Language & Online Classes


CGSI partners with member language instructors to offer instruction in both the Czech and Slovak languages. These courses are held online so they are available to anyone with a computer or tablet and a quality internet connection.


CGSI Czech Language Instruction

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Scheduled Courses

Beginner's Czech Language & Culture I
Tuesdays 8-9:30pm (CDT), June 9-August 20, 2020. CGSI Member price: $210.

Course Descriptions

Beginner’s Czech Language & Culture I

A systematic approach using parts of speech. Ten-week 15 hour course and materials are included.


CGSI member Anna Cook lived in Opava, Czech Republic from 1994-2002. She returned to the Czech Republic in 2008-2009 and has been offering Beginner & Intermediate courses for the Community in Czech Language & Culture in Czech-American Communities since February 2009. In 2012 she began teaching via Skype, and in 2013 she was awarded a grant to attend Methodologies of Teaching the Czech Language course in Prague by the Czech Government for Czech teachers in expatriate communities. In 2015 Anna became a Registered Court Interpreter with the State of Illinois Courts and is involved with several Czech-American organizations including Wisconsin Czechs, Inc., Chicago Czech Center, Bohemian Lawyers´ Association of Chicago, and others. In 2017 she was selected to serve as a Sister City delegate on behalf of Two Rivers, Wisconsin to Domažlice, Czech Republic.


For more information on these Czech language courses, email Anna or visit CzechTalk.


CGSI Slovak Language Instruction

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Scheduled Courses

Beginning Slovak I
Thursdays 6:30-8:30pm (CDT), September 17-November 19, 2020. CGSI Member price: $180.
Beginning Slovak II
Wednesdays 6:30-8:30pm (CDT), September 16-November 18, 2020. CGSI Member price: $180.
Beginning Slovak I
Thursdays 6:30-8:30pm (CST), January 14-March 18, 2021. CGSI Member price: $180.

Course Descriptions

Beginning Slovak I

Participants learn basic Slovak vocabulary and phrases and are introduced to Slovak grammar. The course is designed to be interesting and informative, and focuses primarily on learning the Slovak language, but includes various aspects of Slovak culture and traditions. A PDF course book is included. Twenty hours of class time over a 10-week period.

Beginning Slovak II

A continuation of Slovak I, this course introduces additional Slovak grammar and new vocabulary with the objective of enabling participants to communicate in Slovak on a basic level. Twenty hours of class time over a 10-week period.


CGSI member Dennis Ragan has taught basic Slovak language and culture in classrooms - as well as "real" halušky culinary classes - in the greater Pittsburgh area for 19 years. He has been teaching online for CGSI since 2018.


For more information on these Slovak language courses, email Dennis.


University Czech and Slovak Language Programs in North America

Univ Pitt Czechoslovak Nationality Room
Czechoslovak Nationality Room classroom
at University of Pittsburgh
  • The Ohio State University: Czech
  • The University of Chicago: Czech
  • The University of Kansas: Czech
  • The University of Nebraska-Lincoln: Czech
  • The University of Texas at Austin: Czech
  • University of California, Berkeley: Czech
  • University of California, Los Angeles: Czech
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Czech
  • University of Michigan: Czech
  • University of Pennsylvania: Czech
  • University of Pittsburgh: Slovak
  • University of Washington: Czech
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison: Czech
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee: Czech