Although more and more Slovaks can speak English, especially the young ones, you might face communication problems in some cases. We highly recommend interns to start learning key Slovak phrases before their arrival. Free basic Slovak language lessons are widely available on the internet. Below you can find a list of useful words and phrases in Slovak:
Formal greetings: Dobré ráno (good morning), Dobrý deň (good afternoon), Dobrý večer (good evening), Dobrú noc (good night), Dovidenia (goodbye)
Informal greetings: Čau (Hi), Ahoj (Hello), Maj sa (see you)
Mr – Pán / Mrs – Pani
Goodbye – Ahoj, Dovidenia (more polite)
Excuse me – Prepáčte / Pardon
Please – Prosím
Thank you – Ďakujem
How much? – Koľko?
How much is it? – Koľko to stojí?
Sorry – Prepáč
Yes – Áno / No – Nie
My name is – Volám sa
Where is? – Kde je?
Help – Pomoc
I don’t know – Neviem
Nice to meet you – Teší ma
What is this? – Čo je to?
I don’t speak Slovak – Nehovorím po slovensky
Do you speak English? – Hovorite po anglicky?
One ticket please – Jeden lístok prosím.
One ticket to Vienna – Jeden lístok do Viedne.
How will I get to this address? – Ako sa dostanem na túto adresu?
Turn right – Zaboč doprava / Turn left – Zaboč doľava / Go straight – Choď rovno.
The working week in Slovakia usually consists of 40 hours including lunch breaks. Monday to Friday are usually divided into 8 hour days with lunch breaks (30-60 minutes), taken between 11am – 2pm.
1 January: Day of the Establishment of the Slovak Republic
6 January: Epiphany / The Three Magi
March/April: Good Friday
March/April: Easter Monday
1 May: International Workers' Day
8 May: Day of victory over fascism
5 July: St. Cyril and Methodius Day
29 August: Slovak National Uprising
1 September: Day of the Constitution
15 September: Day of Blessed Virgin Mary, Patron Saint of Slovakia
1 November: All Saints' Day
17 November: Struggle for Freedom and Democracy Day
24 December: Christmas Eve
25 December: Christmas Day
26 December: St. Stephen's Day
Useful phone numbers:
112 Emergency – 112 is the principle emergency phone number which can be dialled in all European Union member states, including Slovakia.
Other services can be reached as follows:
150 fire brigade / 155 ambulance / 158 police / 159 city police
Prices vary greatly in Slovakia, depending on the region and the size of the town/city. The monthly rent for a standard level one bedroom flat can vary from 300€ to 450€ per month depending on the city (Bratislava or smaller towns) and also the location within the city. Sharing a flat is a cheaper option, which we recommend as the most suitable type of accommodation during your placement. Renting one room in a three bedroom flat varies from 150€ per month to 250€ per month. Transport across the country is usually very cheap, train tickets are less than 1€ for distances lower than 20kms and approximately 19€ for distances up to 500kms. (A minimum monthly budget of 400€ is usually a sufficient amount to cover accommodation, transportation and basic living costs when based in Bratislava for example).