Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Most Slovaks know some Russian, followed by German and English

Russian, German and English are the foreign languages most known to Slovaks, with 54 percent having fair/good command of Russian, 49 percent of German and 46 percent of English, according to an analysis presented by the Public Affairs Institute (IVO) on Tuesday, May 31.

Russian, German and English are the foreign languages most known to Slovaks, with 54 percent having fair/good command of Russian, 49 percent of German and 46 percent of English, according to an analysis presented by the Public Affairs Institute (IVO) on Tuesday, May 31.

However, in terms of language proficiency, Slovaks speak English best and then German, the TASR newswire quoted the analysis as finding.

Other languages spoken by Slovaks are French (7 percent), Italian (4 percent) and Spanish (3 percent). The study, entitled Language Proficiency of People in Slovakia: German in Comparison with Other Languages, was commissioned by the Goethe Institute and funded by the German Foreign Affairs Ministry. It was carried out by IVO in March 2011 on a sample of 1,086 Slovaks aged 15 and over.

According to IVO, 5 percent of Slovaks have a fair/good command of four to six world languages, 16 percent of three languages, 32 percent of two and 29 percent of a single world language, with 19 percent unable to speak any of the six languages surveyed.

Source: TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

Top stories

Night life in Bratislava will not end

Councillors for the Old Town adopt new opening hours for pubs, night clubs and restaurants.

How social networks can earn you a ticket to Germany

Can a status on a social network change someone’s life? Yes, if you write humorous stories about a fictive German ambassador.

Assaf Alassaf (r) talked about his life and his book in Bratislava

The most famous circus comes to town Video

The famous Cirque du Soleil is in Bratislava celebrating the 15th year of its show Varekai: Tales of the Forest.

Cirque du Soleil: Varekai

New investor to create 500 jobs in Nitra

A company following the Jaguar Land Rover carmaker to Nitra plans to create 500 new jobs and invest €17 million.

Tha Jaguar Land Rover draws also other investors to Nitra.