1st Edition

A Frequency Dictionary of Czech Core Vocabulary for Learners

By František Cermák, Michal Kren Copyright 2011
    296 Pages
    by Routledge

    294 Pages
    by Routledge

    A Frequency Dictionary of Czech is an invaluable tool for all learners of Czech, providing a list of the 5,000 most frequently used words in the language.

    Based on data from a 100 million word corpus and evenly balanced between spoken, fiction, non-fiction and newspaper texts, the dictionary provides the user with a detailed frequency-based list, as well as alphabetical and part of speech indexes.

    All entries in the rank frequency list feature the English equivalent, a sample sentence with English translation and an indication of register variation. The dictionary also contains twenty thematically organised and frequency-ranked lists of words on a variety of topics, such as family, food and drink and transport.

    A Frequency Dictionary of Czech enables students of all levels to get the most out of their study of vocabulary in an engaging and efficient way. It is also a rich resource for language teaching, research, curriculum design, and materials development.

    Former CD content is now available to access at www.routledge.com/9780415576628 as support material. Designed for use by corpus and computational linguists it provides the full text in a format that researchers can process and turn into suitable lists for their own research work.

    Thematic vocabulary lists   Series preface   Acknowledgements   List of abbreviations  Introduction   Frequency index   Alphabetical index   Part of speech index


    František Čermák is Professor of Czech language and Director of the Institute of the Czech National Corpus, Charles University, Prague.

    Michal Křen is Head of Computation Technology Department at the Institute of the Czech National Corpus, Charles University, Prague.


    Linguist List 10/7/2011

    As a language teacher and student, I have often found frequency-based
    dictionaries to be extremely useful, and I have no doubt that this work will
    prove similarly valuable for learners of Czech. As noted by the authors, the
    book is also likely to be helpful for educators, including teachers of Czech as
    well as individuals involved in curriculum design and materials development. The
    statistical information that is presented may also be of substantial interest to

    This book is particularly welcome in light of the fact that Czech is spoken by
    relatively few people (12 million or so), which has meant that learners and
    teachers of the language have had access to educational resources which are far
    fewer in number than those available for more widely-spoken languages. In fact,
    it happens to be the case that while living in Prague and studying Czech, I
    searched in vain for exactly this kind of dictionary


    Overall, there is much more to praise here than to criticize. The issues I have
    mentioned above are quite minor when one takes into account the obvious effort
    and care that has gone into creating the main frequency-ranked word list along
    with the other tools this dictionary provides. The example sentences are clear
    and illustrative; learners will no doubt find it a helpful exercise to practice
    translating both the vocabulary words and their example sentences from Czech to
    English and vice versa. The part of speech index and the ''thematic vocabulary''
    sections permit the learner to focus selectively on particular grammatical
    classes or other groups of words.

    In my generally favorable review of a previous entry in this dictionary series
    (the one for Mandarin Chinese), I stated that despite a few weaknesses I had
    noted, my main reaction upon examining the dictionary was a sense of regret that
    it had not been available to me years earlier when I was first studying Chinese.
    My reaction to this Czech frequency dictionary is much the same. I would have
    greatly valued such a resource when first studying Czech, and believe that
    future learners will find it an extremely effective learning tool. I have no
    hesitation in giving this dictionary a strong positive recommendation.

    Michael Grosvald earned his doctorate in Linguistics in 2009 at the University of California at Davis. His background includes over a decade as a language instructor in Prague, Berlin, Taipei and the US; his interests include the phonetics and phonology of signed and spoken languages, second language acquisition, computational linguistics, psycholinguistics and the neuroscience of language. He is currently working as a post-doctoral scholar in the Department of Neurology at the University of California, Irvine.