Czech, Comprehensive

Czech, Comprehensive

Learn to Speak and Understand Czech with Pimsleur Language Programs
  • This Edition: CD ( Also available in: MP3 )
  • Lessons: 30
  • ISBN: 9780743544818
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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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REVIEWS SUMMARY

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PimsleurCzech Phase 1, Units 1-30
 
4.4

(based on 15 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (13)
  • Portable (13)
  • It works (12)
  • Fun (8)
  • Perfects accent (8)

Cons

  • Too fast (5)

Best Uses

  • Self-improvement (11)
  • Travel (10)
  • Fun (6)
  • Business/work (5)
  • Family background/heritage (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Traveler (12), Business person (4)

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

Looking to advance

By Dan

from Milwaukee, WI

About Me Teacher, Traveler

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Accessible
  • Easy to use
  • Fun
  • It Works

Cons

  • Only One Level

Best Uses

  • Family background/Heritage
  • Just for fun
  • Self-improvement
  • Travel

Comments about Czech Phase 1, Units 1-30:

This is an amazing course for people looking to learn conversational Czech. It is incomplete, due to the fact that each region of the country has a different way of talking, but you would always be understood. It takes you slowly through the words and phrases that will be immediately helpful after getting off the plane, then by the time you finish the course, you should be able to get around Prague without feeling like there's a linguistic wall is between you and everyone you meet.
I highly recommend this and look forward to Level 2!

Service and delivery comments:

We need Level 2 ASAP!!!

 
4.0

Very good program

By Momma Z

from Odell, IL

About Me Traveler

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Too Fast

Best Uses

  • Business/Work
  • Family background/Heritage
  • Self-improvement
  • Travel

Comments about Czech Phase 1, Units 1-30:

I'm 47 years old and taking on learning a new language for the first time in over 30 years. I am mostly Czech by heritage and am planning on going to the Czech Republic on a missions trip with my son and husband. My son is also using this program - though he learns faster than I do. I usually spend a half hour on the lessons in the early morning before my children wake up, or in the evening after they are in bed. I rarely complete a whole lesson in that time frame, as I stop it when I am having trouble remembering or pronouncing something. But I'm ok with that. I may learn a little more slowly, but I am learning!

I really like Pimsleur's conversational approach, mixed with spending time learning new words intermittantly, the way I have to think about things sometimes, rather than just repeating. Lesson time flies by. I like how it's teaching the various tenses of words in that context, rather than having me memorize lists of words as I did in high school Spanish. But, I do have to agree with another review I read before purchasing Pimsleur Czech - starting with lesson 6, the people are sometimes talking so fast I can hardly distinguish words in the longer sentences. That, combined with new words that were just practiced a few times and then thrown into a new, longer sentence that has a completely different structure, has made it difficult for me. I've found I have to listen to the lesson in my music program on the computer so that I can stop it, rewind (so to speak), and listen again - sometimes several times - to be able to discern what the words are. If I were actually talking to a person who realized I wasn't understanding, that person would slow down for me. I can't make that happen with a recording. That really, is the only serious criticism I have, and the reason for rating this program a 4 rather than a 5.

Being a visual learner I would also prefer to see the words while I'm hearing them so I don't see them in my mind with English spelling, but it's not crucial.

I would definitely recommend this program to others

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The only improvement I would make would be to have the people speak more slowly when new sentences are being taught. Better enunciation of the words would also help, as some of the Czech sounds are completely new to speakers of English. Sometimes I can't figure out exactly how words are being pronounced, so I don't know how to say them. My 16-year-old son is learning with me, and he doesn't have the same problems I do - probably because his mind is younger!

I know the guide says to not worry about learning the alphabet first, and to not take notes or look at the words yet - I'm very visual and I "see" them anyway. I'm afraid that's going to cause me trouble later since I'm spelling these words in my head with English phonics. I would prefer to be learning the Czech spelling/alphabet along with it, so it would all be learned at once. At this point I'm trusting Mr. Pimsleur's research that produced this program and not looking at the word lists. Overall, I'm very excited to be learning Czech!

 
4.0

Good Teaching Method

By Blue Line Kid

from Florida

About Me Business person, Traveler

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Need Sections In Lessons

Best Uses

  • Business/Work
  • Self-improvement
  • Travel

Comments about Czech, Comprehensive:

I use the CD lessons several times to get it.
The gradual movement of the training from simple to more complex is well structured.
Some simple things like numbers and travel terms could be introduced sooner.
We need a level 2 Course. I only have level 1 with lessons 1 - 30 and the reference CD.

 
5.0

Excellent program

By jayjay

from Lexington MA

About Me Traveler

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Inconsistent Pronunciatio

Best Uses

  • Just for fun
  • Self-improvement
  • Travel

Comments about Czech Phase 1, Units 1-30:

I'm using the Czech course in preparation for a trip to Prague. The Pimsleur method is great. The Czech course is one of the more difficult ones, I think, mainly because of the pronunciation. It seems to me that some relatively easy-to-pronounce words (such as the one for "with you") are practiced more than necessary, while some really difficult ones ("Wenceslas Square" and "four" are two that come to mind) are not practiced enough. But on the whole I have no complaints.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Czech Phase 1

By Blažena

from Houston, TX

Verified Reviewer

Comments about Czech Phase 1, Units 1-30:

Because of my busy schedule, I use Pimsleur in the car, and it's amazing how much I have learned! The gradual addition of new information to the words and sentences already covered is what helped me most! Please produce Czech Phase 2!

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