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Most travel guides recommend learning at least a few token phrases in the native language of the country you are visiting. Things like hello and goodbye, thank you, Where is the toilet? One beer more please; sort of thing. Being the cosmopolitan and experienced traveler that I am, I was no exception. I did my TEFL, got a teaching job and started learning Czech, relying heavily on Google translator (only until I got my head

Coming to the Czech Republic from the United States to teach English has been a very rewarding experience. Having an education in child development and working my entire career with children, I was excited to teach children in a new cultural environment.  I found that developmentally, children are generally the same in the United States and the Czech Republic.  The methodology of teaching a foreign language is different than other subjects in the

Have you ever wished you could step foot in your favorite story? Breathe the air, walk around, explore every nook and cranny? In America our only option is a plasticland of rollercoasters and lost children. We were never told there was a real magic kingdom. Czechia: the heart of Europe. Known for having beer cheaper than water and a good stag night, this underrated and underappreciated country is a real life fairy tale overgrown with

My Czech adventure started like this: I moved to Prague from sunny Georgia, a beautiful black sea country to be with my Czech husband. Basically you can say that love brought me to the country which is now my home. Two completely different cultures, languages, lots of misunderstandings... At first it was quite hard to adapt, but then I got a job at Threshold language school. I started teaching Czech native speakers. As time was

I came to Prague because while I wanted a change, I had no interest in moving as far away as Asia.  On the surface, culture shock in Europe seems less obvious; however, it is still immediate, and it can be intense.  One should never assume that “similar” Europe gives less cultural experience than “foreign” Asia. Many aspects of Czech life are different from North American life, if not in actual fact, then certainly

When I decided to move to Prague I knew it was going to be an exciting experience, but I never thought I was about to have the time of my life. I moved to Prague in October 2014, did a TEFL course and started to meet people from all over the world immediately. After the course, I found a job teaching English and Spanish and that was just the beginning of my adventure. My first

The stories about the Czech Republic that make it to the UK are mainly about it´s rather liberal attitude to drinking alcohol and smoking weed. I think everyone must have seen the latest videos of a bunch of drunk first-league football referees (one having been seen urinating behind the goal) or the Czech president who can hardly stand up straight on ceremonial occasions. Unfortunately, this is how we perceive the Czech Republic. But since

There was a time last summer when I got particularly bored and thought that maybe I should do something crazy.  Two weeks later I was on a plane headed from Chicago to London, where I would have a connecting flight to my final destination, Prague. After living in the Czech Republic for some time there has obviously been many surprises in store. You expect this any time you move to a new country

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