Czech

An Indo-European language and a member of the West Slavonic group, spoken by some 12 million people chiefly in the Czech Republic, where it is the official language, as well as in the neighbouring parts of Poland, Austria, Germany and Slovakia. There are sizeable émigré communities speaking Czech as a second language in the USA, Canada, Israel, and elsewhere. The closest linguistic affiliation is with Slovak.

The earliest written documents date from the 13th century. Jan Hus (1373-1415) had a prominent role in the formation of a standardized literary language. Czech literature is rich and extensive with a long-standing historical foundation.

Modern Czech is spoken in four major dialectal groups, which are all mutually intelligible: Bohemian, Central Moravian, Eastern Moravian and Silesian. The Prague dialect is the basis for the Modern Standard Czech. It is a richly inflected language, spelt in the Roman alphabet with diacritics.


CLASSIFICATION = Indo-European family, SCRIPT = Roman

Courses

Basic
Basic Czech : 1 CZ CBEG 4-5(PACK)
Basic Czech : 2 CZ CBEG 4-5(PACK)
Česki krok za krokem 1 Czech step by step CZ CBEG 6(PACK)
Colloquial Czech (3rd ed.) CZ CBEG 2
Complete Czech CZ CBEG 1(PACK)
Czech for English speakers CZ CBEG 3(PACK)
Intermediate
Basic Czech : 3 CZ CINT 1
Česki krok za krokem 2 Czech step by step CZ CINT 2(PACK)

Dictionaries

Anglicko-Český Česko-Anglický Slovník CZ DICO 1
English-Czech, Czech-English dictionary CZ DICO 2
A frequency dictionary of Czech : Core vocabulary for learners CZ DICO 3

Grammar

Czech: an essential grammar CZ GRAM 1
Czech : Essential grammar CZ GRAM 2

Films

Alice CZ FILM 8(DVD); CZ FILM 8a(Blue-ray DVD)*
Closely observed trains CZ FILM 9:1-2(DVD)*
Hoří, má panenko = The fireman's ball CZ FILM 10(DVD)*
Kolya (Kolja) CZ FILM 1(DVD)*
Musíme si pomáhat CZ FILM 2(DVD)*
O něčem jiném (Something different) CZ FILM 11(DVD)*
O slavnosti a hostech CZ FILM 3(DVD)*
Skřivánci na niti (Larks on a string) CZ FILM 4(DVD)
Smuteční slavnost (Funeral ceremony) CZ FILM 5(DVD)
Všichni dobří rodáci (All my good countrymen) CZ FILM 6(DVD)
Žert (The Joke) CZ FILM 7(DVD)

Documentaries

Storyville : Black and white in colour (Cernobila v barve) CZ DOCU 1(DVD)

Vocabulary

Czech phrasebook : with two-way dictionary CZ VOCAB 1

Reading

First Czech reader for beginners : bilingual for speakers of English CZ RFICT 2
First Czech reader for beginners Volume 2 : bilingual for speakers of English CZ RFICT 3