Favourite Czech textbooks

Favourite Czech textbooks

Have you been learning Czech? Are you not sure what textbook you should use? Here is an overview of the basic ones we have in the Czech market. Choose acording to you level and start studying.

The following list is not complete. I chose the books teachers often use in their lessons. I would also like to call attention to the books I like and use (look for MY TIP). All the books are intended for adults.

A1 level

MY TIP Čeština pro cizince A1/1 + A1/2 (2 separate books)

  • Authors: Lída Holá, Pavla Bořilová (publishing house: Akropolis)
  • Versions: English, German, Russian, Ukrainian, Spanish, Polish
  • Workbook: no, is a part of the book
  • Audio: online on the Internet + CD
  • A textbook that helps you to learn Czech in a communicative way. It contains 7 lessons – 7 topics and you learn new words, basic grammar, Czech facts and to speak in basic situations. It is suitable for Slavic and Non-slavic students. Colour book. It „speaks“ Czech (instructions), appendix (grammar explanation nad vocabulary) in 6 languages. It helps you to preprare for A1 exam.
  • Bonus: 1. appendix = grammar and vocabulary overview (in a separate book in 6 languages, it is included in the price  of the book – see versions), 2. supplementary online materials on the Internet
  • Note: you need to buy 2 books for all A1 level

MY TIP Česky krok za krokem 1 (lesson 1–12)

  • Author: Lída Holá (publishing house: Akropolis)
  • Versions: English, German, Russian, Ukrainian
  • Workbook: yes, 2 separate books (not included in the price of the textbook, you buy them separately)
  • Audio: online on the Internet + CD
  • A textbook that helps you to learn Czech in a communicative way. A1 level contains 12 lessons – 12 topics and you learn new words, basic grammar, Czech facts and to speak in basic situations. It is suitable for Slavic and Non-slavic students. Colour book. The instructions and explanations are in 4 languages (see versions). It helps you to preprare for A1 exam.
  • Bonus: 1. supplementary online materials on the Internet  2. one book = 2 levels (A1 + A2)
  • Note: you buy the textbook and you can/don´t need to buy workbooks

Čeština pro cizince A1–A2

  • Authors: M. Boccou Kestřánková, D. Štěpánková, K. Vodičková (publishing house: Edica)
  • Versions: no
  • Workbook: yes, a separate book (included in the price of the textbook)
  • Audio: CD + 3 videos online
  • A textbook that helps you to learn Czech in a communicative way. It contains 12 lessons – 12 topics and you learn new words, basic grammar, pronunciation and Czech facts. It had a good structure divided into listening, reading, grammar, writing, dialogs and Czech facts. It is suitable for Slavic and Non-slavic students. Black-and-white book. It „speaks“ Czech. It helps you to preprare for A1 exam.
  • Bonus: 1. one book = 2 levels (A1 + A2), 2. online methodology and vocabulary
  • Note: good materials for pronunciation practising

Česky, prosím – Start

  • Author: Jitka Cvejnová (publishing house: Karolinum)
  • Versions: no
  • Workbook: yes, a separate book (included in the price of the textbook)
  • Audio: online in the Internet + CD
  • A textbook for students who can´t write Latin alphabet. It is focused on writing and pronunciation practising. 10 lessons. Many audio-verbal and phonetic exercises. It is suitable for A0-A1 preparation (before A1 level). Colour book.
  • Bonus: contains writing exercise (copy) book – a student can learn to write Latin alphabet quickly

Česky, prosím I

  • Author: Jitka Cvejnová (publishing house: Karolinum)
  • Versions: no
  • Workbook: yes, a separate book (included in the price of the textbook)
  • Audio: online in the Internet + CD
  • A textbook that helps you to learn Czech in a communicative way. It contains 10 lessons – 10 topics and you learn new words, basic grammar, Czech facts and to speak in basic situations. It is suitable for Slavic and Non-slavic students. Colour book. It „speaks“ Czech. It helps you to preprare for A1 exam.
  • Bonus: many original texts

Žijeme v Česku, umíme česky!

  • Author: Vlaďka Kopczyková-Dobešová (publishing house: Aladin)
  • Versions: English, Russian, Vietnamese, Spanish
  • Workbook: yes, a separate book (not included in the price of the textbook, you buy it separately)
  • Audio: CD
  • 19 lessons + 3 thematic lessons. Basic grammar, vocabulary (cca 2 000 words), texts. Colour book. Explanation and instructions in 4 languages (see versions).

Easy Czech

  • Author: Ondřej Štindl (publishing house: Akronym)
  • Versions: English
  • Workbook: no
  • Audio: CD                             
  • 12 lessons focused on speaking in basic situations. Reduced grammar. Colour book. It „speaks“ English, is suitable for English-speaking students.

