Czech

Navigate narrow medieval lanes, marvel at the largest castle complex in the world in Prague, or purchase a bus ticket and head to the to the suburbs to soak up some more local flavor. Expound upon the finer points of Pilsner Urquell at a tasting in its home of Plzeň or chat with the university students in Olomouc. It’s fairly unusual for outsiders (especially westerners) to speak Czech, and your attempts will be met graciously – it’s a sure-fire way to start a conversation.

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Learn Through Conversations

Unit 1

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  • Meeting people
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    Unit 1

    Meeting people

    • Greet others and bid them farewell
    • Introduce yourself formally
    • Meet new people
    • Use personal pronouns where they are needed
    • Use present tense verbs
  • Meet our Family
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    Meet our Family

    • Ask questions regarding familial relationships.
    • Describe someone in relation to family members
    • Identify feminine and masculine gender in nouns
    • Learn about grammatical case in nouns
    • Point to someone verbally, use demonstrative pronouns
  • First contact
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    Unit 1

    First contact

    • Articulate feelings
    • Describe physical characteristics
    • Express interest
    • Distinguish when and why a verb is reflexive
    • Make a proposal using imperative verbs
  • Far from home
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    Far from home

    • Explain that you are a non-native speaker
    • Explain where you are from
    • Identify languages and countries
    • Inquire about someone’s ability to speak a language
    • Distinguish adverbs
    • Use the nominative and genitive of plural masculine nouns
  • Where did you study?
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    Where did you study?

    • Discuss the merits of a school
    • Inquire about programs
    • Identify the accusative of feminine nouns in the singular
    • Use the past tense

Unit 2

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  • “How do you say….?”
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    Unit 2

    “How do you say….?”

    • Ask for clarification
    • Provide and obtain new information
    • Request new vocabulary
    • Learn about conjugations of verbs
    • Learn the irregular verb 'to be' in its 1st and 3rd person form
    • Use present tense
  • Haggling and Money
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    Unit 2

    Haggling and Money

    • Ask the price for something
    • Buy a ticket for travel
    • Count
    • Negotiate
    • Identify the locative case of feminine nouns
    • Use the instrumental case of masculine and neuter nouns
  • In My Closet
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    Unit 2

    In My Closet

    • Express future plans
    • Identify various articles of clothing
    • Question statements made by others
    • Identify the accusative case of neuter and plural masculine nouns
    • Know to always use the conjunction 'that'
  • I have nothing to wear
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    Unit 2

    I have nothing to wear

    • Acquire necessities
    • Find places to shop
    • Gather information from a native speaker
    • Inquire about shops in the local area
    • Form the genitive case for specific masculine nouns
    • Pay attention to word order in a Czech sentence
  • X Marks the Spot
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    Unit 2

    X Marks the Spot

    • Ask for and receive directions
    • Describe the location of one object in relation to another
    • Form object-type questions
    • Use the locative case for hard feminine nouns

Unit 3

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Unit 4

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