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'Breakthrough Czech' Online Course (A1 level, CEFR)

This online Breakthrough Czech Language Course is intended for anyone who wants to begin studying the Czech language or who needs to review essential knowledge and skills. The course offers instruction in English, Russian, Spanish, French and German (i.e. exercise instructions, dictionaries and explanatory texts). Student services, technical support and tutors provide assistance in English or Czech. Should you need translation of their messages to your language, you can use translation tools such as Google Translate.

The course consists of 15 lessons divided into 5 modules. Module 1 includes "The Alphabet and Pronunciation" lesson as an added bonus.

Module 1

Alphabet and Pronunciation

Grammar

  • Czech alphabet
  • pronunciation of letters
  • word and sentence stress

Vocabulary

  • alphabet
  • letters

Lesson 1: Who? What? Description

Grammar

  • personal pronouns
  • present tense of the verb “to be” including the negative form (is × isn’t)
  • using “you” formally and informally
  • position of “se” in a sentence
  • nominative singular M, F, N
  • gender determination (“student – studentka”)
  • vocative
  • anticipation of the locative

Socio-cultural Aspects

  • etiquette – shaking hands
  • etiquette – zone types social, personal, intimate)

Vocabulary

  • denomination of people and things (simple description)
  • Who?
    • man and woman
    • names of jobs
    • nationalities
  • What?
    • things – in an office, in a classroom
  • Description
    • essential adjectives + colours
  • numbers 1–10, 11–20

Lesson 2: Where do you live? Where are you from? Whose?

Grammar

  • accusative singular Mi, N, F
  • present tense of “to have”
  • present tense – other verbs
  • possessive pronouns
  • yes/no questions
  • important places, locations – continuation of the locative singular anticipation
  • gender determination

Socio-cultural Aspects

  • etiquette – who enters first
  • gestures and body language – yes, no, I don’t know, right, wrong

Vocabulary

  • house, flat and room descriptions
  • residential address
  • identification data – filling in a form
  • nationalities and languages
  • “to like”
  • numbers 20–100

Lesson 3: Me and my family

Grammar

  • accusative singular Ma
  • accusative of pronouns
  • verb + preposition + object in the accusative
  • present tense of the verbs “to live, to reside, to have (a meal)”
  • singular genitive
  • “mám rád” × „líbí se mi”

Socio-cultural Aspects

  • etiquette – visiting people
    1. arrival
    2. guests and hosts
    3. leaving

Vocabulary

  • family
    • family members
    • marital status
    • data (date and place of birth)
  • verbs with the accusative
  • using “you” formally and informally – differences in the usage

Progress Test 1

Grammar

  • grammar: Lessons 1–3

Vocabulary

  • vocabulary: Lessons 1–3

Module 2

Lesson 4: When? At what time? Date?

Grammar

  • time, clock, date
  • modal verbs
  • nominative and accusative plural Mi, F, N
  • “to like” + verb
  • “at what time” – accusative + genitive plural
  • summary – present tense of verbs ending in -u, -uju, -ím, -ám + infinitive
  • minutes
  • genitive singular – date
  • ordinal numbers

Socio-cultural Aspects

  • time
    • opening and closing: office hours
    • 24-hour system
    • summer and winter time
    • time in the Czech Republic and in the world

Vocabulary

  • expressions of time
    • parts of the day
    • days of the week
    • names of the months
    • hours
  • morning to evening activities
  • how we speak

Lesson 5: We live in a city

Grammar

  • “I would like”
  • nominative and accusative plural Mi, F, N + type – “trousers”
  • nominative plural Ma

Socio-cultural Aspects

  • mathematics in life
    1. length, weight, height, speed, volume
    2. essential mathematical operations
    3. men’s and women’s shoes and clothing sizes

Vocabulary

  • in a city
    • city description
    • in a hotel
    • in a bank
    • in a post-office
    • in a shop
  • clothing
    • what clothes we wear
    • what clothes we buy
    • sizes
  • numbers 100–1,000,000

Lesson 6: We eat, drink, cook

Grammar

  • genitive singular – revision
  • genitive plural
  • genitive of pronouns
  • use of the genitive
  • quantity determination – singular noun genitive and plural
  • nouns in the genitive + predicate
  • word order

Socio-cultural Aspects

  • etiquette
    1. giving a toast
    2. birthday wishes
    3. wishes before meals

Vocabulary

  • groceries – food and drink
  • where we buy groceries
  • where and what we eat and drink
  • in a restaurant
  • dishes
  • How much/many? – adverbs (much/many, little/few …)
  • How many times? – numerals (once, twice …)

Progress Test 2

Grammar

  • grammar: Lessons 4–6

Vocabulary

  • vocabulary: Lessons 4–6

Module 3

Lesson 7: By car or on foot? Do you have cash?

