- 1 What writing system(s) does this language use?
- 2 How many people speak this language?
- 3 Where is this language spoken?
- 4 What is the history of this language?
- 5 Who are some famous authors or poets in this language?
- 6 What are some basic words in this language that I can learn?
- 7 What is a simple song/poem/story that I can learn in this language?
- 8 References
What writing system(s) does this language use?
Czech uses all 26 letters in English, 15 variants of certain letters, and 1 digraph to make 42 letters in all. Here they are in order:
- A, Á, B, C, Č, D, Ď, E, É, Ě, F, G, H, Ch, I, Í, J, K, L, M, N, Ň, O, Ó, P, Q, R, Ř, S, Š, T, Ť, U, Ú, Ů, V, W, X, Y, Ý, Z, Ž
How many people speak this language?
Czech is spoken by 12 million people, making it the 66th most common language in number of speakers.
Where is this language spoken?
What is the history of this language?
Czech comes from a language called Old Slavic. From the second half of the 12th century until the end of the 13th century, a new language evolved from Old Slavic: Early Old Czech. Around 1406, Jan Hus suggested a new way of writing Czech: the kind used today. Near the end of the 1500s, the Bible of Kralice was completed. This book became an example of how to write Czech. From the 1780s to the 1840s, the Czech National Revival occurred. During this time, Czech saw a "golden age" of an increase in number of words, changes to grammar, and the changing of Hus' style of writing Czech. In 1902, Jan Gebauer published rules for Czech writing. Since the end of World War II in 1945, differences in Czech dialects began slowly getting more and more similar.
Karel and Josef Čapek were the creators of the word "robot". Karel was nominated for a Nobel Prize in 1936.
What are some basic words in this language that I can learn?
|Dobrý den||Good morning|
|Dobré ráno||Good morning|
|Dobrý večer||Good evening|
|Nazdar||Hello/Goodbye, informally (they are the same word)|
|Na shledanou||Goodbye (formal)|
|Děkuji||Thank you (formal)|
|Jak se máš?||How are you? (informal)|
|Jak se máte?||How are you? (formal)|
|Jak se jmenuješ/jmenujete?||What's your name? (use jmenuješ for informal, jmenujete for formal)|
What is a simple song/poem/story that I can learn in this language?
|Kde domov můj, kde domov můj?
Voda hučí po lučinách,
bory šumí po skalinách,
v sadě skví se jara květ,
zemský ráj to na pohled!
A to je ta krásná země,
země česká domov můj,
země česká domov můj!
|Where is my home? Where is my home?
Waters murmurs across the meads
Pinewoods rustle upon the cliff-rocks,
Bloom of spring shines in the orchard,
Paradise on Earth to see!
And that is the beautiful land,
The Czech land, my home!
The Czech land, my home!
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