Ahoj! Czech is my mother tongue!

Ahoj! Czech is my mother tongue!

More and more children all over the world are growing up speaking two or more languages. Being bilingual has incredible advantages for children. 

Speaking a language like Czech means you can read traditional fairytales that have a slight twist in the Czech version such as Little Red Riding Hood.

Czech has over 10 million speakers worldwide. Czech and Slovak are very similar. Most people who know Czech also understand a lot of Slovak and vice versa. Czech children also don’t have spelling tests in school. This is because Czech is written very similarly to how it is pronounced. Can we get rid of spelling tests too?

In this fun podcast we produced with RTE’ Junior you can hear Antonio, Tommaso and Valentina from Dublin. Their mum is Czech and their dad is Italian. They talk about visiting their grandad in the czech Republic, Antonio’s love for football, Tommaso’s different birthday traditions, Czech food and Valentina’s favourite stories!

If you are a Czech speaker living abroad and want your child to keep up your language, here are some tips:

start as early as possible: speak Czech to your baby from birth, or as early as possible. 

make it part of your routines: use Czech regularly in your routines, from preparing breakfast, to walking to the park, to bed-time routines. 

make a plan: plan games and activities to do together in Czech, and check out our website for ideas and resources

identify resources: find books, games and other resources that can help you along the way.

find someone to help you: it is important for children to see that there are other families who speak Czech in their environment. Find a Czech speaking parent and toddler group in your area or arrange meetings with other families who speak Czech. For older children, try to find a language class so your child can experience the language and the culture also outside the home.

– Praise your child’s success: when your child says a new word, when they talk to you in Czech, or when they learn to read, don’t focus on the errors but praise their efforts and show them how much you enjoy speaking Czech to them. 

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