Getting in Touch with Czechs? Your Appearance May be Judged! (Davate se Dohromady s Cechy? Vas Vzhled Muze byt Hodnocen!)

7 09 2008

Clanek v CESTINE dole.

I have lived in the U.S.A. for a while. I have to say I assimilated very well and don’t feel homesick as I did in the beginning. Even though I browse Czech websites from time to time, my Czech is not what it used to be; especially the written part. One of the reasons may be that I don’t keep in touch with my friends much anymore. Well, we still write short emails to each other but very rarely and calling is not convenient with the time difference. Thus, I decided to register with two Czech social networking websites in order to stay connected: http://www.spoluzaci.cz/ and http://www.lide.cz/ and I made some surprising observations.

 

The Spoluzaci (Classmates) site was very user friendly. I could search for my friends or classmates based on their names or towns they used to live in. I was not able to talk to my teachers but the option for teachers to join the class was there as well. As you may predict, the site was only in Czech, as well as the second site called Lide.

 

The Lide (People) site was very interesting and very similar to MySpace. Here I could look for blogs, discussion boards, games, or people by their names, sex, or sexual orientation. The most shocking observation was their way to judge individual profiles: 1 (beautiful), 2 (pretty), 3 (normal), 4 (well enough), 5 (what?).

 

This made me realize that I have probably lived in the U.S.A. for a long time because I find this inappropriate and it is probably insulting to some people. I think the scoring should be used for the profile contents and not based on physical appearance but maybe I am just too traditional. What do you think about it?

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Ziji v U.S.A. uz pekne dlouhou dobu. Musim rici, ze jsem se vsemu dobre prizpusobila a uz netouzim po domove tak jak v mych zacatcich v U.S.A. I kdyz si obcas prohlizim ceske webstranky, ma Cestina uz neni jaka byla kdysi; hlavne v pisemne forme. Jednim z duvodu je, ze uz nejsem v zdaleka kontaktu s mymi kamarady. No, my si stale piseme kratke emajly ale velmi zridka a volani neni vyhodne s velkym casovym rozdilem. A proto jsem se rozhodla se zaregistrovat do dvou komunikacnich stranek abych zustala v obraze: www.spoluzaci.cz a www.lide.cz a neco me prekvapilo. 

Spoluzaci webstranka je privetiva k uzivatelum. Mohla jsem hledad me pratele a spoluzaky podle jejich jmen a nebo mest, v kterych zili. Nebyla jsem schopna mluvit s mymi uciteli, ale ucitele maji moznost se pridat do tridy. Jak uz asi predpokladate, tato stranka byla pouze v ceskem jazyce, tak jako druha stranka Lide.

 

Lide webstranka byla velmi zajimava a velmi podobna s MySpace. Tady jsem mohla vyhledat blogy, diskuzni fora, hry, a nebo lidi podle jejich jmen, pohlavi, a nebo sexualni orientace. Nejvice sokujici objev byl jejich zpusob hodnoceni jednotlivych profilu: 1 (krasna/y), 2 (hezka/y), 3 (normalni), 4 (jo ujde), 5 (coze?).

 

Uvedomila jsem si, ze asi ziji v U.S.A. jiz dlouhou dobu, protoze me se to zda nevhodne a pravdepodobne nekterym lidem urazlive. Myslim si, ze klafikovani by melo byt pouzito na obsah profilu a ne fyzickeho vzhledu, ale mozna jsem prilis tradicni. Co si o tom myslite?

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