Tongue in Czech

Tomorrow I will be starting my first formal lessons in Czech. After being here for almost 2 years now, it is amazing how I survived without speaking the language fluently. Of course I can get by with knowing how to count, say one phrase or two, or maybe even converse with my broken Czech, but if I really want to make something out of myself in this country, I have to speak the language like a native.

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Another motivator is my son’s fluency in Czech. Since he has been in school, his Czech fluency has greatly improved. Pretty soon, I would like to be able to help him when he does his homework. His awareness of Czech and English as 2 different languages is very amusing. One day he asked me: “Mommy, what is gulas (Czech dish) in English?” I answered: “It is still gulas, but spelled as goulash.” But of course, it is difficult to explain spellings to a 2.5 year old, as he is not even able to read yet.

Me being able to speak Czech fluently will also take a lot of load off my husband’s shoulders.    All through the building phase of our home, he had to arrange everything from buying the land, getting the permits and looking for a builder.  On top of that, he has to go to work since he is the breadwinner of this family.

My current Czech knowledge is enabling me to go to the store and do groceries, bring my son to school , go to the doctor and even befriend a few locals.    This time, I would like to be able to go to public offices, make negotiations, and perhaps even write essays in Czech.  Very ambitious, I know.  But I will get there….somehow.

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22 thoughts on “Tongue in Czech

  1. Colleen February 6, 2013 / 11:21 am

    I’m sure you will do great. We got off at the wrong train station in a small town and even with a dictionary, I had a hard time. Much like Japanese, the reading is the tough part.

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    • Grace February 12, 2013 / 2:44 pm

      Hi Colleen! It is very challenging but I think I’m headed in the right direction. 🙂

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  2. sikat101 February 6, 2013 / 11:31 am

    Nice pun. I know you will learn fast. 😀

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    • Grace February 12, 2013 / 2:43 pm

      Thanks, Kat! I hope so too.

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  3. 68ghia February 6, 2013 / 11:39 am

    Good luck with the learning Grace!!

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  4. chris13jkt February 6, 2013 / 12:01 pm

    Don’t worry, I’m sure you’ll get there very soon!

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  5. PragueByKaty February 6, 2013 / 12:47 pm

    In case you need a help, contact me, I am very fluent in Czech :-).

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    • Grace February 12, 2013 / 2:38 pm

      Hi Katy! Thanks for the offer. I may have some questions for you soon.

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  6. INGRID YVONNE APAT MADRIAL February 7, 2013 / 6:26 am

    Remarkable! Just opened and read your site. More Power and Regards!

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    • Grace February 12, 2013 / 2:41 pm

      Uy, Ingrid, salamat!

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    • Grace February 12, 2013 / 2:40 pm

      Thanks for the vote of confidence, CT!

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  7. Lisaman February 8, 2013 / 12:31 am

    So interesting learning another language.. enjoy!!

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    • Grace February 12, 2013 / 2:40 pm

      Thanks, Lisa! It’s a bit challenging but rewarding nevertheless. 🙂

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  8. Gunta February 9, 2013 / 9:19 am

    Best way to learn a language is to be immersed to be surrounded by folks speaking it. Wishing you great luck.

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    • Grace February 12, 2013 / 2:39 pm

      Thanks, Gunta! It is indeed. I pick up a word or two everytime I go out and try to talk to people.

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  9. Naomi Baltuck March 20, 2013 / 10:16 am

    It is a good investment, and you will do fine. Wishing you the best of luck.

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  10. makeitfun4thumbs March 21, 2013 / 2:09 am

    Keep up the good work. I find people appreciate when I try to speak their language, even if I butcher it. I like your blog!

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