Czech language has become more popular across Europe as more immigrants become proficient, a report has found.
Key points:”It’s becoming more common in some areas of Europe to say the Czech language in your home country, but not in other parts of the EU”A new trend of Czech-speaking people in the Netherlands is also becoming increasingly commonIn the UK, more than a third of people now say they speak Czech on a daily basisSource: The Conversation article The Czech language was officially added to the EU’s register of official languages in 2019, following the signing of the Association Agreement.
The language is spoken by about 2.3 million people in Europe, including around 1.5 million in the UK.
But the number of speakers is growing rapidly.
“I think it’s very, very strong,” said Markos Strydom, an English teacher in the city of Zagreb.
“We’re going through a very rapid change, I’m really seeing it.
It’s becoming less and less of a barrier for us.”
He said that many young people had taken Czech as their first language in their childhood.
“There are a lot of young people that don’t speak Czech because they’re learning the language from home, but also because they want to improve their skills in the classroom.”
Dr Markos told the BBC Czech language had become more common and widespread in his community, but he admitted it was still a language of “conversation”.
“They say in our community it’s like a language, but it’s not.
It means the world to them,” he said.
Dr Marko said the trend was now being seen across the UK and in countries like Ireland, which has about 30,000 speakers.
“In the last couple of years, we’ve had a huge rise in the number who say they’ve learnt the language, who’ve learned to read it, and who speak it on a regular basis,” he told the broadcaster.
“It makes me very proud.”
The number of Czech speakers has grown from around 500,000 in the mid-1980s to more than 1.2 million today.
The Czech language continues to grow, with a recent report suggesting that more than one in 10 people in western Europe now speak it.
But Dr Strymp said this had largely been due to the rise in educated Czech speakers in the past 15 years.
“Most people now have at least a secondary education in Czech and there’s a lot more of them,” Dr Strys said.
“That has been a major factor, and in particular, Czechs have had a better opportunity to study in universities.”
For those that didn’t have an education, it wasn’t that difficult, but now there are lots of more Czechs who have the same education.
“The Czech Government said in a statement it was proud of the growing number of educated Czechs.”
Our government is keen to see that the Czech Republic continues to prosper and grow,” it said.