Czech Classes for Internationals

Language could be a barrier when you move abroad, but it is also one of the keys to facilitate people's integration into, and a better understanding of the country.

Learning the language of the country where you will be living in improves communication and can contribute to increased cultural awareness in order to bridge cultural gaps.

Being aware of that, the Department of International Affairs and the Language Centre decided to join forces and combine their expertise to offer International employees and PhD students the opportunity to study the Czech language at the University.

Since October 2018, the Language Centre offers Czech courses for beginners, intermediate and advanced students.

At the moment, 3 lecturers and 20 international employees and PhD students from Sweden, India, South Africa, the Philippines, Germany, Chile and some other countries are part of this new project.

Let's get to know them and ask them what they think about this new initiative and about the Czech language!

If you are interested and would like to join the Czech course next semester, please contact Caroline Novák-Jolly: caroline.novak-jolly@upce.cz

Lecturer at the Language Centre
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Mgr.
Věra
Culková


Faculty of Arts and Philosophy

vera.culkova@upce.cz
466 036 225

Ms Culková is one of the teachers involved in the project.

I am an experienced teacher of Czech for foreigners.

The Czech language is beautiful. But only when you teach it as a foreign language, do you realise how complicated it is: pronunciation, declination, prefixes, suffixes, conjugation and lots of exceptions.

All of „my students" work at the University of Pardubice and their main motivation is to be able to communicate outside the university. My mission is not merely to teach them Czech, but also to help them to avoid the language traps.

I believe we will be successful.

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Zaan Bester

Lecturer at the Language Centre

 

Where are you from?

Dobrý den! Jmenuji se Zaan, jsem z Jižní Afriky a pracuju na univerzitě. Jsem učitelka v jazykovém centru. :)

Hello, I am Zaan, I am from South Africa, and I work at the university. I am a teacher at the Language Centre. J

 

How long have you been in the Czech Republic? And how long will you stay here?

I have been here three months and will stay for the foreseeable future. I enjoy the place, the people and my colleagues, and I am happy to be here as long as they are happy to have me!

 

Why have you decided to study the Czech Language?

For me, learning a language is the only real way to get to know a place and the people. It shows respect to the community where you live, that you are trying to integrate and become part of it.

 

What would you say to motivate people to join you and learn Czech?

It really makes it easier to fit in and adapt in a new place – being able to understand what kind of food you are buying in the store or understand a restaurant menu, or to be able to ask questions, or introduce yourself. If you show people that you are trying to learn their language, they will often also try to make an effort to communicate with you in your language.

 

What has learning Czech brought you?

It is very rewarding when you use a phrase outside of the Czech class, and people actually understand you! And each bit of progress makes me want to learn more! It will take a long time to be good at it, but I feel proud of how much I have learned already.

 

 

Mira Tan Reyes

Researcher at the Centre for Ethics

Faculty of Arts and Philosophy

 

Where are you from?

I am from the Philippines.

 

How long have you been in the Czech Republic? And how long will you stay here?

I have stayed in the CR for 1 year and I am staying until May 2020.

 

Why have you decided to study the Czech Language?

I studied the Czech language to integrate well into the country's systems and in fulfilment of the PhD program requirement to know another (a 2nd) foreign language apart from English.

 

What has learning Czech brought you?

I am in Czech 2 and it has helped me a lot in making processes easier like not getting lost on trains, when shopping, responding to letters, etc. 

Heidegger said that language is the house of being. I realised that I cannot feel at home in any country unless I learn the language of the people, and that any feeling of alienation would originate from my lack of responsibility. This country had been very generous to me in giving me a chance to study, and the least that I could do is to reach out and foster more friendship, perhaps, do others a service, which would all be more effective if I know more of the language. I have been provided the best Czech teachers, so I am so deeply embarrassed and I have no excuse not to learn. It's just that the Czech language is difficult for English speakers because it does not originate from Latin. 

 

More than anything else, learning a language is also entering a people's heart and soul. This country has a store of great intellectuals, like Kafka, whom I am writing on, and I cannot even read what Czech scholars say about him – people who I think would have the best to say. Erazim Kohak who wrote "Embers and the Stars" is widely read in my country and I am sure there are articles written about his thoughts in Czech, which I long to read. But I will get there...one day. 

 

Caroline Novák Jolly

International Office

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