Slovak Language Lessons for Beginners - Overview


Se parla italiano e vuole imparare slovacco, clicchi [qui].

You can download all the lessons below as a book in PDF format [here]. I am thankful to Alan Morelli of Bergamo, Italy for putting the book together.

[Lesson 1]

saying hello and goodbye - introducing yourself - How are you? - saying thank you - the verb "to be" (byť) in the present tense

alphabet and pronunciation - common Slovak first names and nicknames - how to address people - meeting people

[Lesson 2]

basic phrases - this is..., that is..., that over there is... - grammatical gender - possessive pronouns - my family - Slovakia

[Lesson 3]

more basic phrases and useful words - this, that, that over there + noun - Whose is this? - adjectives - What is _____ like?

characteristics - colors - the Slovak education system

[Lesson 4]

useful words and phrases - adverbs - qualifiers (very, quite, at all, etc.)

..., isn't it? ..., aren't they?, ...aren't I?, ..., right? - numbers - Slovak politics

[Lesson 5]

either... or...; neither..., nor... - occupations and professions - animals

[Lesson 6]

I love you - How much does _____ cost? - units of time - What time is it? - days of the week - months - seasons of the year

birthdays and name days - New Year's Eve and New Year's Day - Easter - Christmas - Saint Nicholas Day

[Lesson 7]

basic words and phrases - last week/month/year - next week/month/year - the verb 'to be' in the past and future tenses

if..., when... - compass points - talking about the weather - Jánošík - 'Nad Tatrou sa blýska' (the Slovak national anthem)

[Lesson 8]

basic words and phrases - clothing - possessive forms of names - How often? - the human body - the verb 'to have' in the present tense

accusative case (direct object) - suffix -ever, prefix any- - only, as many as... - Slovak media

[Lesson 9]

basic words and phrases - How old are you? - fruit - vegetables - I like..., I don't like... + noun - drinks

ordering food and buying things - traditional Slovak dishes

[Lesson 10]

important and interesting words - more food-related vocabulary - the verb 'to have' in the past and future tenses

daily meals - houses and apartments - prepositions - Slovak traditional music, dance and costumes

[Lesson 11]

useful words and phrases - conjugation of verbs: past, present and future tense - What's in a city? - contemporary Slovak music

[Lesson 12]

useful words and phrases - hobbies - prepositions: with, without, for, about - nature - past tense conjugation of verbs with -ieť infinitives

up, down, left, right - reflexive verbs with 'sa' and 'si' - subordinating conjunctions: 'že' (that) and 'či' (whether) - Slovak proverbs and sayings

the legend of Svätopluk - Lasica and Satinský

[Lesson 13]

items of personal hygiene - some useful verbs - direct object (accusative case) with adjective + noun - direct object (accusative case) of personal

pronouns - expressing (un)certainty - words useful in chronological narration (first, then, later, etc.) - Slovak sports

[Lesson 14]

financial and economic terms - also - hypothetical conditional: would + noun - modal verbs: to need, to want, would like, must, should, may, can

subordinate clauses: which, that and who - indefinite pronouns: every, some, no, another

[Lesson 15]

useful words and phrases - useful verbs - the 'svoj' possessive pronoun - this, that, that over there in the accusative case

possessive pronouns in the accusative case - although, despite, etc. - using 'even' for emphasis

[Lesson 16]

usefully evasive words and phrases - news-related and political vocabulary - describing abstract properties: -ness, -ity

nouns that describe activities: the '-nie' suffix - prepositions and the accusative case of personal pronouns

prepositions associated with the accusative case - given..., given that...

[Lesson 17]

n-times: once, twice, three times, etc. - ordinal numerals: first, second, third, ... - for the n-th time, on the n-th attempt

last, former, previous - countries, nationalities and languages of the world - names of foreign cities

[Lesson 18]

useful words and phrases - household and electronic appliances - where, where to, etc. - conjugation of the verb 'to go' (ísť)

expressing intention using 'aby' (so that) - as if - while, until - Slovak in action: Aj múdry schybí

[Lesson 19]

useful words and phrases - natural and man-made disasters - dative case: personal pronouns - dative case: nouns

[Lesson 20]

crime, punishment and (in)justice - dative case: possessive pronouns - dative case: this, that, that over there

dative case: preposition k/ku - dative case: adjectives - crime and punishment in the Slovak media

[Lesson 21]

materials vocabulary - how to turn nouns into adjectives - just (temporal meaning) + right now

mať rád vs. páčiť sa for expressing likes and dislikes

[Lesson 22]

art - literature and books - genitive case: when to use it - genitive case: nouns - genitive case: possessive pronouns

genitive case: this, that, that over there - genitive case: adjectives

[Lesson 23]

visiting the doctor - diseases - medical drugs - genitive case: personal pronouns after a preposition - genitive case: prepositions