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How I moved to a foreign country

Today’s post is written by Eliška.

I would like to share my experience with moving to France with you. If you are curious how it was and what I learned from it, continue reading.

“Just before I finished my French university studies, I met “him”. Today, he is father of our child, love of my life, my life partner. But back then, it was a nice French guy. Yet, attractive. Romantic. Understanding. But still. I came to Bretagne only for 3 months to complete my internship and then the plan was to go back to the Czech republic, back to my life.

I was ruminating a little bit on the possibility of “let’s try it out together” because I liked him so much! But all I could see was just struggle and distance of 1 800 km. At those times, unacceptable for me. And moving? No way! Too crazy!!!

So, I preferred not to continue in our romantic relationship, said goodbye and I returned to the Czech Republic to my old life.

It was easy. No one from my Czech life knew about him, I made sure not to share photos, so it was easy to return to my cozy comfort zone. Even though I felt that it’s not the life I want, I was so scared of…

Of what?

Of moving to France!

Of speaking French daily!

Of talking to people I don’t understand.

Of learning about French customs while at that table or how to behave when meeting friends!

I was so frightened. Because it happens only in movies that people leave everything behind, overcome their fears and live happily ever after, right?

One day I went for a coffee with my best friend Monika and told her about this handsome French with whom I spent every free moment of those 3 months I had. And I remember clearly what she told me:

“Ahaaaa teď chápu! Now everything makes sense! This is the reason you were flourishing on every photo you shared! And now you look so miserable because you miss him! Come on! Move to him! Live with him! He is the man you want!”

“But what about my parents, what about my friends, what about….?”, was my answer. Again, I was so scared that the only things I could see were the obstacles and why it would be so hard.

But thanks to Monika, I opened my mind. I left the “what if” and “but…” in the corner and I let my imagination breathe, swim, go,… fly!

I imagined how happy I would be.

How I would feel when living in my dream country.

With someone I love…

And all of a sudden, all the obstacles became so tiny that I barely saw them.

I decided to move to Bretagne. To start searching for a job, for new friends, for help with French language… Today I know that if I didn’t make this decision, I would live a miserable life but without knowing it!

I overcame my fear.

If I didn’t open my mind and just follow my heart, I would be this typical unconfident woman, going to 8 to 5 job, having a regular house and 2x holidays, with no dreams and no courage to go after my dreams. Yes, slowczech wouldn’t exist today.”

If we want something, if we imagine how this something will make us feel, any obstacle is surmontable.

No matter what your dream is, imagine from what you are pushing yourself away, when not going after this dream, when being too scared!

What are you losing just because you are scared of Czech cases?

Of moving to the Czech Republic?

Of having to speak in Czech to people you don’t know?

So many people did it before you.
There is no reason you are not as capable as they are. Naopak. With today’s technologies, ideas, learning ways, support it’s so easy to learn Czech.

Stop for a moment, write a vision of yours, think how it makes you feel when you have achieved your goals. If you are excited, this is the right one. The one you have to go after!

If Czech language takes part in your future self, slowczech is here to help you to get there. With the positive energy and motivation of the group, your journey will be way more enjoyable.

Join slowczech Lab, immersive platform for your daily Czech learning!

I want to go after my “Czech dreams”

I am slowczech founder and from my experience I know two things: beginners can understand words with time. And enjoyable input is vital for natural language acquisition. Many give up Czech due to old methods, irrelevant vocabulary or overwhelming grammar. Let’s change that and make learning Czech exciting and effective.

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Arabic culture, nature, family

I’m Daniela or Danča. I enjoy working with adults from different cultural backgrounds. To me, Czech is like a beautiful forest that we explore together. Let’s play games, discover new strategies, and share our hobbies in class. I love traveling, swimming, reading, watching films, and singing in a vocal band.


Plants, books, Spain

I am slowczech courses manager and a Prague-based Czech tutor. Let’s conquer language fears together! I know how to tailor our lessons and ask you about your goals. Is it chatting over beer, work emails, university studies, family connections? I adore languages, plants, sitcoms, books, documentaries, ping-pong, and nature trips.


Enthusiasm, minimalism, socializing

I’m Monika, or Monča, slowczech event & good mood manager. I love meaningful conversations and meeting new people. Languages and cultures are my passion.  I was living in France, England and Vietnam. As a Czech tutor, I focus on understanding your needs and creating a positive, supportive environment.


Wine, design, languages

I’m the slowczech tutor and e-shop manager living in Brno. Having lived in Spain and Russia, I love travelling – exploring new places brings me joy. I cherish the variety and surprises that life offers. Teaching allows me to embark on adventurous journeys with my students. Let’s discover the world together!