Základy komunikace v češtině – Giao tiếp bằng tiếng Séc 1, 2 (2 knihy)

  • Authors: Jiří Kocourek and Tran Van Sang (publishing house: Klub Hanoi)
  • Versions: Vietnamese
  • Workbook: no
  • Audio: online in the Internet
  • A textbook for Vietnamese students focused on communication, phonetics, differences between Czech and Vietnamese aplhabet, vocabulary. It helps you to prepare for A1 level.
  • Bonus: supplementary educational videos and methodology for teachers online

A2 level

MY TIP Čeština pro cizince A2/1 + A2/2 (2 separate books)

  • Authors: Lída Holá, Pavla Bořilová (publishing house: Akropolis)
  • Versions: English, German, Russian
  • Workbook: no, is a part of the book
  • Audio: online on the Internet + CD
  • A textbook that helps you to learn Czech in a communicative way. It contains 7 lessons – 7 topics and you learn new words, basic grammar, Czech facts and to speak in basic situations. It is suitable for Slavic and Non-slavic students. Colour book. It „speaks“ Czech (instructions), appendix (grammar explanation nad vocabulary) in 3 languages.
  • Bonus: 1. appendix = grammar and vocabulary overview (in a separate book in 3 languages, it is included in the price  of the book – see versions), 2. supplementary online materials on the Internet
  • Note: you need to buy 2 books for all A2 level

Česky krok za krokem 1 (lessons 13–24)

  • Author: Lída Holá (publishing house: Akropolis)
  • Versions: English, German, Russian, Ukrainian
  • Workbook: yes, 2 separate books (not included in the price of the textbook, you buy them separately)
  • Audio: online on the Internet + CD
  • A textbook that helps you to learn Czech in a communicative way. A1 level contains 12 lessons – 12 topics and you learn new words, basic grammar, Czech facts and to speak in basic situations. It is suitable for Slavic and Non-slavic students. Colour book. The instructions and explanation are in 4 languages (see versions).
  • Bonus: 1. supplementary online materials on the Internet 2. one book = 2 levels (A1 + A2)
  • Note: you buy the textbook and you can/don´t need to buy workbooks

Čeština pro cizince A1–A2

  • Authors: M. Boccou Kestřánková, D. Štěpánková, K. Vodičková (publishing house: Edica)
  • Versions: no
  • Workbook: yes, a separate book (included in the price of the textbook)
  • Audio: CD + 3 videos online
  • A textbook that helps you to learn Czech in a communicative way. It contains 12 lessons – 12 topics and you learn new words, basic grammar, pronunciation and Czech facts. It had a good structure divided into listening, reading, grammar, writing, dialogs and Czech facts. It is suitable for Slavic and Non-slavic students. Black-and-white book. It „speaks“ Czech. It helps you to preprare for A1 exam.
  • Bonus: 1. one book = 2 levels (A1 + A2), 2. supplementary online methodology and vocabulary
  • Note: good materials for pronunciation practising

Česky, prosím II

  • Author: Jitka Cvejnová (publishing house: Karolinum)
  • Versions: no
  • Workbook: yes, a separate book (included in the price of the textbook)
  • Audio: online in the Internet + CD
  • A textbook that helps you to learn Czech in a communicative way. It contains 10 lessons – 10 topics and you learn new words, basic grammar, Czech facts and to speak in basic situations. It is suitable for Slavic and Non-slavic students. Colour book. It „speaks“ Czech.
  • Bonus: grammar and orthography overview in the book

B1 level

MY TIP Čeština pro cizince B1

  • Authors: M. Boccou Kestřánková, K. Kopicová, G. Šnaidaufová (publishing house: Edica)
  • Versions: no
  • Workbook: yes, a separate book (included in the price of the textbook)
  • Audio: CD
  • A textbook that helps you to learn Czech in a communicative way. It contains 10 lessons – 10 topics and you learn new words, grammar, pronunciation and Czech facts. It had a good structure divided into listening, reading, grammar, writing, dialogs and Czech facts. It is suitable for Slavic and Non-slavic students. Black-and-white book. It „speaks“ Czech.
  • Bonus: It helps you to preprare for B1 exam.
  • Note: good materials for pronunciation practising + revision of A1-A2 grammar

Česky krok za krokem 2

  • Author: Lída Holá, Pavla Bořilová (publishing house: Akropolis)
  • Versions: no
  • Workbook: yes, 2 separate books (not included in the price of the textbook, you buy them separately)
  • Audio: online on the Internet + CD
  • A textbook that helps you to learn Czech in a communicative way. It contains 20 lessons – 20 topics and you learn new words, grammar, Czech facts and to speak in basic situations. It is suitable for Slavic and Non-slavic students. Colour book. It „speaks“ Czech. It helps you to prepare for B1 exam.
  • Bonus: supplementary online materials on the Internet
  • Note: you buy the textbook and you can/don´t need to buy workbooks

