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Learn Czech through conversations

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.

Grammar Notes

No interpretation is created equal. Grammar Notes, color-coding, and features that focus on specific grammatical nuances between target and source language strengthens your understanding of Czech language structure.

Culture Notes

Etiquette, body language, gestures — set the mood. Culture Notes provide a backdrop to learning material and let the Czech culture come alive, setting you up to forge deeper connections with Czech culture and make a positive impression.

Vocabulary

Critical thinking and memory-building exercises blend new vocabulary into lesson progress, allowing you to pick up on the structure of your target language so you can apply new content that will be presented in various contexts throughout the course.

Pronunciation

Didn’t catch that? Hear it again at a conversational speed, hover over for phonetics, or click on the word for an articulated narration. Tone your accent against native speaker audio by activating the voice comparison tool.

Course Overview

Learn Czech language basics, from common phrases all the way to more advanced concepts

Czech

Main Units

Our main language course that contains the core content.

  • 1Unit 1
  • 2Unit 2
  • 3Unit 3
  • 4Unit 4
  • Chapter 1 - Meeting people
  • Chapter 2 - Meet our Family
  • Chapter 3 - First contact
  • Chapter 4 - Far from home
  • Chapter 5 - Where did you study?
  • Chapter 1 - “How do you say….?”
  • Chapter 2 - Haggling and Money
  • Chapter 3 - In My Closet
  • Chapter 4 - I have nothing to wear
  • Chapter 5 - X Marks the Spot
  • Chapter 1 - Sports Time
  • Chapter 2 - My Favorite Season is Summer
  • Chapter 3 - What are you doing this Weekend?
  • Chapter 4 - Let’s Go to a Theatre
  • Chapter 5 - I’ll Miss Prague
  • Chapter 1 - I Don’t Feel Well
  • Chapter 2 - What will you have?
  • Chapter 3 - I Can’t Eat That
  • Chapter 4 - Help!
  • Chapter 5 - What is Your Emergency?

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 1 - Meeting people

Conversational Goals

  • Greet others and bid them farewell
  • Introduce yourself formally
  • Meet new people

Grammar Goals

  • Use personal pronouns where they are needed
  • Use present tense verbs

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 2 - Meet our Family

Conversational Goals

  • Ask questions regarding familial relationships.
  • Describe someone in relation to family members

Grammar Goals

  • Identify feminine and masculine gender in nouns
  • Learn about grammatical case in nouns
  • Point to someone verbally, use demonstrative pronouns

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 3 - First contact

Conversational Goals

  • Articulate feelings
  • Describe physical characteristics
  • Express interest

Grammar Goals

  • Distinguish when and why a verb is reflexive
  • Make a proposal using imperative verbs

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 4 - Far from home

Conversational Goals

  • 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

Grammar Goals

  • Distinguish adverbs
  • Use the nominative and genitive of plural masculine nouns

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 5 - Where did you study?

Conversational Goals

  • Discuss the merits of a school
  • Inquire about programs

Grammar Goals

  • Identify the accusative of feminine nouns in the singular
  • Use the past tense

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 1 - “How do you say….?”

Conversational Goals

  • Ask for clarification
  • Provide and obtain new information
  • Request new vocabulary

Grammar Goals

  • Learn about conjugations of verbs
  • Learn the irregular verb 'to be' in its 1st and 3rd person form
  • Use present tense

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 2 - Haggling and Money

Conversational Goals

  • Ask the price for something
  • Buy a ticket for travel
  • Count
  • Negotiate

Grammar Goals

  • Identify the locative case of feminine nouns
  • Use the instrumental case of masculine and neuter nouns

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 3 - In My Closet

Conversational Goals

  • Express future plans
  • Identify various articles of clothing
  • Question statements made by others

Grammar Goals

  • Identify the accusative case of neuter and plural masculine nouns
  • Know to always use the conjunction 'that'

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 4 - I have nothing to wear

Conversational Goals

  • Acquire necessities
  • Find places to shop
  • Gather information from a native speaker
  • Inquire about shops in the local area

Grammar Goals

  • Form the genitive case for specific masculine nouns
  • Pay attention to word order in a Czech sentence

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 5 - X Marks the Spot

Conversational Goals

  • Ask for and receive directions
  • Describe the location of one object in relation to another

Grammar Goals

  • Form object-type questions
  • Use the locative case for hard feminine nouns

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 1 - Sports Time

Conversational Goals

  • Discuss sports and exercises.
  • Express time relationships.
  • Invite someone to join along.

Grammar Goals

  • Become aware of the accusative of some masculine nouns.
  • Form the conditional mood.
  • Learn about perfective verbs

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 2 - My Favorite Season is Summer

Conversational Goals

  • Ask about vacations and seasonal opportunities
  • Discuss the four seasons
  • Discuss the months of the year

Grammar Goals

  • Become aware of the agreement of adjectives and nouns
  • Use superlatives

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 3 - What are you doing this Weekend?

Conversational Goals

  • Converse about the days of the week
  • Make plans for the weekend
  • Talk about age and birthdays
  • Use the terms weekday and weekend

Grammar Goals

  • See a hard neuter noun in the genitive case
  • Use the accusative of masculine and feminine nouns

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 4 - Let’s Go to a Theatre

Conversational Goals

  • Make future plans
  • Tell time

Grammar Goals

  • Form the genitive of inanimate masculine nouns
  • Use the irregular verb 'want'

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 5 - I’ll Miss Prague

Conversational Goals

  • Express hopes about the future
  • Prepare for a departure
  • Strengthen relationships

Grammar Goals

  • Form the compound future tense
  • Learn to use the present tense for future with perfective verbs
  • Understand the difference between perfective and imperfective verbs

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 1 - I Don’t Feel Well

Conversational Goals

  • Ask for medication
  • Describe symptoms
  • Speak to a pharmacist

Grammar Goals

  • Form third person regular verbs
  • Use the past of 'to have' and conditional of 'to be' to give advice to people

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 2 - What will you have?

Conversational Goals

  • Identify items on the dinner table
  • Offer assistance
  • Order a meal
  • Understand the customs of local dining

Grammar Goals

  • Enhance your understanding of reflexive verbs
  • Learn the patterns of agreement for adjectives with nouns

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 3 - I Can’t Eat That

Conversational Goals

  • Explain that you require a special diet
  • Give compliments
  • Reference senses

Grammar Goals

  • Enhance your practical knowledge of adverbs
  • Form soft adjectives from nouns

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 4 - Help!

Conversational Goals

  • Declare that a problem exists
  • State that you do not know something

Grammar Goals

  • Learn another prefix for perfective verbs
  • See how to ask different types of questions

Conversational and Grammar Goals

Chapter 5 - What is Your Emergency?

Conversational Goals

  • Answer questions
  • Request emergency aid

Grammar Goals

  • Learn one way to form passive voice
  • To revise the past tense
  • Use subject-verb agreement with the past tense

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