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Is Czech easy?

9 months ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/kacenka9
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It entirely depends on what your native language is and/or what other languages you speak. It is very easy for Slovaks, fairly easy for Poles, Russians and any other Slavic native speakers. Not too bad for French speakers but yeah, not that easy for native English speakers.

9 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Yaheja
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"not too bad for French speakers" I'm French and I find Czech very difficult to learn... But also very beautiful and interesting. No problems with conjugations thanks to French no problems with pronunciation (I am a musician, and I spent 4weeks in Czech rep few years ago, I think that helps) but the cases... How do you do to remember all the declensions for the four genders? Do you have some tips?

9 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Vlajko8
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I agree. My native language is Serbian, and i do not find Czech too hard to learn. But one friend of my who is native English speaker find Czech language fairly confusing and difficult.

9 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BoneheadBass
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A native (US) English speaker, I studied Latin and French in high school, and Russian and a little more French in college.

Latin was my first exposure to the whole conjugated/declined language thing, but it didn't seem all that complicated. To me, Latin was a pretty "well organized" language, and -- since it was also a "dead" one -- pronunciation didn't much matter.

My high-school French teacher used picture-book/recording teaching materials, and it was a full year before we ever set eyes on written French. As a result, we all had great pronunciation... until the first opportunity to read, at which point it all fell apart for a while.

By the time I got to Russian, I was familiar with conjugations and declensions, and with mastering "weird" sounds. So the main hurdle there was the alphabet.

Then along comes Czech... similar, I was thinking, to Russian, being Slavic and all that. The reality: not so much!

I love the sound of Czech and hope that someday I'll master pronunciation, vowel length, and intonation -- and be perfectly comfortable with all of the diacritics, when it comes to the written word. (Right now, my eyes tend to glaze over when presented with a page of written Czech.)

But the grammar is a killer. For me, that's mainly because the conjugation and declension paradigms seem really inconsistent, compared to Russian and Latin. And then there's WORD ORDER, which has a life of its own... and I won't go there.

So, as others have said, Czech will be easier or harder to learn depending on the learner's native language and exposure to other ones. I've seen Czech on a list of "very hard" languages for native English speakers to learn, and I'm inclined to agree with that categorization. On the bright side, it wasn't in the "super hard" group, so that's something! :-)

Good luck to everyone already taking the course, and especially to those just thinking about it. This course is great, and the people behind it and taking it are a great bunch, too.

9 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/2200Lucia60
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Dear BHBass and learners/moderators. First of all thanks to the contributors for the wonderful occasion that this course is creating. My mother tongue is Dutch. I am learning several languages but unfortunately I have the feeling all the progress I have made in the last past years have disappeared from the moment I started studying Czech. CZECH IS THRILLING, FASCINATING BECAUSE TOUGH that's the point! Anything of it: grammar, wordorder, word and phrase flections and combinations, vocabulary, pronunciation,.. Do you want to learn it well and it is your first and only Slavic language you want to deal with? Just put aside any other language you were concentrating on and emerge you fully on Czech. Please don't complain, you are in front of a marvelous project that many people are afraid of to consider! So love for the brave!

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/garpike
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No.

9 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/svrsheque

i believe when you said (elsewhere) this course is hard, you meant this as going beyond the difficulty inherent in the language combination. am i right, and would you have appropriate suggestions for the next version?

9 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Tom_V.
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Czech is so difficult, that 10% native speakers fail to graduate from Czech. :-). After 12 years of intensive preparation. To write a letter without grammar mistake is only a dream for most of us. :-)

9 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BrunoAngel663543

Oh... that... Thanks for the encouragement. LOL

9 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/juliekonungur

My native language is Chinese, for me, Czech is unimaginably difficult. Especially its complex grammar, and pronunciation is hard as well when first i started.

9 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/svrsheque

harder than english and german? btw, i admire your courage.

9 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Mirson8

Here you will find some informations about:

1 Explanation why subjective difficulty of languages is based on a background of a learner.

2 A chart with estimated difficulty of languages for native English speakers.

3 Some interesting comparison of perceived difficulty of some other language groups.

9 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/celesaiira
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As some totally new to learning languages, no, but that doesn't mean that it isn't a worthwhile language to learn! It can get very confusing grammatically, and it's difficult learning how to pronounce some words, but the language is incredibly enjoyable and it's very rewarding to learn

9 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WolfVonPosen

It is bit funny when i see "slavic=hard pronounce" in fact it is easier than english. One litter sounds always the same. If you know alphabet you can say everything...or majority

9 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BoneheadBass
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This is a good point that doesn't necessarily apply in English -- and may be really frustrating for those learning it!

In Czech, once you know how a letter sounds, you can count on it sounding the same way wherever you find it. (My comment treats vowels with and without diacritics as different letters.)

Oops... I forgot about the voiced/voiceless changes in consonant clusters and at the end of words -- but they're not at all problematic once you understand what's going on. And that won't take long, even if you have no idea what I just said! :-)

Also, Czech ALWAYS places the stress/accent on the first syllable -- although it doesn't always sound like it, when long vowels appear in the following syllables.

Never a dull moment! :-)

9 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/celesaiira
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my issue isn't hearing what the words should sound like; I struggle with rolling my r's and so ř, words like 'smrt' are difficult to pronounce. it is very nice that the rules of pronunciation are so simple; just I'm awful at pronouncing anything with the letter r in it :'D

9 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/betarage
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No slavic languages are confusing for english speakers the grammar is strange and words are hard to pronounce but if you already speak a slavic language like polish it won't be hard

9 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/VladaFu
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"No slavic languages are confusing." or "No, slavic languages are confusing."?

9 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DragonPolyglot
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Czech is one of the most difficult languages I’ve tried learning so far. Mostly pronounciation but also the cases are not very easy to learn. It’s also one of the most fun languages in my opinion though.

9 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/VladaFu
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You will find it easier if you already met some other language with rich flexion. Latin at high school perhaps?

If you never met case endings before it will be much harder.

9 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lachtan5

Czech is so eazy, but so dificult

9 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/DaanBanaan18
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Probably is. However, keep in mind you do learn if you practice on a daily basis and are critical. People often discuss a language's difficulty more often than that they are actually learning it. Leaps and bounds. There's no other way.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SuperLearner007
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No. Assuming you're an english mother-tongue speaker, it's not. I live in Czchia and if there is something I can tell you is this - be patient, it'll take you a lot of time to learn. :)

7 months ago
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