You have been learning Czech and would like to use the Internet as well. But there is a lot of information, programmes, applications… What to choose? What can be helpful? Here are a few tips.
1. I want to practise words
(Suitable for levels A1–C2) It is an application for PC, phone or tablet. Words concerning one topic make one set on flashcards. You learn them with filling, playing games, choosing the correct answer, writing tests… You can find sets created by teachers, other students and you can create your own sets. Register and start just now! You can stay offline during practising. My sets for students are here.
(A1–C2) Sketch Engine for Language Learning. You write a word to the programme and it shows you 40 specific sentences show to use the word (function Příklady), other words you can add to this one (function Word sketch) a similar words (function Podobná slova). Have a look at what results in you can find for the word DĚLAT.
DĚLAT – function Příklady:DĚLAT – function Word sketch:DĚLAT – function Podobná slova:Czech language in pictures
(A1–C2) An easy game. You can see a word and two pictures and click on the picture which shows the meaning of the word. Then you can see a word and three pictures, a word and four pictures… Some words are a bit difficult, some are not. You will see what you can learn from the pictures.
(A1) Application for practising gender of nouns. You see a word and you have to choose and click if it is ten (masculine), ta (feminine) or to (neutrum). The application shows whether your answer was correct. And if you write your own word programme shows its gender. You can download the app to your phone on Google Play or iOS. You can stay offline during playing.
2. I want to check/practise grammar
(A1–C2) The programme offers you all word forms (declination, conjugation), kind of words (what is an adverb, adjective, preposition…) and shows you how to use any word. For example, you write RESTAURACE and you know everything about the word immediately.
(A1–C2) Programme for verb conjugation. You don´t know how to conjugate e.g. the verb JÍT? Choose it in the list and that´s all.
(A1–B1) Do you use books Čeština expres or Česky krok za krokem 2? Here you can find online exercises and practise new words of each lesson. Application „speaks“ English, German and Russian.
3. I need to check diacritics
(A1–C2) Are you confused with writing the length, hook or circle above Czech letters? Nechybujte helps you. You click on menu Nástroje, write a needed word without diacritics and click on Doplnit diakritiku (button down the window). The application writes your word correctly.
4. Audio and video – I want to practise listening
(A1–A2) Short videos for 9 basic situations. 2 videos for each situation: for A1 students and A2 students. Topics: living, how to call an emergency, how to make an appointment with the doctor, how to call the police, how to fill in the form…Each video can have subtitles and transcription (when you don´t understand you read). For example, watch how to solve a problem with your landlord.
(A1–B1) Are your colleagues the Czechs? Watch short videos – basic situations at work. Topics: interview, how to ask for something, how to apologize, how to disagree… Each video has a transcription and a few exercises to check whether you understand well.
(A2–C2) You don´t have time for a long video? Listen to the short audio! Here are radio dramas, not longer than 1–2 minutes. The drama has a plot, it can be funny, sad, psychological… Each drama has also transcription. You will listen to informal Czech as well. For example, listen to the drama called Chutnalo ti to?
5. Other matters of interest
Follow FB sites of teachers, groups and students. My site for students is here and I recommend also Czech Step by Step, Český blog pro cizince, Check the Czech, Learn Czech Olomouc, Study Czech and others.
I prepare special materials for my students, you find them here. Choose your level and you can practise reading, listening, speaking, writing, pronunciation, words, grammar and other online activities…
You don´t want to search for anything on the Internet, right? Well, then buy the online magazine AHOJ (magazine for students of Czech) and you get a new issue every 3 months. You can read, revise Czech and you learn a lot of news. Price for one issue is 195 Kč, 4 issues together (a year price) 615 Kč.
6. I want to pass the Czech exam for a long-term residency
You can find everything about the exam here.
And now: don´t wait for anything and try at least one programme or application. And tomorrow another one. Choose the best for you.
Which of the programmes do you like?
13. 6. 2017
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