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Introductory Czech for Adults
Intermediate Czech
and Czech Conversation

Beginning Slovak
Intermediate Slovak
Slavic Traditions

Language Classes include Speaking
and Traditions

          Two-hour Language Classes — $70.00
          One-hour Classes — $35.00
          Textbooks and tapes are additional.

          R.W. Gribbin Center
          9317 Belair Road
          Perry Hall, Maryland  21236
          Need directions?  Map.

The brick structure in the upper photograph just beyond the red sign is the Gribbin building. The sign says "Gallagher Business Services" along with 9317, the street address. Turn into the driveway at the blinking yellow light, park and enter the Gribbin building from the rear.


On-site registration is held at the Gribbin Center on the first day of Classes.

Preregistration by mail is encouraged.
A preregistration form can be obtained
from the Class Details Page.

The Language School is open to anyone
(high school students through elders)
interested in learning the Czech and Slovak languages, history, and culture. All are welcome regardless of race, color, religion, or national or ethnic origin.
For More Information
          Lois Hybl
          410-243-1710 (If no answer, please leave a message! So we know you are not a telemartketer.)
 (please put Language School in the subject line)
CSHA's Czech and Slovak Language School began in 1989 when Herman Chyba approached the late Milada Vanicek to be the teacher of Czech at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church Rectory at Ashland and Chester. Mrs. Vanicek continued teaching, with a short break, until her death in 1998. In 1993, the school moved to the Towson Unitarian Universalist Church in Lutherville. Due to our growth at that time, Lois Hybl assumed responsibility for coordinating the school. With the help of CSHA member, Fred Dvorak, Jr., the school moved to the Maryland School for the Blind in Parkville in 1996. Since fall 2010 the school has been located at the R.W. Gribbin Center in Perry Hall — the effort of George Mojzisek.

As Mrs. Vanicek's students became more advanced, the late Dolores Gentes began teaching the beginning Czech class, and her late husband Harold "Pete" Gentes began serving as an assistant, coordinating the serving of coffee and refreshments. The school owes much to Dolores and Pete for their long and dedicated service. Later, Pete used his extensive Bohemian glass and craft collection to educate students, first during short breaks, then in a special course on Bohemian glass. Iva Zicha teaches First Year Czech or Conversation Czech. Intermediate Czech is taught by Andrea Kletetschka.

Over the years, intermediate or advanced Czech students benefited from former teachers Jana Hlustik, Pavel Maruska, Mildred Novotny, Lenka Pedersen, Roman Thein, Marketa Traband, Michaela Trnkova, Eva Vacca, Irene Vincent and Iva Zicha. One spring, high school intern Peggy Fulda taught a children's class.

The language school began offering Slovak in 1994 with Miriam Halamova as teacher. Our other past teachers of Slovak were Anna Losovsky, Michael Myers and Juraj Duracka. Today Natalie Karlinsky teaches the beginning and intermediate Slovak classes. In 2002, Mrs. Karlinsky's class published a book, Slovak Marylanders, about their Slovak-American families. She has also taught a one-hour class on Slavic Traditions in English. G. Edward Horak taught a Czech and Slovak History course, alternating between history up to 1848 and history from 1848 to the present.

Those who visit the Language School Table at our fall festivals,  will meet Bill Schuman and Rena Vanicek-Schuman, daughter of the late Milada Vanicek, the beloved first Czech language teacher in our school. We appreciate their help with book sales and information.

Education in Czech and Slovak history and culture has reached beyond the walls of the Czech and Slovak Language School. Dolores and Pete Gentes responded to requests for exhibits at school international fairs and senior centers. At one such event in 1994, they had Annette Conlan and Joe Vrzalik demonstrate Sokol gymnastics. They spent long weekends with their displays at the fall ethnic festivals at Essex Community College. At the Festival of Trees at the Timonium Fairgrounds, they set up a display of a typical Czech home at Christmas. Our files contain a certificate of appreciation from the Maryland Department of Aging for an exhibit at Senior Appreciation Day at the Maryland State Fair in 1999.

Fall and spring semester classes in the Czech and Slovak Language School are held Saturdays at the R.W. Gribbin Center, 9317 Belair Road, Perry Hall, Maryland 21236. The school is open to anyone interested in learning about Czech and Slovak languages, history, and culture. Watch for registration forms in the HLAS or at the Language School Table at the festival.

The school has been more than a language-learning experience. The dedication of our teachers and the opportunity to share delicious food and experiences with about 30 students each semester have made these Saturdays memorable cultural and social experiences.
Lois Hybl, revised December 2014

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