Approximately 5 million people speak “Slovakian”, the Slovak language. It's origins come from West Slavic languages similar to Czech, Polish and Serbian. It has also been influenced by German and Hungarian. Here are some examples:
Thank you – Ďakujem
Please – Prosím
It is nice to meet you – Teší ma
Welcome – Vítajte
How are you? – Ako sa máš?
Many others who speak languages based on standard Slavic can understand basic Slovakian. The speakers of different varieties have a long history of interaction and mutual influence, However, often significant variation among Slovak dialects will confuse the speaker of another dialect. For example, eastern varieties differ significantly from the central and western varieties. As usual, the written form is more consistent than the verbal form which have phonetic differences. The German and Hungarian influence can be seen mostly in vocabulary. For example the German word for "coins," is “Munzen“ in Slovak it is “mince”.
Bratislava the largest city in Slovakia, it also serves as the state capitol. There you will find the National Council of the Slovak Republic, the Government of the Slovak Republic and the national administrative offices of the republic. Bratislava is situated a little east of Vienna and northwest of Budapest, close the center of Eastern and Western Europe.The town spreads like a fan on both banks of the Danube river and at the foot of the Low Carpathian mountains.
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- VW cars
- Tobacco products
- Musical instruments
- Woolen goods
- Leather products
- Restored 11th century Gothic cathedral
- Former Hungarian Royal Palace overlooking the city
- Franciscan church from the 13th century
- Town hall, also from the 13th century
- Comenius University in Bratislava (1919)
- Slovak Technical University in Bratislava (1938)
- Slovak Academy of Sciences (1953)
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By May 1, 2004 when both countries joined the European Union the migration to the Euro started. The Euro replaced the Slovak crown (koruna) in 2009. In the Czech Republic the Czech crown is still in use.
You are strongly advised not to deal with moneychangers in the street even though they may be offering you a favorable rate.