Travelling, new ideas, optimism

I’m creative content manager and tutor from Ostrava. As a tutor, translator, and course coordinator, I understand that every student is unique and requires a personalized approach. Whether you’re refining grammar or starting from scratch, I will help you. I incorporate real-life materials. Seeing your progress brings me joy!


Games, sarcasm, my cat

I’m Marie, your friendly tutor and slowczech network & lab manager. I love connecting with students, fostering love for learning, and indulging in some Czech language nerdiness. I’m a Prague native, and I also love getting out of the city to hike and explore. Podcasts, British comedy, DnD, and spending time with my cat!


Nature, meditation, children

I am experienced tutor for children. I have been working with children since ever and there is no better job! In lessons love using stories, games and pictures. We always laugh a lot. Besides teaching, I enjoy meditation and spending time outside.

Michaela slowczech teacher


Czech language, picnics, Prague

I’ve been teaching Czech since 2013, starting with native speakers and later focusing on Czech as a foreign language. It’s my calling to help you with this awesome language. In my classes, we play games, explore idioms and enjoy observing progress. Let’s talk books, movies, dogs, sun in our lessons!

Music, lgbtq+, religions

I’m Barbora, or Bára. Life is amazing with wonderful people, my husband and my child by my side. I’m lucky to have my dream job, helping people understand each other. I enjoy both learning and teaching. I love working on conversation skills and correct pronunciation. Share your stories with me!


Music, French, communication

I’m Ema (or Míša), and I fell in love with teaching Czech eight years ago. Learning a language is a journey and I am here to be your guide and help you to enjoy it. Together, we always set a destination (in a week/month/year) and create a detailed itinerary, so we don´t get lost on the way. I love travelling, hiking, yoga, music, and dancing. I have a little baby now. That’s why I also offer WhatsApp and Hybrid lessons.


Chinese, Asia, travelling

大家好!I am Lee, an experienced foreign language teacher. My background includes teaching students of all levels. I always listen to my students’ concerns, and I help them unlock their full potential. It really brings me joy to see my students make progress. Let’s get the ball rollin’! 加油加油

Petra L.

Czech culture, self-reflection, family

Since 2017, I’ve been teaching Czech to both groups and individuals. I tailor lessons to my students’ preferences, offering exam preparation or fun conversational classes. I believe that language connects us and fosters understanding. I’m also a certified teacher for children and have extensive experience working with kids.


Canada, ecology, introvert

I started teaching in 2013 as a volunteer in a Czech village in Ukraine. After teaching in Ukraine and Canada, I joined slowczech full-time. I focus on conversation lessons. I really enjoy getting to know my students! I’m passionate about protecting the environment and volunteer for ecological organizations.

Peťa S.

Walks, my family, languages

I’m one of the lucky ones whose hobby is their job. I’ve learned ten foreign languages so far, and I’m currently learning German. I understand the challenges of learning Czech, but the feeling of finally getting it is incredible. I love traveling, reading books and spending time outdoors.


Optimism, languages, relationships

I’m enthusiastic Czech tutor and Spanish interpreter. Tolerance, positive mind, joy and respect are priorities for me – in lessons and in life. I spent some time abroad and I also study languages, so I can understand your needs. I am fascinated by interpersonal relationships, human mind and wonders of nature.


Traditions, my daughter, meeting people

I’m Anna or rather Anička, and since 2019 I’ve been teaching Czech with a focus on interesting and entertaining methods. I prioritize conversations and dialogues to help students understand how the languages work. I aim to create a nurturing environment for you. Let’s start this wonderful language journey together!

Anna R.

Mexico, Czech language, new people

I´m freelance tutor since 2019 currently living in Mexico. I use mostly communication methods of teaching, which means we will talk a lot. I believe language lessons are not only about learning a new language, but it is a great opportunity to explore different culture, meet new people, make friends!


Nature, Russian, icecream

I am constantly looking for playful and unconventional ways of teaching. I understand the Russian soul and speak Russian myself at a native level. I can help Russian speakers avoid the pitfalls that come with the similarities between 2 languages. I am not afraid to sleep alone in the forest.


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Interesting tidbit: the illustration below depicts a “táborák”, a beloved tradition in Czechia. Friends and families gather around a campfire to relax, chat, grill buřty, and sip beer.

With slowczech, we aim to provide you with a similar atmosphere: a warm, welcoming space to meet fellow learners and practice your Czech in a no-pressure setting. Enjoy! :)

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Věděla jsi, že ilustrace níže je Magion I, první československá družice?


business, mother, polyglote

I am slowczech founder and from my experience I know two things: beginners can understand words with time. And enjoyable input is vital for natural language acquisition. Many give up Czech due to old methods, irrelevant vocabulary or overwhelming grammar. Let’s change that and make learning Czech exciting and effective.