Czech, Comprehensive

Czech, Comprehensive

Learn to Speak and Understand Czech with Pimsleur Language Programs
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  • Lessons: 30
  • ISBN: 9780743544818
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Description

Includes 30 lessons and reading instruction on 16 CDs, plus a reading booklet

Czech is the official language of the Czech Republic. There are approximately 12 million native speakers. The two largest dialect groups in the Czech Republic are Bohemian (most widely spoken) and Hanak Moravian, spoken in the southeast. Pimsleur's Czech teaches the Bohemian dialect.

Comprehensive Czech includes 30 lessons of essential grammar and vocabulary -- 16 hours of real-life spoken practice sessions -- plus an introduction to reading. Upon completion of this program, you will have functional spoken proficiency with the most-frequently-used vocabulary and grammatical structures.

  • In the first 10 lessons, you’ll cover the basics: saying hello, asking for or giving information, scheduling a meal or a meeting, asking for or giving basic directions, and much more. You’ll be able to handle minimum courtesy requirements, understand much of what you hear, and be understood at a beginning level, but with near-native pronunciation skills.
  • In the next 10 lessons, you’ll build on what you’ve learned. Expand your menu, increase your scheduling abilities from general to specific, start to deal with currency and exchanging money, refine your conversations and add over a hundred new vocabulary items. You’ll understand more of what you hear, and be able to participate with speech that is smoother and more confident.
  • In the final 10 lessons of Phase 1, you’ll be speaking and understanding at an intermediate level. In this phase, more directions are given in the target language, which moves your learning to a whole new plane. Lessons include shopping, visiting friends, going to a restaurant, plans for the evening, car trips, and talking about family. You’ll be able to speak comfortably about things that happened in the past and make plans for the future.

Reading Lessons are included at the end of Unit 30 to provide you with an introduction to reading the Czech alphabet. These lessons, which total about one hour, are designed to teach you to sound out words with correct pronunciation and accent. A Reading Booklet to be used with the audio lessons is also included in PDF format.

Description

Includes 30 lessons and reading instruction on 16 CDs, plus a reading booklet

Czech is the official language of the Czech Republic. There are approximately 12 million native speakers. The two largest dialect groups in the Czech Republic are Bohemian (most widely spoken) and Hanak Moravian, spoken in the southeast. Pimsleur's Czech teaches the Bohemian dialect.

Comprehensive Czech includes 30 lessons of essential grammar and vocabulary -- 16 hours of real-life spoken practice sessions -- plus an introduction to reading. Upon completion of this program, you will have functional spoken proficiency with the most-frequently-used vocabulary and grammatical structures.

  • In the first 10 lessons, you’ll cover the basics: saying hello, asking for or giving information, scheduling a meal or a meeting, asking for or giving basic directions, and much more. You’ll be able to handle minimum courtesy requirements, understand much of what you hear, and be understood at a beginning level, but with near-native pronunciation skills.
  • In the next 10 lessons, you’ll build on what you’ve learned. Expand your menu, increase your scheduling abilities from general to specific, start to deal with currency and exchanging money, refine your conversations and add over a hundred new vocabulary items. You’ll understand more of what you hear, and be able to participate with speech that is smoother and more confident.
  • In the final 10 lessons of Phase 1, you’ll be speaking and understanding at an intermediate level. In this phase, more directions are given in the target language, which moves your learning to a whole new plane. Lessons include shopping, visiting friends, going to a restaurant, plans for the evening, car trips, and talking about family. You’ll be able to speak comfortably about things that happened in the past and make plans for the future.

Reading Lessons are included at the end of Unit 30 to provide you with an introduction to reading the Czech alphabet. These lessons, which total about one hour, are designed to teach you to sound out words with correct pronunciation and accent. A Reading Booklet to be used with the audio lessons is also included in PDF format.

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PimsleurCzech Phase 1, Units 1-30
 
4.4

(based on 10 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Portable (10)
  • Easy to use (9)
  • It works (8)
  • Fun (6)
  • Perfects accent (5)

Cons

  • Too fast (4)

Best Uses

  • Self-improvement (7)
  • Travel (6)
  • Fun (4)
  • Business/work (3)
  • Family background/heritage (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Traveler (8), Business person (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Czech Phase 1,.. now what

My wife is Czech and we just got back from a visit to the family in Plzen. They were impressed at the advances I have made with the language. I was never able to...Read complete review

My wife is Czech and we just got back from a visit to the family in Plzen. They were impressed at the advances I have made with the language. I was never able to move forward with conventional methods. I bought the Pimsleur Czech mp3 and listen in my car to and from work. We are so busy that I never get the chance to read text books. Now with the combination of books and audio it keeps me more engaged.

