As you will know if you read this blog regularly my New Year's resolution this year was to spend 30 minutes a day teaching myself Czech (when I am in England). Well, I thought I'd better give you an update, so here it is:
I don't know how it is going - I have no idea whether it is going in. I find 30 minutes all in one go too hard, I am not able to concentrate or I get bored and go too fast - a sign of my advancing years perhaps. So I keep copies of my Czech lessons in both bathrooms and I read them for five minutes/ten minutes whenever I'm in there, which adds up to at least half an hour a day. I find I know quite a lot of Czech words and even some grammar, but could I use them in real life? Probably not. But I'm not giving up on it.
Today I have been writing a guidebook for the visit to South Bohemia I am organising. It includes a quick guide to useful Czech words - thank you, please, yes, no etc. Yes can be a surprisingly difficult word for English speakers. The Czech for yes is 'ano', but it is often is shortened to 'no', so you can see the problem. The word for no by the way is 'ne' and can be added to the beginning of verbs to negate them as in probably the most useful Czech word you can learn - 'nerozumim' which means I don't understand!