20.10.2017 18:30

People in Brno are so diverse, says student from Slovakia

Autor: Richard Kuczinský | Kurz: English section | Kategorie: Features and other

Kristian Xavér Kirnág is a Slovak student of journalism and Economic Policy at Masaryk University. He has decided to study in the Czech Republic because the quality of Czech universities is better compared to Slovak ones. He has been living in Brno for one year and he's absolutely contented. He has everything what he needs for his life here.

Kristian was born in Žilina, which is circa 200 kilometers far from Brno. Žilina has over 80 thousand citizens which means it is the fourth most populated city in Slovakia. When Kristian was young, his sister was studying in the Moravian metropolis. “I visited her once and I fell in love with this city. So much energy, so many options! I was so impressed,” says Kristian. Kristian considered Žilina to be a big city, but when he saw Brno, he had to change his mind. He was surprised that so many foreigners live there. “I couldn't believe how many abroad students you can see meet in Brno. People are so diverse here! All the people are so identical in Žilina and they behave the same, too. I haven't realized that untiI I have moved to Brno.” 

Kristian selected Masaryk University, because he wanted to study in the Czech Republic. “I really like this country, there are just small differences between Czechia and Slovakia. I wasn't afraid at all when I moved to Brno. I had visited Moravia many times in the past and I always liked it.” Kristian's decision to study in Brno was supported by Masaryk University's entrance admissions. “If you want to apply for studies in Slovakia, you have to show your grades from the high school. There is no such a rule in Czechia,” he says, explaining.

Kristian is happy that Žilina and Brno are close to each other. He travels mostly by car or bus. There is a group on Facebook, which is called Žilina-Brno and people offer sharing of their vehicles there. For students it is relatively cheap and sophisticated option of transport.

Kristian has always wanted to write something, but poetry and literature aren't his cup of tea. For this reason, he has chosen Media Studies and Journalism at Faculty of Social Studies of Masaryk University. “If you want to study journalism at Masaryk University, you have to combine it with some different field. I've found long list of these fields and chosen Economic Policy. Why? I concluded it sounds as the most interesting option,” he says. Kristian is now glad he has chosen economy but he is sure that he isn't qualified same as the students who study just this one field.

Many abroad students have a problem with their language. Of course, Masaryk University offers lots of courses in English language, but level of your language skills must be very high. And that isn't all. There is an everyday language barrier in offices, shops or bars for students from exotic parts of the world. “I've never had any problem with my Slovak language. Everybody understands to me and that's amazing. Yes, sometimes somebody doesn't get some of my words, but I can easily explain. And there are mostly very funny moments. Last time I had to explain what the Slovak world 'kettle' means.” Kristian hasn't met any lecturers, who had a problem with his mother tongue. “I prefer to ask if I can use my mother language at the beginning of a course just to be sure. But everybody prefers correct Slovak to wrong Czech,” Kristian says, smiling.

Kristian would like to stay in the Czech Republic after his studies. But there is a problem with his language. He understands Czech language well, but he cannot write correctly. “I know Czech from television or ordinary conversations but grammar is very difficult. For this reason, I don't suppose any of the big publishing houses will employ me. I could stay in Czechia as a Slovak foreign correspondent,” he laughs.

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