In Slovakia they speak Slovak, which is the official language, although a significant minority speak Hungarian or Czech. Slovak uses the Latin alphabet.
Most people under the age of about 35 will be able to speak at least some English — and may be eager to practise it. In the larger cities and tourist areas, English will be understood by many of the workers. In rural areas, Russian or German may be spoken by the older generation. They will appreciate our attempts to try out Slovakian.
The great thing is that if you have children, they do seem able to absorb languages easily, and unless your Slovak is very good, they will soon be translating for you.
Social Life in Slovakia
Many religious traditions have lasted to the present day in rural areas.
Sport is popular, especially ice hockey, at which they excel, and football. Swimming in summer and skiing or snow-boarding in winter are activities they enjoy, and there are many natural and artificial lakes where one can swim and sail or row. For hikers there are well-marked mountain trails and maps for every region. And most villages have their own football ground and team.
Dating clubs are available, but, as ever, you should take the necessary safety precautions. For night-life, see the following website for details: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Travel-g274924-s402/Bratislava:Slovakia:Nightlife.html There is also a list of attractions in Bratislava.
National Holidays and Slovakia Culture Festivities
- 1 January – Day of the Establishment of the Slovak Republic
- 6 January – Epiphany
- April Good Friday/Easter Day/Easter Monday
- 1 May – Labour Day
- 8 May – Day of victory over fascists
- 5 July (863) – St Cyril and Methodius Day
- 29 August (1944) – Slovak National Uprising
- 1 September (1992) – Day of the Constitution of the Slovak Republic
- 15 September – Day of Blessed Virgin Mary, patron saint of Slovakia
- Nov 1 – All Saints’ Day
- 17 November (1989/1939) – Struggle for Freedom and Democracy Day
- Dec 24/25/26 – Christmas
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