Grammar

  • verbs “to be going”, “to be driving”, “to drive”, “to go” – past tense
  • instrumental singular – means of transportation

Socio-cultural Aspects

  • how we travel
    1. timetable information
    2. transportation in a city

Vocabulary

  • means of transportation
  • Where? – adverbs
  • at the hotel reception desk
  • at the exchange office
  • bank account
  • banknotes
  • “please” – “I am sorry” – “excuse me”

Lesson 8: Farewell. Customs and passport control.

Grammar

  • verbs of movement
  • where × where to – prepositions with the genitive and locative

Socio-cultural Aspects

  • public transportation in Prague

Vocabulary

  • travelling
    • at the railway station, at the bus stop, at the airport
    • on the border – customs and duty
    • trip
    • places and things connected with travelling
    • verbs of movement (to be going × to go, to be driving × to drive, to fly × to be flying …)

Lesson 9: All the best

Grammar

  • future (imperfective verbs + verbs of movement)
  • dative of pronouns

Socio-cultural Aspects

  • bank and religious holidays in the Czech Republic

Vocabulary

  • holidays, holy and significant days and birthdays
  • at a celebration/party
    • wishes and congratulations
  • accepting and refusing an invitation

Progress Test 3

Grammar

  • grammar: Lessons 7–9

Vocabulary

  • vocabulary: Lessons 7–9

Module 4

Lesson 10: We are relaxing. Sport and culture.

Grammar

  • time questions – how often, how long, when
  • how many times …
  • “rád”, “mám rád”, “chutná mi”, “líbí se mi”, “jsem rád, že …”

Socio-cultural Aspects

  • etiquette –
    1. at the cinema, at the theatre
    2. men and women

Vocabulary

  • leisure time and hobbies
    • sport, culture, music, theatre, film, literature
    • at a stadium, cinema, concert, bookshop or library, gallery
  • agreement and disagreement
  • degree of certainty

Lesson 11: Time, world, weather, and nature.

Grammar

  • anticipation of the imperative and conditional
  • “mustn’t” × “must”
  • “you should”, “you could”
  • sentences without a subject in the past; future tenses
  • locative singular – an overview
  • conjunctions “když/až”
  • indefinite and negative adjectives and adverbs

Socio-cultural Aspects

  • Czech Republic in numbers and dates
  • EU + NATO
  • Czech currency – banknotes, coins

Vocabulary

  • calendar
  • year and its seasons
  • weather – weather forecast
  • nature and the world and points of the compass
  • clock (quarter past, half, quarter to)

Lesson 12: Body, character, illness

Grammar

  • comparative and superlative adjectives and adverbs
  • adjectives and adverbs intensified
  • reflexive pronoun “svůj”

Socio-cultural Aspects

  • clothing make the man
    1. what we wear during the year
    2. special occasions – wedding, funeral, ball, reception

Vocabulary

  • person description
    • what we look like (external description)
    • what we are like (character)
    • how we feel (health, illness)
  • at the doctor’s
    • health centres
    • insurance
    • visiting a doctor
    • pharmacy

Progress Test 4

Grammar

  • grammar: Lessons 10–12

Vocabulary

  • vocabulary: Lessons 10–12

Module 5

Lesson 13: Services and traffic police

Grammar

  • instrumental singular – overview
  • differences in verb usage: “mýt” × “mýt se” × “mýt si”

Socio-cultural Aspects

  • Czech Republic Police – essential information
  • traffic police + driving licence
  • health care – essential information
  • etiquette – cold, cough

Vocabulary

  • breakdown
  • services and shops
    • chemist’s
    • market
    • hairdresser’s
    • dry cleaner
    • shoe service
    • watchmaker’s
  • car
    • petrol station
    • car service
    • accident
    • “znát, umět, vědět”

Lesson 14: Attention!

