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Inspirujte se

Učení není nalévání kyblíků, ale rozžehnutí ohně.

Tuto stránku jsme přenechali v edici celé Richardovi. Neboť on je ten, kdo je naše bezkonkurenční zásoba inspirace. Hledáte-li tedy nějakou knížku, film, podněty – pro děti či dospělé, popř. materiál k učení, tady si skutečně něco vyberete.

Links to inspire your love of English

Where to start? We are often asked to recommend material for different age groups to begin their journey to loving English. Here are a few suggestions. We are always searching for original ideas and new formats. There is so much out there, so if you find something useful, inspiring, engaging or funny then please share it with us all.


Early picture books for pre-school children

Dear Zoo
by Rod Campbell

The Very Hungry Caterpillar
by Eric Carle

Goodnight Gorilla
by Peggy Rathmann

Elmer the Patchwork Elephant series
by David McKee

Modern British classics for children

The Gruffalo
by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

The Scarecrow’s Wedding
by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

The Tiger Who Came to Tea
by Judith Kerr

The Mog series
by Judith Kerr

The Paddington series
by Michael Bond

The Tales of Peter Rabbit
by Beatrix Potterová

Here We Are
by Oliver Jeffers

Lost and Found
by Oliver Jeffers


English YouTube channels for children

Books for adults

If you are approaching English as a beginner, try the parallel books which offer texts in English and Czech on alternate pages. Moving on, begin with short stories and novellas before tackling the larger works.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie remain popular, though, of course, the best- selling contemporary author in Britain is J. K. Rowling. Simon Mawer has written a fictional work based on The Villa Tugendhat in The Glass Room and his latest novel is a romance called Prague Spring. Fans of the series Game of Thrones might enjoy George RR Martin’s Fire and Ice series beginning with the first novel, Game of Thrones. Philip Pullman is a celebrated author writing in the fantasy/philosophy field and his series, His Dark Materials is extremely popular across all age ranges.
For Crime fans; try Jo Nesbo or Stieg Larsson in English. Famous British crime writers include Stuart MacBride, Mark Billingham, Ian Rankin, Peter James and Peter Robinson.
JoJo Moyes is hugely popular in Britain and the Czech Republic with fans of Romantic fiction. You might also like Rowan Coleman’s work, especially as she is an ex-student of mine! Try her recent novel, The Summer of Impossible Things – a best seller in Britain, America and Germany.
You might also want to try Czech authors translated into English. If you are familiar with the writing in Czech, try the next level of challenge by reading Milan Kundera or Ota Pavel in English!

Films/Serials for adults

Try original English language films and programmes with Czech titles to start with. Then move on to using English titles to aid your understanding of English vocabulary. Remember, Active Learning run monthly English film clubs in Hulin – or ‘Hulinwood‘, as we like to call it! Check our diary for dates.
Recent popular screenings included; It’s a Wonderful Life, The Greatest Showman, Paddington 2 and Bohemian Rhapsody.
If you like to download serials, then has a wide range of work to choose from, often with English subtitles. Recent BBC productions which are of a good quality, include; Killing Eve, MrsWilson, Les Miserables and Fleabag (contains explicit language).
If you have access to a streaming service, then NETFLIX or HBO GO offer original programmes featuring English with subtitles.

News channels


There are podcasts to suit all tastes. Try Soundcloud or the Apple store for a wide selection to improve your listening skills.
A few personal favourites:

BBC resources

As a trusted broadcaster, the BBC also offers help for those, like you, who want to learn and use English more effectively.
There are a number of different platforms used by the BBC to allow you to access material in whichever form suits you best.

A good place to improve your listening skills is with Six Minute English, a weekly podcast on a topical subject which has the added benfit of a transcript you can follow.

BBC Learning English team also have their own YouTube channel for video resources.

BBC Learning English is also on Instagram and Twitter via the Search function on both applications.

British Council

Dedicated to promoting all things British, the British Council’s Learn English site offers a wide range of resources and alternative forms of English language material for all ages.

For Business English users….

For young students….

For teenagers……

I hope that helps. Have fun!