Czech for foreigners 2nd part - Language courses in the Czech Republic

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The Czechs have a lovely proverb: You live a new life for every language you speak. Other nations must also be familiar with this proverb and evidently act upon it. Or at least this seems to be why foreigners are so interested in Czech and endeavour to understand and learn our language.

Do you wish to learn “only” enough Czech so that you can make yourself understood at the shops or the doctor’s? Do you wish to have occasional conversations with your new neighbour or tell her more than a few basic phrases such as “Good day“, “I am well“ and “Goodbye“? Or do you need to learn Czech so that you can carry out your job or study? Whatever the reason there is a wide range of first-rate Czech language courses with tuition on various levels available in the Czech Republic. And you don’t have to live in Prague or Brno, where most of the language courses are available. You can find a lecturer in all large and even smaller towns.

You can find a clear summary of language schools and available courses here. Universities also hold intensive Czech language courses and use these to prepare young people for becoming their students. However, these courses are not only open to potential students, they are also open to the general public. You can find information about courses on the website of Charles University in Prague, Masaryk University in Brno and on the websites of other universities and colleges.

In January 2009 the Czech Republic adopted a law according to which foreigners who wish to obtain Czech citizenship are required to pass a Czech language test. This does not concern citizens from European Union states, Norway, Iceland, Lichtenstein and Switzerland. The others must take a so-called A1 level test, according to CEFR (the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). If you need to prepare for such a test and don’t know where to learn Czech, how the test proceeds and what you need to know to take it, you can find the required information here.

Try the test out!
Author: Andrea Kábelová
Added: 27.04.2010

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