I have a good friend who is leaving this week to study in Czech Republic, for the duration of this next year. So I have been chasing up some internet resources to assist her journey, and I would like to share them here.
These are resources to assist English speakers learn Czech.
And I will modify this listing as my research and my own learning journey progresses.
First off - good news - it is a phonetic language - that the rules for Czech pronunciation are perfectly consistent and unambiguous ( unlike English ). ( How anyone learns English as a second language - oh my - I take my hat off to you ! )
- Why it is not as hard as you think
- General information
I will be back to edit this and create information based from what I learn, and ultimately only reference the resources that I have found useful in this journey.
Thank you for your patience as I add to and modify this.
oops - thank you. I have not been focusing on those global events ( blush ) Thank you for correcting me.
And also for the reference !
Linda, thanks for your post. My initial reaction will be to the sound aspect. While it is a good idea to begin by hearing the alphabet spoken, the pronunciation is ultimately more useful to get from actual Czech words and even sentences typed into TTS demos, like this or this. It is not all linear even in Czech, and a letter may end up sounding differently for different surrounding letters. Anyway, I am currently not aware of a better TTS engine out there than Iva 2.10, and even she is pretty atrocious when it comes to intoning questions of other than the yes-no type. If you do not know any Czech words to type in yet, on-line resources including Google translate and this one will let you generate them, including their sounds. I would recommend native speaker recordings over TTS, except forvo seems hard to navigate and the low bitrates can make the words sound less useful than the better TTS's.
Hi Perrito nueby tambien quiere apoyar para el curso de checo para hablantes de español