The Adult Language School

The Adult Language School



Welcome to our fall semester beginning September 7. Wishing you a fantastic school year, many new friends and Czech and Slovak connections and fun, not only in class, but at our other events.

The Language School for Adults offers Czech and Slovak language classes for beginning, intermediate and advanced students. Classes meet Saturday mornings at the Gribbin Center on Belair Road in Perry Hall, Maryland.

To register or ask questions, please contact Lois Hybl at 410-243-1710 or e-mail: You may also download and complete the registration form at the link above and mail to: Language School, CSHA, P.O. Box 20261, Baltimore, MD 21284-0261

Our Czech and Slovak Language School (Adults)

Naše Škola češtiny a slovenštiny

Participants in our Czech and Slovak Language School enjoyed another year of learning and fellowship in 2018-2019 and will begin another year September 7. Lois Hybl is coordinator. We are grateful to the students who share refreshments for our coffee breaks and our traditional potluck lunch on the last day of each semester.

Since the 2010-2011 school year, the school has held classes at the R.W. Gribbin Center, 9317 Belair Road, in Perry Hall. We thank George Mojzisek for making arrangements for this site.

Natalia Karlinsky, a native of Tbilisi, Georgia, who studied Slavic languages, teaches beginning and Intermediate Slovak. Between the intermediate and beginning classes she also leads a discussion of Slavic literature.

Iva Zichová, a Czech native, teaches first-year Czech and challenges our students in Czech Conversation. She has taught children at the Slavic American Sokol in Washington and adults in Fairfax County’s Foreign Language Program. She has tutored and taught Czech for people in Foreign Service.

Andrea Kletetschková is a native of the Czech Republic. She taught math in the Department of Civil Engineering at Charles University and worked in St. Paul, Minnesota before moving to Maryland. Now a resident of Laurel, she has taught Czech to children and tutored American adults in Czech. She teaches Czech 201.

If you visit the festival Language School Table, you will meet Bill Schuman and Rena Vanicek-Schuman, daughter of the late Milada Vanicek, the first Czech language teacher in our school. We appreciate their help with book sales and information.

The Czech and Slovak Language School was founded in 1989 to preserve the Czech and Slovak heritage. We will forever feel grateful to the late Dolores Zajickova Gentes who taught first-year Czech beginning in 1990 and was instrumental in publicizing the school and answering phone inquiries. For many years, her husband, the late Harold “Pete” Gentes organized the refreshment time during class breaks.

The school is open to anyone interested in learning about Czech and Slovak languages, history, and culture. For more information, contact Lois Hybl at 410-243-1710,, see our organization website at, or pick up a registration form at the Language School Table at the festival. If you can’t attend the Saturday classes but are interested in being tutored or having something translated, we can recommend people.

We appreciate the fellowship and contributions of teachers and students. However, to insure that we can plan, we ask that students indicate interest by August 27 and register with payment by September 1.

Lois Hybl, 2019