In our school, this week is full of maturita exams – also called A-levels or final exams – and we also have five international university students visiting to share their culture and countries with us. Coming to a new country and immediately being thrust into the busy environment of a high school is not an … Continue reading Czeducation: Czech & American School Systems 1
I’ve been a bit absent here on the blog lately because life has been very busy. It’s halfway through May and we are HURTLING towards summer! In the meantime, what I’ve been up to: I started Czech lessons Some of my students made me a personalized notebook and I decided to use it for good. Czech lessons are … Continue reading Vegan Czech Food & Pretzel Mustaches
Featured image thanks to Expats.cz Flashback to my early days learning Czech. “Pojedeme na vodě!” We’re going on the water? What does that mean? It turns out “to go on the water” means “to go canoeing,” a Czech tradition. Conjure up an image of an idyllic one-week trip with your friends, a few canoes, beer … Continue reading Time Travel Saturday: Bohemian Canoe Trip 2014 + What’s a Vodník?
1. Own guns! (much) I was shocked recently to see this sign at the entrance of a community center in a nearby village. Maybe I shouldn’t have been? Tell me, Czech readers. But considering that gun violence is a huge thing and often unregulated in the States and absolutely not here (CZ gun deaths 2014: … Continue reading Czechs don’t… (American observations)
Food, you say? From all over the world, you say? In Brno? I’m there. Hosted by Food Park Brno, Ochutnej Svět or Taste the World is a food fair this weekend at Malá Amerika by the main train station in Brno. There was actually so much variety and were actually so many people there – … Continue reading “Tasting the World” in Brno & Hody in Čebín
I found this hilarious list of foreign words that sound rude in English. None are Czech, but that’s a shame because I would definitely add ‘díky’ and ‘fakt.’ Czech people who don’t have a lot of experience with native speakers tend to be really shy and embarrassed of their English, even when it is actually … Continue reading Native Speaker Mistakes: In Comics
Every Easter (or Velikonoce), I meditate a bit on gender. In CZ, the Easter Monday tradition has boys and men braiding a “whip” from willow branches (called a pomlázka, every woman’s favorite sight), decorating it with colorful ribbons, and then walking in groups from house to house (in villages) or to the houses of their close … Continue reading Manliness in CZ vs. USA