• Slovak language course for beginners
  • 1 Slovak alphabet and letters
  • 2 Slovak pronunciation [0/2]
  • 3 Slovak keyboard and how to type Slovak letters [0/3]
  • 4 Greetings and how to say Hello in Slovak [0/3]
  • 5 Introduce yourself in Slovak [0/2]
  • 6 Colours in Slovak [0/3]
  • 7 Numbers and counting in Slovak [0/4]
  • 8 Telling the time in Slovak [0/3]
  • 9 Talk about the weather in Slovak [0/3]
  • 10 Days of the week, months and seasons in Slovak [0/3]
  • 11 Body parts and head parts in Slovak [0/3]
  • 12 Food and drinks in Slovak [0/3]
  • 13 Order food in Slovak [0/3]
  • 14 Express opinions in Slovak [0/3]
  • 15 Feelings and emotions in Slovak [0/2]
  • 16 I love you in Slovak [0/3]
  • 17 Party and how to say Happy Birthday in Slovak [0/2]
  • 18 Asking directions in Slovak [0/2]
  • 19 Travel and transportation related words in Slovak [0/4]
  • 20 At the doctors vocabulary in Slovak [0/4]
  • 21 At the post office in Slovak [0/3]
  • 22 Describe the family in Slovak [0/3]
  • 23 Talking about hobbies in Slovak [0/3]
  • 24 Clothes in Slovak [0/4]
  • 25 House, room, furniture vocabulary in Slovak [0/3]
  • 26 Nature and animals names in Slovak [0/3]
  • 27 School and Classroom vocabulary in Slovak [0/3]
  • 28 Work related vocabulary in Slovak [0/3]
  • 29 Slovak names for countries and languages [0/2]
  • Greetings and how to say Hello in Slovak

    Have you ever wondered how to say Hi in Slovak? Slovaks greet each other very often and it is considered a little bit rude not to respond! So let´s have a look at most common greetings and goodbyes.

    Formal greetings: Good morning, good afternoon, good evening and good night in Slovak

    Here is the list with the most common formal greetings:

    English Slovak
    Good morning Dobré ráno
    Good afternoon Dobrý deň
    Good evening Dobrý večer
    Good night Dobrú noc
    • Dobré ráno is used in the morning until 9 am
    • Dobrý deň usually corresponds to period from 9 am until approximately 6 pm
    • Dobrý večer is a greeting after 6 pm
    • Dobrú noc is said only when a person is going to sleep

    You can use “Dobrý deň” or a short form "Dobrý" in almost all formal conversations or official places. For example, when you enter

    • the shops
    • the offices
    • the schools
    • the restaurants and cafés
    • or any other place where the formal communication is required

    Informal greetings: Hello and Hi in Slovak

    The most useful greetings, when you meet with

    • the family
    • the friends
    • the youngsters
    • or the people with the same age (usually under 30 years of age)
    English Slovak
    Hello Ahoj
    Hi Čau

    There are lots of other greetings which are used by friends and have similar meanings, but are considered as slang words. Those are, for example, "serus, ahojky, nazdar, čauko". You can use these to create a fun and relaxed atmosphere.

    Difference between "tykanie" and "vykanie" in Slovak

    • "tykanie" derived from the word "ty", is a singular form of "you". It is used in informal addressing others
    • "vykanie" derived from the word "vy", is a plural form of "you". It is used in formal addressing others

    When addressing formally, either in an e-mail, or at school, you should use the titles. 

    English Slovak
    Mr. pán
    Mrs. pani
    Ms. slečna

    Here are some examples of informal greeting:

    • Ahoj, Anka. (Hello, Anka.)
    • Čau, Adam. (Hi, Adam.)

    Here  are some examples of formal greeting:

    • Dobrý deň, pán Novák. (Good afternoon, Mr. Novák.)
    • Dobré ráno, pani Jurková. (Good morning, Ms. Jurková.)

    Ask how you are in Slovak

    Here are the most common phrases used to ask and respond "How are you?".

    English Slovak
    How are you? (plural,formal) Ako sa máte?

    How are you? (singular,informal)

    How are you doing?

    Ako sa máš?
    I am fine. Mám sa fajn.
    What about you? (plural,formal) Ako sa máte vy? A čo vy?
    What about you? (singular,informal) Ako sa máš ty? A čo ty?
    Is everything all right? Je všetko v poriadku?
    It is going fine. Ide to.
    Not really good. Nie veľmi dobre.
    Not good./Very bad. Nie dobre. Veľmi zle.
    I am very good.
    I am great.
    Mám sa veľmi dobre.
    Mám sa super.

    How to say goodbye in Slovak

    Again, in Slovakia, you can say goodbye in a formal or informal way.

    Here are some formal greetings:

    English Slovak
    Goodbye! Dovidenia!

    Majte sa! / Majte sa pekne!

    See you soon! / See you later! Do skorého videnia!
    Have a nice day! Pekný deň prajem!

    And some informal greetings:

    English Slovak
    Goodbye! Maj sa! / Maj sa pekne!
    See you soon! / See you, then! Vidíme sa!
    See you tomorrow! Vidíme sa zajtra!
    Bye! / Bye-bye! Čau!
    Have a nice day! Pekný deň prajem!

    And last but not least, it is important how to say goodbye during phone calls. You can say "Dopočutia" or a short form "Dopo" when ending a phone call.

    Example dialog

    Jana: Dobrý večer, pán Kováč! (Good evening, Mr. Kováč)

    Martin: Dobrý večer, slečna Juríková. Ako sa máte? (Good evening, Ms. Juríková. How are you?)

    Jana: Ide to. Ďakujem. A vy? Je všetko v poriadku? (It is fine. Thank you. What about  you? Is everything all right?)

    Martin: Áno. Mám sa fajn. Ďakujem. (Yes. I am fine. Thank you.)

    Jana: Výborne. Dovidenia, pán Kováč. (Great. Goodbye, Mr. Kováč.)

    Martin: Do skorého videnia, slečna Juríková. (See you later, Ms. Juríková.)


    Do the exercises and practice what you learned! 


    Fill in the blanks exercises about Slovak greetings

    Flashcards exercise about Slovak greetings

    Multiple choice exercise about greetings in Slovak