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The Czech Struggle for Freedom and Democracy Day

On the Czech Struggle for Freedom and Democracy Day, the Czech Republic commemorates two of the most important events in its recent history, both of which helped to set in motion the end of communist rule. This is something that many Czechs, particularly students, fought for; some lost their lives, and many faced arrest, to help the country gain its freedom and democracy. Thus, this has become one of the most important holidays in the Czech Republic today.

In this article, you’ll learn about the history surrounding this holiday, how Czechs observe it today, and what it means to them. At CzechClass101.com, we aim to make every aspect of your language-learning journey both fun and informative!

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1. What is Struggle for Freedom and Democracy Day?

The Day of Struggle for Freedom and Democracy is connected with two events:

The latter of these events marked the beginning of the so-called Velvet Revolution and started the downfall of socialism in Czechoslovakia.

1- The History

On 17th November, 1989, students held a protest in Czechoslovakia in opposition to the Communist Party. Riot police stepped in and responded violently to what began as a peaceful protest.

Following this, students and actors united and agreed to go on strike. Non-violent protests continued for several days after this. Since the media was controlled by the Communist government, protestors spread the word by posting homemade signs in public places.

On November 24, 1989, all of the top leaders of the Communist Party resigned, including party chairman Milos Jakes. The revolution ended on December 29, 1989, and Czechoslovakia became a parliamentary republic, ending forty-one years of Communist rule.

The revolution succeeded so quickly—in just a few weeks—that supporters of the revolution had to step in to take control of the government and run things. On December 29, Vaclav Havel was elected the first president of the republic.

Due to the huge role students played in this revolution, this is also celebrated as International Students’ Day.

2. When is Struggle for Freedom and Democracy Day?

A Wreath

Each year, the Czech people observe Struggle for Freedom and Democracy Day on 17th November.

3. Struggle for Freedom and Democracy Day Events

People Going on Strike

The atmosphere of the holiday matches the gravity of the historical events being commemorated. Celebrations most often have the character of official memorials. On Struggle for Freedom and Democracy Day, Prague’s National Avenue holds special memorials, as do other locations where events related to the holiday took place. The National Avenue is where the 1989 intervention of security forces against students occurred.

People also light candles and lay wreaths at locations associated with the tragic events of 1939. Close to Wenceslas Square, where the demonstrators were shot, and in the former Ruzyne barracks, where the leaders of the student revolt were executed. Nazi repression resulted in the executions of student leaders, the arrests of hundreds of other students, internment in the concentration camps, and the closing of Czech universities.

The celebrations also include social events that are organized by state officials for public figures and broadcast by the media. Those also present viewers and listeners with personal memories of the demonstrators mainly from the 1989 period, and they voice opinions on the transformation of Czech society since 1989.

And, of course, considering the political nature of Struggle for Freedom and Democracy Day, Czech Republic citizens often organize political demonstrations on an array of topics.

4. Who was Václav Havel?

Václav Havel was the last Czechoslovak president and the first president of the Czech Republic, from 1989 to 2003. Havel was also a dramatic, essayist, and poet. He wrote more than twenty plays and novels, and some of them were internationally translated.

In 2005, he was ranked fourth in the TOP 100 of leading intellectuals, according to Prospect Magazine. He also received a Medal of Freedom from the U.S. President, as well as Mahatma Gandhi’s Peace Award.

Further, Havel served as director of the Human Rights Foundation in New York, where he lived until his death in 2011.

5. Essential Vocabulary for this Czech Holiday

A Student

Here’s some Czech vocabulary you need to know for International Students’ Day/Struggle for Freedom and Democracy Day!

  • Klíč — “Key”
  • Student — “Student
  • Policista — “Policeman”
  • Den boje za svobodu a demokracii — “Struggle for Freedom and Democracy Day”
  • Stávka — “Strike”
  • Svoboda — “Freedom”
  • Demokracie — “Democracy”
  • Komunismus — “Communism”
  • Václavské náměstí — “Wenceslas Square”
  • Zvonit klíčemi — “Jingle with keys”
  • Bít — “Beat”

To hear each of the vocabulary words pronounced, and read them alongside a relevant image, be sure to check out our Czech Struggle for Freedom and Democracy Day vocabulary list!

Final Thoughts

Struggle for Freedom and Democracy Day is a holiday of great importance in the Czech Republic, and the events behind it hold massive weight. We hope you learned something interesting today, and that you gained something valuable from this lesson.

Does your country have a similar holiday? If so, how do you celebrate or commemorate it? Tell us about it in the comments; we look forward to hearing from you!

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How To Post In Perfect Czech on Social Media

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You’re learning to speak Czech, and it’s going well. Your confidence is growing! So much so that you feel ready to share your experiences on social media—in Czech.

At Learn Czech, we make this easy for you to get it right the first time. Post like a boss with these phrases and guidelines, and get to practice your Czech in the process.

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1. Talking about Your Restaurant Visit in Czech

Eating out is fun, and often an experience you’d like to share. Take a pic, and start a conversation on social media in Czech. Your friend will be amazed by your language skills…and perhaps your taste in restaurants!

Libor plans to eat at a restaurant with his friends, posts an image of the food, and leaves this comment:

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Let’s break down Libor’s post.

Pojďme se někam najíst. Není nad to dobře se navečeřet!
“Let’s go out to eat somewhere. There is nothing better than a good dinner!”

1- Pojďme se někam najíst.

First is an expression meaning “Let’s go out to eat somewhere.”
The first expression is a very common way to make an offer to somebody for something. In this particular situation, the speaker suggests that the group goes out and eat together, which is definitely a frequent and desirable expression in everyday life.

2- Není nad to dobře se navečeřet!

Then comes the phrase - “There is nothing better than a good dinner!.”
The first two words literally mean “there is nothing above.” This phrase is often used in daily conversation to emphasize how great something is.

COMMENTS

In response, Libor’s friends leave some comments.

1- Už se mi sbíhají sliny.

His college friend, Jirka, uses an expression meaning - “That’s mouth watering.”
Use this expression as a positive opinion about the food in the picture.

2- Ale to vypadá báječně!

His supervisor, Luboš, uses an expression meaning - “It looks delicious!”
This is another, more traditional way to give an opinion about the food.

3- Dáme si do nosu!

His girlfriend’s high school friend, Věra, uses an expression meaning - “Let’s have a blast!”
Use this expression to strongly agree with the poster’s suggestion.

4- Pěknou zábavu.

His neighbor, Petra, uses an expression meaning - “Have a good time.”
This is a well-wish, most likely from someone who will not be joining the party.

VOCABULARY

Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • navečeřet se: “to have dinner”
  • sbíhají sliny: “mouth-watering”
  • báječně: “delicious”
  • dát si: “to have”
  • zábava: “fun”
  • najíst: “to eat”
  • někam: “somewhere”
  • vypadat: “to look like”
  • So, let’s practice a bit. If a friend posted something about having dinner with friends, which phrase would you use?

    Now go visit a Czech restaurant, and wow the staff with your language skills!

    2. Post about Your Mall Visit in Czech

    Another super topic for social media is shopping—everybody does it, most everybody loves it, and your friends on social media are probably curious about your shopping sprees! Share these Czech phrases in posts when you visit a mall.

    Jana shop with her sister at the mall, posts an image of the two of them, and leaves this comment:

    POST

    Let’s break down Jana’s post.

    Potřebuji relax. Jde se nakupovat.
    “I need to relax. Let’s go shopping.”

    1- Potřebuji relax.

    First is an expression meaning “I need to relax.”
    This expression is often used when somebody wants to express that they are really tired and need a break.

    2- Jde se nakupovat.

    Then comes the phrase - “Let’s go shopping.”
    The first two words literally mean “It goes itself” in third person singular, but the meaning of this expression corresponds with the English phrase “Let’s go.”

    COMMENTS

    In response, Jana’s friends leave some comments.

    1- Nemáme peněz nazbyt.

    Her boyfriend, Libor, uses an expression meaning - “We don’t have money to spend”.
    Use this expression if you feel anxious about the budget for shopping, or if you want to joke a bit with the poster.

    2- Můžu jít s tebou?

    Her college friend, Jirka, uses an expression meaning - “Can I go with you?”
    With this question, you’re either serious about joining in the shopping, or it’s a way of saying that you wish you could go with.

    3- Rozjeď to Jani.

    Her high school friend, Věra, uses an expression meaning - “Bring it on, Jana.”
    Use this expression to be humorous and encouraging.

