Introductory Czech for Adults
and Czech Conversation
Language Classes include
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
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
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
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
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