Czech for English speakers now in Beta!
Thanks to the efforts of another amazing team of contributors, the Duolingo Czech for English speakers course is now available on web. Gratulace!
You can now start learning Czech and share your feedback to help polish it even more.
Let us know what you think :)
Thank you so so much for releasing this and huge kudos to the contributors!
My dad is from the Czech Republic and my mum is from Slovakia. I was born in Germany and they refused to raise me bilingual because they thought it was fun to speak in a language I couldn't understand (they always say they did it because they feared that I might speak German with an accent if they taught me Czech as well...but I know many people who were raised bilingual with Turkish or Russian for example and they don't have an accent). So I can't understand my other relatives which kinda sucks... I mean, sure, I snatched up a lot over the years and got a basic understanding from listening to them but I don't feel confident enough to speak or write Czech.
So thank you very very much again for giving me the chance to learn the language of my ancestors! :)
Heh, actually that's kind of what my mum is doing :) Since she was 9 years old when they moved from Slovakia to Germany, she doesn't speak with other Slovaks very often. So she has adopted some kind of mix between the Slovakian she grew up with and some Czech words she learned from my dad.
I want to strongly advise everyone starting this normal/forward course to install and active Camilo's user script "DuoLingo tree enhancer": https://www.duolingo.com/comment/19654789/Userscript-Tree-Enhancer
With it you can additionally (auto-)play TTS (L2) Czech audio for answers/solutions on right hand side L1 English-L2 Czech translations, which even the new DuoLingo (rewritten Scala) portal does NOT already provide out-of-the-box.
I tested it for Czech (standard TTS order configured including google) and it works as good, just like it does for my forward English-Portuguese tree.
Just find the "normal tree" tree enhancer button in the top right of your tree - besides the "Lingot store" button:
This is the default forward tree configuration, which enables the 2nd (Czech) audio:
What the "Check spelling" option does in the configuration below, please ask Camilo in his above linked script thread :-) I am curious.
I am beyond excited for this course and can't wait to spend hours upon hours on this in the coming weeks. A HUGE thank you to the Czech Team for getting this together and for Duolingo for being a language-learner's dream. This is officially the best thing since sliced bread.
Hey guys, I have to first say that I am so glad you are putting this together- I live in CR now and need to learn the language ASAP, so every little bit helps. However, in addition to the cases/declensions and genders (which are beyond alien to native english speakers) I really do not understand the demonstrative determiner pronouns AT ALL most of the time (these, this, that etc)- there are so many possibilites and they all depend on the gender plurality etc. It is great that you can click to see the various options for how to say each in the exercises, but I am always left scratching my head as to why which one goes with what. If you have the option to include a section on these, it would do wonders to help native english speakers like me avoid sounding like idiots :)