    4- Kup si něco pěkného.

    Her husband’s high school friend, Dáša, uses an expression meaning - “Buy something nice.”
    Use this comment just to be part of the conversation in a casual, friendly manner.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • nakupovat: “to buy”
  • nemít: “not to have”
  • moci: “can”
  • rozjet to: “to bring it on”
  • pěkný: “nice”
  • potřebovat: “to need”
  • něco: “something”
  • to: “it”
  • So, if a friend posted something about going shopping, which phrase would you use?

    3. Talking about a Sport Day in Czech

    Sports events, whether you’re the spectator or the sports person, offer fantastic opportunity for great social media posts. Learn some handy phrases and vocabulary to start a sport-on-the-beach conversation in Czech.

    Libor plays with his friends at the beach, posts an image of the team playing, and leaves this comment:

    POST

    Let’s break down Libor’s post.

    Nejlepší pro zdraví je pravidelně sportovat.
    “The best thing for your health is to play sports regularly. ”

    1- Nejlepší pro zdraví

    First is an expression meaning “The best thing for your health .”
    The first word is the adjective “best.” Next is the preposition, and the noun for “health.” This expression is often used when speaking about something healthy.

    2- je pravidelně sportovat.

    Then comes the phrase - “is to play sports regularly”.
    The English phrase “to play sports” is expressed in Czech by a verb.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Libor’s friends leave some comments.

    1- Ty máš ale vypracované tělo…

    His neighbor, Petra, uses an expression meaning - “What a muscular body you have…”
    Use this expression if you wish to give a compliment.

    2- Sportem ku zdraví.

    His supervisor, Luboš, uses an expression meaning - “Play sports to stay healthy.”
    Use this comment if you agree with the post, and simply wish to reiterate.

    3- Ve zdravém těle, zdravý duch.

    His college friend, Jirka, uses an expression meaning - “Healthy body, healthy mind.”
    Another thought that elaborates along the same lines as the poster’s original post.

    4- Opatrně, ať tě neklepne pepka.

    His girlfriend’s nephew, Radim, uses an expression meaning - “Be careful not to get an infarct.”
    Use this expression if you wish to tease the poster with a rather dark warning to not overdo physical activity. An infarct is a heart attack.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • pravidelně: “regularly”
  • tělo: “body”
  • zdraví: “health”
  • duch: “spirit”
  • opatrně: “carefully”
  • zdravý : “healthy”
  • sport: “sport”
  • ty: “you”
  • Which phrase would you use if a friend posted something about sports?

    But sport is not the only thing you can play! Play some music, and share it on social media.

    4. Share a Song on Social Media in Czech

    Music is the language of the soul, they say. So, don’t hold back—share what touches your soul with your friends!

    Jana shares a song she just heard at a party, posts an image of the artist, and leaves this comment:

    POST

    Let’s break down Jana’s post.

    Tuhle písničku miluji!
    “I love this song.”

    1- miluji!

    First is an expression meaning “I love”.
    This word is used to express our passion for somebody or something. Despite the fact that Czech people are more reserved in expressing their feelings than Americans, for example, it is a useful and frequent expression.

    2- Tuhle písničku

    Then comes the phrase - “this song.”
    The last word means “song” in the accusative case. The first word means “this.”

    COMMENTS

    In response, Jana’s friends leave some comments.

    1- To je krása.

    Her neighbor, Petra, uses an expression meaning - “That’s beautiful.”
    Use this expression when you agree with the poster.

    2- Připomíná mi to naše první rande.

    Her boyfriend, Libor, uses an expression meaning - “It reminds me of our first date.”
    Use this expression if you wish to comment on the evocative nature of the song, and when its meaning is special for you and your girlfriend/special person.

    3- Zazpívej nám ji!

    Her high school friend, Věra, uses an expression meaning - “Sing it to us!”
    Use this expression to be humorous.

    4- No to je romantika.

    Her boyfriend’s high school friend, Dáša, uses an expression meaning - “Well, that’s romantic.”
    Use this expression to comment with a personal opinion regarding the song.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • milovat: “love”
  • krása: “beauty”
  • připomínat: “remind “
  • zazpívat: “to sing”
  • romantika: “romance”
  • školní: “school”
  • písnička: “song”
  • první: “first”
  • Which song would you share? And what would you say to a friend who posted something about sharing music or videos?

    Now you know how to start a conversation about a song or a video on social media!

    5. Czech Social Media Comments about a Concert

    Still on the theme of music—visiting live concerts and shows just have to be shared with your friends. Here are some handy phrases and vocab to wow your followers in Czech!

    Libor goes to a concert, posts an image of it, and leaves this comment:

    POST

    Let’s break down Libor’s post.

    Pojď, půjdem si zapařit.
    “Let’s party!”

    1- Pojď

    First is an expression meaning “Let’s go.”
    A very useful and common expression. It literally means “go!” and is the imperative of the verb “to go”.

    2- půjdem si zapařit.

    Then comes the phrase - ” we go party!.”
    The last word in this expression is a slang term for partying, which includes activities like drinking alcohol or dancing wildly at a concert or disco.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Libor’s friends leave some comments.

    1- Přijďte brzo domů.

    His girlfriend, Jana, uses an expression meaning - “Come home early. ”
    Use this expression if you wish to tell the poster to do something.

    2- To je můj oblíbený zpěvák.

    His neighbor, Petra, uses an expression meaning - “He’s my favorite singer.”
    Use this expression to share a personal opinion regarding the artist.

    3- Zpívá docela dobře.

    His college friend, Jirka, uses an expression meaning - “He’s singing quite well.”
    This is another way of giving a personal opinion regarding the artist.

    4- Ti jedou, co.

    His girlfriend’s high school friend, Věra, uses an expression meaning - “They rock, don’t they?”
    Use this expression when you agree with the poster.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • jít: “to go “
  • brzo: “early”
  • zpěvák: “singer”
  • dobře: “well”
  • jet: “to go “
  • pařit: “to party”
  • docela: “quite”
  • oblíbený: “favorite”
  • If a friend posted something about a concert, which phrase would you use?

    6. Talking about an Unfortunate Accident in Czech

    Oh dear. You broke something by accident. Use these Czech phrases to start a thread on social media. Or maybe just to let your friends know why you are not contacting them!

    Jana accidentally breaks her mobile phone, and leaves this comment:

    POST

    Let’s break down Jana’s post.

    A je po telefonu…
    “And the phone is broken…”

    1- A je

    First is an expression meaning “And”.
    The first word is a conjunction that corresponds with the English “and.” Conjunctions connect sentences or words. In this phrase, where “and” is the first word in the sentence, it implies that something happened before the phone was dropped and broke.

    2- po telefonu…

    Then comes the phrase - “the phone is broken….”
    The first word is a preposition that can be translated into English in many ways. But in this phrase, it literally means “over.” So altogether the phrase means “The phone is over.”

    COMMENTS

    In response, Jana’s friends leave some comments.

    1- Můžeš si ho dát spravit.

    Her neighbor, Petra, uses an expression meaning - “It can be repaired.”
    Use this expression to show you are feeling warmhearted.

    2- Určitě bude ještě fungovat.

    Her boyfriend’s high school friend, Dáša, uses an expression meaning - “It’ll work, I’m sure.”
    Use this expression if you want to be encouraging.

    3- Stejně to byl starej krám.

    Her college friend, Jirka, uses an expression meaning - “Nevermind. It was an old thing.”
    This is a personal opinion you can share about the phone, trivializing the event.

    4- Neříkal jsem ti, abys dávala pozor.

    Her nephew, Radim, uses an expression meaning - “Didn’t I tell you to be careful?”
    Use this expression to partake in the conversation in a lighthearted manner. However, it could come across as pedantic, so be sure that the poster will understand your intent.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • telefon: “phone”
  • spravit: “to repair”
  • určitě: “certainly”
  • starej krám: “old thing”
  • říkat: “to say”
  • fungovat: “to work”
  • pozor: “to be careful”
  • neříkat: “not to say”
  • If a friend posted something about having broken something by accident, which phrase would you use?

    So, now you know how to discuss an accident in Czech. Well done!

    7. Chat about Your Boredom on Social Media in Czech

    Sometimes, we’re just bored with how life goes. And to alleviate the boredom, we write about it on social media. Add some excitement to your posts by addressing your friends and followers in Czech!

