Learning the Language
If one wants to live abroad for a longer time and integrate successfully, learning the local language to at least some level is a very good idea. It makes getting around easier, enables more relaxing relationships at the workplace and also with neighbours. The conversational level of Czech can be mastered sooner or later – depending on your willingness and opportunities to practice. Basic phrases are good to start with, which will be appreciated and make communication smoother. The phrase “I do not speak Czech, please” (= “Nemluvím česky prosím”) is the first step to understanding the situation for the communication partner. A small smile will get you more support than scared self defensive hands in front of your face or a helpless shoulder shrug.