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Ctyri koruny
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PostPosted: 31-Dec-09 2:56  Reply with quote

Updated today! just some links you are all probably familiar with from this site. Anyone else have any favourite aids they think belong on the list?
Or rarest of all rare gems an online czech-czech dictionary. What about one for children? surely children need to look up words in dictionaries occasionally?

Fraus seem to do real life childrens dictionaries, I might try and buy one.
http://slovniky.fraus.cz/cestina-3/

Can anyone find an online one?

On Expats.cz they said that there are at most 250,000 words in Czech, but the core of literary language is made up of about 48,000. Not including scientific words there are at most (according to the EFL book "Messages 3" published by Oxford University Press) around 800,000 (And no, Churchill didn't even know half of them!). Some languages have more that that even, "trade" languages always have more, I don't know what language has the most but I imagine it's something like Punjab .
I still think 48,000 has to be more than the average person knows, surely? I think I know maybe 20,000 words, just because that's what Oxford said an educated person might know and I fancy myself educated.... okay so maybe 19,999... 19,998... I just can't get my head around the idea that the average person doesn't own a dictionary (not including dictionaries of neologisms) that's amazing. Is there a word in Czech for ambidextrous?
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PostPosted: 31-Dec-09 13:23  Reply with quote

wer wrote:
There are many monolingual dictionaries of Czech. Only the on-line dictionaries are limited.

Use http://prirucka.ujc.cas.cz/ for grammar (orthography) and http://bara.ujc.cas.cz/psjc/ for explanation of meanings and examples of usage.

There is a lot of dictionaries of foreign words (slovník cizích slov), that is dictionaries of Czech words of foreign origin, e.g. http://slovnik-cizich-slov.abz.cz/.


I agree with your link to http://prirucka.ujc.cas.cz/?slovo=pes&Hledej=Hledej It is a must.

This is the most important Czech link out there for me!
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Ctyri koruny
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PostPosted: 31-Dec-09 13:25  Reply with quote

You can view pages of the childrens dictionary here: http://slovniky.fraus.cz/fraus-ilustrovany-skolni-slovnik-ceskeho-jazyka-cd-rom/

When it does include explanations of the words (and it doesn't always (!?) ) it's just a few synonyms.. so maybe it's time to give up my quest!

I love Czech, I really really do, but times like this I look forward to the days when I'm learning Spanish.


JPS wrote:
wer wrote:
There are many monolingual dictionaries of Czech. Only the on-line dictionaries are limited.

Use http://prirucka.ujc.cas.cz/ for grammar (orthography) and http://bara.ujc.cas.cz/psjc/ for explanation of meanings and examples of usage.

There is a lot of dictionaries of foreign words (slovník cizích slov), that is dictionaries of Czech words of foreign origin, e.g. http://slovnik-cizich-slov.abz.cz/.


I agree with your link to http://prirucka.ujc.cas.cz/?slovo=pes&Hledej=Hledej It is a must.

This is the most important Czech link out there for me!


I don't know how I missed that before, thanks for pointing it out to me again, and thanks wer!
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PostPosted: 31-Dec-09 14:17  Reply with quote

Also, I use livemocha.com for writing to and chatting with Czech natives.

Although Livemocha is a general language social networking site, they now also have some Czech flash cards and also some basic language courses (called Czech 101) which are good for revision.

There are some Czech natives who are happy to help you out in return for you helping their English (some don't even ask that).
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PostPosted: 22-Jan-10 4:02  Reply with quote

Ctyri koruny, Děkuji
Keep up the good work. Your web page is coming along.
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PostPosted: 27-Jan-10 11:13  Reply with quote

Found a free textbook for beginners designed for asylum seekers in the Czech Republic.

Český den - teachers guide
Český den - students book
Český den - Teachers book
Český den - Handouts

added to the page!
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PostPosted: 29-Jan-10 0:08  Reply with quote

What kind of asylum are they looking for? Útočíště nebo blázinec?
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PostPosted: 29-Jan-10 12:41  Reply with quote

Ha ha, you don't say asylum seekers in America? I suppose you don't let them in!
Before someone is granted official refugee status they are an asylum seekers and have different rights with that status to what they would have as a refugee or a citizen.
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PostPosted: 29-Jan-10 17:24  Reply with quote

Čtyři, you are right. It is a word that has two completely different meanings.
So that was just a joke.

The man is looking for asylum.....a country he can go too.(fleeing persecution for example)

The man lived in the asylum(insane asylum) for a year.

Zůstával jsem v blázinci dokud jsem se nezlepšil.

Hledal jsem útočistě, protože někteří v mou zemi mě chtěli zabít.
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PostPosted: 02-Feb-10 0:31  Reply with quote

Čtyři Koruny!!! Jen jsem si našel tvoje stranku o českém jazyku. Vyborné!!
Bude to určitě moc užitečné. Blahopřání! Jsi motivovana.
Udělala jsi tvoje domácí úkol. Je tam mnoho užitečných hyperlinků.
Jsi v České Republice učitelkou, ne?
Gratulují tě. Smile
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