CIT offers Slovak interpreters and translators with legal, medical and specialty experience, including criminal and civil matters, employee meetings, engineering, patent cases, labor disputes, immigration and more.
Although based in Los Angeles, CIT offers comprehensive Slovak language services including interpretation, translation and transcription, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, worldwide. Our interpreters and translators are native speakers who have been screened, certified, have provided credentials, field tested, and kept up to date with developments in both English and the Slovak language through means such as lectures, conferences, and travel. CIT’s Slovak language interpreters and translators possess in depth knowledge of the Slovak language, as well as of the culture and history of the Slovak people, allowing them to provide informed and complete interpretation and translation.
The Slovak Language
The Slovak Language, known as Slovak Slovencina, is a Western Slovak language spoken by about 5.2 million people worldwide. It is close to several other languages in the region such as Czech and Polish. People in several countries such as Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary and parts of Ukraine speak Slovak. Currently, Slovak is the official language of Slovakia.
The Slovak language is written using the Latin (or Roman) alphabet. The earliest recorded documants with Slovak in them were Latin documents from the 1000s to the 1400s along with in the Czeck documents between the 1300s and the 1500s. However, there were pushes to increase Slovak writings arounf the 1600s and 1700s as the Roman Catholics from the University of Trnava attempted to introduce the Slovak language for use with hymns and other books for church. The Slovak language was not an accepted literary languages until much later, in the early and mid 1800s, when a group began to write in cental Slovak dialects. This group was led by a Protestant, L’udovit Stur. This language was soon accepted as Standard Slovak. It was changed and codified by Martin Hattala using his grammatical rules around the middle of the 19th century.
Currently, there are three major dialects in the Slovak language. They are Eastern, Central and Western. The Western dialects are similar to the Moravian dialects from the Czech language. It is appropriate to say that the Slovak and Czech language dialects can be understood by each languages’ speakers.
The Slovak language follows a subject-verb-object typology. There are three genders (masculine, feminine and neutral). The Slovak language does not use articles. There are six cases. The Slovak alphabet has 27 consonants, 10 vowels and 4 diphthongs. Typically, the stress of a word is found on the first syllable.
Fun Facts about Slovakia
- Per capita, Slovakia has the highest number of chateau’s and castles.
- There are more than 6,000 caves in Slovakia
- Slovakia is the geographical midpoint of Europe
- The currency in Slovakia is the Euro
- Slovakia’s capital is the only capital in the world to border two countries (Austria and Hungary)
- Several people qualify for free transportation, such as students, children, elderly and the disabled
- Slovakia is one of the three countries with the most beautiful women in the world