UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


Bratislava Castle, Slovakia


Slovak Level 2 Lower Intermediate

Course description: Level 2 is for those who completed Level 1 or who have some knowledge of the language acquired through regular visits to the country or through self-study. The course runs over three ten week terms and each session is two hours long. The course includes all four skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening. The course will cover the following:


  • to reinforce and to extend the previous knowledge
  • to improve the fluency
  • to develop the ability to use the Slovak language effectively for purposes of practical communication
  • to offer insights into the culture, history and civilisation of Slovakia


  • To communicate in speech, showing knowledge of a range and variety of vocabulary and of appropriate register in simple and routine tasks


  • To cope with simple everyday situations and routine social conversation with better confidence
  • To get friendly with the world “GRAMMAR” and to understand basic terminology and concepts focusing on their communicative importance

Personal Domain:

  • Introducing holidays and traditions
  • Culinary art and Slovak cuisine
  • Dealing with visits to doctors, dentists, hospitals and making an appointment, naming parts of the body, describing illnesses; understanding simple procedures and instructions
  • Making travel arrangements (booking flight, hotel room, buying a railway ticket)
  • Discussing in simple terms differences in culture, attitude, customs and practice
  • Answering the phone
  • Asking questions and giving information on place of origin, profession, address, phone number, email, etc.
  • Talking about personal interests and leisure activities
  • Talking about holidays, past experiences and future plans
  • Expressing personal views and preferences on simple matters
  • Discussing day-to-day activities and routines
  • Inviting guests to an event and agreeing a date/place/time
  • Discussing in simple terms differences in culture, attitude, customs and practice

Public Domain:

  • Shopping for everyday items; describing something you wish to buy, expressing quantity, colour and size; expressing likes and dislikes; asking for prices, understanding currency
  • Travelling by public transport; buying tickets, understanding timetables, asking for information about travel, telling the time
  • Asking where places are, giving and understanding directions
  • Making travel arrangements (booking flight, hotel room, buying a railway ticket)
  • Arranging bookings with restaurants, hotels etc., stating facilities, dates and number of persons and making simple enquiries
  • Buying tickets for the theatre, the cinema, the museum or other events stating dates and number of persons and making simple enquiries
  • Reading most common public notices and signs


  • expressing different opinions, inviting to join a discussion
  • formal and informal forms of address
  • writing messages, email, cards
  • making complain
  • giving instructions
  • expressing likes and dislikes
  • understanding short texts from Slovak literature and lyrics
  • understating headlines from Slovak newspapers
  • describing skills, wishes, plans
  • making direct and indirect requests
  • summarising conversation, applying direct and indirect speech


Reinforcing and revising the basic from Level 1 with the addition of:

  • pronunciation, intonation, improving melodie and accent
  • past tense of modal verbs: chcieť, vedieť, môcť, smieť, musieť, nesmieť…
  • past tense of the verbs of motion: ísť, prísť, odchádzať…
  • conjugations : basic categories and irregular verbs
  • adjectives and declension: possessive and qualitative: dobrý, Robertov, Evin…
  • plural :nouns, adjectives: moji dobrí študenti…
  • personal pronouns : ja, ma, mňa, ťa, teba, so mnou, ti, nás, vám, ho…
  • possessive pronouns: môj, moja, Váš, svoju, naše, vašu, tvojho, jeho, jej..
  • demonstrative pronouns: ten, tá, to, tento, táto, toto, toho,…
  • interrogative pronouns: kto, čo, koho, aký, ktorý, čí…
  • reflexive pronouns: si, sa, seba…
  • indefinite pronouns : niekto, niečo, niekoho...
  • cases: locative, accusative, nominative singular and plural and instrumental
  • numbers: cardinal: jeden, dva, tri… ordinal: prvý, prvá, prvé, druhý, tretí… and declension.
  • multiplicative prvýkrát, prvý raz, jedenkrát, jeden raz, dvakrát, dva razy, tri razy, päť ráz
  • indefinitive numerals mnoho, málo, veľa…
  • adverbs : dobre, zle, pomaly…
  • Nonflexible parts of speech : Prepositions and connections with the cases : v, vo, do, na, pre, pred, za, pod, nad, po, cez, pre, s, so, z, zo, u, pri…
  • Conjuctions coordinating: a, ale, aj, i , no, alebo, však, avšak, či…

Conjucations subordinating: že,keď, či, nech, ak…

  • Interjections : jaj, no, ach, aha….

particularly :vraj, aha,

Course Books:

  • Krížom – krážom, Slovenčina A1, kolektív and CD, ISBN 978-80223-2441-0
  • Krížom – krážom, Slovenčina Cvičebnica A1 plus A2, kolektív, ISBN 978-80-223-2809-8
  • Krížom – krážom, Slovenčina A2, kolektív and CD, ISBN 978-80-223-2608-7
  • Colloquial Slovak by James Naughton and CD, ISBN978-0-415-49634-6

Useful Reference Material:

  • Slovak Without a Teacher, ISBN 80-85408-03-1
  • Slovak For You, ISBN 0-86516-331-6
  • Anglicko-Slovenský prekladový slovník ISBN 80-88723-67-1
  • Slovensko-Anglický prekladový slovník ISBN 80-88723-67-1
  • The Guide to The Peoples of Europe, The Times, ISBN 0-7230-0624-5
  • A History of Slovakia by Stanislav. Kirsbaum, ISBN 0333681029