A course for redditors (and other people) made by a redditor, a course which is focused on Czech - a language spoken in central Europe, mostly in Czech Republic and borderlands of its neighbouring countries. It's also spoken by minorities all over the globe, estimation of native speakers is thought to be somewhere around 15 million (10 milion in the Czech Republic).
This course will be mainly aimed on practical parts of (learning) Czech but since I got a background in self-taught linguistics, emphasis will be put on theoretical stuff as well.
Why should you learn Czech? There are tons of reasons why you should learn it. Maybe you want/will travel to Czech Republic. Maybe you got an ancestor who is Czech. Maybe you saw a movie in Czech and the sound of it is appealing to your ears. Maybe you heard a song with Czech lyrics from your favourite group and want to know its meaning. Maybe you just want to learn a new language and have fun with it. Maybe you...I don't know, ANY reason is good!
What will you gain after you finish this course? Ideally, you should be at least B1 according to CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) and ideally, you should be at least semi-fluent when expressing yourself (yes, I am aiming that high). But we all know things aren't ideal, so I can't promise you these two goals. It will all depend on you (and sometimes me)
Why do I want to teach Czech? Mainly, because I want to try something new and teaching someone a new language definitely is a new thing for me. Besides that, I want to improve my English. And also, because there aren't many Czech online courses afaik. And if there are, they are incomplete and/or you must pay for it in order to continue or even enter it.
A student should have an interest in one of these things (preferably all of them)
- Czech language
- Czech people
- Czech culture
- Czech history/geography
- Czech beer :D
A student should have motivation to learn Czech. This is a language course, so if you're not motivated, especially in a language, it's pretty much more or less impossible to learn it or to finish it.
A student should be willingful to learn a new language (in this case Czech).
A student should put some effort and time into this course (I'd say one to two hours a week are enough, we'll see about this part).
Each lesson consists of a short PDF, workbook (also in PDF) and voice recordings. All of it is packed nice and tight into a rar and then uploaded on google documents.
001 - Pronunciation
Learning Czech can be both equally hard and easy. It just depends on many factors - your motivation, your talent in learning languages, your linguistical background (native language+second language) so it can take different amount of time if your native is Russian and you got talent/motivation or if your native is Chinese and you don't have as much talent/motivation.
About me:I am 19 years old redditor who just discovered this wonderful idea of University of Reddit and a thought that I could teach some of you guys Czech dropped on my head. So here it is, get ready! If you have any questions concerning the course and/or you want to help me in any way, feel free to drop me a pm here or on reddit (my UReddit username is linked to the same Reddit username) or email me - firstname.lastname@example.org (don't email me on email@example.com because I can't get this adress to work on my Thunderbird)
I am a native speaker so I guess I'm qualified for it. But I am NOT a qualified teacher so far, I may fail a lot in my explanations and teaching!