Isn't Slovak and its lack of vowels crazy? I learnt Slovak for six months while I was living in Bratislava, and it should be noted that although a large group of my colleagues and I began the classes - they were offered free to all teachers at the school - only two of us ended up making it through the first six months. I even got a certificate. I admitted defeat after that although my brave colleague continued. But in the process, I did manage to figure out the basics of pronouncing words like this; even though it doesn't exactly roll off the tongue the pronunciation in Slovak is at least logical once you know it, unlike the poor people who have to learn English (thought, bough, tough, anyone?!).
|Eating zmrzlina with my best Slovak friend|
What about you? Do you have a simple memory that helps you look back very fondly on one of your trips? Or, indeed, a favourite, difficult-to-pronounce word? I'll be happy to read about either (or both!) in the comments below.
(Bratislava ice cream pic from kawanet. Look closely and you can see the price list showing "zmrzlina". I didn't make it up!)