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English Grammar Lessons for Czechs

In the Czech Republic: 2,850,000 Czechs speak English out of 10,562,214 total citizens.

Immigration of Czechs from Europe to the United States occurred primarily from 1848 to 1914. Czech is a Less Commonly Taught Language in U.S. schools, and is taught at Czech heritage centers. Large communities of Czech Americans live in the states of Texas, Nebraska, and Wisconsin. USA United States of AmericaThe American city of "New Prague" is in Minnesota. In the 2000 United States Census, Czech was reported as the most-common language spoken at home (besides English) in Valley, Butler and Saunders Counties, Nebraska and Republic County, Kansas. With the exception of Spanish (the non-English language most commonly spoken at home nationwide), Czech was the most-common home language in over a dozen additional counties in Nebraska, Kansas, Texas, North Dakota and Minnesota. As of 2013, 70,501 Americans spoke Czech as their first language (49th place nationwide, behind Turkish and ahead of Swedish).

 

English: "Czechia" vs. "The Czech Republic"

It is important to recognize the fact that the Czechs decided to create a new Constitutional Republic - rather than a democracy, monarchy, or oligarchy. The Czechs & Slovaks should both be very proud of their newly created free Republics, after the exile of crusading empires, and finally expelling the nazi and communist occupation of their countries! Americans are barely aware of your history, but most are unaware of your new republics - so please use your long names proudly in English: The Czech Republic & The Slovak Republic!

With the dissolution of Czechoslovakia in 1993, the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports recommended the use of the name Czechia. Other names proposed in the 1990s included Czechomoravia, Czechovia, Czechistan, and Czechlands. However, a short name has not been fully adopted by Czech authorities. In contrast to this lack of support, the British secretary for press and politics Giles Portman has shown a willingness to accept the name. Portman said: "Czechs still use the name Česká Republika rather than Česko, and the English equivalent, the Czech Republic, rather than Czechia. Were that pattern to change, we would have no problem at all with adapting accordingly. But we feel that the initiative for that change must come from the Czech side and not from us[.]"

In 2013, Czech president Miloš Zeman recommended the wider official use of Czechia, and on April 14, 2016, the country's political leadership agreed to make Czechia the official short name. The new name was approved by the Czech cabinet on May 2, 2016 and was published in the United Kingdom - Great Britain - EnglandUnited Nations UNTERM and UNGEGN country name databases on July 5, 2016. On September 23, 2016, the Permanent Committee on Geographical Names began advising Britons to use the name Czechia. On September 26, 2016, the International Organization for Standardization included the short name Czechia in the official ISO 3166 country codes list. Google replaced the Czech Republic with Czechia on Google Maps on January 18, 2017.

Six months after the name Czechia was adopted, The Guardian reported that the new name is hardly in use, even on the official Czech government websites.

 

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