The Czech language, together with several other ones such as Polish, Slovak or Serbian form the group of languages known as the “western Slavic”. However, the Czech language was also strongly influenced by the eastern and southern Slavic groups so certain learning patterns can be made between Czech and Ukrainian, Russian, Bulgarian, Croatian or Macedonian.
Other languages that left their mark on Czech include Latin, German or Old Church Slavonic but also several groups of smaller languages brought in the Czech area by nomads. Each of them brought its fair share of vocabulary increase, distortion of the original grammar rules and in spelling and pronunciation of words.
Is there an “easy” way to learn Czech?
The answer to this question depends on a number of variables. If your native tongue has a Slavic foundation or if you’re a polyglot that already knows one of the Slavic languages, learning Czech will be a walk in the park. When you learn Czech grammar or sentence structure, you will not naturally understand it when it’s spoken to you, hence the need to complement whatever “Learn Czech” courses you’re using, with direct speech or audio tapes.
If you never had any kind of contact with a Slavic language before starting up on learning Czech, the only way you can get a solid grasp of it and improve vocabulary, pronunciation, spelling and grammar is through sheer practice. Practice, Practice, Practice...nothing beats actually talking to a native speaker in their language as often as possible. You need to keep using the phrases you’ve learned and memorized and even though at the beginning you’ll have a limited set of phrases to work with, try to use them as often as possible until they become second nature.
Free Czech lessons online
There are many interesting, informative and fun sites that can help with learning the Czech language. You can complement taking free Czech lessons online with playing some fun vocabulary games such as exercises, quizzes, puzzles or tests to help you out. Using vocabulary games helps you memorize words much easier as well as boosting your spelling and in some cases, pronunciation skills. Try not to focus specifically on Czech grammar, as this is a common mistake that most language newcomers make. Although in any language learning process grammar is important, without a large vocabulary it’s hard to put what you’ve learned in practice. Let grammar build up naturally until the rules don’t feel like rules anymore, but come up instinctively.