Kam jdete s tímto jaderným odpadem? I’ve been waiting to use this zinger for weeks now. This online language program, Duolingo, seems to have nailed the Czech culture. I definitely recommend learning Czech just for the humor alone. You can tell a lot about a culture and language with the examples they use. Many of these come from the political or what the? sections. They reflect the awesome sarcasm, paranoia, and put downs most of us know after living here a certain amount of time.
About a year ago Duolingo finally released the Czech Beta course. I’ve now completed all the chapters in the first and second rounds. It means I’ve gone through all of the topics twice and then repeated them, but it has a slightly more complicated sentence structure and more vocabulary.
I really like the extra elements which give it a game feel and allow me to compete with Michal and his son, Jiri. They are learning Esperanto which has about as many speakers as Czech speakers. Nerds! And of course they kick my ass completely in total points, but I’m happy to be on the leader list just this week.
These are some of the best sample sentences I really should be using so far:
- I found your tooth-brush in the toilet.
- It would be better if you spoke less.
- My fifth wedding will be my last.
- His wife is an expert on fish.
- My heart is not a football.
- He is only talking about his husband.
- He has his stinky feet on the desk again.
- Your neighbors are dumb.
- Even a small child would paint a better portrait.
- He probably doesn’t know how to clap.
- He wears shoes without socks.
- A fox is sitting on Frantisek.
- Don’t eat yellow snow.
- Beer is not sold in our pharmacy.
- Frantisek’s dog does not wish to be investigated.
- The United States are no longer united.
- Green men are watching us.
- Big brother is everywhere.
- Where are you going with that nuclear waste?
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