This was a great way to learn. It is also a great way to keep motivated. My mother in law was so excited she started sending me e-mails as soon as we returned to the States. Good thing for on-line translators. I'm not that advanced yet.

I have started trying to read and speak with my wife at breakfast. Hopefully I can progress more before the next visit.

Please let me know if something more advanced becomes available.

Steve

Czech fan

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

the speakers speak too quickly

I finished the course and I learned a lot. The main drawback is that many of the new words and phrases are spoken too rapidly. The Czech sound system is quite complex, so...Read complete review

I finished the course and I learned a lot. The main drawback is that many of the new words and phrases are spoken too rapidly. The Czech sound system is quite complex, so the native speakers really need to slow down when introducing new words and phrases. With the help of a separate phrase book and a lot of repetiion, I was able to figure out most of the phrases.

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5.0

Wow! The program is great.

By Kral

from Petaluma Ca.

About Me Traveler

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Fun
  • It Works
  • Perfects Accent
  • Portable

Cons

  • No writing component

Best Uses

  • Family background/Heritage
  • Travel

Comments about Czech Phase 1, Units 1-30:

I'm learning Czech? Yes for an upcoming vacation. Product is great, not at all monotonous or boring. I start lesson 27 today and funny as it may sound I can't wait to get to the end. If traveling in the future I will use your programs for other languages. Very happy with the product.

 
4.0

Impressed

By Traveler

from Charlotte

About Me Traveler

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • It Works
  • Portable

Cons

  • Too Fast

Best Uses

  • Just for fun
  • Self-improvement
  • Travel

Comments about Czech Phase 1, Units 1-30:

Very impressed with the product. Speakers reply a little fast. But breakdown and repetitions of the words and phrases are great. Each new lesson gives a great review of previous lessons. I have begun to use a speech recognition program to check my pronounciation and it is right on. I would recommend

 
3.0

the speakers speak too quickly

By Uri the Language Learner

from Brooklyn NY

About Me Student

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun
  • Perfects Accent
  • Portable

Cons

  • Too Fast

Best Uses

  • Just for fun
  • Self-improvement

Comments about Czech Phase 1, Units 1-30:

I finished the course and I learned a lot. The main drawback is that many of the new words and phrases are spoken too rapidly. The Czech sound system is quite complex, so the native speakers really need to slow down when introducing new words and phrases. With the help of a separate phrase book and a lot of repetiion, I was able to figure out most of the phrases.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good, but a few road blocks

By Vacation Speak

from Long Island, NY

About Me Business person, Make Meaningful Vacation, Traveler

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • It Works
  • Portable

Cons

  • No Reading Component
  • Too Fast
  • Use Only Sense Of Hearing

Best Uses

  • Self-improvement
  • Travel

Comments about Czech Phase 1, Units 1-30:

This is my second time using Pimsleur, the first was German and was a great experience. Czech is necessarily more difficult as it leaves the Germanic/Latin roots of Western Europe. Also, words are not phonetically helpful in the written form.

I was up to lesson 5 and was having a moderately easy time of it until, in lesson 6, Czech words were split apart, components reversed and the sentence structure rearranged. I realized the lesson didn't give any guidance in the changes. Other than the moderator telling us to "Be careful of the word order", there was little guidance. Eventually, by using pad and paper, and writting the sentences out phonetically, I was able to reason what was happenning in the word structure and muddle through. It was suprising that after such a positive experience with German and flowing along rather nicely through 5 lessons of Czech, that we would be left on our own at what seemed and important break with the logic of the lesson.

 
5.0

GREAT PROGRAMS!

By EXPAT AND HER KIDS.........

from Irmo, South Carolina

About Me Homeschool Mom, Lover Of Language, Traveler

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Fun
  • It Works
  • Perfects Accent
  • Portable

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Too Fast

Best Uses

  • Business/Work
  • Just for fun
  • Self-improvement
  • Travel

Comments about Czech Phase 1, Units 1-30:

I listen to the program with my kids everyday. They are picking up the language so quickly!!! I'm not doing half bad for an "old dog". It is so practical and easy to use. I recommend more than a half hour a day, but I think a person could glean a lot of practical language skills in a short time. WE LOVE PIMSLEUR!!!!!

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