How do I put this? It was a bit of a let-down when I didn’t get to go to France (my first choice). Not only because fine breads and cheeses make my world go round but also because I’ve taken French for a few years in school. I’m not a master, but I had a head start.
But alas, I got the Czech Republic, and they don’t speak French. Or English. Also, a common rumor is that they speak “Czechoslovakian” which I don’t believe ever was a language. If it was, it is not spoken where I am going.
Differences between Czech and English:
- Czech has 42 letters-English has 26
- Czech has soooooo many more accents. (Does English really have any accents?)
- Czech is closely associated to Slovak (duh) and Polish. If you’re like me, that doesn’t really help you in relating it to anything that you have ever heard before.
- The verb tenses are like, way more complex than French (or English).
So that leaves me with a few months (more like one month) to try and tackle a language that is unlike anything I have a moderate amount of experience with.
Why did I think this was a good idea again? About a week ago, I got an e-mail happily announcing that all of the kids going to the Czech Republic were now going to have to take mandatory quizzes, just to make sure we weren’t slacking off. WHAT A GREAT IDEA.
Technically, it really is a good idea. Us exchange students must always be kept accountable. Yet, this means that I have to face the fact that I do not know nearly as much Czech as the average Czech 16 year-old. Or the average 3 year-old. I can say hello and ask how you are, but it may take a moment for me to explain that I am also doing fine. Ugh why aren’t I a genius?
This post is turning out to be far more melodramatic than I really mean to be. I trust in the fact that I will figure it out along the way, but that doesn’t mean I’m not studying at all. I’m trying my best, and that is all the one can do.