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Slovak is a Slavic language like Czech, Russian, Polish, Bulgarian, Serbo-Croatian, Ukrainian, Belarusian or Slovene. It is officially spoken in Slovakia and by Slovak minorities abroad (mostly in the Czech Republic, Yugoslavia, USA, Canada, Australia and other countries).

Slovak is written in the Roman (Latin) alphabet, but uses several special accents, which change the pronounciation of a specific letter. In general, all letters are pronounced as they are written.

The official Slovak written language has been adopted in 1843 by Ludovit Stur on the base of the dialect spoken in Central Slovakia. Due to natural cultural influence of neighboring nations, the language spoken in frontier regions shade into Czech, Ruthenian and Polish.

However, most dialects of Slovak are mutually comprehensible, for there are no sharp linguistic frontiers.

These are some great books on Slovak language you can order from Amazon.com:

The Complete Course for Beginners
A great book with audio tapes for everybody who wants to learn Slovak. A must-have for all beginners!
Dictionnaries:
Dic Slovak-English, English-Slovak Dictionary & Phrasebook and Dic Slovak-English English-Slovak Compact Dictionary are two useful dictionnaries that can help you with your Slovak.

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