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Slovak, Slovencina

Related languages Along with Czech, Polish and Sorbian, Slovak is one of the Western Slavonic languages.
European speakers 5,606,000 speakers
Territories Slovak is spoken as the official language in Slovakia. Home speakers live in Serbia, Czech Republic, Hungary, and also in Poland, Romania and Ukraine.
Alphabet Slovak uses the Latin alphabet plus the 4 diacritics: the softener: , the length mark: ´, the two dots ¨ and the circumflex ^.
First examples The first examples of Slovak, from the 10th century, are names and places that appear in legal and religious texts written in Church Slavonic. Explicitly Slovak texts don't appear until the 17th century, though the language is still not referred to by the name 'Slovak' until the 18th century.
Other facts Tough for Slovak Scrabble players, there wasn't a single volume Slovak dictionary until 1987!
News in Slovak BBC World Service in Slovak.

Key Phrases
Áno.
Yes.
Nie.
No.
Vitajte!
Welcome!

Pleased to meet you.

Hello.
Do videnia.
Goodbye.

Thank you.
Volám sa ...
My name is ...
Hovoríte po anglicky?
Do you speak English?

I'm sorry, I don't speak Slovak.
Potrebujem pomoc, prosím.
I need help.
Kde sú toalety, prosím?
Where is the toilet, please?

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