Česky, prosím III

  • Author: Jitka Cvejnová (publishing house: Karolinum)
  • Versions: no
  • Workbook: yes, a separate book (included in the price of the textbook)
  • Audio: online in the Internet + CD
  • A textbook that helps you to learn Czech in a communicative way. It contains 10 lessons – 10 topics and you learn new words, basic grammar, Czech facts and to speak in basic situations. It is suitable for Slavic and Non-slavic students. Colour book. It „speaks“ Czech.
  • Bonus: supplementary online vocabulary (Czech-English, Russian, German, Spanish, French)
  • Note: original texts and Czech facts

B2 level

MŮJ TIP Čeština pro cizince B2

  • Authors: M. Boccou Kestřánková, K. Hlínová, P. Pečený, D. Štěpánková (publishing house: Edica)
  • Versions: no
  • Workbook: yes, a separate book (included in the price of the textbook)
  • Audio: CD
  • A textbook that helps you to learn Czech in a communicative way. It contains 10 lessons – 10 topics and you learn new words, grammar, pronunciation and Czech facts. It had a good structure divided into listening, reading, grammar, writing, dialogs and Czech facts. It is suitable for Slavic and Non-slavic students. Black-and-white book. It „speaks“ Czech.
  • Bonus: It helps you to preprare for B2 exam
  • Note: A1–B2 grammar overview

Čeština pro středně a více pokročilé

  • Authors: J. Bischofová, J. Hasil, M. Hrdlička, J. Kramářová (publishing house: Karolinum)
  • Versions: no
  • Workbook: yes, a separate book (not included in the price of the textbook)
  • Audio: CD
  • A textbook focused mostly on grammar. It contains 15 lessons – 15 topics there are grammar, exercises, communication topics and original texts (profesionally or formally focused). Czech facts included. It is suitable especially for students learning Czech at universities. Black-and-white book. It „speaks“ Czech.
  • Bonus: name index of Czech personalities

C level

Unfortunately we don´t have textbooks for C level. Teachers usually prepare their own materials. If you study with a teacher, tell him/her what you need. He/she makes materials for your needs.

The textbook Čeština pro středně a více pokročilé (see B2 level) is also used for C level. When you need to practise grammar it is a good choise. For conversation you can choose textbooks Čeština pro život or Nebojte se češtiny (see bellow).

Other materials

Basic Czech I, II, III

  • Authors: A. Adamovičová, D. Ivanovová, M. Hrdlička (publishing house: Karolinum)
  • 6 lessons. For English-speaking students – the book „speaks“ English.
  •  I – A1, II – A2-B1, III – B1-B2 

Čeština pro život 1, 2

  • Author: Alena Nekovářová (publishing house: Akropolis)
  • A phrase book. 15 conversational topics + exercises in each book. For B2 and C levels.
  • 1 and 2

 

MY TIP Česká gramatika v kostce

  • Author: Lída Holá (publishing house: Akropolis)
  • Czech grammar overview in four A4 pages. Versions: English, German, Spanish, Russian, French, Ukrainian, Vietnamese, Arabian, Chinese, Italian, Mongolian, Polish

Čeština extra

Author: Jana Harperová (publishing house: Akropolis)

  • Czech A1–A2 grammar guidebook. Grammar explanation and exercises. 50 lessons. Audio online or 3 CDs.

Nebojte se češtiny

  • Author: Ana Adamovičová (publishing house: Karolinum)
  • Conversation for advanced students. 16 lessons. Texts, materials for conversation, grammar exercises. Standard and colloquial Czech.

Česká deklinace a konjugace pro cizince

  • Author: Helena Confortiová (publishing house: Karolinum)
  • Tables and exercises

MY TIP Připravujeme se k certifikované zkoušce z češtiny

  • Authors: differrent (publishing house: Karolinum)
  • Textbooks explaining how certified Czech exams look like. Model tests and methodology included.
  • A2 and B1 and B2

Česká čítanka

  • Author: Alena Kořánová (publishing house: Akropolis)
  • 17 adapted Czech authors texts (stories, dramas, legends, poetry, scenarios…) + exercises for comprehension, vocabulary and grammar. Czech-English, German, Russian vocabulary. Audio online + CD.

Jazykové hry I, II

  • Authors: Jana Rodrová, Markéta Vymětalová (published by the authors)
  • Crosswords, puzzles … for Czech practising.
  • 1 – A1–A2 and 2 – B1–B2

As I wrote, this list is not complete. If you use another materials and you like them please write them down in comments. Thank you in advance.

Don´t forget that textbooks are not all for your learning. Who wants to study effectively, he/she also needs to read – look what books are good for Czech students. And to listen – here are tips what to listen.

 

This article in Czech version

20th August 2019

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