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Czech It Out: I Won!

On 22, Sep 2008 | No Comments | In Book Design, Design Life, Illustration, Inspiration, Web Design | By Lorraine

John over at iLT just announced that I won the copy of Designing Books: practice and theory that he was giving away! I can’t wait to get it: I’m so excited! I’ll be sure to post more once it’s here.

Since this week’s Sunday Type was focused on Czech Type, it reminded me that I have been meaning to post about this site for a while now: The Little Czech Primer.
courtesy of Little Czech Primer

In my “spare” time, I’ve been trying to learn more Czech. There doesn’t seem to be as many resources for learning Czech on the web (if anyone knows of a good podcast, let me know), but in my searching, I stumbled across this little gem. LCP is basically a cute little flash card site, and I really like the simple illustrations:

Courtesy of Little Czech PrimerCourtesy of Little Czech Primer

When your mouse hovers over the word, you see its English equilivent. What fun, simple line drawings! I’m not sure if they are original to the site, or pulled from other language resources (some seem to have Russian in the background). It reminds me of some of the fun illustrations that were in my German textbooks while in school: wouldn’t a foreign language book be a fun project?

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  1. What a coincidence! That you should be learning Czech, that is. The book will be on its way soon! Congratulations again; and thanks.

  2. Thanks for the writeup! Yes, all the illustrations are original to the site. The one with Russian text is playing off the the illustrated word (“to repeat”) and the fact that Czechs were required for many years to learn Russian in school. Trivia: I copied the Russian word off a candy wrapper. A lot of the drawings have some pretty obscure associations 🙂

    Oh, and you can also click the words to see the translations.

  3. Lorraine

    @ johno: Well, dabbling in it any way… 😉

    @ Owen: I’m so glad you found the post. Thanks for the background on your website (note that I got caught up in looking at all the illustrations rather than clicking on the words: ha!). Like I said, the illustrations are fun, and it’s great to find a resource for learning the language.

  4. heh – it’s cool to see such things :). But to tell you the truth – don’t learn Czech – it’s complete waste of time. We don’t have that many nice things here – except for girls (Yep – the most beautiful in the world. We don’t even have big mountains like Alps – and abnove all… we have no sea!!!:O

  5. Lorraine

    Oh, come on: the Czech’s have Plenty of nice things! Kolaches, dumplings, Mucha, robots, Kafka, great architecture…and I’m dabbling in it for sentimental reasons. 3 out of 4 of my grandparents grew up speaking Czech, but unfortunately had to lost the language when they started public school. 😀

  6. I can easily live without kolaches and dumplings 🙂 Although I understand your sentimental reasons. Anyway I don’t know if you know these sites but …it could help you

    good luck 😉

  7. Lorraine

    Sweet: thanks for the links! Although, I’m still on the very basics: pronouns, etc., these should definitely help on listening comprehension.