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Exercise: Slovakia remembers Ľudovít Štúr

This exercise is linked to the article: Slovakia remembers Ľudovít Štúr

This exercise is linked to the article: Slovakia remembers Ľudovít Štúr

Key Words: blurry, civic society, codify, contemporary, curse, devote, emancipation, estate society, exposition, fellow, foil, glamorise, impact, outstanding, penetration, promoter, reformer, reward, social reform, widespread

I. What do you know about the movement around Ľudovít Štúr - Štúrovci?

II. Match the works with the authors:
1, Janko Kráľ
2, Ján Botto
3, Samo Chalupka
4, Andrej Sládkovič
5, Jozef Miloslav Hurban

A, Náuka o reči Slovenskej
B, Zakliata panna vo Váhu a divný Janko
C, Likavský Väzeň
D, Detvan
E, Smrť Jánošíkova

III. Try to translate the names of the works into English

IV. what does it mean:
1 Archaism
2 Neologism
3 Slang
4 Dialect

V. What do you understand by:
contemporary language, outstanding scholar, civic society, volunteer campaign, archaic language, smoother process

VI. Combine the words below with the following nouns: performance, art, architecture, contributor, expression, process, texture, duty, debt, novelist, journalist, period

contemporary
outstanding
civic
volunteer
archaic
smooth

VII. Which of the words does not fit into the gap?
1. Though he lived in the 19th century, Ľudovít Štúr impacts our everyday life as he and his fellows laid the basis for the ____________ language we use in both speaking and writing.
A, current B, actual C, present-day, D, real

2. Štúr, as historians agree, was also a/an ___________ scholar of his lifetime and one of the leading personalities of the Slovak national revival.
A, distinct B, exceptional C, strange D, larger than life

3. At the time, several processes were underway across Europe, including the transformation of the estate society to _______ society.
A, common B, communist C, people’s D, civic

4. He became the leader of the Slovak national revival in the 19th century, and organised Slovak ________ campaigns during the 1848 revolution.
A, volunteer B, unforced C, non-paid D, military

5. Second, the central Slovak dialect was more distinct from the Czech and Polish languages than the other two, which was important for a ________ process of creating the nation and the national identity of Slovaks.
A, complicated B, simple C, facilitated D, even

6. This meant that the central Slovak dialect is closest to the _____ Slav language.
A, old B, aged C, obsolete D, expired

The year-long celebrations of Štúr

Change the following sentences into passive, use the verbs believe, think, know, report, allege...
1. The government has allocated €715,840 for this purpose.

2. The events will target both professionals and the general public, focusing on the young generation.

3. Štúr and his fellows agreed on codifying the Slovak language in 1843 in the Evangelical parsonage in Hlboké.

Change into passive using modal verbs in the construction.
4. The library plans to publish interesting facts from his life every month.

5. However, the museum will try to exhibit part of its current collections elsewhere.

6. The events will focus on the young generation to which they want to present Štúr and his fellows, as well as the era in which they lived, “in an understandable way”.

Solutions:
II. 1-B, 2-E, 3-C, 4-D, 5-A
IV. 1 an old word that isn't used in the language anymore,
2 a newly coined word or term
3 non-standard language of certain groups - students, workers
4 regional variety of a language

VI. contemporary - art, architecture, novelist
outstanding - performance, debt
civic - duty, architecture
volunteer - contributor, journalist
archaic - expression, period
smooth - process, texture

VII. 1-D, 2-C, 3-B, 4-D, 5-A, 6-D

The year-long celebrations of Štúr

Change the following sentences into passive, use the verbs believe, think, know, report, allege...
1. The government has allocated €715,840 for this purpose.
It is believed that €715,840 from the government budget has been allocated for this purpose.
2. The events will target both professionals and the general public, focusing on the young generation.
It was reported that both professionals and the general public will be targeted.
3. Štúr and his fellows agreed on codifying the Slovak language in 1843 in the Evangelical parsonage in Hlboké.
It is well known that the Slovak language was codified in 1843 in the Evangelical parsonage in Hlboké.

Change into passive using modal verbs in the construction.
4. The library plans to publish interesting facts from his life every month.
Interesting facts from his life should be published every month.
5. However, the museum will try to exhibit part of its current collections elsewhere.
Part of the museum collection can be exhibited elsewhere.
6. The events will focus on the young generation to which they want to present Štúr and his fellows, as well as the era in which they lived, “in an understandable way”.
Štúr and his fellows should be presented to the young generations in an understandable way.

This exercise is published as part of Spectator College, a programme created by The Slovak Spectator with the support of Petit Academy Foundation and Orange Foundation.

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