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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gnirean

Why are you learning Czech?

What's your reason for starting with the Czech course?

I decided to learn the Czech language when working/living in Czech Republic, as it can be very useful in daily life. But also because I can understand/enjoy Czech history/culture/film/tv much better. I just started with the Czech course on here.

October 22, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lrtward

Because I saw a picture of Prague and fell in love with it.
And then I somehow was reading about train trips out of Prague and I put on my bucket list to live for a year in Prague one day.

October 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ChristophS49077

When I started studying at university, I wanted to learn a new language, but I could'nt decide which one to learn. One year in, I had a group project with someone from Czechia, which I became good friends with, so decision made, Czech it is.

October 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Royzer1

Just wondering how long did it take you to get to level 22 in Czech and how good is your Czech? Dekuji!

October 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nueby

They already told you much of it: https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/29305690.

October 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Royzer1

Ahh, it's the same person, thanks I didn't notice.

October 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CathyBowde1

I have lived in the Czech Republic for quite a long time and already read, listen to and speak quite fluently but I was aware that I wasn't very accurate. I was a bit hit-and-miss with endings and use of čarky. I think duolingo has helped with that quite a bit.

October 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mufinka19

My husband's family lives near Polish-Czech border, so when we visit the family we also often go shopping to Czech. To this point "dobry den" and 'dekuji" was enough, but last summer we decided to go further and visit one of the czech museum. I tried to speak English with the guide but I scared him and my family asked me not to stress the guy out. When he found out that we are Polish, he sighed with relief and start to speak Czech to us. My family claim that they understood almost everything but I grasped less than 50% So I decided that I should learn a bit more before the next summer.

November 13, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Royzer1

I'm hoping to move to the Czech Republic some time after I finish college. They love dogs, guns and beer, my 3 favourite things in life and the Czech people I've over there seemed very nice too. I figure I'll try move for a few months just to see how I get on and then maybe make the stay permanent if all goes well.

October 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JanLyko
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have two dogs, four guns and have visited four breweries this year. I guess you may be right :)

October 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Royzer1

Anybody who takes good care of doggos is fine by me :)

October 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mereade

As a czech, I am curious: where did you hear about people here loving guns? :-D :-D :-D The dogs and beer are loved by most but I have yet to meet many gun lovers.

edited on request of a moderator, even though the replies will make less sense now.

October 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Royzer1

I replied earlier but maybe the comment didn't go through properly. I do a lot of shooting and the target shooting is apparently the 3rd most popular sport over there. Also, I met a lot of people into shooting in Prague and Ostrava. I don't know why you wouldn't want to meet a gun owner.

October 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nueby

Could we just agree at this point that some people may not want to hang out with people of gun-related opinion opposed to their own, much like some people may choose a language because of their belief that their gun and beverage preferences are shared by the target culture?

But value judgments, say, asserting which side of the gun divide is the one populated by people free of mental illness and substance abuse, are against Duolingo guidelines, and will be deleted.

October 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Royzer1

That wasn't what I said, I basically just said that in Czechia you have to demonstrate that you don't have any mental health problems, substance abuse problems or criminal record, I could have phrased it better. I understand and I'll leave it there.

October 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Royzer1

I apologize if I caused any confusion after the way I phrased it- I didn't mean to imply Czech people are some gun waving people or anything I just mean there are actual shooting ranges and some degree of acceptance etc in Czech Republic- here if you even mention you like target shooting people think you're some Sociopathic lunatic.

October 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mereade

(reply to the next post, I can't see the reply button there) No offense taken, it was just a real surprise. And you are not the only one surprising me. A few years ago, there was a criminal in a different european country, who told journalists "at first, I went to Prague to get weapons, as I had expected it to be easy, but I couldn't get any." So, I wonder where do people get these expectations from and I honestly wanted to save you some disappointment. I see nothing inherently wrong in interest in legal use and practice with guns, despite me not sharing such interest, I just think you might be disappointed as so many people have weird ideas about this country. You know, like those tourists in Paris falling into serious depression just because the city is different from their idea based on books and movies.

Also, I remember an interesting discussion on another language forum about the gun related terminology getting more and more English words and replacing the local ones with them. It is perhaps good for lots of people (easier communication between soldiers perhaps) but some language lovers were disappointed a bit.

