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5.0 out of 5 stars The best dictionary and suggestions for study, 12 Sep 2006
This review is from: English-Czech and Czech-English Dictionary: Thumb Index (Hardcover)
As a UK expatriate living in San Francisco (why didn't I stay in London so that I could hop over to Praha every weekend instead of taking an endless Transatlantic flight every three months--but I'm trying to figure out how to live there for ever?) I am totally addicted to the city of Prague, and am learning Czech. This is absolutely the best dictionary available for learners, but let me make some suggestions for using it. For example, if you are as green as I was when I first started using Fronek, I couldn't understand why I couldn't find any entries beginning with "ch." I finally realized that since "ch" in Czech is pronounced beginning with an "h" sound, Fronek like other dictionaries lists "ch" words after "h." Also, since nouns and adjectives in Czech are declined with up to seven endings, and verbs are conjugated with many endings, a lot of words simply aren't listed in their various forms. You need to have a good beginner's knowledge of Czech to use the dictionary properly.

I have two suggestions for study. First, "401 Czech Verbs" by Bruce Davies. YOu can buy it at the Globe Bookstore in Prague in Novy Mesto, but search for it online. This fully conjugates most basic verbs and is invaluable until you develop confidence in declining verbs (plus there are lots of unpredictibly conjugated verbs!) Absolutely the best text for studying Czech is "New Czech Step by Step" by Lida Hola. Note that this is not the older version ("Czech Step by Step") currently offered by Amazon.uk or Amazon.com in the U.S. It comes with a good CD and workbook, and expects you to do lots of work, like looking up words in Fronek. But after 20 lessons you end up with an excellent basic knowledge of the Czech language. It has its own website. As an adjunct, I recommend Pimsleur Czech I, for lots and lots of practice speaking quite a lot of basic Czech as spoken by Czechs.

Good luck, see you in the Slavia. Ken Martin
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Initial post: 28 Dec 2013 15:54:32 GMT
PlasticBiddy says:
"New Czech Step by Step" by Lida Hola."

I have to disagree with your recommendation for this book, I think it's absolutely appalling and terrible value for money. A native Czech speaking friend of mine agrees.
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