Grammar

  • grammar revision
  • perfect and imperfect verbs – basic overview of pairs of verbs
  • present, past and future tenses
  • nominative, accusative, genitive singular and plural
  • dative, locative, instrumental
  • prepositions, conjunctions
  • time and location
  • subject and predicate agreement

Socio-cultural Aspects

  • gesture – attention
  • important telephone numbers
  • phoning in the Czech Republic
  • education in the Czech Republic – basic system

Vocabulary

  • orders and restrictions
    • in a street or in a building
    • what we can do and what we mustn’t do
    • dangerous situations
  • telephoning
  • work and study

Lesson 15: Revision test

Grammar

  • grammar: Lessons 1–15

Vocabulary

  • vocabulary: Lessons 1–15

Modules can be randomly combined – choose suitable modules according to the content described under specifications.

Tips

  • purchase one module and try the features and quality of the course (with Module 1, you receive "The Alphabet and Pronunciation" lesson as an added bonus)
  • purchase the full course (5 modules) and save up to 360 EUR!
  • start with the advanced modules if you already know the essentials of the Czech language
  • choose modules according to the grammar, topic and vocabulary in each lesson

Savings

The more modules you purchase at one time, the lower the price for each module in the set (Module 1 includes the bonus lesson, "The Alphabet and Pronunciation"). Save 360 EUR with a one-time purchase for the entire course.

Lessons

Each lesson contains:

Progress Test – must be passed successfully in order to continue with the following module

Lesson 15 – grammar summary of all lessons; preparation for the final exam, which must be taken in person and is compulsory for those students who require a certificate

Additional study materials are available in the Downloads section.

Placement Test

You will not be required to take a placement test (see below) for this course if you have never studied Czech before.

If you have studied Czech before and you are not sure whether this course is suitable for you, we advise taking the placement test; on the homepage please complete all fields and answer all questions; upon clicking "Evaluate" the most suitable course for your current level will be recommended.

System requirements and demo lesson

To enter the learning management system, you must have

  • A modern web browser

    Recommended web browsers:
    Windows 10 – Mozilla Firefox version 54 or newer, Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer 11 (recommended settings)
    Windows 8.1/8, 7 – Mozilla Firefox version 54 or newer, Internet Explorer 11 (recommended settings)

    Unsupported web browsers:
    Windows 10 – Google Chrome, Opera
    Windows 8.1/8, 7 – Google Chrome, Opera, Internet Explorer 10 or older
    Windows Vista, XP – Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Internet Explorer
    macOS, OS X – Safari, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera
    Linux – Google Chrome (Chromium), Opera, Mozilla Firefox
    Web browsers on mobile devices on which Adobe Flash Player cannot be installed (e.g. web browsers for Android and iOS platforms).
    Web browsers which do not support the flash technology of Adobe Flash Player.

  • JavaScript and cookies enabled on the web browser.
    All web browsers usually enable these settings.
  • Adobe Flash Player version 26 or newer.
    If the system does not include this, an installation will be suggested automatically – the only necessary step is to confirm it.
  • The minimum screen resolution must be 1024x768 px.
  • Codec H.264/MPEG-4 AVC for video playing (usually already included).
  • Consistent Internet connection at a minimum speed of 1 mbps. You can check the connection speed here.
    We recommend that you do not use mobile Internet connection as the volume of video and audio recordings included in the course is high.

We advise you to try the course first

Click here to visit sample lessons of Czech language for foreigners and English in our learning management system http://ujop.itutor.cz/student. Login and password: democj

Manuals are available in the Downloads section.

Certification

All our courses are certified by the Czech Association for Distance University Education.

Certifikát ČADUV

'Breakthrough Czech' Online Course

Price

1 module: €150
2 modules: €220 (you save €80)
3 modules: €290 (you save €160)
4 modules: €360 (you save €240)
5 modules: €390 (one-time course purchase price – you save €360)

DISCOUNTS - for individuals see description of each course, for more students HERE.

Course duration

1 module = 1 month of tutored self-studying
2 modules = 2 months of tutored self-studying
3 modules = 3 months of tutored self-studying
4 modules = 4 months of tutored self-studying
5 modules = 5 months of tutored self-studying

(the course period for which tutor's assistance is provided; the number of study hours is individual in e-learning – find out more about this form of study in the GENERAL INFORMATION section)

Entrance test

Placement Test

Email

cdv@ujop.cuni.cz

Method of payment

Money transfer to our bank account
Online credit/debit card payment (Visa, Visa Electron, MasterCard, Maestro)

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