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  1. ScarlettBegoni's Avatar
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    #1

    Smile Slovak/Slovakian

    Hello everybody :)

    I have learnt that people from Slovakia are Slovak people, but more often I hear foreigners(even native speakers) call them Slovakian people.
    As far as I'm a true Slovak/Slovakian person, I'd be happy to know how to call myself

    Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: Slovak/Slovakian

    I would say:

    You are Slovakian.
    You are a Slovak.

    It works the same as:

    I am British.
    I am a Brit/Briton.

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    #3

    Re: Slovak/Slovakian

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    You are Slovakian.
    You are a Slovak.

    It works the same as:

    I am British.
    I am a Brit/Briton.
    Not quite. While 'You are Slovakian/a Slovak' are correct, you'll also hear 'You are a Slovakian'.

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    #4

    Re: Slovak/Slovakian

    Quote Originally Posted by ScarlettBegoni View Post
    As far as I'm a true Slovak/Slovakian person, I'd be happy to know what to call myself.
    Feel free to describe yourself in any way you choose, Scarlett.

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    #5

    Re: Slovak/Slovakian

    Czechoslovakian was the standard form in the old days, but since Slovakia has come into being, I hear Slovak used more and more instead of Slovakian. I suppose it's like the way the Ukraine is changing to Ukraine. I'd call yourself what you want- people will probably then follow your lead; it's hard to know what people prefer and can be hard to change long-standing habits, but we'll get there in the end.

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    #6

    Re: Slovak/Slovakian

    The whole situation in the former Czechslovakia is slightly confused. On my side of the border (I live in Prague), some people are not too happy with the cumbersome name of the country, 'The Czech Republic'. Some Czechs (even those who otherwise use articles correctly) omit the definite article when saying the name in English, and I have noticed some expats doing the same. informally, I have noticed some people referring to the country as 'Czechia'. On the other side of the border, nobody seems to be really sure whether the country is 'the Slovak Republic' or 'Slovakia' in English. Nobody seems to worry about it too much.

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