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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

People

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  • Meeting people
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    People

    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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    People

    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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    People

    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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    People

    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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    People

    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

Travel

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  • “How do you say….?”
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    Travel

    “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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    Travel

    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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    Travel

    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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    Travel

    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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    Travel

    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

The things to do

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  • Sports Time
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    The things to do

    Sports Time

    • Discuss sports and exercises.
    • Express time relationships.
    • Invite someone to join along.
    • Become aware of the accusative of some masculine nouns.
    • Form the conditional mood.
    • Learn about perfective verbs
  • My Favorite Season is Summer
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    The things to do

    My Favorite Season is Summer

    • Ask about vacations and seasonal opportunities
    • Discuss the four seasons
    • Discuss the months of the year
    • Become aware of the agreement of adjectives and nouns
    • Use superlatives
  • What are you doing this Weekend?
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    The things to do

    What are you doing this Weekend?

    • Converse about the days of the week
    • Make plans for the weekend
    • Talk about age and birthdays
    • Use the terms weekday and weekend
    • See a hard neuter noun in the genitive case
    • Use the accusative of masculine and feminine nouns
  • Let’s Go to a Theatre
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    The things to do

    Let’s Go to a Theatre

    • Make future plans
    • Tell time
    • Form the genitive of inanimate masculine nouns
    • Use the irregular verb 'want'
  • I’ll Miss Prague
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    The things to do

    I’ll Miss Prague

    • Express hopes about the future
    • Prepare for a departure
    • Strengthen relationships
    • Form the compound future tense
    • Learn to use the present tense for future with perfective verbs
    • Understand the difference between perfective and imperfective verbs

Situations and places

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  • I Don’t Feel Well
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    Situations and places

    I Don’t Feel Well

    • Ask for medication
    • Describe symptoms
    • Speak to a pharmacist
    • Form third person regular verbs
    • Use the past of 'to have' and conditional of 'to be' to give advice to people
  • What will you have?
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    Situations and places

    What will you have?

    • Identify items on the dinner table
    • Offer assistance
    • Order a meal
    • Understand the customs of local dining
    • Enhance your understanding of reflexive verbs
    • Learn the patterns of agreement for adjectives with nouns
  • I Can’t Eat That
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    Situations and places

    I Can’t Eat That

    • Explain that you require a special diet
    • Give compliments
    • Reference senses
    • Enhance your practical knowledge of adverbs
    • Form soft adjectives from nouns
  • Help!
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    Situations and places

    Help!

    • Declare that a problem exists
    • State that you do not know something
    • Learn another prefix for perfective verbs
    • See how to ask different types of questions
  • What is Your Emergency?
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    Situations and places

    What is Your Emergency?

    • Answer questions
    • Request emergency aid
    • Learn one way to form passive voice
    • To revise the past tense
    • Use subject-verb agreement with the past tense