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

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

Postby Brun Ugle » Fri Jun 16, 2017 5:09 pm

Brun Ugle wrote:The reason I have to learn Czech is that I walked into a bookstore in Bratislava where my friend, Dave, was looking at Star Wars books and I said, "I'm not really all that into Star Wars. I prefer Star Trek, but you can't really find Star Trek books in other languages besides English and German. If they had Star Trek books in Slovak, I'd learn Slovak."

And then I found several Star Trek books. However they turned out to be in Czech, so technically, I'm off the hook because they aren't in Slovak, and I didn't say anything about Czech Star Trek books. :P ;)

Since my "friends" wouldn't let me off the hook, it looks like I'm learning Czech. And for some reason, half the forum seems to want to join in. I guess there are a lot of Trekkers here.

This is meant as a study group, not a challenge, but since I was asked, "When do we start?" I thought maybe it would be a good idea to start our studies at the same time as rdearman starts his study on language improvement. That way those who want to participate in his study can do Czech from zero if they want. It's due to start sometime around the end of July. Also, that gives us a little time to collect materials.

So, who wants to join the "fun"? I can't promise cookies, but they do have Star Trek books!
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Re: Study group for people who've been tricked into learning CZECH -- those learning of their own free will also welcome

Postby Brun Ugle » Fri Jun 16, 2017 5:09 pm

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CZECH
Czech profile
Multilingual website to study Czech
FSI Czech Fast
DLI Czech Basic
Czech step by step
Handylex Czech English dictionary app, there is a free and pay version.
For paper dictionaries Lingea prakticky slovnik, or Velky cesko-anglicky/anglicko-cesky slovnik, author Josef Fronek, publisher Leda, includes declension and conjugation tables.
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Slovak profile
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Re: Study group for people who've been tricked into learning CZECH -- those learning of their own free will also welcome

Postby jeff_lindqvist » Fri Jun 16, 2017 5:22 pm

Brun Ugle wrote:So, who wants to join the "fun"?


I'm in! So far I'm undecided regarding rdearman's study, but in a month I'll know...
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Re: Study group for people who've been tricked into learning CZECH -- those learning of their own free will also welcome

Postby Systematiker » Fri Jun 16, 2017 5:24 pm

I'm in for Czech, I think it will be fun.
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Postby zenmonkey » Sat Jun 17, 2017 12:07 am

I'm in for Slovak.

REUNIFICATION, yo!

(This post is not intended to be political in any way shape or form. I just bought a load of Slovak material and if I'm going to dip my toe into this language family it is going to be through this sister/brother thing...)

Anyway, I'll be in the corner mumbling by myself.
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Postby vonPeterhof » Sat Jun 17, 2017 8:10 am

zenmonkey wrote:I'm in for Slovak.

REUNIFICATION, yo!

(This post is not intended to be political in any way shape or form. I just bought a load of Slovak material and if I'm going to dip my toe into this language family it is going to be through this sister/brother thing...)

Anyway, I'll be in the corner mumbling by myself.
Same here. I almost ended up buying manga in Czech thinking it's in Slovak, but I noticed all the ě's, ř's and ů's in time. But then, I do have a book in Czech I got from Serpent, so I might come around when I'm done with the Slovak books. That'll probably take a while though...
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Re: Study group for people who've been tricked into learning CZECH -- those learning of their own free will also welcome

Postby Brun Ugle » Sat Jun 17, 2017 8:29 am

Like I said, "If there were Star Trek books in SLOVAK, I would learn SLOVAK." I never said anything about Czech, but somehow I got caught up in this maelstrom of madness anyway.

Anyway, Slovak learners are also welcome. I'll change the title to reflect that.

Edit: I hit the limit for how long a title can be and had to make adjustments.
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Postby arthaey » Sat Jun 17, 2017 7:38 pm

Brun Ugle wrote:I hit the limit for how long a title can be and had to make adjustments.

I just dropped in to say I quite like this thread's title. Good job. :)
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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 stelingo » Sat Jun 17, 2017 8:51 pm

http://www.czechstepbystep.cz/ucitele/ucitele_ncsbs_tsfs.html

I would recommend the materials on this site. I am personally working through Krok za krokem 2, amongst other things. I would also recommend the Handylex Czech English dictionary app, there is a free and pay version. For paper dictionaries Lingea prakticky slovnik, or Velky cesko-anglicky/anglicko-cesky slovnik, author Josef Fronek, publisher Leda, includes declension and conjugation tables.
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