    Libor gets bored at home, and leaves this comment:

    POST

    Let’s break down Libor’s post.

    To je strašná nuda.
    “I’m terribly bored.”

    1- To je strašná

    First is an expression meaning “It is a terrible”.
    The adjective that corresponds with the English word “terrible” is used to express a huge quantity of our emotions. It can be used to describe something positive or negative. Most Czech adjectives have different masculine, feminine, or neuter forms. This adjective is in the feminine form.

    2- nuda.

    Then comes the phrase - “bore..”
    When Czech people want to describe something boring, they usually use this noun.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Libor’s friends leave some comments.

    1- Tak ráda bych šla do kina.

    His girlfriend, Jana, uses an expression meaning - “I would like to go to the cinema. ”
    Use this expression to make a suggestion to the poster.

    2- Půjčím ti pěknou knížku.

    His neighbor, Petra, uses an expression meaning - “I’ll lend you a nice book.”
    Use this expression if you wish to be helpful.

    3- Pojď mi pomoct okopávat brambory.

    His college friend, Jirka, uses an expression meaning - “Come on, help me (to) harvest potatoes.”
    Use this expression if you are feeling frivolous and lighthearted.

    4- Zkus, jestli dokážeš levitovat.

    His girlfriend’s high school friend, Věra, uses an expression meaning - “Try to see if you can levitate.”
    Use this expression if you’re feeling humorous.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • strašná: “terrible”
  • kino: “cinema”
  • půjčit: “lend”
  • bambora: “potato”
  • jestli: “if”
  • zkusit: “to try”
  • levitovat: “levitate”
  • knížka: “book”
  • If a friend posted something about being bored, which phrase would you use?

    Still bored? Share another feeling and see if you can start a conversation!

    8. Exhausted? Share It on Social Media in Czech

    Sitting in public transport after work, feeling like chatting online? Well, converse in Czech about how you feel, and let your friends join in!

    Jana feels exhausted after a long day at work, posts an image of herself looking tired, and leaves this comment:

    POST

    Let’s break down Jana’s post.

    Už nemůžu. Jsem úplně hotová.
    “I’m dying. I’m completely exhausted.”

    1- Už nemůžu

    First is an expression meaning “I am dying..”
    This phrase literally means “I can’t anymore.” Czech people use it to express that they can’t do something specific anymore.

    2- Jsem úplně hotová.

    Then comes the phrase - “I am completely exhausted.”
    This expression, which literally means “to be done,” is a popular phrase for expressing exhaustion. The last word is an adjective in the feminine form.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Jana’s friends leave some comments.

    1- Za chvíli bude večeře.

    Her boyfriend, Libor, uses an expression meaning - “Dinner will be ready in a moment.”
    Use this expression if you want to be helpful and encouraging.

    2- Chvíli si odpočiň.

    Her neighbor, Petra, uses an expression meaning - “Rest for a while.”
    Make this suggestion to show you are warmhearted and caring.

    3- Myslím, že neumíš relaxovat.

    Her high school friend, Věra, uses an expression meaning - “You can’t relax, I think.”
    Use this expression to comment and make conversation by posting a personal opinion.

    4- Nechceš kávu?

    Her boyfriend’s high school friend, Dáša, uses an expression meaning - “Do you want some coffee?”
    Ask this question if you wish to make the poster an offer that could be helpful.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • úplně: “completely”
  • večeře: “dinner”
  • odpočinout si: “to rest”
  • myslet: “to think”
  • káva: “coffee”
  • nechtít: “not to want”
  • neumět: “cannot”
  • chvíle: “moment”
  • If a friend posted something about being exhausted, which phrase would you use?

    Now you know how to say you’re exhausted in Czech! Well done.

    9. Talking about an Injury in Czech

    So life happens, and you manage to hurt yourself during a soccer game. Very Tweet-worthy! Here’s how to do it in Czech.

    Libor suffers a painful injury, posts an image of it, and leaves this comment:

    POST

    Let’s break down Libor’s post.

    Zlomil jsem si ruku.
    “I broke my arm.”

    1- Zlomil jsem si

    First is an expression meaning “I broke my.”
    Czech verbs are sometimes accompanied by reflexive pronouns, which have a similar meaning to “self.” The phrase literally means “I broke myself…”

    2- ruku.

    Then comes the phrase - “arm..”
    This term originally meant “hand,” but is now used for both “arm” and “hand”. In Czech, a word that means “arm” exists, but it is used rarely and only in official documents. In spoken Czech, it is not used at all.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Libor’s friends leave some comments.

    1- Chudáčku, co se ti stalo?

    His girlfriend, Jana, uses an expression meaning - “Oh poor you, what happened?”
    Use this expression if you are feeling sympathetic.

    2- Ještě žes ji nezlomil mně.

    His girlfriend’s high school friend, Věra, uses an expression meaning - “At least you didn’t break mine.”
    Use this expression to be lighthearted and humorous.

    3- Máš štěstí, že to není noha.

    His college friend, Jirka, uses an expression meaning - “You’re lucky that it’s not a leg.”
    Comment this phrase if you wish to remind the poster that things could’ve been worse.

    4- Za tři týdny ti sundají sádru, vydrž.

    His high school friend, Dáša, uses an expression meaning - “Hang in there. They’ll take your cast off in three weeks.”
    Use this expression if you wish to be supportive and optimistic in order to cheer up the poster.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • zlomit: “to break”
  • co: “what”
  • mně: “me (dativ)”
  • noha: “leg”
  • týden: “week”
  • chudáček: “poor”
  • sádra: “cast”
  • ruka: “hand, arm”
  • If a friend posted something about being injured, which phrase would you use?

    We love to share our fortunes and misfortunes; somehow that makes us feel connected to others.

    10. Starting a Conversation Feeling Disappointed in Czech

    Sometimes things don’t go the way we planned. Share your disappointment about this with your friends!

    Jana feels disappointed about today’s weather, posts an image of it, and leaves this comment:

    POST

    Let’s break down Jana’s post.

    Nesnáším, když nám na dovolené prší.
    “I hate when it’s raining during my vacation.”

    1- Nesnáším, když

    First is an expression meaning “I hate when.”
    The first word, which means “to hate,” is widely used to express a negative attitude toward something or someone. This negative form Czech verb is considered a strong term. While the positive form of this verb means to “tolerate” or “undergo” something.

    2- nám na dovolené prší.

    Then comes the phrase - “it is raining during my vacation..”
    To express rainy weather, Czech people mostly use the verb that means “to rain.” Rarely is it used as a noun. The Czech language also has an adjective that means “rainy,” but this term is outdated and not used in spoken language.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Jana’s friends leave some comments.

    1- Podle předpovědi mělo být slunečno.

    Her boyfriend, Libor, uses an expression meaning - “According to the forecast, it’s supposed to be sunny.”
    Use this phrase if you wish to make conversation by sharing something you know.

    2- Nám loni na dovolené taky pršelo.

    Her neighbor, Petra, uses an expression meaning - “It was also raining during my vacation last year.”
    This is another phrase to use to make conversation with personal news.

    3- Můžeš si zkusit zpívat v dešti.

    Her high school friend, Věra, uses an expression meaning - “You can try singing in the rain.”
    Use this expression to be humorous, referring to the old classic by Gene Kelly: “Singin’ in the rain”. It was a movie, with a song titled the same, released in the 1950s.

    4- Déšť je dobrý pro úrodu.

    Her supervisor, Luboš, uses an expression meaning - “The rain is necessary for a good harvest.”
    Use this expression to remind the poster of the positives regarding the weather.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • nesnášet: “to hate”
  • předpověď: “forecast”
  • dovolená: “vacation”
  • zkusit: “to try”
  • déšť: “rain”
  • úroda: “harvest”
  • dobrý: “good”
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  • pršet: “to rain”
  • How would you comment in Czech when a friend is disappointed?

    Not all posts need to be about a negative feeling, though!

    11. Talking about Your Relationship Status in Czech

    Don’t just change your relationship status in Settings, talk about it!

    Libor changes his status to “In a relationship”, posts an image of him and Jana, and leaves this comment:

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    Let’s break down Libor’s post.

    Toto je má drahá polovička.
    “This is my better half.”

    1- Toto je

    First is an expression meaning “This is.”
    The word corresponding with “this” has a different shape in Czech depending on its gender: masculine, feminine, or neuter. In this expression, the speaker introduces his girlfriend. However, it is custom in Czech phraseology to use the neuter form of “this.”

