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  • Paperback: 286 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; New Ed edition (1 Feb. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415287855
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415287852
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.7 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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This is styled an 'essential' grammar, and is certainly not anything like a comprehensive grammar (mluvnice) of Czech (čeština) - the Czech language (český jazyk), with its strong tradition of writing from the late thirteenth century onwards. Read the first page
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Leigh Collett on 6 Mar. 2006
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This is the third Czech study book that I have bought and this is an absolutely fantastic reference book that helps you understand very clearly what some of that difficult grammar and language points really mean.
Not for Czech novices, but great for those that have learnt some basic Czech through other means and want to know why what they are saying is constructed in that way!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By paulzwo on 17 Feb. 2013
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I echo the praise for this book from the previous reviewers. As mentioned, this is a bit heavy for a beginner, but perfect for someone moving to intermediate stage and attempting to make sense of the grammar (and grammar is all-important in Czech - there's no way of progressing until you've got it nailed).
The reservation ? The author's decision to present cases in a non-standard order. It's standard for Czech to list cases in 1-Nominative 2-Genitive 3-Dative 4-Accusative up to 7-Instrumental, but the author has arbitrarily decided to list in 1-4-2-3-6-7-5 order ! If this was the only reference material you ever used it wouldn't matter much, but it's irritating to have to remember that the format differs from all other reference material, so that you find the accusative form where you expect the genitive to be, and so on. But that irritation apart, it's an excellent reference book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Micheál Ó Muimhneacháin on 20 Mar. 2012
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If you want to know how to speak Czech, this is the book for you. No nonsense or psychology just the rules and structure. Very well put together
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By Jet on 21 Nov. 2014
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Very informative and useful text book
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
This, the David Short Teach Yourself Czech and the Fronek Dictionary are all you really need... 26 Jun. 2006
By T. Berry - Published on Amazon.com
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Really! First, use this work. I know it means seemingly meaningless memorization, but then the Short Teach Yourself Czech will make a lot more sense, and you can concentrate on the colloquial expressions and phrases. Then you can polish off your knowledge with Radio Praha (which has the printed Czech of their articles and sound in RealAudio or Windows Media) and the Fronek dictionary. The Fronek IS hideously expensive, but since you're not gonna find "2,000+ Essential Czech Verbs," you'll find all you need on the irregualr conjugations and declensions there.
43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
KINDLE EDITION IS UNUSABLE DUE TO MISSING ACCENTS AND DIACRITICAL MARKS 2 Dec. 2009
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The Kindle Edition of Naughton's Czech, an Essential Grammar is useless. Despite multiple downloads and discussions with Kindle customer service, the book downloads to the Kindle without many accents and diacritical marks on the letters -- for example, throughout the entire book, "R" with hook/hacek -- has no hacek. Same for "r" -- no hook/hacek. The same holds true for other letters with hooks/haceks. Thus, THE BOOK IS USELESS IN ITS CURRENT FORMAT. Without the accents and hooks/hacky, one cannot learn the language. I speak Czech and can see that all the accents are missing, but a non-speaker or learner of the Czech language would not know this, and thus would learn many, many words completely incorrectly. THE PUBLISHERS NEED TO CORRECT THE KINDLE VERSION OF THIS BOOK.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Book! 29 Jan. 2009
By B. Languages - Published on Amazon.com
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Czech, an essential grammar is exactly what it is called.
Author managed to explain complexities of Czech language in logical, brief and easy to understand chapters. I was particularly impressed by the section, cases and prepositions, which was very well presented to anyone who would be interested in studying this very difficult language. Each section covers one element of the grammar which includes nouns, pronouns,numerals, verbs, prepositions and conjunctions In fairly short sections, the author was able to cover basic usage in plentiful examples so students can learn a simple conversation in short time.
I have discussed the textbook with my student, Dr. Lois Potter and she found the book to be an excellent tool for her understanding of basic structures of today's Czech.
Last but not least positive feature of the book is usage of proper and updated forms of Czech language which does not include slang or terms no longer existing in everyday communication. While Czech language is difficult by itself, many outdated textbooks make it impossible for non-native speaker to understand complicated czech grammar. In Czech An Essential Grammar, the author accomplished a very difficult task of simplifying it. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to learn Czech without being discouraged by complexity of Czech grammar.

Val Berzinz, Berlitz Czech instructor
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
The Kindle Edition is 'diacritic-ally' flawed 30 Dec. 2011
By J. Duesterhoeft - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an excellent book on Czech grammar. Unfortunately the Kindle edition is missing many of the diacritic marks. For a language book this is unacceptable. Do NOT buy the kindle edition until the problem is fixed. Check the previews of the Kindle and paper edition previews for the Czech spellings of the word "Czech". The leading "C" should have a diacritic mark. An early instance of the problem occurs in the table of contents. The entry for section 2.4 lacks a diacritic on the leading "E".

If you did purchase the Kindle Edition and then discovered this you can return it for a short time.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Good text 9 Mar. 2013
By walkinwolk - Published on Amazon.com
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An excellent resource for Czech grammer. Well organized and easy to use. Up to date on loaner words and other derivations.
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