Language summer school in Dobruska
Students from all around the world with ties to the Czech Republic have come to the annual Czech language summer school in Dobruska, northeast Bohemia. The programme is now in its seventeenth year. Christian Rühmkorf spoke to Jan Paterson, who works for the BBC in Great Britain, about the reasons that brought him to this year's popular summer course.
Is this your first time in the Czech Republic?
"I have been to Prague with my mother and we have been driving around but really I have been quite protected because I didn't have to speak because she did all the speaking. It's said that neither me nor my brother were brought up speaking but our dad was Scottish and we were brought up in London so there was no need to speak Czech at home. We had some Czech traditions at home like having Christmas on the 24th and having wonderful Czech cookies that my mother always made. We didn't have any knedliky at home - she was not a great fan of the knedliky."
Could you tell us the reason why your mother left Czechoslovakia and why she came to Britain?
"I would like to spend more time here so that I would learn the language properly but of course I have a career back in England. It was even hard to take four weeks out of work but I would like to spend more time. One thing I would like to do here is to spend Christmas and see the snow and see the Bethlehems (nativity scenes) and so on in the Czech Republic."
Photo: Martina Stejskalova