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Jimena: Czech language

Blog PostsAuthor: Jimena Mendoza

The Czech language is a language of the Slavic and Indo-European group and is spoken by approximately 10 million people. This is the official language of the Czech Republic and is closely connected with the Slovak in its structure and phonetic, its roots also expand to other languages such as Polish and Russian.

This language is a fusion of different languages and its vocabulary has been strongly influenced by Latin and German. The origin of this language comes from the medieval period but it will be until the 18th century and the middle of the 19th century that modern written language will be standardized, codified in the context of the Revival of the Czech Nation.

The Czech of Bohemia is written since the twelfth and thirteenth century, but it will be until the fourteenth century that it’s found in administrative and literary documents. The fifteenth century was of fundamental importance for the language because it took part of the Reformation in Bohemia with Jan Hus, who contributed significantly in the standardization and spelling of language. In 1620 with the revolt of Bohemia and the 30-year war, when Protestants have to leave the country, establishing German parallel to Czech as official language.

The Czech is characterized by having 3 genders: feminine, masculine and neutral; and one of its peculiarities is the use of accents – called háček – that can appear in consonants and vowels, an example is: žena – woman.

Learning Czech requires discipline and perseverance, in Prague you will find multiple courses and a variety of ways to practice it.