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20458RE: [Slovak-World] Re: ako financ kozu

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  • J. Edward Polko
    Mar 1, 2008
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      Hi Folks,

      Aside from the fact that "ano and no" mostly mean the same thing. Also the
      most important word that anyone studying Slovak must know when going to
      Slovakia is "Zackod(spelling) " or
      "Hayzel (spelling)" which is a coloquialism of zachod. :It is one of the
      most important phrases over there for the new to the Slovak language. I was
      in a most embarassing situation bcause I had always thought that I was
      sufficiently fluent in the language. it means where is the washroom?

      regards, to everyone,

      John e, Polko
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      --- In Slovak-World@yahoogroups.com, "Martin Votruba" <votrubam@...>
      > > we always said <hej>.
      > Indeed, _hej_ or _hejze_ don't actually exist in Polish or in Czech.
      > It's a specifically Slovak word of agreement. _Ano_ was imported
      > through the ancient versions of the Old-Czech-based language of the

      Rusyns are all over the map with their "yes": in Slovakia, they
      generally say "hej" but some say "je" (literally, "it is"); in Poland,
      the Lemko Rusyns usually say "tak" like in Polish and Ukrainian.

      In Ukraine's Zakarpatska oblast, the native Rusyn dialects mostly
      use "ajno" (looks kind of like Czech!), although a few western-area
      villages say "hej" and the easterns say "tak", although "tak" seems to
      be taking over the whole territory somewhat due to the influence of
      standard Ukrainian. And then of course in Zakarpattia you also
      hear "da" from the middle-aged generation who were more influenced by,
      and even frequently married, Russians who came to Zakarpattia in large
      numbers after World War II when it was annexed by the Soviet Union.

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