Czech is the language spoken in the Czech Republic. There are approximately 10 million native speakers of Czech worldwide, and it is believed that Chicago—after Prague—has the second-largest population of Czech speakers of any city in the world. The Czech Republic has a modern, dynamic economy, and bilingual English native-speakers are always at a premium. The country joined the European Union in 2004 and has one of the fastest-growing markets in the region. Fun facts about the Czech language and culture: the Czech Republic has the highest per capita beer consumption in the world; the word “robot” was coined by a Czech; Prague’s Charles University was founded in 1348, making it one of the oldest universities in the world; Czech has words without vowels: the tongue-twister ‘Strč prst skrz krk’ means ‘Stick (your) finger through (your) neck.’ “To know another language is to live another life,” said T. G. Masaryk, president of the First Czechoslovak Republic. Learn Czech and begin your new life in Prague, one of the world’s most beautiful cities located in the heart of Europe.
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Consider an internship where you can use Czech, either in the US or abroad. An internship in any field can complement your language study and can provide valuable professional experience.