I wasn’t ready for the inappropriate Czech humour, says Dr. Adnan Mazari, Pakistani lecturer at TUL

Ing. Adnan Mazari, PhD., originally from Pakistan, came to the Czech Republic in the year of 2008 to study a Master’s Degree in Liberec. As he was an excellent student, he continued in pursuing an academic career and currently works as a lecturer in the Department of Clothing, Faculty of Textile Engineering, Technical University of Liberec. 

Why did he choose the Czech Republic? What were the initial cultural shocks? What does he think about the Czech black humour? What does he like and dislike about life in Czechia? This and more questions Dr. Mazari kindly answered and you can look forward to this talk about the experience of a foreigner living in the Czech Republic.

Enjoy!

P. S. Here is a link to Adnan’s YT channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC268J5djYB5QI9BqBdp-fBA

Czech Kate
I wasn't ready for the inappropriate Czech humour, says Dr. Adnan Mazari, Pakistani lecturer at TUL
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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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The Czech Start-up scene is currently growing, says Isabell Mayrhofer, an Austrian living in Prague

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 :-)).

Enjoy!

P. S. You can check more about the mentioned Start-ups here: https://www.livepenalty.com/ 

https://automobilist.com/

Czech Kate
The Czech Start-up scene is currently growing, says Isabell Mayrhofer, an Austrian living in Prague
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Why are there so many Vietnamese in the Czech Republic?

Let’s get to answering one of the most frequently asked questions that I get from foreigners. I will be talking about the history of the Vietnamese minority in Czechia and also about Sapa which is something like a „Chinatown“ located in Prague. The address for visitors: SAPA, V Lužích 735, 142 00 Praha-Libuš-SAPA, Česko Enjoy!

Czech Kate
Why are there so many Vietnamese in the Czech Republic?
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Foreigners in the Czech Republic – are there too many or too few?

There are currently about 500 000 foreigners living in the Czech Republic. Is it too many or too few? I will tell you how it is in comparison to other European countries. Also, you will learn about the top 6 countries from which foreigners are coming to Czech. And also some bits of Czech/Czechoslovakian history explaining the current situation.

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Foreigners in the Czech Republic - are there too many or too few?
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The unusual celebration of love in the Czech Republic

Today I am talking about the way we Czech celebrate love. We have 2 dedicated days for this. The first one is St. Valentine’s day and the second one is the first of May. Here are some details from the podcast, so that you don’t have to write it down: Petřín hill – it is the place in Prague where you can go on the 1st of May Petřínská rozhledna = „the Czech Eiffel Tower“ The commemorative stamps from Czech Post office: https://www.ceskaposta.cz/sluzby/filatelie-a-postfila/prilezitostna-razitka/pripravovana-razitka The video „Láska je láska“ = „Love is love“ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71GMbzhC818

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The unusual celebration of love in the Czech Republic
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