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.
Don't eat fish on the New Year's Day in Czechia and other Czech New Year's traditions & celebrations
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.
I fell in love with the Czech Republic because of the Weather, says ex-Californian Michael G. Maurer
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 Advent and other pre-Christmas traditions in Czechia (Podcast about Czech culture)
Isabell Mayrhofer decided early on that she would like to see the world. So far she has lived abroad for nearly 15 years now (USA, Germany, United Kingdom, Singapore, France). She is currently living in Prague and working for a Start-up Live Penalty which focuses on the development of a mobile game combining the real and the virtual world of football.
Previously she has been working for another Czech Start-up (Automobilist), so you can take a peek inside this booming Prague scene.
Before her Czech Start-up career, she has been working in the film industry in Hollywood, so you can look forward to stories from this part of the world. And of course, we talked also about the similarities between the Czech and the Austrian culture (especially when it comes to food :-)).
P. S. You can check more about the mentioned Start-ups here: https://www.livepenalty.com/
Mehmet Ekmekçi came to Czechia to study at ČVUT. What was his Czech University experience? What did he know about the Czech Republic before coming here? What does he think about the Czech gaming industry and what’s his favorite Czech game?
You will find the answers in the podcast and even a bit more. 🙂
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.
P. S. Mentioned Czech words: Postřižiny, Spalovač mrtvol, špička, větrník, Kroměříž, Brno, Olomouc
I like that there is nothing to worry about in Czechia, says Vietnamese-Czech journalist Viet Tran
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.
P. S. If you speak Czech, you can also find our podcast on the second channel „Expatka Katka“.
Trump or Biden? Who would be the next Czech president in a parallel universe? Podcast with Tomáš H.
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!
I always encourage my students to speak, says Czech University teacher Tomáš Hostýnek