Why Czech for you?
What are your personal reasons for learning Czech?
Here's an article about it, for those who'd like to read: http://www.studyczech.cz/10-reasons-to-learn-czech/
I always though Prague and the Czech Republic "Czechia" were cool. It's also somewhat of a gateway to other Slavic languages... Russian would be a little easier to learn with knowledge of Czech and so I would be able to focus more on using correct letters than usual.
I'm interested in why people are learning it and if you have any stories related to this language. ^_^ Thanks!
I am a French Canadian and I simply LOVE Czech Republic. I visited some parts of the country last year (Prague, Brno, Plzen, Blansko, Kutna Hora) and I fell in love with the towns, the culture, the people, the history, the nature, etc! It's a paradise and the language is simply beautiful. I'll go back there as soon as I can and I'll be better in Czech :)
I love your enthusiasm, I am Czech and I don't love my country as you do. :-D
Wife is Czech and her family is from the countryside. Aside from her and her sibling, who speaks a little bit of English, they largely only know Czech, Russian, and German, as is the case with most of the older generation. Between DL and studying at VŠE for a semester abroad, it has helped improve my ability to at least communicate on a basic level when visiting, which makes all of us happy as the most frustrating thing between her family and I was struggling to communicate; everyone involved likes to talk and joke and the barrier was disappointing as she cannot be everywhere at once to translate, but is something slowly being overcome. I've still got a lot to go in the face of that but I greatly enjoy the language, the cadence it has is pleasant to the ears.
On one hand is Ota Pavel "Smrt krásných srnců", on the other Jaromír Nohavica and his songs.
I am native Polish speaker and I started Czech course when i completed English from Polish and Polish from English courses at Duo. I did it because I still try to improve my English and I assumed that Czech is similar enough to Polish that completing Czech from English will be easy. After 6 month of learning Czech i would say that a great benefit of learning Czech as a Pole is learning about thousands of false friends and words which meaning is based in lateral thinking - this is very surprising and refreshing, words aren't just random letters to learn but Polish in alternative reality.
It is easy. I am czech and I have finished english tree. So I have started czech tree. This way i am training my english.
We moved with my husband to ČR for work. At first, it was only going to be for one and a half years, so I thought we would get by without... And we mostly did (thanks to some great friends we met here). However, six years later we're still here so I really can't put off learning Czech any longer.
I'm learning Czech, because I'll be interacting with a lot of Czech kids my age soon and I want to be able to somewhat communicate with them.
Because I work in Prague. It is normal to put some effort in learning the language of the country you live in. After 1 year of study I could at least read some of the anti-Babis slogans, in Roudnice nad Labem at the air show hardly anyone spoke English and half an hour from Prague, in Zbraslav, English was also rather non-existent. I can now more or less understand my Czech colleagues when they have a Czech support call. And when someone goes full speed Czech at me, I know at least say : "Nemam paru" - Don't have a clue.
my boyfriend is czech. i was just there recently for a month. his mom doesn't speak english, his dad speaks a bit that i can somewhat understand, his sister speaks english but is very shy conversing with it, and his brother-in-law speaks it fluently enough that we can converse. but still, i want to learn so i can converse with all of them. i got by with very basic words, and the most important word--pivo!
Hello there! I am learning czech language, because all my grandparents were born and lived in Czech lands until the eviction of the german people after WW2. I want to discover the land of my ancestors and want to talk to the people there. Another reason for me to learn a language is that I would call myself a language nerd. I just love to know languages.
Me too @AndyUlb. I'm a huge language nerd. Taking my 5th year of learning Spanish so ya
I have some friends from Czech Republic and I always loved the language. My Czech friend also made me realize how much I love languages in general (he could speak many more languages). I always wanted to learn Czech, but other languages got in the way a bit. Now I am focussing on language that I can actually use first, but I definitely will not forget about Czech and will pick it up again!
I have been to the Czech Republic three times, because our church band was invited to be a part of an ongoing ministry there. Over the course of each two week visit, and their visits to the States, I have made some very dear friends and grown to love them. Even though many of them speak English very well, I would like to be able to speak to them in their own language. I hope to return to visit in the future. I also have a Russian background, and I have found the similarities in some sounds and words to be very helpful; however, the more I learn, the more I realize the difference between the two languages.
Our dear auntie’s family had emigrated to the US from Czechoslovakia (early 1900s) and she spoke Slovak before she spoke English. I was really interested and she taught me some words and phrases. Fast forward many years, and I’ve been working for company that has an office in the Czech Republic, and it seemed finally time to learn some Czech since I hear it every day!
I will contribute my story down below, but I had to say that I related to your story, 2ENYJDT. I had not planned to go into so much detail about why I was studying Czech that I would share this piece of information, but my late mother spoke Slovak before she spoke English. And not only was my mother born in the United States, so was my mother's mother! My poor mother was sent to school here in the United States not speaking a word of English, although both her parents spoke fluent English, because they had wanted her to know Slovak so that she could speak to her grandmother!
I am from the states and am about 50% Czech so I would like to really dig deeper into my heritage and really learn