One of our favorite Czech alphabet works were published as an “experimental textbook” that most remember as school posters entitled, Živá abeceda (pokusná učebnice) (Living Alphabet), published by the State Pedagogical Publishing House in 1954.
Živá abeceda was created as a collective and featured the talents of Jarmila Hřebejková, Irena Fabianová, Anna Šimanová; illustrated by Antonín Pospíšil, Bohuš Čížek, Jaroslav Baumbruck, Václav Karel, Viktor Polášek, Alois Moravec.
The Czech alphabet consists of 42 letters, which is quite more than the 26 letters used in the English alphabet. These are á, č, ď, é, ě, í, ň, ó, ř, š, ť, ú, ů, ý, ž. The letter combination ch is also considered a single letter and is alphabetized after h.
The letters q, w, x are used only in words of foreign origin.
These wonderful illustrations (and Czech text) were used for many years to teach young children the Czech alphabet.
We hope you enjoyed today’s nostalgic journey to the Czech alphabet!
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