I'm thoroughly enjoying the comments from my posting. (You don't have to be related to me to post them!) My sister Marcy is a linguist, and my brother Rick has studied Czech, so they have some interesting things to say about the Czech language.
I learned that a fun, very basic way to acquaint yourself with a language is to drive on its country's roads and play the Alphabet Game. (This was actually my 9-year-old's idea, and not because of the educational value.) I thought it was funny how instantaneously we found the letters "K" and "Z." The two letters that were nearly impossible were "Q" and "W." Steve and I finally found "Q" simultaneously--me on an Antiques store, and him on the ubiquitous ad for "Urquell" beer. Both are foreign words. As for "W," I found that in a name on a German truck just as I was about to give up.