In the library they started regular Czech language lessons for people fleeing the war in Ukraine. The interest is huge. Dating interviews, colors, basic words for shopping, body parts, numbers. Girls, women and young boys in Ukraine are currently learning all of this. Of all of them, there is a huge effort to learn a difficult language and get along in the country where they left their home after the Russian invasion.
“We then just noticed that it was only the second hour. Incredibly. There is a huge effort and enthusiasm, everyone’s willingness to learn Czech. We are delighted to have managed to put this in place. project so quickly. It’s necessary and it makes sense,” recognizes director Kučerová. “It’s important to remove the language barrier so that they can get along here, so that they can shop without problems , so that they can communicate at work, so that they can practice their professions. We are happy that there is such interest and that there is a good atmosphere here. It’s really logical”, admits the director of the library that even such a strong demand for Czech lessons surprised her.
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After all, 65 unexpected people came to the first class, another 20 didn’t fit. For the second time they were ready for Louny. Contrary to initial plans, they had to recruit more lecturers and set up temporary classes in larger rooms. Teaching now takes place in four “classes” at once, one of which is the principal’s office. Due to the huge demand for Czech lessons, students are divided into groups, one part starts at 5 p.m., the other one hour later. Twice a week. Before everyone settles into the classrooms, there is a rumble, but then everything quickly calms down and everyone concentrates. The atmosphere is nice, friendly.
Everything is with perfect service. After registration, the student will be assigned the color of the class, in the same shade are the arrows leading to the classroom, the same is indicated by the teacher. Labels are in Czech and Ukrainian. But go for color. In addition, in Louny, the Ukrainian mothers of the library are looked after by their children during the lessons. This is how more than 80 women, girls and young boys came during the second lesson, and the “aunts” also took care of more than 20 children.
The “blue group” course begins with an introductory interview. Eleven women and a 12-year-old boy split into pairs and introduced themselves, saying where they were from, what they ate, how old they were. They learn not only to answer, but also to ask questions. “What’s your name? Where are you from? And what do you do?” asks Inna. “Where are you from,” Dagmar Kučerová correctly tells her.
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“I’m thirty-three,” she replies when asked about her colleague’s age. It is repeatedly confirmed that most foreigners fight with our line of letters. However, the teacher patiently shows everyone and explains how to pronounce. And repairs and repairs. Whether this is the biggest nut for the Ukrainians is shown until the end of the hour. They can hardly do anything. But she bravely tries to fight with him. “One, two, three, four,” Oksana tries. When Oleg manages to count to ten without error, the class applauds.
Accountants, teachers, bankers, maternity wives, cooks, nurses, executives, but also an opera singer are learning Czech side by side. He comes from kyiv, Kharkov, Odessa, Donetsk and other places in Ukraine.
Shopping, body parts, professions
Today they are learning a lot of words. Those for shopping, name common objects, furniture, colors, body parts. “Eyes, eyes. Ear ears. Kiss, neck, chest, back, abdomen,” echoes in unison. Also, as professions are called, they call themselves.
Lidia’s accountant notes everything very carefully, he asks. And so, after a while, when we talk about her work, she stops that it’s different. While a chef has a cookbook, a teacher has a teacher, so for accountants there is a form for men and women. The teacher explains everything and continues to teach the difficult Czech language. Pronouns are also discussed, the plural, it bothers me a lot. “One chair, three chairs, nine chairs,” Marina tries. “No, no, nine chairs. But it’s very, very difficult,” the teacher tells him. The students also try to understand the negative aspects and other “subtleties” of Czech.
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“Eto sul”, Inna tries. “It’s salt. For a long time,” the mistress corrects her. “Sugar,” the young Ukrainian girl forgets to say the letter r at the end of the word. Try again, “urges Dagmar Kučerová. “Beer, water,” Inna continues. “It just came to our knowledge at that time. “Beer, water,” smiled the director of the Louny library. “Eggs, yogurt, juice, rice, coffee, moth”, he only makes a small mistake in the rest of the list to buy Inn. The class also applauds him.
“Car, lamp, man, girl”, Olga rightly lists other words. A moment of smiles comes shortly after one of the women says female dog instead of girl. The teacher immediately explains that this word has a completely different meaning and repeats the correct form several times with the class. “Chairs, table, basket,” Irina succeeds. The lesson ends after a while by repeating everything they learned today. There’s a yellow stripe in a minute…
Former mayor Jan Kerner, Oksana Kaplanová and Táňa Tkadlečková also teach Czech refugees in Louny. But they are always looking for volunteers, both for the “choir room” and for babysitting. “The atmosphere is really great. Incredible energy and the desire to learn something. Everyone is number one, ”concludes the director of the library and congratulates her students again. And he also plans Czech lessons for the children.