6 Study Tips
Before we begin, you should know that Slovak is a West Slavic language and is written in the Latin alphabet, just like Dutch. The alphabet has forty-six letters, twenty more than the Dutch one. And to increase the degree of difficulty, there are seven cases and even your name (soap) is concatenated. Cheers!
Tip 1: Find a teacher or lecturer
Find a teacher, preferably someone from the country whose language you want to learn. This way, you will immediately learn the correct pronunciation and get an idea of the country. For French, Spanish or English courses, you can easily find someone or take a course. There are many possibilities. A basic Slovak language course is not easy to find, a really high quality course with enough hours.
In addition to personal lessons, you can study at home. It is also worth making a shorter “document”, with the most important Slovak phrases and words.
Tip 2: Watch children's programs, read children's books and listen to children's songs.
Learning a foreign language should make you feel like a child again. Plunge into the world of children's songs, fairy tales and learn a language like a child. Often children's songs get stuck in your head, which is not always fun, but in this case it is very effective!
Many passages explore colors, numbers, animals, food, drink and transport. With pleasant music and clear pronunciation you will learn a lot of new things!
Tip 3: Talk to locals
Trying to start a conversation with your neighbor is also a good way to learn the language. You increasingly notice that you recognize words even when they are connected. This way you will learn a lot about basic verbs and conjugations. You can also practice using greeting forms at the supermarket checkout counter. Only when you know someone (well) do you use informal greetings such as Ahoj/Dobrý and Cau. Neat forms – Dobrý den (good afternoon) and Dovidenia (see you later).
A good way to immerse yourself in the Slovak language is to attend a festival. In Slovakia, many folklore festivals take place in the summer. With all your senses you can absorb Slovakia, enjoy the colorful culture and learn a word or two... With all your senses you can absorb the Slovak language, enjoy the colorful culture and learn a word or two...
Tip 4: Immerse yourself in music culture
Besides Slovak folklore, there are several other musical styles in Slovakia. You think there is nothing else other than folk music, but if you explore, a musical world has opened up for you. Tip: look for music that interests you. Especially to be able to sing along to the songs and generally understand what they are about... This way you feel the language even more, because the music resonates deeply in you. And you feel connected to the country.
Tip 5: Cover your house with a full sheet
You can paste over certain objects in the house with leaves with Slovak words. This way you will quickly learn the words because you often see them past you. We just write on the wall with a black marker. Just kidding, you don’t have to do that, just use stickers. Was it fun when someone comes to your place and after using the toilet they walk into the room and proudly say a Slovak word?
Tip 6: Practice, practice, practice
As with many new things, the magic word when learning a new language: repetition. Read, speak and sing in the language as much as possible! And with all these tips, you might think that we speak Slovak fluently, but this is not the case. You have a good foundation, but there is still more to learn!