Czenglish: 25 bad mistakes Czechs make when speaking English_Capacity Full


American Chamber of Commerce
in the Czech Republic


22.11.2013, 10:00 - 22.11.2013, 11:30


AmCham offices, Dušní 10, Prague 1 Show on map


Course Objectives Care to find out about the worst mistakes Czechs make when speaking English? Interested in knowing what native speakers find funny and what you have to watch out for when speaking or writing e-mails? Dare to set yourself apart from most other Czech students by keeping away from errors that make native English speakers cringe? Overview Czechisms are mistakes we make when we subconsciously transpose an expression from our mother tongue, Czech, into English discourse. They involve grammar, vocabulary, and even pronunciation. In most cases, we're not aware of these linguistic blunders. Some of them are amusing, others put us in a bad light, and yet others might prevent our interlocutor from understanding what we're trying to say. Target Group This course is for all students who want to rid themselves of errors they make when speaking English. The course curriculum has been designed to help you fine-tune your English very fast and effectively. The seminar will help you say good-bye to the following kinds of Czechisms: - It's an English word, right? (communistic/touristic, moderator, depressive, chief, politik, exposition, medicaments, etc.) - Bad translation – collocations that don't work in English (make a trip/make a photo/cook coffee, big fun, today morning, chicken meat, etc.) - Adding articles in the wrong places (the bed, the Prague, the work, a dinner, take a part, have a time, etc.) - Countable in Czech – not in English (troubles, advices, knowledges, homeworks, feedbacks, etc.) - To or not to? (said me/explain me/recommend me, call to me, etc.) - Preposition nightmares (on cottage, on university, in internet/TV, looked/stared/laughing on me, sense for humor, etc.) - The rest of the mess – other key errors to eliminate (according the book, discuss about, much more quicker, etc.) Instructor´s Profile: MARK PICKERING majored in English Literature at the University of Sheffield in the UK. He earned a TEFL certificate in Prague to teach English as a foreign language. Before embarking on a teaching career, Mark worked as an editor and reporter for various UK-based magazines. Since he moved to Prague in 2009, he has worked as an instructor and given specialized seminars for such companies as AstraZeneca, OMV, and Henkel. --------------------------------------------------------------------- Registration: online at or at Contact person for more info: K. Svobodová at

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