Study group for people tricked into learning CZECH (or SLOVAK) -- those learning of their own free will also welcome

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Re: Study group for people tricked into learning CZECH (or SLOVAK) -- those learning of their own free will also welcome

Postby languist » Tue Jan 09, 2018 10:02 pm

Ahojte všetci !

Učím sa po slovenský. Miljuem tento jazyk, a možem veľa rozumieť, ale hovorím zle (pretože trošku som lenivá..).

It's been so long since I have actually typed Slovak out on a laptop that it was a major struggle to remember which accents went where! Anyway, I'd be very happy to have some study-buddies in our quest to conquer the Czechoslovak beast. tak čau !
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Re: Study group for people tricked into learning CZECH (or SLOVAK) -- those learning of their own free will also welcome

Postby DaveBee » Thu Mar 15, 2018 10:44 am

Czech School Without Borders, London is looking for volunteers

Czech School Without Borders, London is looking for volunteers to fill the positions of Teaching Assistant.

Are you fluent in Czech and free on Saturdays?

http://london.czechcentres.cz/news/cesk ... rovolniky/

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Czech Centre, the Czech government agency for cultural diplomacy based in London, offers a range of unpaid volunteering opportunities. Whether you have specific skills you want to develop or just want to meet people and work in an interesting environment, come and join us!

The only prerequisites are to be enthusiastic, reliable and committed to help making Czech Centres events and campaigns promoting the Czech Republic in the UK even better. No amount of time is too small and we very much appreciate all your help.

http://london.czechcentres.cz/about-us/dobrovolnictvi/
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Re: Study group for people tricked into learning CZECH (or SLOVAK) -- those learning of their own free will also welcome

Postby rdearman » Thu Mar 15, 2018 12:09 pm

Hummm... I guess I qualify for this group now. I'm collecting lots of resources in my new FLC log.
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Re: Study group for people tricked into learning CZECH (or SLOVAK) -- those learning of their own free will also welcome

Postby Sun » Wed Aug 14, 2019 9:25 am

Hello everybody! I am also learning Czech at the moment.
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Re: Study group for people tricked into learning CZECH (or SLOVAK) -- those learning of their own free will also welcome

Postby reineke » Wed Dec 18, 2019 10:34 pm

You guys need a little break from all the hard work going on here.

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Re: Study group for people tricked into learning CZECH (or SLOVAK) -- those learning of their own free will also welcome

Postby Iversen » Thu Dec 19, 2019 1:52 pm

I'm not a formal member of this group, but I was tricked into learning a little bit of Slovak when the gatherings kept returning to Bratislava. And then I was tricked into adding a little bit of Czeck studying when the last gathering became irrelevant to me and I replaced its activities by visits to zoos in Eastern Czechia instead. And then I had also booked a few days in Lviv in Ukraine (and I bought a good dictionary there) and I returned home through Poland so now the situation is that I'm more or less working simultanously on more or less the whole gamut of Slavic languages, which is a big gulp and completely impalatable for anybody with less skills than a Hale or Mezzofanti or Krebs. As the Mythbuster guys always said: don't do this at home - well, actually you shouldn't do it anywhere. One or two Slavic languages on the workbench at any one time ought to be enough - but I was just tempted into attacking the whole bunch in parallel.

Still I do feel that I'm making headway at least on the passive side: I'm almost able to read Wikipedia articles in most of the languages, and I'm making progress with thinking in them - though not to the extent that I can keep a discussion with myself running without looking things up along the way.

The picture below shows the Paraguayan dictator and would-be general Juan Solana Lopez, who thought it was a brilliant idea to attack Argentina, Bolivia and Brazil at the same time - it wasn't, and his country only survived because the other powers judged that it would be practical to have an impotent buffer state to separate them. I somehow feel I'm in the same situation...

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Re: Study group for people tricked into learning CZECH (or SLOVAK) -- those learning of their own free will also welcome

Postby Cavesa » Fri Dec 20, 2019 5:59 pm

reineke wrote:You guys need a little break from all the hard work going on here.

...youtube...

A great song, I agree. It's just not in Czech or Slovak (just to not confuse people and create too high expectations concerning local contemporary music. The closest thing we had to this was Čechomor, which was tackling some traditional folk songs in a modern way. They were good, not sure whether they still exist.). If I'm not mistaken, it is in Rusin (language the minority at the very east of Slovakia, that was taken away from Czechoslovakia many decades ago).

Iversen wrote: don't do this at home - well, actually you shouldn't do it anywhere. One or two Slavic languages on the workbench at any one time ought to be enough - but I was just tempted into attacking the whole bunch in parallel.


Yes. I have no clue, why so many people are trying to attempt several slavic languages at once, or taking mutual intelligibility as their n.1 criterion for choosing. Or some even take up that crazy interslavic thing (I don't like it, because it might take away even more light from the natural and already understudied languages).

One slavic language can give you as much fun and benefit as any other language of a similar size. Even if you get tricked into learning just Czech or just Slovak (or just Polish/Croatian/...), you will have enough to do and you will get tons of value for your efforts. If Iversen finds it challenging to learn the whole group, most normal people really should opt for one or two :-D
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