Monthly Archives: September 2016

How to Speak English with a Slovak

Below is a guest article written by Amy Wicks, Editor of 52 Weeks in Slovakia. She’ll be online this week responding to questions and comments left below the article. Thank you, Amy for a great article. – Allan Confusing Words September 30, 2016 by Amy M. Wicks “This item first appeared at 52 Weeks in Slovakia […]

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What Does It Mean To Be Slovak? Zlatý Bažant Responds

Slovak Identity September 24, 2016 Allan Stevo “This item first appeared at 52 Weeks in Slovakia on October 14, 2011.” There’s a fun ad running in Slovakia for the Slovak beer Zlatý Bažant (marketed as “Golden Pheasant” in the U.S.). The television ad happens to be mentioned in this recent New York Times article on […]

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A Healthy Disrespect Of The Police

The Police September 24, 2016 Allan Stevo “This item first appeared at 52 Weeks in Slovakia on June 11, 2012.” I straddle two cities – Chicago and Bratislava. It was hard for me not to notice the iconic photos from both cities three weeks back. I know the world wasn’t exactly watching Bratislava, since, well, […]

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How To Write Slovak Emails – Ditch The Diacriticals

Diacritical Marks September 22, 2016 Allan Stevo “This item first appeared at 52 Weeks in Slovakia on February 22, 2012.” Let’s say that you know about 15 phrases in Slovak and nothing else, so you decide to perfectly write one of those phrases to a friend. You want to ask a friend how he or […]

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The Great Vowel Shift

The Great Vowel Shift September 20, 2016 Allan Stevo “This item first appeared at 52 Weeks in Slovakia on August 6, 2012.” The concepts of The Great Vowel Shift according to William Labov’s Principles of Linguistic Change: Internal Factors (here for free)(here for purchase) were first mentioned by Otto Jespersen in 1909. In 1949, in […]

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Changing Languages Changes Your Personality

Lingual Personality September 14, 2016 Allan Stevo “This item first appeared at 52 Weeks in Slovakia on March 9, 2013.” Last night I saw someone I hadn’t seen in a few years. We spoke English with each other. After a while we switched into our other common language. I was reminded that as you switch […]

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Klobasa And Other Slavic Ways To Say Sausage

Klobasa September 13, 2016 Allan Stevo “This item first appeared at 52 Weeks in Slovakia on January 8, 2011.” The Slavs, the good people that they are, tend to feel a sort of affinity for each other when they are away from their homes and in places like the U.S. or Canada. Language helps to […]

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Choosing To Feel Offended

I’m Offended September 12, 2016 Allan Stevo “This item first appeared at 52 Weeks in Slovakia on August 29, 2016.” An Austrian friend of mine who is an avid reader of a wide array of world media commented to me that America is unique in that it is the only place where you can worm […]

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Slovakia Is Always With Us: Burning Man

Gerlach September 11, 2016 Allan Stevo “This item first appeared at 52 Weeks in Slovakia on August 25, 2016.” With a population of 206 people Gerlach, Nevada, adjacent to the Black Rock Desert is the last gasoline stop before heading out into “the Playa,” the location of an annual counter culture gathering of some 70,000 […]

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The Moral Obligation to Speak Truth to Power

Russ Siler & Honesty September 10, 2016 Allan Stevo “This item first appeared at 52 Weeks in Slovakia on August 24, 2016.” Being a writer means many projects are left unfinished. Sometimes even at the last moment pieces are left, forever abandoned, deemed by that harsh inner editor to be too inferior in concept or […]

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