Local SEELRC Resources

(These entries are also included later in the Language Resources section.)

Czech Reference Grammar The Czech Reference Grammar, by Laura A. Janda, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Charles E. Townsend, Princeton University, is part of a set of SEELRC reference grammars designed for advanced-level language users and linguists to compare semantic categories across languages. Completed are comparative grammars in BCS, Czech, Macedonian, Polish, Romanian, and Russian. Others are under development. 

Konec Velkých Prázdnin


Map of Czech Republic and Quick FactsMore Maps

Czech Images

more famous Czechs

Czech MusicOverview of Czech Music


Search Engine Colossus - Czech Republic Links to primary English and Czech language search engines and gateways.

REESWeb - Search Czech Republic Do a "search keyword" for "Czech Republic" or "Czech" in the University of Pittsburgh's Center for Russian and East European Studies website database. Strong in links throughout Eastern and Central Europe as well as with the NIS. 

Alenka Czech Search Engine Well organized search engine in English and Czech; assortment of links from Music to online Dictionaries, etc. Search - Preset for Czech The Google search engine has been preset for you to search the Internet using the Czech language. Also ideal for target language lexical and contextual searches and other language-oriented uses. Requires Czech fonts. (Also included in Language Materials links below.)

Language Materials

Czech Writing System Basic introduction to Czech alphabet with addition information and language related links.

BBC Languages across Europe - Czech Description of language with list of basic phrases with audio.

Complete conjugations of 123 common Czech verbs. Czech Language Links to Overview of Czech, Spoken Czech, Alphabet & pronunciation, Fiction, poems, songs etc.

James Naughton's Czech page at Oxford Includes: Czech and Slovak and other literature resources, Czech and Slovak language links, and more.

Czech Reference Grammar The Czech Reference Grammar, by Laura A. Janda, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Charles E. Townsend, Princeton University, is part of a set of SEELRC reference grammars designed for advanced-level language users and linguists to compare semantic categories across languages. Completed are comparative grammars in BCS, Czech, Macedonian, Polish, Romanian, and Russian. Others are under development. 

The Case Book for Czech

Resources for Teachers

Czech Vocabulary Calendar

Games for Language Practice

Konec Velkých Prázdnin Search - Preset for Czech The Google search engine has been preset for you to search the Internet using the Czech language. Also ideal for target language lexical and contextual searches and other language-oriented uses. Requires Czech fonts. 

Online Dictionaries - Czech An solid collection of online dictionaries, both general and specialized.

word2word: Czech Dictionaries Several dictionaries noted in Czech language section of this online dictionary portal.

Czech-English Online Dictionary Use this global dictionary to search in 275 dictionaries on the Internet. Translate from 69 source languages into 73 target languages - 400 language combinations." Site sometimes has technical problems.

Online Media and News - Czech Republic Good selection of online newspapers including some in English.

BBC Czech BBC news broadcasts in Czech.

Czech Happenings Latest news in English and Czech.

Yahoo! News - Czech Republic Latest news in English from a variety of news sources.

SCOLA - Global Foreign Language Portal SCOLA ia a leader in foreign language television news broadcasts. Schedule of broadcasts, insta-classes in some languages, and other useful information.

History and Culture

History of the Czech Republic - Encyclopedia Entry From, an detailed overview article on country and culture with links to other WWW sites as well as related browser searches. Excellent starting point for studying country and culture.

Czech History A concise as well as detailed count of Czech history by periods.

Czech History, Part I By Prague TV: "Part one of the Prague TV history lesson follows the Czech lands from the time of the Celts through to the formation, in 1948, of Czechoslovakia." Part II of series can be linked to a bottom of page.

Czech History In Czech, Timeline of Czech History by the publisher of many Czech encyclopedias. Also a comprehensive index of Czech historical personalities, their dates of birth and death and links to key events.World Heritage Sites in Czech Republic Czech sites on UNESCO's World Heritage List.

Czech and Slovak Music Society The Czech and Slovak Music Society is an international organization started in 1987 and dedicated to the serious study and greater understanding of the music of the Czech and Slovak Republics.

Index of Czech Artists of 20th Century Artists in Cinema, Music, Theater, Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Popular Culture, etc.

Nas Svet - Czech Komensky Club, University of Nebraska at Lincoln "In Nebraska one out of ten people have Czech ancestors." Enough said! Newsletter, links, and a lot more!

Government and Politics

Governments on the WWW - Czech Republic Includes most of the important links to National Institutions and Government sites including President and most Ministries; Embassies in foreign countries, Political Parties, etc.

Political Resources on the Net - Czech Republic Listings of political sites available on the Internet sorted by country, with links to Parties, Organizations, Governments, Media and more from all around the world.

Foreign and International Law - Czech Republic From the Washburn University School of Law Library, links to country sites for Constitutional Law, Government and Politics, Law and Legislation, Legislative Bodies, etc.

Country Studies

Czechoslovakia - A Country Study Exceptionally detailed presentation from the Library of Congress. Includes sections on: Geography, Society, Economy, Government and Politics, Very Detailed History and Historical Development, Contemporary Trends, etc.

BBC News Country Profiles - Czech Republic Full profiles provide an instant guide to history, politics and economic background of countries; also biographic sketches of leaders, essay on media, and historic timelines. They also include audio and video clips from the BBC archives.

