Only 29 Americans, and 19 Brits were wedded to a real-life Czech male in the last figures for 2003; making them an extremely rare breed.American journalist Dinah Spritzer has lived and worked in the Czech capital for many years.They originally met in London, while Ales was living there in political exile.She tells me that Ales has always been particularly fascinated by England.I would definitely say that males and females in the Czech Republic today enjoy equal status." As for my special aid, well, he is reputed to be very good at the ironing, and makes a mean mushroom sauce, it has been said.And perhaps young western females are being won over.It's quite nice, because it gives an additional dimension to the exchange. You have to push it, like this morning I had an email which asked me whether I was "giving up coming to these shores", I read it out to Ales and he said "shores? " So we had to talk about a shore, beaches, shoring up a house. " The Frenchman when he sees her says, "Umm, it's... Definitely." So for mixed-nationality couples it is difficult to get together, and then to stay together, and Czech females seem to be a lot better at it than Czech males.
Both of us have gaps, when he says something and I have a few seconds of all the other possibilities of what it meant.
But then under Communism it was quite common for the woman to do all the housework, and all the cooking, and hold a job, while often men had very difficult manual jobs, and were exhausted by the time they came home.
I think that has caused somewhat of a delay in the movement to have housework and cooking shared.
They alternate Czech speaking weeks with English speaking weeks, and can converse in each other's languages fluently.
But even then, Dan tells me that speaking different first languages does remain a problem; "It inhibits communication on a deeper level sometimes, it can.