I am starting to learn Czech because my mother has started to learn. We are planning on visiting the Czech Republic next year possibly. I really enjoy learning languages. Czech will be my third language. I am currently in high school and I can speak both English (my native) and German.
Although I enjoy learning languages, I am struggling with Czech. German was quite simple for me to learn because I had a good teacher and it is very close to English. I will remain patient with Czech but honestly it is pretty difficult. This is my desired third language! If Czech fails, I know Dutch will not be too difficult for me to learn.
Czech is really hard for me, too. I don't know why, I just have a super difficult time remembering the words. My only advice: be consistent and persistent. Keep plugging away at it for 10, 20, or 50 XP per day. Review a lot. Just keep at it and trust that it will eventually sink in.
Also be sure to take time to read the tips & notes. Read them slowly, think over what you're reading, and give it time to register. Go back and re-read as frequently as you need to until the rules seem natural.
When I was learning english I had the feeling it's a mixture of french and german. And now, grammaticaly speaking, I feel like german is a mixture of english and czech, conjugation like english and declension and gender like czech. Learning languages is so fascinating!
I am learning swedish and russian and my advice is repeat until you get it - again and again and don´t go further. I did first five points in swedish to level 5 and now I am repeating them until I am satisfied with it. But I am over forty it goes slowly for me then before.
You are not alone. Czech is not easy to learn. I've seen it listed in an article as one of the "very hard" languages for English speakers, and now that I'm learning it, I quite agree that it belongs in that group!
The advice that Lrtward offered is exactly what I would suggest, so I won't repeat it. But I'd also encourage you to be active in the Sentence Discussion forums -- definitely ask questions and don't be afraid to use the Report Button when you start to get more confident about what you're learning.
Most of all, realize that it may be a long road ahead... but that it can be enjoyable, too, if you really get into it. Good luck!
Hey BoneheadBass, since you have a 407 day streak and level 25 Czech, do you mind if I ask how well you can read and speak in Czech and what level you think you are at on the CEFRL? Thanks!
I don't mind if you ask, as long as you don't mind if I don't answer! :-) Actually, I'd say that the length of my streak and my learning level are less indicative of significant progress toward the "operational" mastery of Czech than of my commitment to the process of learning it. My knowledge is primarily passive, and there are huge battles with my linguistic demons ahead if the switch is to be flipped to "active." If you already speak German, you're waaay ahead of me, so take heart!
I'm also struggling with Czech. Dutch is a lot easier, since we have gotten rid of our declensions some 100 years ago. The vocabulary is similar to German, so it shouldn't be too hard for you. But Czech is much more interesting. I have no idea why anyone would want to learn Dutch.