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Krizom-krazom. Slovencina A1

Krížom-krážom. Slovenčina A1 - cover page

The new edition was published in 2018. There are no more CDs, audio records are available online.

Original and richly illustrated textbook and audio recordings for the A1 level. The textbook is composed in a communicative way without an intermediary language. The authors took into consideration communicational needs of foreigners upon their first contact with Slovakia. Krizom-krazom represents an attractive way how to deal with common communication situations and to acquire the basic knowledge of Slovak. Through the main characters of the textbook, you will find yourself studying, working, in the city or having fun. This purpose is followed also by a richly illustrated and didactically interpreted contents, which enables practice of individual communicational skills in accordance with the requirements of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF) for the A1 level (Basic user – Breakthrough). New vocabulary and grammar are explained with a help of pictures, standard phonetic training and dialogues from individual chapters are available online.

In comparison with the previous edition (2007) various changes have been made in a new and revised edition of Krížom-krážom A1 (2018) – mostly in the presentation of grammar, in the dialogues offering more up-to-date information, and new texts and IT vocabulary have been added as well.

Krížom-krážom A1 includes 10 topic-based units and all the units (except for Units 1 and 10) have an identical structure that is easy to follow.

There are five recorded dialogues covering the most frequent conversation topics, texts to practise listening and reading comprehension, vocabulary is explained in definitions and illustrations, grammar is shown in student-friendly tables, and there are various exercises which can help students build their language competence.

For students who like to be challenged and want to be exposed to real life Slovak, the A1 basic vocabulary, which is in the dialogues, thematic illustrations and glossaries, is extended by additional words which are used in follow-up exercises and texts. These exercises and texts support students’ comprehension, motivation, and creativity and help students to explore Slovak language more.

Students are also encouraged to use their personal dictionaries as additional words are always an added benefit, even if not included in the unit wordlists.

Various aspects of the textbook take into consideration different needs of students learning Slovak as a foreign language.

The grammar in Krížom-krážom A1 (declension paradigms, the cases of the nominative, accusative, instrumental, and locative in the singular and plural, conjugation verb classes, and modal verbs) is explained in a simple way and has been adjusted to the communication approach of the textbook.

The essential parts of the book are its illustrations, tables, and photographs whose purpose is to help students visualise and learn new grammar, vocabulary, and phrases more easily and naturally. To make this edition up-to-date some recordings have been changed, and all the recordings are now available and can be found on the website

To provide students with an opportunity to revise grammar and vocabulary and to practise their listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills, each unit also contains a revision section with various exercises and tasks. Different brainteasers, didactic games, and additional texts with more exercises have been added to the units to make learning even more stimulating and appealing. And not to forget, at the back of the textbook students can find a key to exercises, a Slovak- English glossary arranged according to units as well as in alphabetical order, and a grammar reference section.

Contets of the updated edition 2018. Click to enlarge:

Krížom-krážom. Slovenčina A1 - Contents

The textbook includes 10 topic-based units introducing day-to-day situations in the lives of the four main characters of the course. All the units (except for Unit 1 and 10) have an identical structure that is easy-to-follow: 5 dialogues recorded on the CDs with new words explained by both definitions and illustrations and followed by reading comprehension exercises on dialogues.

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Workbook (Cvicebnica) is available too for Krizom-krazom A1 + A2.

More information:

Slovak Language for Foreigners

List of Krizom-krazom textbooks