TWENTY-EIGHT people from seven countries are spending their summer in Banská Bystrica to get in touch with their Slovak roots.
Matej Bel University is offering its 11th four-week Summer Course of the Slovak Language and Culture this summer, the TASR newswire wrote. It started on July 8.
Marius Lefief from France is the oldest participant at 64 years old, and 18-year-old György Rágyanszki from Hungary is the youngest.
Zoe Zemanová, 55, came from Australia with her son Róbert, 29. She is in the advanced class, whereas Róbert is a beginner.
Other participants come from Switzerland, Serbia, Romania and Ukraine.
Participants were divided into classes according to the results of an entry test, the university's Anita Murgašová told the SITA newswire.
Along with their language lessons, the Slovak expats or children of Slovak emigrants will attend lectures on history, literature, investigative journalism, tourism, geography, sports and other topics. They can also attend various cultural and sightseeing events.
During a tour called In Search of Slovak Statehood, they will visit important historical and political sites: Devín Castle, Bratislava, Modra, Košariská, Bradlo, Uhrovec and Bojnice, among others. They will spend one week in Tajov, a village close to Banská Bystrica, where they will meet Slovak athletes and hike in Kremnické Vrchy.
Most participants were selected by expats' organisations or Slovak embassies abroad.
The Centre for Continuing Education at Comenius University opened another Slovak language course on July 9 in the recreation resort of Modra-Harmónia, TASR wrote. For the next three weeks, 25 participants from 11 European countries, North America and Africa will learn basic Slovak and enjoy a rich cultural programme.
They will visit museums, galleries and historical monuments, attend concerts, and get acquainted with Slovak folklore traditions and cuisine.
Participants gave different reasons for taking the language course. Some wanted to get to know their Slovak roots better, others wanted to speak with their new relatives, and others need the Slovak language for business.
- By Jana Liptáková
16. Jul 2007 at 0:00