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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
My son grew up in a tiny village in Florida and found that small European towns felt just right so he majored in Linguistics and married a Cz girl and has lived there as an expat for 25 years (now has four children). When I visit I felt like a fish outside the bowl when away from the immediate family who all speak English as well as their native Cz. So figured it was about time I got past the Dobry Den stage. Thank heavens for Duolingo and the wonderful people who put it together and their patience with my questions. Now I don't always have to depend on Google translate when I see posts on FB.
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 :)
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.
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.
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.
I studied Czech for a semester in college, but felt like my brain was too old to learn, which is its own more limiting factor. Fast forward ten years, I was watching a video by Adam Ondra during quarantine and hearing Czech again made me want to give it another go. I've ordered my old textbook again and have been working hard here for almost two months. I think my grammar is right back to where it was when I studied from a book for credit! Soon I hope to practice speaking on iTalki or something!