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 desired. The country joined the European Union in 2004 and has one of the fastest-growing markets in the region. If you want to learn a culturally important Slavic language, Czech is a great choice.

Fun fact: The Czech language gave the world the word “robot”!