Country Analyses

U.S. Department of State Background Notes - Czech Republic Background Notes are updated/revised as they are received from regional bureaus and are added to the database of the Department of State web site. Categories include: Geography, People, History, Government, Political Conditions, Economy, Defense, Foreign Relations, U.S. Relations, and Travel/Business.

International Monetary Fund - Czech Republic Latest developments in Peace and Security, Economic Development, Humanitarian Aid/Refugees, Environment/Shelter, Human Rights, Women/Children/Population, Health/Poverty/Food Security, Culture/Education.

The World Bank Group - Czech Republic The World Bank Group’s mission is to fight poverty and improve the living standards of people in the developing world. It is a development Bank which provides loans, policy advice, technical assistance and knowledge sharing services to low and middle income countries to reduce poverty. The Bank promotes growth to create jobs and to empower poor people to take advantage of these opportunities

The World Trade Organization "The World Trade Organization (WTO) is the only global international organization dealing with the rules of trade between nations. At its heart are the WTO agreements, negotiated and signed by the bulk of the world’s trading nations and ratified in their parliaments. The goal is to help producers of goods and services, exporters, and importers conduct their business." Includes detailed information on 

Members and Observers - Czech Republic (Member)

Energy Information Administration Country Analysis Briefs - Czech Republic "The Energy Information Administration (EIA), created by Congress in 1977, the a statistical agency of the U.S. Department of Energy. We provide policy-independent data, forecasts, and analysis to promote sound policy making efficient markets and public understanding regarding energy and its interaction with the economy and environment."

USAID - Czech Republic The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) "is an independent agency that provides economic, development and humanitarian assistance around the world in support of the foreign policy goals of the United States."

World Health Organization - Czech Republic About WHO" "The World Health Organization, the United Nations specialized agency for health, was established on 7 April 1948. WHO's objective, as set out in its Constitution, is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health. Health is defined in WHO's Constitution as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity."

International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies - Czech Republic The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is the world's largest humanitarian organisation, with 178 member National Societies.

Amnesty International - Czech Republic Amnesty International is a champion defender of human rights worldwide. Familiarity with a given country's human rights issues can provide a unique insight into many other aspects of its culture and politics.

Human Rights Watch - Czech Republic Human Rights Watch is dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around the world. 

International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights The International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights is a self-governing group of non-governmental, not-for-profit organizations that act to protect human rights throughout Europe, North America, and the Central Asian republics formed from the territories of the former Soviet Union. A primary specific goal is to monitor compliance with the human rights provisions of the Helsinki Final Act and its Follow-up Documents.

Travel Guides

Lonely Planet Destinations - Czech Republic The people at the offbeat Lonely Planet website are not your typical travel guides -- they're very bright and know what they're talking about. Their goal is not to "sell the country" to travelers. Instead, they tell it how it is. Typical headings include: "Warnings" (in case travel is not recommended - the "why's"); Facts for the Traveler, When to Go, Events, Money and Costs, Attractions, Off the Beaten Track, Activities, History, Culture, Environment, Getting There and Away, Getting Around, and Further Reading and Related Weblinks.

Prague Tourist Information All there is to do in Prague - hotels, eating, drinking, entertainment, cinema - and how to get there. (Did we mention drinking?)

Yahoo Travel Guide - Czech Republic Includes links to history, basics, transportation, dining, shopping and climate.

Professional Organizations and Library Consortia

American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (AAASS) From About: "The American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (AAASS) is a nonprofit, nonpolitical, scholarly society which is the leading private organization dedicated to the advancement of knowledge about Russia, Central Eurasia, and Eastern and Central Europe."

Canadian Association of Slavists ~ Canadian Slavonic Papers "The Canadian Association of Slavists is an organization of teachers and scholars in the field of Slavic and related studies in Canada for the purpose of improving and advancing such studies."

British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies BASEES, according to its constitution, exists to "advance education for the public benefit in the United Kingdom in the humanities and the social sciences as they relate to the former Soviet Union and the countries of Eastern Europe".

Slavic and East European Folklore Association "SEEFA is a non-profit organization devoted to an exchange of knowledge among scholars interested in Slavic and East European folklore. It seeks to promote instruction, to organize panels at national and international conferences, to encourage the preparation of teaching materials and translations, and to foster exchanges, summer programs, and research in Slavic and East European Folklore and related fields such as anthropology, ethnic studies, history, literature, and musicology."

Association for Women in Slavic Studies "The Association of Women in Slavic Studies is a networking resource for people concerned with the problems, status, and achievements of women in the profession. It also attempts to cover research and teaching in women's studies and questions of gender and family life in Central/Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union."

Collaborative Collection Management Project for Russian and East European Studies "We offer: — For researchers in Russian and East European Studies, the only nationwide database on relevant library collections and journal holdings in the UK."

International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX) IREX is the premier US nonprofit organization specializing in higher education, independent media, Internet development, and civil society programs in the United States, Europe, Eurasia, the Near East, and Asia.

Universities and Centers of Study

Masaryk University - Brno "After the First World War Brno became the second city of the Republic of Czechoslovakia in both size and significance. In 1919 three institutions of higher learning were founded here, among them Masaryk University, which soon became a hub of activity for students, teachers, and researchers."

Central and Eastern European Education Directory - Czech Republic Provides links to Arts and Humanities schools and universities in fields of Arts, Language & Literature, Culture, Design & Technology, History, Journalism, Law, Music, Pedagogy, Pre-School Education, Philology, etc.