What I like most about living in Prague

What I like most about living in Prague is actually leaving Prague early on a Saturday or Sunday morning and hitting the Czech Republic's excellent network of hiking trails. Sometimes I go with friends, sometimes alone but I always finish at a microbrewery! There are now more than 300 in the country, and many of them are well-situated for the trails and train stations. Public transport is cheap and fairly reliable, so it's easy to get around. I took this photo last August in the the 'Radouš' microbrewery in Šťáhlavy (near Pilsen). The friendly owner told us that the ...

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We Lived in Prague

Within months of meeting each other in Richmond, Virginia, Lindsey and I decided we needed to see the world together.  After a year of planning, we got on a plane and made our way to Prague.  That was 2005.  We spent a challenging and satisfying 5 weeks going through an intensive TEFL program.  Over the next four years, we became 'proper' teachers.  We saw most of the Czech Republic, and much of Europe.  We made friends that we still talk to today.  Those friends attended our wedding in a vineyard in Prague 2, just before we left in ...

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Discovering Czech Culture Through Your Students!

After doing my 4 week TEFL course in Prague, I was fortunate to find my first teaching job there as well! To be honest, before taking the course I wasn’t convinced teaching English was for me. After all, I was always a shy person who hated speaking in front of people! But the trainers at the TEFL course were so amazingly gifted at giving you the proper tools and preparing you for the life as a teacher that I ended up enjoying it so much and stayed 2 years! One of the best aspects of the job was getting to know Czech culture through my students. I learned ...

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Marching for My Pay

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 round a bit of the language, of course!) We were supposed to invoice our school on a monthly basis with the invoices filled out all in Czech. I got a ...

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An American teaching English in the Czech Republic

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 school setting.  And working with young children, or young learners, requires a knowledge of not only teaching ...

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From Nadia Anderson

Hi! my name is Nadia and this is my entry: Prague is the best city in the world. You will be enchanted by the scenery and the pleasant climate all year long.  Amazing city of mystic places and representative architecture. Thank you!

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Don’t Wake Me Up

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 drunk tourists. The great thing though, is take one foot off the tourist trail, one alleyway over, and the magic starts to seep in. A lit-up ...

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From Marika Galdava

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 passign by, my perception of Czech culture has changed. If I had thought that Czechs were a bit cold, reserved people I realized that it ...

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Bring Home Your Lessons Learned

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 in degree.  Take something so mundane as physical exercise – Prague boasts many wonderful parks for leisurely walks and long ...

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