This is a post I wrote THREE YEARS AGO! I found it hiding in my drafts section. A lot of these things I’ve now gotten used to completely (and have written about in other places – for example, language, food, drinking, slippers, and living in a small town, plus Czech-merican cultural differences 1 and 2) – … Continue reading Time Travel Wednesday: Culture Shock?
When I was in middle school, the Blue Collar Comedy Tour was a really popular comedy troupe among my friends. BCCT was a group of four Southern comedians, the most famous of which is probably Jeff Foxworthy (in both these pictures), who started the infamous series of jokes that always ended, “…you might be a … Continue reading You’ve Lived Abroad Too Long When…
I was very proud recently when the principal of my school declared me a “polovina cizinec,” which means “half-foreigner” – this is meant in my favor, in that I have managed to be half as foreign as other foreigners. In Czech Republic, that is a HUGE accomplishment. (Sidenote: I’m pretty sure “polovina cizinec” is the only phrase … Continue reading My Foreigner Problems
Muzejní noc is an open museum night in Brno that happened two Saturday evenings ago from 18:00-24:00. Museum entry was either free or very cheap, and I took the opportunity to go to the Moravské Zemské Muzeum at Palác Šlechtičen and Moravská Galerie v Brně. The first has exhibits about Moravian history and culture, while the second … Continue reading A Big Pink Tank & a Yellow Countryside
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
My students may hate me for it, but whenever possible I force them to use real paper dictionaries. Why? I believe that phone dictionaries are cold, unfeeling devices that don’t care if you use the precise word – they don’t even have the emotional range of a teaspoon (thanks JK Rowling for an amazing Hermione phrase … Continue reading Czechspress Yourself: Adventures in Using a Phone Dictionary
I don’t dance around the subject – I absolutely love learning Czech. Why? 1. It’s the second-most spoken Western Slavic language after Polish. So, it’s somewhat similar to the language of my own ancestors and I have 10.5 million people to talk to! Compared to Poland’s 38.5 million, that’s way less intimidating 😀 In the … Continue reading 5 Reasons I Love Learning Czech