The College of Foreign Languages and Cultures will start teaching in the autumn semester of the 2020/21 academic year on September 7. Classes lasts for 15 weeks (see the academic calendar).
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Language courses on the basis of English:
- HVLC.05.043 Czech for Beginners I, Level 0 > A1.2 (6 ECTS)
The courses are generally free of charge for the students of the University of Tartu and for students from other Estonian higher education institutions (See which institutions and universities have a partnership with the University of Tartu).
Visiting students from foreign higher education institutions need to pay for their language courses only if they are fee-paying students at the University of Tartu. In case of the latter, consult with the foreign student office regarding the credit point costs and conditions.
Czech is a West Slavic language and is spoken as a first language by approximately 12 million people. The Czech language is an official language in the Czech Republic, but is also spoken in Slovakia, USA, Canada, Serbia, Austria, Ukraine and in various other European countries. Since 2004, Czech is also an official language in the European Union.
The Czech language (čeština) uses the Latin alphabet, but due to its phonetic individuality, it soon became clear that Latin characters alone wouldn’t suffice. Diacritic marks were introduced into the Czech language in the 15th century. For example, the letters á, é, í, ó, ú, ů, ý mark long vowels in words such as káva (coffee), bílý (white), úspěch (success), stůl (table). Ř is a peculiar sound that is created when r and s or z are pronounced simultaneously: řeka (river), tři (three), moře (sea).
Some words or even entire phrases don’t include any vowels: vlk (wolf), skrz (through), čtvrt (quarter). Probably the most well-known Czech tongue-twister is Strč prst skrz krk, which basically means ‘stick your finger through your throat’. Word stress is fixed on the first syllable no matter how long the word itself is: náměstí (square, plaza), skloňování (declension), nejsympatičnější (the most sympathetic).
Loanwords are rarely used in the Czech language. Instead, the Czechs preferred to create new words based on Slavic roots: hospodářství = ekonomika (economics), mluvnice = gramatika (grammar), košíková = basketbal (basketball).