spis (Levoca)
saved the day for me. The owners of the hotel spoke very little English and
of course I spoke no Slovak at all. I was happy when the replied "ja, ein
bischen" when I asked if they spoke German. So I think it goes without
saying the German influence was strong and survives today.
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, nhasior@... wrote:
> Frank and Ron,
> There must have been a good deal of German influence in Slovakia. One of
> my grandparents came from a spa village in the Kezmarok area which began
> the 1600's, when a shepherd boy discovered a curative spring. The local
> people used it as a spa, its curative abilites became well known in a
> area in time, and later on the Germans turned it into a fairly large
> resort. Sadly, it was demolished by communists in the early 1950s. Even
> the cemetary was bulldozed.
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