Every summer for the past 39 years, students from around the globe have gathered at Brno's Masaryk University to work on their Czech at the annual Czech Language summer school, or letni skola. Throughout the month of August they've been drilled in grammar, they've memorized new vocabulary words, and they've practiced conversation.
This year's Summer School of Slavonic studies is in full swing at Prague's Charles University. Almost 250 people are immersed in the study of Czech language, culture, and life. Students from all over the world - around 40 countries in all - and all degrees of education come together to brave the difficulties of learning Czech.
For about half a century, the little East Bohemian town of Dobruska has been home to Charles University's intensive Czech language school for foreign students. For the past fifteen years, every summer, the university's facilities are used for a different group of students - Czechs abroad, who would like to get back in touch with their roots and learn the language of their fathers, mothers, and grandparents.
Every summer hundreds of people come to the Czech Republic to study Czech culture, history, film, politics, and even agriculture, most common of course is to learn the Czech language. The 48th consecutive Summer School of Slavonic Studies organized by the Department of Bohemian Studies at Charles University has just begun.