Most often, Czechs have a good command of English , with the second most “popular” foreign language being German and the third one Russian. French, Italian, and Spanish are not widely spoken by the locals.
The official language of the Czech Republic is Czech. Spoken by nearly 11 million native speakers, Czech is classified as part of the Slavic branch of Indo-European languages.
People often say that Czech is one of the most difficult languages in the world. An English person, however, might find Czech very hard because the grammar structure and words are very different to English. Our students are mostly English speakers and they know that learning Czech is not always a breeze.
It’s about as similar as the title of your post is to English. While I can’t say for certain, many Polish friends of mine, and my ( Czech ) family all say they can understand about 60-75% of each other. The remaining parts can often be explained using other words.
Prague can be a very cheap city to visit but it can also be very expensive . It depends where you pull out your wallet. Because there are so many tourists and almost all of them visit the same few sites, it is just good business sense for a shop or restaurant owner to raise their prices and collect as much as they can.
Aside from property crime , Prague is a relatively safe city. The rate of violent crime is low and most areas of Prague are safe to walk around even after dark. Be careful on Wenceslas Square. It is usually packed with tourists and the crowds make things easy for pickpockets.
Living costs in the Czech Republic are considered to be affordable. The average living costs of students range from 350 to 750 USD per month, including meals, accommodation, public transport and culture. The current exchange rate is available at the Czech National Bank website.
Ethnology. The Czech ethnic group is part of the West Slavic subgroup of the larger Slavic ethno-linguistical group. The West Slavic tribe of Czechs settled in the area of Bohemia during the migration period, and assimilated the remaining Celtic and Germanic populations.
German is a Germanic language and Czech is a Slavic language . – of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, which it was part of for 400 years, we have many words that originate from German languages , or which were at least influenced by them.
But the language is beautiful. And you should absolutely go for it. You could also try learning Slovak, since it is basically czech with fewer grammatical rules. It is also understood by most czechs since the language is very similar.
Czech seems a bit easier than Polish for a few reasons. But they are both West Slavic languages, they both have seven cases, and they share similar grammatical features in terms of conjugation and syntax. Written Czech is easier to understand than the spoken language, though.
Polish is bigger, so more important. Would recommend learning Czech first, but to be honest, neither of the languages is particulary useful in comparison to Spanish/English/French for instance.. How mutually intelligible are the Czech and Polish languages?
A fairly common reason why Czech is said to be a very complex language to learn is its supposedly fantastically complicated grammar. Since Czech has seven cases, that , combined with the singular and plural forms, means that you would have to memorise fourteen different forms of one single word.
Czech , Polish , and Slovak are all members of the West Slavic group – a bunch of very closely related languages. Much like the Scandinavian languages, they have had a long history of developing together and influencing each other.
Polish has a more complicated grammar than German , but everything mainly depends on the “distance” to the languages you allready speak. If you are fluent in another slavic language like Russian or Czech, learning Polish will definitely be easier than learning German .