    2- má drahá polovička.

    Then comes the phrase - “my better half.”
    This expression refers to somebody we love.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Libor’s friends leave some comments.

    1- Gratuluji!

    His neighbor, Petra, uses an expression meaning - “Congratulations!”
    This is the traditional congratulation fitting for this occasion.

    2- Ať vám to klape.

    His college friend, Jirka, uses an expression meaning - “Good luck.”
    Use this expression if you wish to be humorous with sarcasm.

    3- No konečně!

    His girlfriend’s high school friend, Věra, uses an expression meaning - “Finally!”
    Use this expression to indicate that you’ve been expecting the news, and feel positive about it.

    4- Bezva!

    His high school friend, Dáša, uses an expression meaning - “Great!”
    Use this expression to show you are feeling good about the romantic match.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • toto: “this”
  • gratulovat: “to congratulate”
  • ať to klape: “good luck”
  • konečně: “finally”
  • bezva: “great”
  • drahá: “dear”
  • no: “well”
  • být: “to be”
  • What would you say in Czech when a friend changes their relationship status?

    Being in a good relationship with someone special is good news - don’t be shy to spread it!

    12. Post about Getting Married in Czech

    Wow, so things got serious, and you’re getting married. Congratulations! Or, your friend is getting married, so talk about this in Czech.

    Jana is getting married today, so she leaves this comment:

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    Let’s break down Jana’s post.

    Spolu navždy!
    “Together forever.”

    1- Spolu

    First is an expression meaning “Together.”
    This is a frequently used word in Czech that expresses the intention of doing something with another person.

    2- navždy!

    Then comes the phrase - “forever!.”
    A bit dramatic, this word is always suitable for important statements, especially about relationships.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Jana’s friends leave some comments.

    1- Miluji tě!

    Her husband, Libor, uses an expression meaning - “I love you.”
    Use this expression to express your feelings to your beloved.

    2- Tichá voda břehy mele.

    Her high school friend, Věra, uses an expression meaning - “Still waters run deep.”
    Use this expression if you feel that the poster is secretive or unpredictable, but in a positive way.

    3- Jsem úplně dojatá.

    Her husband’s high school friend, Dáša, uses an expression meaning - “I’m really moved.”
    Use this expression if you are really touched and happy about the news.

    4- Přeji vám všechno nejlepší.

    Her supervisor, Luboš, uses an expression meaning - “I wish you all the best.”
    This is a traditional wish when someone announces news of this kind.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • spolu: “together”
  • milovat: “to love”
  • tichá: “quiet”
  • dojatá: “moved”
  • nejlepší: “best”
  • přát: “to wish”
  • voda: “water”
  • navždy: “forever”
  • How would you respond in Czech to a friend’s post about getting married?

    For the next topic, fast forward about two to three years into the future after the wedding…

    13. Announcing Big News in Czech

    Wow, huge stuff has been happening in your life! Announce it in Czech.

    Libor finds out he and his wife are going to have their second baby, and leaves this comment:

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    Let’s break down Libor’s post.

    Manželka je zase těhotná.
    “My wife is pregnant again.”

    1- Manželka je

    First is an expression meaning “My wife is.”
    The first word means “wife” in Czech. The personal pronoun “my” is usually omitted.

    2- zase těhotná.

    Then comes the phrase - “pregnant again..”
    The latter word, an adjective in the feminine form, is the Czech equivalent of the English word “pregnant.”

    COMMENTS

    In response, Libor’s friends leave some comments.

    1- Taková radostná událost. Blahopřeji.

    His neighbor, Petra, uses an expression meaning - “Such a happy event. Congratulations!”
    Use this expression if you are happy for the couple, and to congratulate them.

    2- Bude to kluk nebo holka?

    His wife’s high school friend, Věra, uses an expression meaning - “Will it be a boy or a girl?”
    Ask this question to keep the conversation going and if you want to know the baby’s gender.

    3- Co to bude tentokrát?

    His college friend, Jirka, uses an expression meaning - “What will it be this time?”
    This is another way of asking the same as the previous poster about the gender of the baby.

    4- Až se narodí, tak to oslavíme, tatíku.

    His nephew, Radim, uses an expression meaning - “After it’s born, let’s celebrate, daddy.”
    Use this expression if you are happy for the couple and wish to celebrate with the poster.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • těhotná: “pregnant”
  • událost: “affair”
  • kluk: “boy”
  • tentokát: “this time”
  • narodit se: “to be born”
  • holka: “girl”
  • tatík: “daddy”
  • oslavit: “to celebrate”
  • Which phrase would you choose when a friend announces their pregnancy on social media?

    So, talking about a pregnancy will get you a lot of traction on social media. But wait till you see the responses to babies!

    14. Posting Czech Comments about Your Baby

    Your bundle of joy is here, and you cannot keep quiet about it! Share your thoughts in Czech.

    Jana plays with her baby, posts an image of the little one, and leaves this comment:

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    Let’s break down Jana’s post.

    To je náš chlapeček.
    “This is our boy.”

    1- To je

    First is an expression meaning “This is.”
    The first word is a point pronoun; the second word is the verb “to be,” in third person singular.

    2- náš chlapeček.

    Then comes the phrase - “our boy..”
    The first word is the possessive pronoun for “our” in the masculine form. The latter word means “boy” in the diminutive form.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Jana’s friends leave some comments.

    1- Celý tatínek.

    Her husband, Libor, uses an expression meaning - “Looks like the father.”
    Use this comment to share your opinion, in this case that you think the baby resembles his dad.

    2- Gratuluji mamince a tatínkovi.

    Her supervisor, Luboš, uses an expression meaning - “Congratulations to momma and papa.”
    This is a traditional but casual way to congratulating the parents.

    3- Silák po tatínkovi.

    Her college friend, Jirka, uses an expression meaning - “He is strong like his father. ”
    Another personal opinion about the baby’s appearance.

    4- Ten je krásný!

    Her husband’s high school friend, Dáša, uses an expression meaning - “Such a handsome boy!”
    And another opinion, complimenting the child’s physical appearance.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • náš: “our”
  • tatínek: “daddy”
  • gratulovat: “to congratulate”
  • silák: “strong boy”
  • krásný: “handsome”
  • a: “and”
  • být: “to be”
  • maminka: “mom”
  • If your friend is the mother or father, which phrase would you use on social media?

    Congratulations, you know the basics of chatting about a baby in Czech! But we’re not done with families yet…

    15. Czech Comments about a Family Reunion

    Family reunions - some you love, some you hate. Share about it on your feed.

    Libor goes to a family gathering, posts an image of the food, and leaves this comment:

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    Let’s break down Libor’s post.

    Koláče naší babičky. Nejlepší na světě.
    “Our grandma’s cakes. Best in the world.”

    1- Koláče naší babičky.

    First is an expression meaning “Our grandma’s cakes..”
    This sentence starts with the noun “cake” in plural form; the next two words are the personal pronoun “our” and the noun “grandma” in the genitive case.

    2- Nejlepší na světě.

    Then comes the phrase - “Best in the world..”
    The first word means the same as “the best.” The latter words are the preposition and the noun.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Libor’s friends leave some comments.

    1- Vypadají báječně.

    His neighbor, Petra, uses an expression meaning - “They look delicious.”
    Use this expression to share your thoughts on the food’s appearance.

    2- Nedržíš náhodou dietu?

    His college friend, Jirka, uses an expression meaning - “Aren’t you on a diet?”
    Use this expression to tease the poster.

    3- Dostávám na ně chuť.

    His nephew, Radim, uses an expression meaning - “I’m building an appetite for them.”
    Use this expression to make conversation and share your feelings about the cakes.

    4- Ať neztloustneš!

    His wife’s high school friend, Věra, uses an expression meaning - “Don’t get fat!”
    Use this expression to be humorous.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • koláč: “cake”
  • vypadat: “to look like”
  • dieta: “diet”
  • chuť: “appetite”
  • minulý: “last”
  • ztloustnout: “to get fat”
  • svět: “world”
  • babička: “grandma”
  • Which phrase is your favorite to comment on a friend’s photo about a family reunion?

    16. Post about Your Travel Plans in Czech

    So, the family are going on holiday. Do you know to post and leave comments in Czech about being at the airport, waiting for a flight?

    Jana waits at the airport for her flight, posts an image of it, and leaves this comment:

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    Let’s break down Jana’s post.

