With just over ten million speakers, this Slavic language is the official language of the Czech Republic but can be found and understood in neighboring countries like Slovakia. Czech has been influenced by a number of other languages, including German, which had a strong presence for many years in the area because modern day Czech Republic was once part of the Holy Roman Empire. Like other Slavic languages, Czech has more complicated grammar than English but anyone who learns Czech can explore the Czech Republic and Slovakia with little cause for concerns. Czech can also act as a springboard to learning other Slavic languages due to some shared similarity between them.

Online Resources

FSI Czech is a course offered by the Foreign Service Institute

mluvtecesky is a free website for learning Czech sponsored by the European Union

Learn Czech with Rich is a Youtube video series on learning the Czech language

ilearnczech is a website for learning Czech and covers from European levels A1 to B1

inkluzivni skola has some downloadable PDFs for learning Czech

Study Czech has its own list of Czech language resources

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Where Can I Study It?

University of California - Berkeley offers a BA in Slavic Languages and Literature with Czech emphasis

University of Nebraska offers Czech courses

University of Washington offers a BA in Eastern European Languages with Czech emphasis

Charles University - Prague offers online paid courses

University of Florida has a Czech Studies Program

Famous Speakers

Bertha von Suttner
This activist and novelist was the first woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. Extraordinary accomplishment considering it was in 1905.

Jaroslav Heyrovský
He won the 1955 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

Antonín Dvořák
One of the most famous Czech composers

Otto Wichterle
Dr. Wichterle created contact lenses so you can go out on Friday night without glasses.

Franz Kafka
Kafka was borned and raised in what is todays Czech Republic. He could speak and write Czech but was really a German language writer.

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