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Czech

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Quick Facts

 

Total Worldwide Speakers: 9,490,840

 

Language Family: Indo-European

 

Spoken in:
 
Czech Republic, Austria, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Israel, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Ukraine, United States.

 

 

History:
 
The region where Czech is spoken is traditionally called Bohemia and was named after the Boii tribe who, according to Roman sources, have inhabited the area since at least the 1st century AD. The dialects spoken in Moravia are also considered forms of Czech.


Czech literature started to appear in the 13th century. After many years of Austrian rule, during which German was the main language of literature and government, there was a revival of Czech literature at the end of the 18th century.

 

 

Sources: The Ethnologue & Omniglot

Books

 
Czech: A Rough Guide Phrasebook

 
Publisher Lexus Ltd.
Copyright 1995
ISBN 1-85828-148-2
No of Copies 1

 

Web-Based Resources

Web-Based Software

Mango Languages LogoMango Languages is available free to all Saint Michael's students, faculty, and staff in a number of languages. Each Mango lesson is focused on practical, common conversation skills and includes instruction on vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and culture.

For assistance with Mango, please see the Getting Started with Mango Languages guide.

 

Web-Based Links

 
BBC Languages — Czech

BBC Language is an online base language learning software that offers resources for Chinese, Spanish, French, English, and many more languages. Learn the basics of 36 different languages and the culture as well!

 
Global Road Warrior

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