RE: [S-R] Czech vs. Slovak
- Here's a bit more input.
I learned Slovak the hard way as an adult, and when I started trying to read
Czech it was very very difficult. It seemed I had to look up every 3rd or
4th word, and some sentences I had to read many times until I understood the
syntax and could make sense of them. So from my perspective, the
differences between them aren't trivial.
A year or so ago I was talking with a Slovak visiting the US. He was in his
40s and had grown up under Czechoslovakia, where he heard Czech all the time
on TV and radio etc, and he understood it fine. But his young children who
grew up under the Slovak Republic have not been exposed to Czech like he
was, and he's amazed that they can't understand it. I think native Slovak
speakers of middle age and older find Slovak and Czech so similar because
they've grown up with both.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: monica wentworth [SMTP:czeching@...]
> Sent: Monday, January 28, 2002 11:05 AM
> To: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com
> Subject: Re: [S-R] Czech vs. Slovak
> I thought these languages were as close as Italian and Spanish. But if
> are as close and US english and Brit english that's pretty amazing.
- I not sure that I would agree that Czech and Slovak are as close as British
and American English. I have no problem speaking and understanding Slovak,
but have a great deal of difficulty understanding Czech. I have Slovak
relatives in Prague that I visit periodically. The Czechs there don't seem
to have any problem understanding my Slovak. I was told that they understood
Slovak because both languages were used on radio and TV. But, I haven't
been exposed to Czech so that when they talk to me in Czech, I understand
only about 50% of what they are saying.
From: monica wentworth [mailto:czeching@...]
Sent: Monday, January 28, 2002 10:05 AM
Subject: Re: [S-R] Czech vs. Slovak
I thought these languages were as close as Italian and Spanish. But if they
are as close and US english and Brit english that's pretty amazing.
>From: Jozef Riskalcik <riskalcik@...>_________________________________________________________________
>Subject: Re: [S-R] Czech vs. Slovak
>Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2002 00:05:11 -0800 (PST)
>slovak and czech languages are as close as American English and British
>but there are many different words and gramatics features.
>but it depend of you which language you want to learn, if you are going to
>go to the Slovakia,
>it's better to learn slovak language.
>I recommend you to choose language which speak your friends or relatives
>They help you to learn.
>If you looking for slovak or czech audios, you can try real audio.
>I recommend you:
>www.twist.sk - mews, fun... real audio and download audio files
>www.slovakradio.sk - slovak state radios -
>http://www.slovakradio.sk/rsi/index.html - there you
>can find short wave broadcasting in America too
>www.mesto.sk - slovak towns and cities
>internet portals -Slovakia:
>www.superzoznam.sk or www.szm.sk
>internet portals -Czech:
>Slovak book shop:
>www.dunaj.sk (Dunaj - the river -Danube :-)
>Czech book shop:
>but I don't know if they have delivery to the USA.
>If you want I can help you to obtain slovak books or audios, because I am
>slovak inhabitant and I
>live in Bratislava (capital city of Slovakia). Write directly to mail
>--- PopeBela@... wrote:
> > Hi List,
> > Just how close are the languages of Czech and Slovak?
> > I may be visiting Slovakia next fall and would like to learn the
> > While I can find Slovak-English dictionaries and grammar books, I can't
> > an
> > audio cassette or CD of Slovak. No luck on Amazon.com either!
> > So, since I can't find any Slovak-audio, could I substitute a Czech
> > if the languages are close enough?
> > Thanks for any insight!
> > Chris
> > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
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