With my 7th grade class, I’m currently doing a unit on language. During one lesson last week, we listened to and discussed an episode from the podcast “I Will Teach You a Language.” The episode was “How to Learn a Language from Home.” The host of the podcast is Olly Richards, a guy who’s taught himself eight languages.
I told my students that I wasn’t fully buying Richards’ argument that it’s relatively easy to learn a language from home and admitted that I was still struggling to learn Czech on my own (luckily I’ve started a Czech class!). I made a joke that I still didn’t really know the alphabet after four months (and a previous year living in Prague).
My students took this very seriously and decided to teach me the alphabet on the spot. It took about ten minutes; they all said each letter and then I repeated after them. They got a kick out of correcting all my mistakes. But it worked; I learned the alphabet better with them than I did on my own or in my Czech class. I’m still working on the two trickiest letters: ch and ř.
ř [?], I’ve heard juh and er-juh and a rolled rrrr