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Teach Yourself Czech New Edition (Teach Yourself Complete Courses) Paperback – 26 Dec 2003

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Teach Yourself; 3rd Revised edition edition (26 Dec. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340870583
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340870587
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 892,859 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Book Description

If you want to progress quickly from the basics to understanding, speaking and writing Czech with confidence, then 'Teach Yourself Czech' is the course for you. Although aimed at those with no previous knowledge, it is equally suitable for anyone wishing to brush up existing knowledge for a holiday or business trip.

About the Author

David Short has taught Czech and Slovak in London since 1973 and is a founder member of the North-American (now International) Association of Teachers of Czech. He has also examined in Czech for a wide range of institutions, including other British universities and a period of involvement in the Czech A-level examination, before it was scrapped. He publishes widely on Czech and Slovak topics, with many items brought together in a volume of Essays in Czech and Slovak Language and Literature (1996), and he is pleased to have had some involvement in prize-winning dictionaries of Czech idioms (1983, 1988, 1994). He is also an active reviewer, freelance translator (including some literary and scholarly works) and interpreter (chiefly for asylum-seekers from the Czech Republic and Slovakia). His other published books include the bibliography Czechoslovakia (1986), its updated revision Czech Republic (with Vlaïka Edmondson, 2000), and Customs and Etiquette in the Czech Republic (1996), and he is the author of the descriptive outline grammars of Czech and Slovak included in Bernard Comrie & Greville G. Corbett (eds): The Slavonic Languages (1993).


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This is the second copy of the book I have bought. I already had a copy in Prague, which I have worked about half-way through, but I wanted to refresh my knowledge of Czech up while in the UK, as I shall soon be going back there to promote a book of mine which is coming out in Czech shortly. I found working my way through a book that I already knew to some extent was better than starting a different course. Easier on the brain, I suppose, as it was already fairly familiar.

I do have a couple of other Czech primers, by Czech authors, and while they are useful in some ways, their teaching methods don't always suit me as they are clearly for use in the classroom, whereas I am learning the language mainly by myself. Funnily enough, the Czech primers are usually more expensive, even in Prague, and always bulkier than this one, which is more helpful and much more compact than the others.

This probably shows that when it comes to learning a new language it is better to use a book written by someone with one's own linguistic background.

The humour also helps.
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The bane of teach yourself books, or at least the language ones, is that they try to be jack-of-all-trades and cater for the linguist, hobbyist, tourist and student. Especially in the modern texts- Catalan was completely re-written and now is a shadow of its former self, being a conversational phrasebook for holidays rather than a descriptive grammar for the serious learner. It's nice, then, to see this- a big chunky ty book which includes clear-cut grammar sections which go in to a good amount of detail. Make sure you know your grammar terminology and simple ideas like case and tense before reading though, its liable to sweep you off your feet with the "declension of the nominative" and suchlike phrases ;)
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Well organized language guide with good vocabulary ready-made translations for everyday situations. Difficulty level suitable for beginners, university students may require more challenges.
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Ahoj!
Yes, this is a good help for travellers.
Read it, learn well and impress the local people!
VIVA LA BIRRA!
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The grammar is terribly explained, and there are no charts or overviews. There aren't enough practise exercises.
Same actors sometimes play more than one part in a single dialogue and talk to themselves.
Dialogues don't deal with useful phrases.
Dialogues made unnecessarily difficult as the vocabulary at the end is not given in alphabetical order and it is difficult to find the word you specifically need.
Poor layout.
Language not recycled enough throughout the book.
One positive thing: Cultural notes useful and interesting.

You would do as well to pick up a Czech dictionary and try to learn it off by heart as you would to buy this book. There are much better Self-Study Czech books on the market.
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