- Scott Timmons, Judge
"Silvie is a patient teacher with an excellent sense of humor –
which one needs in teaching (or learning) a foreign language. She does
a wonderful job of catering to a student's needs and creating lessons
that improve the student in those areas."
- Anne-Marie Davidson, Research Analyst
"Silvie is organized, responsible, and extremely intelligent. She
knows the Czech language inside-out - the colloquial spoken as well
as the more formal written. What is perhaps more important, though,
is the reality that she understands how to most effectively pass that
knowledge on to her students. Whether you’re interested in becoming
fluent or just looking for a personalized "crash course" before
traveling to the Czech Republic, Silvie is the person to go to."
- Philip Valenta, IT Systems Specialist & Part-Time Faculty, Seattle
Central Community College
"I have been taking private Czech language instruction from Silvie
Opatrna for 2 months and I am very pleased with the results so far.
From the beginning, I was impressed with the care she took in understanding
my specific goals and objectives. She even took time to survey my learning
style to find out how I learn best. Each lesson is well-planned and
focuses on building speaking and listening skills. Silvie is truly talented,
has a personable demeanor and really enjoys teaching. I feel that I
am receiving a high level of quality with Silvie and can easily recommend
her as a Czech language teacher."
- Nancy Smalley, Registered Massage Therapist
"Silvie is an excellent teacher. Not only is she attentive to the
student’s needs, but she is incredibly patient. She is one of
friendliest persons I’ve ever met and as such, I felt immediately
relaxed around her. Silvie creates an atmosphere that is fun, focused,
and flexible. I highly recommend her especially if you’re a beginner
like I am."
- Blake Dodson, Software tester
"Silvie is an exceptional teacher. She has a great motivating nature
and is a pleasure to be around. I highly recommend her."
- Dayla Ferguson, English teacher
"I am learning to sing a seven song cycle by Dvorak now. Silvie
is helping me with my diction. She explained the difference between
using the soft pallet versus using the hard pallet and the correct tongue
position and structures of the mouth involved in producing the sounds.
Also, she translated the songs word by word and explained the meaning
of the lyrics very well. She really has a good sense of poetry. I strongly
- Joo-Young Jung, DMA voice student
"Silvie is a great teacher and made our lessons both thorough and fun.
While she tailored my lessons to my specific needs and the purpose of
my trip to the Czech Republic, she stressed grammar fundamentals. Learning
with her made me want to continue to learn more advanced grammar as
well as improve my speaking skills."
- Charles Reidy, Photographer
"I am an American living in Czech for a second year. In between this
year and the last, I returned home to Seattle for one year. During this
time, I studied with Silvie once a week for 2 hours. Now, back in Nachod,
friends and colleagues simply cannot believe the progress I've made
with my Czech. Quite frankly neither can I. They are especially in disbelief
of my accent; friends and strangers often smile and remark "hezky cesky".
Silvie is quite strict about accent, and so are the rest of Czech people.
Sometimes it really is the difference between being understood or not.
At the moment here in Nachod, I haven't got a Czech teacher. I often
wish I had a little pocket Silvie to help take me to the next level.
Her lessons are very organized yet leave plenty of room for what the
student wants and needs on any particular day. I teach English here
in Nachod, and Silvie's lessons have helped me to become an even better
teacher of English."
- Leslie Ramier, Business Owner and English Teacher