    Konečně začíná dovolená!
    “The holiday finally starts!”

    1- Konečně začíná

    First is an expression meaning “finally starts!.”
    The latter word means the same as the English verb “to start” in third person singular form.

    2- dovolená!

    Then comes the phrase - “The holiday.”
    This Czech term for “holiday” is derived from the verb meaning “to allow” or “to permit.” People are allowed or permitted to take a day off.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Jana’s friends leave some comments.

    1- Pěkně si ji užijte.

    Her neighbor, Petra, uses an expression meaning - “Enjoy it.”
    Use this expression to wish the poster well for the holiday.

    2- Až přijedeš, musíš mi ukázat fotky.

    Her husband’s high school friend, Dáša, uses an expression meaning - “You have to show me photos when you come back.”
    Use this expression if you would like to know the details of the holiday afterwards.

    3- Ať vám vyjde počasí!

    Her supervisor, Luboš, uses an expression meaning - “Hopefully, the weather will turn out fine for you!”
    This comment is a way to make conversation with the weather as a topic.

    4- Pak mi zavolej, půjdem na kafe.

    Her college friend, Jirka, uses an expression meaning - “Call me after you get here. We’ll have some coffee together.”
    Use this expression to make conversation, and invite the poster for coffee when they return.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • konečně: “finally”
  • užít: “to enjoy”
  • fotka: “photo”
  • počasí: “weather”
  • zavolat: “to call”
  • dovolená: “holiday”
  • kafe: “coffee”
  • jít: “to go”
  • Choose and memorize your best airport phrase in Czech!

    Hopefully the rest of the trip is better!

    17. Posting about an Interesting Find in Czech

    So maybe you’re strolling around at your local market, and find something interesting. Here are some handy Czech phrases!

    Libor finds an unusual item at a local market, posts an image of it, and leaves this comment:

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    Let’s break down Libor’s post.

    To je ale rozkošná věcička.
    “What a lovely thing.”

    1- To je ale

    First is an expression meaning “What .”
    Literally, this phrase means “it is but.” It’s the Czech equivalent to the conjunction “but” and has a similar meaning to the English word “what.” It expresses that the speaker is admiring something.

    2- rozkošná věcička.

    Then comes the phrase - “a lovely thing!.”
    After the first word, an adjective meaning “lovely,” is the word meaning “thing” in its diminutive form. This construction occurs often in the Czech language.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Libor’s friends leave some comments.

    1- To se mi líbí.

    His neighbor, Petra, uses an expression meaning - “I like it.”
    Use this expression to share your positive opinion of the find.

    2- Takové už máme doma tři.

    His wife, Jana, uses an expression meaning - “We already have three like that at home.”
    Use this expression to make conversation with personal details.

    3- Tohle je taky dobré.

    His high school friend, Dáša, uses an expression meaning - “This is also good.”
    Use this phrase when you have a photo to share and want to make conversation.

    4- To chci taky.

    His college friend, Jirka, uses an expression meaning - “I want it too.”
    Use this expression to indicate that you like the find.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • rozkošná: “lovely”
  • líbit se: “to like”
  • doma: “at home”
  • dobré: “good”
  • taky: “also”
  • tři: “three”
  • chtít: “to want”
  • mít: “to have”
  • Which phrase would you use to comment on a friend’s interesting find?

    Perhaps you will even learn the identity of your find! Or perhaps you’re on holiday, and visiting interesting places…

    18. Post about a Sightseeing Trip in Czech

    Let your friends know what you’re up to in Czech, especially when visiting a remarkable place! Don’t forget the photo.

    Jana visits a famous landmark, posts an image of it, and leaves this comment:

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    Let’s break down Jana’s post.

    Konečně jsme tu a stojí to za to.
    “We are finally here and it’s worth it.”

    1- Konečně jsme tu

    First is an expression meaning “We are finally here.”
    The structure of this expression is basically the same in English.

    2- a stojí to za to.

    Then comes the phrase - “and it is worth it..”
    This expression is often used in spoken Czech. It literally means that something costs some price, but the price is more than reasonable.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Jana’s friends leave some comments.

    1- To jsou ale panoramata!

    Her supervisor, Luboš, uses an expression meaning - “Such a wonderful panorama!”
    Use this expression to show you are impressed with the view.

    2- To je moc pěkné!

    Her husband’s high school friend, Dáša, uses an expression meaning - “It is very nice!”
    Use this expression to show you are feeling optimistic about the location.

    3- Tam bych taky chtěla.

    Her neighbor, Petra, uses an expression meaning - “I’d like to also go there.”
    Use this expression to show you are feeling some envy and wish to visit the place too.

    4- Proč jste mě nevzali s sebou.

    Her high school friend, Věra, uses an expression meaning - “Why didn’t you take me with you?”
    Use this expression to pretend you’re feeling excluded. It’s a form of humour to keep a conversation going.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • stát za něco: “worth it”
  • panoramata: “panorama”
  • pěkné: “nice”
  • chtít: “to want”
  • proč: “why”
  • nevzít: “not to take”
  • mě: “me “
  • moc: “very”
  • Which phrase would you prefer when a friend posts about a famous landmark?

    Share your special places with the world. Or simply post about your relaxing experiences.

    19. Post about Relaxing Somewhere in Czech

    So you’re doing nothing yet you enjoy that too? Tell your social media friends about it in Czech!

    Libor relaxes at a beautiful place, posts an image of it, and leaves this comment:

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    Let’s break down Libor’s post.

    To je pohoda.
    “It’s relaxing.”

    1- To je

    First is an expression meaning “It is.”
    This phrase consists of two words. The first one is the personal pronoun “it” and the latter one is the verb “to be” in its third person singular form.

    2- pohoda.

    Then comes the phrase - “relaxing..”
    One of the most common Czech terms, this word can mean “relax,” “peace,” something “comfortable,” etc.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Libor’s friends leave some comments.

    1- Vy si teda užíváte.

    His college friend, Jirka, uses an expression meaning - “You seem to be enjoying it. ”
    Use this expression to agree with the poster.

    2- Pěkně si odpočiněte.

    His neighbor, Petra, uses an expression meaning - “Get comfortable.
    This is a suggestion that’s simply a way to keep the conversation going.

    3- Vy se máte. Tady prší a má musím do práce.

    His wife’s high school friend, Věra, uses an expression meaning - “I envy you. It’s raining here and I have to go to work.”
    Use this expression to indicate that you’re envious and to share some personal news.

    4- To vypadá krásně.

    His supervisor, Luboš, uses an expression meaning - “It looks beautiful.”
    Use this comment if you think the scenery is beautiful.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • být: “to be”
  • vy : “you”
  • odpočinout si: “to get relaxed”
  • pršet: “to rain”
  • krásně: “beautifully”
  • práce: “work”
  • do: “to”
  • muset: “must”
  • Which phrase would you use to comment on a friend’s feed?

    The break was great, but now it’s time to return home.

    20. What to Say in Czech When You’re Home Again

    And you’re back! What will you share with friends and followers?

    Jana returns home after a vacation, and leaves this comment:

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    Let’s break down Jana’s post.

    Konečně doma.
    “Finally home.”

    1- Konečně

    First is an expression meaning “Finally.”
    This word often stands at the beginning of a Czech sentence, especially when the speaker uses expressive language.

    2- doma.

    Then comes the phrase - “home..”
    This Czech word is derived from the word “house,” and there is in fact only a slight difference between them.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Jana’s friends leave some comments.

    1- Jak jste se měli?

    Her neighbor, Petra, uses an expression meaning - “How was it?”
    Ask this question if you wish to get more information.

    2- Zpátky do reality.

    Her high school friend, Věra, uses an expression meaning - “Back to reality.”
    Use this expression to keep the conversation going with a personal observation.

    3- Vítejte zpátky.

    Her supervisor, Luboš, uses an expression meaning - “Welcome back.”
    This is a traditional way to welcome someone back after travels.

    4- Už víte, kam pojedete příště?

    Her husband’s high school friend, Dáša, uses an expression meaning - “Do you know where to go next?”
    Ask this question to be part of the conversation and to know more details.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • doma: “at home”
  • jak: “how”
  • zpátky: “back”
  • vítat: “to welcome”
  • příště: “next”
  • kam: “where”
  • vědět: “to know”
  • realita: “reality”
  • How would you welcome a friend back from a trip?

    What do you post on social media during a religious holiday, such as Easter?

