https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mikael1903

where to practice and use the czech?

Hello everyone, i'm a brazilian guy trying to learn czech, I'd like that someone recommend me songs, movies, books, channels, etc... in czech prosim :)

July 30, 2019

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jana948367

CZECH BANDS/SINGERS: Kryštof, Chinaski, Jelen, Mirai, Xindl X, Slza, Ewa Farna, Mig 21, Karel Gott, Jaromír Nohavica, Lucie Bílá,...

MOVIES: Tmavomodrý svět, Pelíšky, Kolja, Účastníci zájezdu, Muži v naději, Obecná škola; Marečku, podejte mi pero; Kdyby tisíc klarinetů, Vratné lahve... (anything with Zdeněk Svěrák is a good comedy)

If you search "celý film" on youtube, you will find quite a few, some of them Czech, some of them dubbed in Czech.

For beginners, "večerníček" (TV program with short Czech narrated cartoons) might be good - for instance Edudant a Francimor, Pohádky z mechu a kapradí (also called Křemílek a Vochomůrka), Mach a Šebestová, Maxipes Fík and many many more. On the Czech Wiki there's a list of them: https://cs.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ve%C4%8Dern%C3%AD%C4%8Dek . Most of the cartoons were originally books, might be worth reading it.

AUTHORS: Karel Čapek, Milan Kundera, Ota Pavel, Bohumil Hrabal, Karel Poláček, Vlastimil Vondruška,...

OTHERS: - https://video.aktualne.cz/dvtv/ : interviews with mainly politicians, but sometimes there are also interviews with very interesting people - travellers, shepherd, sportsmen etc. Unfortunatelly no subtitles.

  • https://www.televizeseznam.cz/ : online TV, there are all kinds of programs, they even have some short TV series. Some of the programs have Czech subtitles.

  • https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCR1g1XlKP3ytV-VvirbERMQ : Gavin is an American who's been studying Czech for the past 2 years and has been tracking his progress on youtube. A huge motivation :) (Also has another YT channel where he teaches Brazilians English)

  • https://www.youtube.com/user/SJKshow/videos: Talk show; three guests are invited, the third one is usually not a celebrity, but someone with an interesting job or hobby

  • Divadlo Járy Cimrmana (Theatre of J.C:): The troupe means means to the Czechs what Monty Pythons mean to the British. The theatre is built on a myth of Jára Cimrman, a playwright/actor and they present "his" plays, preceeded by lectures about his life. You can find the full plays on Youtube and transcriptions on the internet. The humour in the plays is often based on the common knowledge of the (mostly) Czech history, literature and culture and there are also puns which makes it hard to understand, but in small portions and with a transcription it could be managable. Some plays have been translated into English - e.g. Dobytí severního pólu or Záskok, but are not available online. Read more about Jára Cimrman here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J%C3%A1ra_Cimrman

Good luck :)

July 30, 2019

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

Ewa Farna

I would be cautious with her because she sings in Polish too. :)

August 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mikael1903

Dekuji for ur help :) i knew Gavin he's amazing lol his portuguese is very good

July 31, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Vojta725364

His Czech is also great, he is so talented.

August 13, 2019

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

Thank you

August 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MiroslavOl3

Well, of course there is plentiful Czech culture, just it is hard to recommend something in particular. I will say something about movies and songs, and let others to add other contributions.

== Movies ==

there is a Czech version of IMDB called ČSFD, so for example there is the list of the best Czechoslovak (virtually all in Czech language) movies according to Czech people. https://www.csfd.cz/zebricky/specificky-vyber/?type=0&origin=197&_form_=charts

Other question is where to get the movies. If you don't care much about legal downloads, there is a Czech version of sites like MegaUpload called "uloz.to", where many movies (actually not only Czech but also Czech) can be found.

On the other hand, I know of one Czech director (Tomáš Vorel) who officially published some of his movies on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8l1AOcatPE&list=PLsaI-Khp8cugoGt6DSUisdwjsW7G2LsLc It is not the best what we have but for example Gympl is quite famous and reasonably good and it is provided with English subtitles.

I should also mention animated "bed time stories" for children (stories for children could be easier to understand, on the other hand, I don't know if one can find subtitles to them), so called "Večerníček". It is a long tradition of Czech TV of broadcasting these, so we have many cute animated series such as "Pojďte pane, budeme si hrát", "Bob a Bobek", "Maxipes Fík", "Křemílek a Vochomůrka" etc. I believe at least some of them can be found on YouTube.

Actually some content of Czech TV is available online on its official website: ceskatelevize.cz.

== Songs ==

There is a girl from USA who is trying to sing some Czech songs (because she is trying to learn Czech too) on YouTube. The videos are called "Američanka zpívá". So you can take her playlist as an inspiration, and find the originals :-)

There is some Karel Gott, some Jaromír Nohavica, some Pokáč, etc. She refutes to sing songs of Ivan Mládek (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5T_uxoV5FuQ), I don't know why :-) A nice thing about Pokáč (relatively new composer / singer) is that he is publishing all his songs on YouTube, together with the text and the chords, so one can listen to the song and try to play it without extra search effort. A random link to a Nohavica's poetic song with English subtitles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLzgaitYt78

Again regarding childred, there are some folk songs that almost everyone knows because they are tought in kindergarten / first grade of elementary school, and then they are never sung again such as "Skákal pes přes oves", "Kočka leze dírou, pes oknem", "Prší prší, jen se leje". (I bet they can be found on the internet)

July 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mikael1903

The american girl sings very well thank u :)

July 31, 2019

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

Youtube
https://www.youtube.com/user/CZbehindthemountain - Learn Czech with Rich
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCN_8eCxfVH68XoRimh7BY9A - Because Czech Is Cool!

I didn't find anything in Czech on Netflix, but HBO GO have Czech series (with dubbing or subtitles).

August 3, 2019

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

Bambulín a Berunka for children

August 14, 2019
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