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Czech language

Czech language is the main one in the Czech Republic. It belongs to the West Slavonic language group of Indo-European languages along with Slovac and Polish languages. It is not easy to learn Czech pronunciation by reading it. However it is spelt as it is spoken and once you become familiar with the sounds, it is easy to read. In Czech language the first syllable is usually stressed.


Useful Words and Phrases

Write down some of the most useful words and phrases before you leave for the trip to the Czech Republic.

  • Good morning - Dobre jitro [dawbreh yitraw]
  • Good afternoon - Dobre odpoledne [dawbreh awtpawledne]
  • Please - Prosim [prawseem]
  • Thank you - Dekuji [dyekooyi]
  • Yes/No - Ano/Ne [ahnaw/ne]
  • Excuse me - Prominte [prawminyte]
  • I do not understand - Nerozumim [nerawzoomeem]
  • Can you help me? - Muzete mi pomoci [mozhete mi pawmawtsi]

To get more information buy some of the book from our selection at the following chapters Czech for Travelers or Czech for Language Learners. You can also get online support following Czech on the Web.


Czech for Travelers

Lonely Planet Phrasebook
  • Lonely Planet Czech Phrasebook
    Paperback (256 pages), October 2001
    Clear pronunciation guide and transliterations throughout to make sure you'll be understood. Packed with phrases for shopping, eating and drinking. Confidently roam around the Czech Republic with essential travel talk. Ccamping, hiking and cycling sections to get you outdoors and into the action. Special section on architectural styles. Extensive two-way dictionary .
  • Czech Eyewitness Travel Phrasebook
    Paperback (128 pages), May 2000
    Featuring pronunciation, a menu guide, a mini-dictionary, hotel information, and emergency phrases.
    Berlitz Czech Phrase Book
  • Berlitz Czech Phrase Book
    Paperback (144 pages), August 1999
    The world's bestselling phrase book series has practical, up-to-date words and phrases as well as color coding to make words and phrases easy to find. Includes basic expressions/accommodations, eating out, travel, sightseeing, stores and services, health, bilingual dictionary and reference. Miniature edition, dimensions 0.45 x 5.69 x 4.04 inches.
  • Czech-English/English-Czech Concise Dictionary
    Paperback, Hippocrene Books, September 1991
    A sensible guide for planning and travelling, with a few postcard shots and abundant maps.

Czech for Language Learners

  • Czech: Pimsleur Language Program
    Audio Cassette (5 pages), October 1998
    With Pimsleur Language Programs you don't just study a language, you learn it, the same way you mastered English! And because the technique relies on interactive spoken language training, the Pimsleur Language Programs are totally audio, no book is needed!
  • Czech: A Complete Course for Beginners (Teach Yourself Series)
    David Short, Paperback, December 1994
    Highly recommended Czech course that starts with the basics (pronunciation of the alphabet) and takes you to an intermediate level of language proficiency. Each chapter includes vocabulary, dialogues, tips on culture and language use, and exercises to practice what you have learned. All of the exercises and dialogues are designed for self-study and the book is written in a clear and concise manner which minimizes ambiguity. Perfect for native English speakers with no background in Czech. Available with or without an audio cassette. Practical Czech Simplified
  • Practical Czech Simplified
    Audio Cassette (34 pages), 2000 Publishing Co, May 1995
    Practical Czech Simplified is published on one audiocassette with a pocket-size booklet of the script. It contains more than 350 essential phrases for travelers: expressions for getting around, meeting people, dining out and doing business. Phrases are short and easy to learn, and are clearly.
  • Beginner's Czech
    Paperback (200 pages), Hippocrene Books, July 1994
    It seems to be more focused on grammar than the Teach Yourself Czech book. It is full of charts and tables.

Czech On the Web


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