    21. It’s Time to Celebrate in Czech

    It’s a religious holiday and you wish to post something about it on social media. What would you say?

    Libor and his family plan to observe a traditional Easter, and leaves this comment:

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    Let’s break down Libor’s post.

    Jde se na mrskut.
    “We are going to Easter whip.”

    1- Jde se

    First is an expression meaning “We are going.”
    In this Czech phrase, the word “to go” is used in its third person singular form, literally meaning “it goes.” But when using this phrase, we say that we are going somewhere, or we encourage somebody to go with us.

    2- na mrskut.

    Then comes the phrase - “to Easter’s whip..”
    Easter’s whip refers to a unique and rather odd Czech Easter tradition: boys equipped with whips made from young willow branches visit girls’ houses and gently beat them on their back sides to preserve their beauty and health. Men are given nicely colored eggs for doing this.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Libor’s friends leave some comments.

    1- Pěkně všechny vymrskejte.

    His supervisor, Luboš, uses an expression meaning - “Whip all of them properly.”
    This is a traditional response.

    2- To aby si dala do kalhot polštář.

    His wife’s high school friend, Věra, uses an expression meaning - “Better put a pillow in my trousers.”
    Use this expression to be humorous.

    3- Stavte se taky u nás.

    His neighbor, Petra, uses an expression meaning - “Come by.”
    Use this expression to be inviting.

    4- Schválně, kdo dostane víc vajec.

    His college friend, Jirka, uses an expression meaning - “Let’s see who will get more Easter eggs.”
    Use this expression to show you are feeling frivolous and want to partake in the conversation.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • mrskut: “whip”
  • vymrskat: “to whip”
  • kalhoty: “trousers”
  • stavit se: “come by”
  • dostat: “to get “
  • víc: “more”
  • vajíčko: “egg”
  • polštář: “pillow”
  • If a friend posted something about a holiday, which phrase would you use?

    Easter and other religious holidays are not the only special ones to remember!

    22. Posting about a Birthday on Social Media in Czech

    Your friend or you are celebrating your birthday in an unexpected way. Be sure to share this on social media!

    Jana goes to her birthday party, posts an image of it, and leaves this comment:

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    Let’s break down Jana’s post.

    Děkuji moc všem za tak krásné překvapení.
    “Thank you all for such a wonderful surprise.”

    1- Děkuji moc všem

    First is an expression meaning “Thank you all.”
    The first word is the verb that corresponds with the English word “to thank.” In this sentence it is used in its first person singular form. The ending of this Czech verb is different according to its conjugation.

    2- za tak krásné překvapení.

    Then comes the phrase - “for such a wonderful surprise..”
    The last word of this phrase corresponds with the English term “surprise.” The previous word is the adjective taking its neuter form in accordance with the noun.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Jana’s friends leave some comments.

    1- Všechno nejlepší k narozeninám!

    Her neighbor, Petra, uses an expression meaning - “Happy birthday!”
    This is a traditional birthday wish.

    2- Dnes je tvůj velký den!

    Her high school friend, Věra, uses an expression meaning - “Today is your great day!”
    Use this comment to keep the conversation going.

    3- Hodně zdraví a štěstí.

    Her husband, Libor, uses an expression meaning - “Good luck and health.”
    This is another fairly traditional birthday wish.

    4- Kolik ti je?

    Her college friend, Jirka, uses an expression meaning - “How old are you?”
    Ask this question if you want more personal detail about the poster’s birthday.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • všichni: “everybody “
  • narozeniny: “birthday”
  • dnes: “today”
  • štěstí: “luck”
  • je: “is”
  • den: “day”
  • velký: “great”
  • překvapení: “surprise”
  • If a friend posted something about birthday greetings, which phrase would you use?

    23. Talking about New Year on Social Media in Czech

    Impress your friends with your Czech New Year’s wishes this year. Learn the phrases easily!

    Libor celebrates the New Year, posts an image of it, and leaves this comment:

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    Let’s break down Libor’s post.

    Šťastný Nový rok!
    “Happy New Year!”

    1- Šťastný

    First is an expression meaning “Happy.”
    This adjective is a staple of the most common Czech New Year’s greeting.

    2- Nový rok!

    Then comes the phrase - “New Year!.”
    This phrase, which usually starts with a capital letter, is the Czech equivalent of the word “new.”

    COMMENTS

    In response, Libor’s friends leave some comments.

    1- Vám také! Ať se daří.

    His neighbor, Petra, uses an expression meaning - “And to you too! All the best.”
    This is the appropriate, traditional response to the poster’s New Year’s wish.

    2- Nelučte se se starým rokem střízliví.

    His college friend, Jirka, uses an expression meaning - “Don’t say goodbye to the previous year sober.”
    Use this expression to be humorous and to advise the poster to have a good time leaving the past behind.

    3- Všechno nejlepší do nového roku.

    His high school friend, Dáša, uses an expression meaning - “All the best in the new year.”
    This is another positive, traditional New Year’s wish.

    4- Ať lítají rychlé špunty!

    His wife’s high school friend, Věra, uses an expression meaning - “Let the corks fly!”
    This is another way of saying: “Let’s party!”

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • šťastný: “happy”
  • také: “also”
  • loučit se: “to say goodbye “
  • nejlepší: “the best”
  • špunt: “cork”
  • lítat: “to fly”
  • nový: “new”
  • starý: “old”
  • Which is your favorite phrase to post on social media during New Year?

    But before New Year’s Day comes another important day…

    24. What to Post on Christmas Day in Czech

    What will you say in Czech about Christmas?

    Jana celebrates Christmas with her family, posts an image of it, and leaves this comment:

    POST

    Let’s break down Jana’s post.

    Pěkné prožití svátků vánočních.
    “Merry Christmas to you all.”

    1- Pěkné prožití

    First is an expression meaning “Nice experience.”
    This is the beginning of the second most common Christmas greeting. It literally means “nice living through” the Christmas.

    2- svátků vánočních.

    Then comes the phrase - “Christmas..”
    The second part of this formal greeting literally means “Christmas holidays.”

    COMMENTS

    In response, Jana’s friends leave some comments.

    1- To bude dárků!

    Her high school friend, Věra, uses an expression meaning - “Looking forward to the gifts!”
    Use this expression to comment on the gifts, which is part of Christmas traditions in many cultures.

    2- Už máte nastrojený stromeček?

    Her college friend, Jirka, uses an expression meaning - “Did you already prepare the Christmas tree?”
    Ask this question to keep the conversation going, and to find out more details.

    3- Veselé vánoce!

    Her supervisor, Luboš, uses an expression meaning - “Merry Christmas!”
    This is the common response to the poster’s Christmas blessing.

    4- Právě smažím kapra.

    Her husband’s high school friend, Dáša, uses an expression meaning - “I’m just frying the carp.”
    Carp is a traditional Christmas dish, so this comment relates to the Christmas dinner.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • svátky vánoční: “Christmas holidays”
  • dárek: “gift”
  • stromeček: “Christmas tree”
  • veselé: “merry”
  • kapr: “carp”
  • smažit: “to fry”
  • právě: “just”
  • vánoce: “Christmas”
  • If a friend posted something about Christmas greetings, which phrase would you use?

    So, the festive season is over! Yet, there will always be other days, besides a birthday, to wish someone well.

    25. Post about Your Anniversary in Czech

    Some things deserve to be celebrated, like wedding anniversaries. Learn which Czech phrases are meaningful and best suited for this purpose!

    Libor celebrates his wedding anniversary with his wife, posts an image of him and Jana, and leaves this comment:

    POST

    Let’s break down Libor’s post.

    Dneska máme výročí. Díky za všechno miláčku.
    “We have an anniversary today. Thank you for everything, darling.”

    1- Dneska máme výročí.

    First is an expression meaning “We have an anniversary today..”
    The first word means “today.” The second word is the verb “to have” in the first person plural form. And the last word means “anniversary.”

    2- Díky za všechno miláčku.

    Then comes the phrase - “Thanks for everything, darling..”
    The first word in this expression is a noun that means the same as the English word “thanks” and is used in informal spoken language. Formal Czech prefer to use the verb form, which corresponds to the English verb “to thank.”

    COMMENTS

    In response, Libor’s friends leave some comments.

    1- To jsi mě dojal.

    His wife, Jana, uses an expression meaning - “Your message is very touching.”
    Use this expression to say that you really like your husband’s post.

    2- Gratuluji a přeji hodně dalších společných let.

