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Kellie:
Top 25 Czech Questions You Need to Know - Lesson 14: How tall are you? in Czech (In each lesson of this 25 part series, you'll master a common question for Czech learners, and then learn how to answer it like a native. You'll learn how these key phrases work by breaking them down into each component. Then through repetition and new vocabulary, you'll expand your understanding of the question, its answers, and any variations.)
In this lesson, you'll learn how to respond to the common question “How tall are you?” In Czech this is
Martin:
Kolik měříš?
The first word in the question is
Martin:
kolik
Kellie:
meaning “how” in English.
Martin:
(Slow, by syllable) kolik
Kellie:
Listen again and repeat.
Martin:
kolik
{Pause}
Kellie:
This pattern of first introducing a word at natural speed, providing the translation, breaking it down, and then giving it again at natural speed will be repeated throughout the series. Try to speak aloud as often as possible. The next word in the question is
Martin:
měříš
Kellie:
meaning “to be tall”.
Martin:
(Slow, by syllable) měříš
Kellie:
Now repeat.
Martin:
měříš
{Pause}
Listen to the entire question and repeat.
Martin:
kolik měříš
{pause}
Kellie:
(You will hear this common question again and again throughout your studies.) Master the following pattern and responses to the question “How tall are you?”
Martin:
Měřím 180 cm.
Kellie:
"I'm 180 cm tall.” Again, slowly. Repeat the phrase.
Martin:
(Slow) Měřím 180 (sto osmdesát) centimetrů.
{pause}
Kellie:
Let's break it down from the beginning. The first word:
Martin:
měřím
Kellie:
means something like “I am tall.”
Martin:
(Slow, by syllable) měřím
Kellie:
Now repeat
Martin:
měřím
{Pause}
Kellie:
Next is
Martin:
180 (sto osmdesát)
Kellie:
meaning 180.
Martin:
(Slow, by syllable) 180
Kellie:
Now repeat.
Martin:
180
{Pause}
Kellie:
And next
Martin:
centimetrů
Kellie:
meaning centimetres.
Martin:
(Slow, by syllable) centimetrů
Kellie:
Now repeat.
Martin:
centimetrů
{Pause}
Kellie:
Listen to the speaker say, “I'm 180 cm tall”, and then repeat.
Martin:
Měřím 180 (sto osmdesát) centimetrů.
{pause}
Kellie:
To make another phrase, replace 180 with 187.
Martin:
187 (sto odsmdesát sedm)
Kellie:
187
Martin:
(slow) 187 (regular) 187
Kellie:
Listen to the phrase again, this time with 187
Martin:
Měřím 187 centimetrů.
Kellie:
It mostly stays the same. Simply replace 180. Say “I'm 187 cm tall.”
{pause}
Martin:
Měřím 187 (sto odsmdesát sedm) centimetrů.
Kellie:
To use a different phrase, replace 187 with 152.
Martin:
152 (sto padesát dva)
Kellie:
152
Martin:
(slow) 152 (regular) 152
Kellie:
Listen to the phrase again, this time with 152
Martin:
Měřím 152 (sto padesát dva) centimetrů.
Kellie:
It mostly stays the same. Simply replace 187. Say “I'm 152 cm tall.”
{pause}
Martin:
Měřím 152 centimetrů.
Kellie:
To make another phrase, replace 152 with 163.
Martin:
163 (sto šedesát tři)
Kellie:
163
Martin:
(slow) 163 (regular) 163
Kellie:
Listen to the phrase again, this time with 163
Martin:
Měřím 163 (sto šedesát tři) centimetrů.
Kellie:
It mostly stays the same. Simply replace 152. Say “I'm 163 cm tall.”
{pause}
Martin:
Měřím 163 centimetrů.
Now it's time for a quiz. Imagine you are visiting the Czech Republic and someone asks you how tall you are. You are 180 centimeters. Respond to the question.
Martin:
Kolik měříš? (five seconds) Měřím 180 centimetrů.
Kellie:
Imagine you are 187 centimeters. Respond to the question.
Martin:
Kolik měříš? (five seconds) Měřím 187 centimetrů.
Kellie:
Now imagine you are 152 centimeters. Answer the speaker's question.
Martin:
Kolik měříš? (five seconds) Měřím 152 centimetrů.
Kellie:
Imagine you're 163 centimeters. Respond to the question.
Martin:
Kolik měříš? (five seconds) Měřím 163 centimetrů.
Kellie:
Now you want to ask that person how tall they are is. Ask the question
(5 seconds)
Martin:
Kolik měříš?
{pause}
Kellie:
This is the end of Lesson 14

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