Don’t eat fish on the New Year’s Day in Czechia and other Czech New Year’s traditions & celebrations

The end of the year is slowly approaching and so it is the right time to explain to you a bit about Czech celebration on the New Year’s Eve (we call this evening „Silvestr“) and about what follows on the New Year’s Day.

You will learn about the popular snacks for the New Year’s Eve and also about the traditions such as what you should or shouldn’t eat, so that the next year is good. And I will also mention some lucky charms that are popular around this time in the Czech Republic.

Wishing you a lovely year’s end celebration and all the best for the next year! P. F. 2021! And don’t forget „Jak na Nový rok, tak po celý rok!“ 🙂

P. S. And if you haven’t done so yet, don’t forget to check also the YT channel.

Czech Kate
Don't eat fish on the New Year's Day in Czechia and other Czech New Year's traditions & celebrations
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I fell in love with the Czech Republic because of the Weather, says ex-Californian Michael G. Maurer

Michael G. Maurer is an American who studied high-school in Texas and then moved to California to pursue his film-making dreams. And maybe he would be still living in L. A., if there wouldn’t be a lucky coincidence of him meeting his future wife Markéta, a Czech from a city of Pilsen.

Michael is now living in Bohemia for more than a decade and he will share with you his insights from an American-Expat point of view. He has also many interesting stories from his travels around the world and from the movie industry (f. e. Spider-Man, Legally Blond 2,…), so you can look forward to hearing about that as well.

Enjoy!

Czech Kate
I fell in love with the Czech Republic because of the Weather, says ex-Californian Michael G. Maurer
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Czech Advent and other pre-Christmas traditions in Czechia (Podcast about Czech culture)

Ahoj! Hello! Today it will be slightly different episode – the advent season is here and if you are living in the Czech Republic or if you are interested in Czech culture, you should know about the traditions that are usually taking place in the time of 4 weeks (Sundays) before Christmas.

In todays episode I’ll be talking about the Christmas Wrath, St. Nicholas, Christmas markets, Czech Christmas cookies, Peace Light of Bethlehem and other tiny peaces of Czech culture that are related to the pre-Christmas time.

It was obviously not that easy to get the illustration pictures for these in the current situation but thanks to the help of my friends (special thanks goes to Lucka, Hanka and Jirka :-)), I was able to get together photos from Czechia, Germany and Austria.

I hope that you will enjoy the podcast!

Czech Kate
Czech Advent and other pre-Christmas traditions in Czechia (Podcast about Czech culture)
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I like that there is nothing to worry about in Czechia, says Vietnamese-Czech journalist Viet Tran

The Vietnamese are the third biggest group of foreigners living in the Czech Republic. If you’re surprised by that fact, you can check my previous podcast with an explanation of a bit of a Czech-Vietnamese history.

Currently, there is already a new generation of Vietnamese-Czechs who were born in Czechia. What is it like to live as an Asian looking person in a central European country? Is it a good idea for Asians to move to the Czech Republic? Where should you go if you are planning a trip to the Czech Republic and you would like to see a bit of Vietnamese community life?

Viet Tran, a Czech journalist living in Prague answers these questions. And as he is also a Moravian he adds few tips for foreigners wanting to see this part of Czechia. Viet is also a gaming journalist, so you can look forward to a brief introduction to the world of Czech games and he also adds few tips when it comes to Czech movies and food.

Enjoy!

P. S. Mentioned Czech words: Postřižiny, Spalovač mrtvol, špička, větrník, Kroměříž, Brno, Olomouc

Czech Kate
I like that there is nothing to worry about in Czechia, says Vietnamese-Czech journalist Viet Tran
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Trump or Biden? Who would be the next Czech president in a parallel universe? Podcast with Tomáš H.

Both I and Tomáš Hostýnek enjoy a bit of a talk about politics. We decided to play a small game – we imagined a parallel universe where Donald Trump and Joe Biden are Czech presidential candidates. Who would have a chance of winning? 

Surprisingly we found quite some parallels to the last Czech presidential elections – where it was a battle of president Zeman running for his second term and of academic Jiří Drahoš, a favorite of the liberal part of the Czech society.

Enjoy!

P. S. If you speak Czech, you can also find our podcast on the second channel „Expatka Katka“.

Czech Kate
Trump or Biden? Who would be the next Czech president in a parallel universe? Podcast with Tomáš H.
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The Czech Republic or the United Kingdom? To which European country should you move? Czech podcast

We are 2 Czechs (1 of us is living in the UK) and we decided to play a small game. We imagined that an Indian guy would like to move to Europe. He is not sure which country he should choose. And we will try to help him in his decision-making process. We hope that you will enjoy our friendly, easygoing, and hopefully a bit funny talk. 🙂

We covered these topics:

1. People

2. Beer

3. Salary

4. Entry costs of living

5. Unemployment rate

6. English

7. Traveling around Europe

8. Public transportation

9. Contactless payments

10. Currency

11. EU

12. Healthcare

13. Safety

14. Peacefulness

15. Cultural life

16. Personal freedom (Czech humor)

17. Political correctness

18. Religion

19. LGBT

20. Foreign languages

21. Self-service

22. Introverts

23. Weather

24. Sports

25. Cuisine

26. Girlfriend

Did we miss anything crucial? Let us know 🙂

P. S. If you are learning Czech you may also enjoy podcast in the Czech language  “Expatka Katka”

Czech Kate
The Czech Republic or the United Kingdom? To which European country should you move? Czech podcast
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I always encourage my students to speak, says Czech University teacher Tomáš Hostýnek

Ahoj! Hello! Today we started a new series – English interviews with Czechs or foreigners connected to the Czech Republic. It was a pleasure to have as the first guest Mr. Tomáš Hostýnek, political scientist, and teacher working at the Westbohemian University in the department of English language and literature. It is a light-hearted talk about his English language education, the world of gaming and we also spoke about the upcoming American presidential elections. Enjoy!

Czech Kate
I always encourage my students to speak, says Czech University teacher Tomáš Hostýnek
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