    His neighbor, Petra, uses an expression meaning - “Congratulations. I wish you many years together.”
    This is a warmhearted wish for a happy marriage, as well as a traditional congratulation.

    3- Děti, polibte se.

    His college friend, Jirka, uses an expression meaning - “Kiss each other, darlings.”
    This is a frivolous comment, using a term of endearment.

    4- Deset let spolu. Krásné!

    His supervisor, Luboš, uses an expression meaning - “Ten years together. Wonderful!”
    This is a comment on the length of the marriage.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • výročí: “anniversary”
  • dojmout: “to touch”
  • přát: “to wish”
  • políbit : “to kiss”
  • deset: “ten”
  • spolu: “together”
  • hodně: “many”
  • léta: “years”
  • If a friend posted something about Anniversary greetings, which phrase would you use?

    Conclusion

    Learning to speak a new language will always be easier once you know key phrases that everybody uses. These would include commonly used expressions for congratulations and best wishes, etc.

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    Czech Holidays: The Day of Burning Jan Hus

    Who was Jan Hus, and why do the Czech people have a holiday in commemoration of his burning? Czech martyr Jan Hus burned at the stake in 1415 for his beliefs and teachings, which spurred rebellion against foreign intervention.

    In learning about Jan Hus beliefs, as well as this Czech reformer’s life and legacy, you’re opening the floodgates to Czech cultural knowledge! And as any successful language-learner can tell you, knowing a country’s culture is essential in mastering its language.

    At CzechClass101.com, we hope to make your learning journey both fun and informative, starting now with the Czech martyr Jan Hus.

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    1. What is the Day of Burning Jan Hus?

    On July 6, 1415, a prominent Czech reformer and scholar named Jan Hus was burned at the stake for his opinions at the Church Council in Constance. His death sparked a rebellion in Bohemia and the Hussite wars against opponents of his doctrine, and against foreign intervention.

    Although Jan Hus was the reformer of the Czech language, his last words, addressed to an ordinary woman who brought a log to his stake, were said in Latin: Sancta simplicitas! meaning “Holy simplicity!”

    2. When is Jan Hus Day?

    Depiction of a Martyr

    The Czech Republic observes the Day of Burning Jan Hus each year on July 6.

    3. Reading Practice: Jan Hus Day Traditions

    A Priest

    How do the Czech people commemorate the burning of Jan Hus? Read the Czech text below to find out! You can find the English translation directly below it.

  • Svátek, budící i po staletích politické i teologické vášně, byl ustanoven po vzniku Československa v roce 1918. Oslavy mají spíše oficiální ráz, na vzpomínkových akcích vystupují veřejné osobnosti a politikové. Součástí oslav bývají slavnostní ceremonie, pořádané především Československou církví husitskou, která se plně hlásí k Husovým teologickým názorům.

    Slavit svátek Jana Husa je možné i učením češtiny, neboť je třeba mít na paměti, že Jan Hus byl také jazykovědcem a výzamně ovlivnil podobu českého jazyka. Jeho největší přínos spočívá v tom, že zjednodušil psaní zavedením háčků a čárek a také položil základy spisovné češtiny.

  • The feast, which inflames political and theological passions even centuries later, was established after the founding of Czechoslovakia in 1918. The celebrations tend to have a more official character and public figures and politicians appear at the commemorative events. Part of the celebrations are festive ceremonies organized especially by the Czechoslovak Hussite Church, which is fully committed to the Hus theological views.

    You can also celebrate the feast of Jan Hus by learning Czech, since it is important to remember that Jan Hus was also a linguist and considerably influenced the shape of the Czech language. His greatest contribution lies in the simplification of writing by introducing accents, and he also laid the foundations of literary Czech language.

    4. Where Did Jan Hus Preach?

    What chapel did Jan Hus preach in during his life?

    It’s called Bethlehem Chapel and it still stands in Prague’s New Town, managed by the Czechoslovak Hussite Church. During his lifetime, Hus, who was then-rector of Prague University, preached and criticized social and religious ills in this place.

    Every year on Hus Day, a festive church service takes place here, honoring his memory.

    Another place often associated with Jan Hus is Charles University (Prague), where Hus was a dean.

    5. Vocabulary You Should Know for Jan Hus Day

    Woman with Chalk Drawing of Light Bulb Above head

    Here’s some vocabulary you should know for the Day of Burning Jan Hus!

    • Smrt — Death
    • Den upálení mistra Jana Husa — Jan Hus Day
    • Kněz — Priest
    • Křížová výprava — Crusade
    • Karlova univerzita — Charles University
    • Upálení — Burning
    • Kazatel — Preacher
    • Mučedník — Martyr
    • Myšlenka — Idea
    • Kacíř — Heretic
    • Reforma — Reformation
    • Rektor — Rector

    To hear each of these vocabulary words pronounced, check out our Jan Hus Day vocabulary list.

    Conclusion

    We hope you enjoyed learning about Jan Hus Day Prague traditions with us, and that you took away something valuable from this lesson! The legacy of Jan Hus is truly a significant aspect of Czech culture even today.

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    How to Say I Love You in Czech - Romantic Word List

    Do you often feel lonely and sad? Do you long for romance and are willing to do whatever it takes to meet that special person? Speaking another language could revolutionize your love life! So, why wait? Learning how to say ‘love’ in Czech could be just what you need to find it.

    Or perhaps you were lucky, and have found your Czech partner already. Fantastic! Yet, a cross-cultural relationship comes with unique challenges. Learning how to speak your lover’s language will greatly improve your communication and enhance the relationship. At CzechClass101, our team will teach you all the words, quotes and phrases you need to woo your Czech lover with excellence! Our tutors provide personal assistance, with plenty of extra material available to make Czech dating easy for you.

    Table of Contents

    1. Common Phrases You’ll Need for a Date
    2. The Most Romantic Ideas for a Date
    3. Must-know Valentine’s Day Vocabulary
    4. Czech Love Phrases for Valentine’s Day
    5. Czech Quotes about Love
    6. Marriage Proposal Lines
    7. 15 Most Common Break-Up Lines
    8. Will Falling in Love Help You Learn Czech Faster?

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    1. Common Phrases You’ll Need for a Date

    So, you have met your Czech love interest. Congratulations! Who knows where this could take you…?! However, the two of you have just met and you’re not ready to say the Czech word for love just yet. Great, it is better to get to know him/her first. Wow your prospective love by using these Czech date phrases to set up a spectacular first date.

    Czech Date Phrases

    Would you like to go out to dinner with me?

    • Chtěla byste jít se mnou na večeři?

    The important question! In most cultures, this phrase indicates: ‘I’m romantically interested in you’. Flirting in Czech is no different, so don’t take your date to Mcdonald’s!

    Are you free this weekend?

    • Máte tento víkend čas?

    This is a preamble to asking your love interest on a date. If you get an immediate ‘Yes’, that’s good news!

    Would you like to hang out with me?

    • Chtěla byste si se mnou vyjít?

    You like her/him, but you’re not sure if there’s chemistry. Ask them to hang out first to see if a dinner date is next.

    What time shall we meet tomorrow?

    • V kolik hodin se zítra sejdeme?

    Set a time, and be sure to arrive early! Nothing spoils a potential relationship more than a tardy date.

    Where shall we meet?

    • Kde se setkáme?

    You can ask this, but also suggest a place.

    You look great.

    • Vypadáš skvěle.

    A wonderful ice breaker! This phrase will help them relax a bit - they probably took great care to look their best just for you.

    You are so cute.

    • Jsi tak roztomilá.

    If the two of you are getting on really well, this is a fun, flirtatious phrase to use.

    What do you think of this place?

    • Co si myslíte o tomto místě?

    This another good conversation starter. Show off your Czech language skills!

    Can I see you again?

    • Můžu tě znovu vidět?

    So the date went really well - don’t waste time! Make sure you will see each other again.

    Shall we go somewhere else?

    • Půjdeme někam jinam?

    If the place you meet at is not great, you can suggest going elsewhere. It is also a good question to follow the previous one. Variety is the spice of life!

    I know a good place.

    • Znám dobré místo.

    Use this with the previous question. However, don’t say if you don’t know a good place!

    I will drive you home.

    • Odvezu tě domů.

    If your date doesn’t have transport, this is a polite, considerate offer. However, don’t be offended if she/he turns you down on the first date. Especially a woman might not feel comfortable letting you drive her home when the two of you are still basically strangers.

