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Living Czech

In this series of short programmes about the Czech language we aim to introduce you to some aspects of modern Czech. However this is not a language course. Instead we hope to give you some light-hearted insights into what makes the language special. In each episode we look at one feature of the language: for example different aspects of Czech slang. Did you know that Czechs call a million crowns a "melon" or that a "fiver" or "petka" means ten crowns? Why do Czechs greet one another with the seafarer's greeting "Ahoj", even though this is a landlocked country? And do you know why Czechs call Margaret Thatcher "Thatcherova" or Monica Lewinsky "Lewinska"? And how about foreign words in the Czech language? - a favourite Czech oath is "Himmelherrgott", a survival from the days of Austrian rule, and there's a new verb in the language "emailovat". You can probably guess what it means...

A quick history of the Czech language

English words in the Czech language

Some more about anglicisms

What is the weather like and what will it be like?

How Czechs greet each other

How to talk to Czechs

Money Talks

Show me the money

Jedno pivo, prosím

Show me the way to go home...

Shoulders to the grindstone

Travels through time

It's all Greek to me

Lazing on a sunny afternoon...

The best days of your life...

Just say Aaaaah.......

Be a good sport...

My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose...

What's in a name?

Dr. Livingston I presume...

Bon appetite!

Lazing on a sunny afternoon...

A Rolling Stone Gathers No Moss...

Go, Johnny, Go, Go, Go...

Sweets for my sweet, sugar for my honey...

A Vowel a Day Keeps the Doctor Away...

Take a letter, Miss Jones...

Downtown, things will be great when we're downtown ...

Ich bin ein berliner...

From May to September ...

Dude, dude, looks like a lady ...

Small things come in neat packages...

You're in the army now ...

Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I'm sixty four ...

A week is a long time in politics...

How much is that doggie in the window...

Mind the gap, please, mind the gap...

Well, the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is quite delightful...

Santa Claus is coming to town...