October 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mereade

I may have asserted some value in the parentheses, but that doesn't change the fact that describing czechs as people who "love guns" simply doesn't reflect the reality at all.

Yes, we have various groups of people valuing guns a lot (sports shooters, hunters some people use their right to carry a weapon for personal defense), but it is definitely not a large part of the population.

That's why it looks like a very weird reason to learn Czech, as there are many countries, where carrying weapons or at least getting the right is much more common.

I wasn't trying to judge Royzer1's attitude towards weapons, I just think they might be disappointed by the reality.

October 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/regina_anna

I had no particular reason for choosing Czech. However, I knew that I wanted to learn a Slavic language, and I started the course on Duolingo. Now I hope to visit Prague sometime in the near future to use my skills in real life.

October 27, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GuyANDERSO2

That’s why I’m learning Swedish and Norwegian, I’m going on a big trip to Stockholm and then onto some fjords next year.

October 31, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/regina_anna

Sounds amazing! I have only been to Sweden

November 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DragonPolyglot

I noticed a lot of people online speak Czech (some of which I befriended) and after hearing the language I decided I had to learn it.

October 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Renxini

I'm planning to move to the Czech Rep. as soon as I get a job there, so I'm just practicing before arrival.

October 25, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DaffyDuck978329

Economy booming, so good luck there

October 27, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KennethBoo3

I'm studying Czech because my family is Czechoslovakian and Acadian French, and relearning my family's language helps me get back to my roots.

November 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Twyelyghte

I'm not learning Czech... yet.

I hope to start the Czech tree after I finish Russian, Ukrainian, and Polish trees.

My priority is to learn Russian to fluency, but I also want to have familiarity with all other available Slavic languages. Native speakers of Slavic languages can say "Oh Polish is like this _" or "And Serbian sounds like _", but as a Native English speaker, I really don't know. I probably won't become fluent in the languages following Russian, but I'll at least complete the trees.

November 4, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WolfgangJa

My girlfriend studies in Prague and I visit her on weekends (I live in Germany). Over the time, while encountering Czech language in everyday situations, I developed an interest to it. So, it was a natural desicion to start to learn it properly. I hope, one day I can pronunciate this damned ř correctly :)

November 5, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JanLyko
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I spent years learning "ř". This is what finally helped me:

1) Pronounce RRRRRRRR like in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IsfgBrTFlvY The tip of your tongue has to vibrate right behind your upper teeth.

2) Put your upper and lower teeth together

3) Repeat that vibrating sound with your upper and lower teeth together. Voilà, the resulting sound is ŘŘŘŘŘŘŘŘ.

November 5, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/andreeansd

My first serious project was in Czech Republic. I went there on my own on behalf of my office in Romania, lost a cab, got scared, used subway instead and after that experience I decided to emerge more into the city life of Prague. After two years, a successful project, a fantastic group of Czech friends and a lot of bier I really wanted to know this beautiful language I started to love. I have waited for Duo since they announced the program and now it seems a dream come true. It is a difficult road this learning path, but I enjoy it and I hope someday I will talk with my friends in their language.

November 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JoellenMil1

I started learning Czech because I know I have a big ancestral background from Prague. I don't have any plans to travel there currently, but I love learning languages and decided "Why not?"

November 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KennethBoo3

you should consider going to get in touch with your roots. I did and I felt so welcomed by my extended family that knew my grandmother and aunt. The coffee is amazing and the home cooked meals were wow. I wish you the best, and I really recommend going.

November 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JGlLl

The Czech Republic is where I want to live and draw. I love the reliable public transportation and the rural outskirt of Prugue.

November 12, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/IanScovell

My other half is Czech is hoping to improve to at least a very basic conversational level in Czech eventually. Its pretty bad being a typical mono-lingual Englishmen when all of your extended family speak multiple languages extremely well and you’re stuck at Dobry Den level for years.

December 13, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DaffyDuck978329

When with the Romans, act like the Romans. Is a saying. So, for me it is a challenge to master as much of this language while temporarily living in the Czech Republic. I agree with gnirean about enjoying the culture. Yesterday, while playing chess, i heard a Czech song which i knew on the radio.

December 13, 2018
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