    That was a great evening.

    • To byl skvělý večer.

    This is a good phrase to end the evening with.

    When can I see you again?

    • Kdy tě znova uvidím?

    If he/she replied ‘Yes’ to ‘Can I see you again?’, this is the next important question.

    I’ll call you.

    • Zavolám ti.

    Say this only if you really mean to do it. In many cultures, this could imply that you’re keeping the proverbial backdoor open.

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    2. The Most Romantic Ideas for a Date

    You learned all the Czech phrases to make a date - congratulations! Now you have to decide where to meet, which can be tricky. Discuss these options with your lover to gauge whether you like the same things. Check out romantic date ideas in Czech below!

    Date Ideas in Czech

    museum

    • muzeum

    If you’re looking for unique date ideas that are fun but won’t break the bank, museums are the perfect spot! You won’t be running out of things to say in the conversations.

    candlelit dinner

    • večeře při svíčkách

    A candlelit dinner is perhaps best to reserve for when the relationship is getting serious. It’s very intimate, and says: “Romance!” It’s a fantastic choice if you’re sure you and your date are in love with each other!

    go to the zoo

    • jít do zoo

    This is a good choice for shy lovers who want to get the conversation going. Just make sure your date likes zoos, as some people dislike them. Maybe not for the first date, but this is also a great choice if your lover has children - you’ll win his/her adoration for inviting them along!

    go for a long walk

    • jít na dlouhou procházku

    Need to talk about serious stuff, or just want to relax with your date? Walking together is soothing, and a habit you can keep up together always! Just make sure it’s a beautiful walk that’s not too strenuous.

    go to the opera

    • jít na operu

    This type of date should only be attempted if both of you love the opera. It can be a special treat, followed by a candlelit dinner!

    go to the aquarium

    • jít do akvária

    Going to the aquarium is another good idea if you need topics for conversation, or if you need to impress your lover’s kids! Make sure your date doesn’t have a problem with aquariums.

    walk on the beach

    • chodit po pláži

    This can be a very romantic stroll, especially at night! The sea is often associated with romance and beauty.

    have a picnic

    • dělat piknik

    If you and your date need to get more comfortable together, this can be a fantastic date. Spending time in nature is soothing and calms the nerves.

    cook a meal together

    • vařit společně jídlo

    If you want to get an idea of your date’s true character in one go, this is an excellent date! You will quickly see if the two of you can work together in a confined space. If it works, it will be fantastic for the relationship and create a sense of intimacy. If not, you will probably part ways!

    have dinner and see a movie

    • jít na večeři a do kina

    This is traditional date choice works perfectly well. Just make sure you and your date like the same kind of movies!

    3. Must-know Valentine’s Day Vocabulary

    Valentine's Day Words in Czech

    Expressing your feelings honestly is very important in any relationship all year round. Yet, on Valentine’s Day you really want to shine. Impress your lover this Valentine’s with your excellent vocabulary, and make his/her day! We teach you, in fun, effective ways, the meanings of the words and how to pronounce them. You can also copy the characters and learn how to write ‘I love you’ in Czech - think how impressed your date will be!

    4. Czech Love Phrases for Valentine’s Day

    So, you now have the basic Valentine’s Day vocabulary under your belt. Well done! But, do you know how to say ‘I love you’ in Czech yet? Or perhaps you are still only friends. So, do you know how to say ‘I like you’ or ‘I have a crush on you’ in Czech? No? Don’t worry, here are all the love phrases you need to bowl over your Czech love on this special day!

    Valentine's Day Words in Czech

    I love you.

    • Miluji tě.

    Saying ‘I love you’ in Czech carries the same weight as in all languages. Use this only if you’re sure and sincere about your feelings for your partner/friend.

    You mean so much to me.

    • Tolik pro mě znamenáš.

    This is a beautiful expression of gratitude that will enhance any relationship! It makes the receiver feel appreciated and their efforts recognized.

    Will you be my Valentine?

    • Budeš můj Valentýn?

    With these words, you are taking your relationship to the next level! Or, if you have been a couple for a while, it shows that you still feel the romance. So, go for it!

    You’re so beautiful.

    • Jsi tak krásná.

    If you don’t know how to say ‘You’re pretty’ in Czech, this is a good substitute, gentlemen!

    I think of you as more than a friend.

    • Považuji tě za víc než za přítelkyni.

    Say this if you are not yet sure that your romantic feelings are reciprocated. It is also a safe go-to if you’re unsure about the Czech dating culture.

    A hundred hearts would be too few to carry all my love for you.

    • Sto srdcí je málo, aby uneslo všechnu mou lásku k tobě.

    You romantic you…! When your heart overflows with love, this would be the best phrase to use.

    Love is just love. It can never be explained.

    • Láska je láska. To se nedá vysvětlit.

    If you fell in love unexpectedly or inexplicably, this one’s for you.

    You’re so handsome.

    • Jsi tak pěkný.

    Ladies, this phrase lets your Czech love know how much you appreciate his looks! Don’t be shy to use it; men like compliments too.

    I’ve got a crush on you.

    • Zamiloval jsem se do tebe.

    If you like someone, but you’re unsure about starting a relationship, it would be prudent to say this. It simply means that you like someone very, very much and think they’re amazing.

    You make me want to be a better man.

    • Přinutila jsi mě, abych chtěl být lepší.

    Gentlemen, don’t claim this phrase as your own! It hails from the movie ‘As Good as it Gets’, but it is sure to make your Czech girlfriend feel very special. Let her know that she inspires you!

    Let all that you do be done in love.

    • Vše, co děláš, dělej s láskou.

    We hope.

    You are my sunshine, my love.

    • Jsi moje sluníčko.

    A compliment that lets your lover know they bring a special quality to your life. Really nice!

    Words can’t describe my love for you.

    • Mou lásku k tobě nelze vyjádřit slovy.

    Better say this when you’re feeling serious about the relationship! It means that your feelings are very intense.

    We were meant to be together.

    • Byli jsme si souzeni.

    This is a loving affirmation that shows you see a future together, and that you feel a special bond with your partner.

    If you were thinking about someone while reading this, you’re definitely in love.

    • Jestliže jsi na někoho myslel, zatímco jsi to četl, pak jsi určitě zamilovaný.

    Here’s something fun to tease your lover with. And hope he/she was thinking of you!

    5. Czech Quotes about Love

    Czech Love Quotes

    You’re a love champ! You and your Czech lover are getting along fantastically, your dates are awesome, your Valentine’s Day together was spectacular, and you’re very much in love. Good for you! Here are some beautiful phrases of endearment in Czech that will remind him/her who is in your thoughts all the time.

    6. Marriage Proposal Lines

    Czech Marriage Proposal Lines

    Wow. Your Czech lover is indeed the love of your life - congratulations! And may only happiness follow the two of you! In most traditions, the man asks the woman to marry; this is also the Czech custom. Here are a few sincere and romantic lines that will help you to ask your lady-love for her hand in marriage.

    7. 15 Most Common Break-Up Lines

    Czech Break-Up Lines

    Instead of moving towards marriage or a long-term relationship, you find that the spark is not there for you. That is a pity! But even though breaking up is never easy, continuing a bad or unfulfilling relationship would be even harder. Remember to be kind to the person you are going to say goodbye to; respect and sensitivity cost nothing. Here are some phrases to help you break up gently.

  • We need to talk.
    • Musíme si promluvit.

    This is not really a break-up line, but it is a good conversation opener with a serious tone.

    It’s not you. It’s me.

    • To nejsi ty. To jsem já.

    As long as you mean it, this can be a kind thing to say. It means that there’s nothing wrong with your Czech lover as a person, but that you need something different from a relationship.

    I’m just not ready for this kind of relationship.

    • Jenom prostě nejsem připraven na takový vztah.

    Things moved a bit fast and got too intense, too soon? Painful as it is, honesty is often the best way to break up with somebody.

    Let’s just be friends.

    • Budme jenom kamarádi.

    If the relationship was very intense, and you have sent many ‘i love u’ texts in Czech, this would not be a good breakup line. Feelings need to calm down before you can be friends, if ever. If the relationship has not really developed yet, a friendship would be possible.

    I think we need a break.

    • Myslím si, že potřebujeme pauzu.

    This is again honest, and to the point. No need to play with someone’s emotions by not letting them know how you feel. However, this could imply that you may fall in love with him/her again after a period of time, so use with discretion.

    You deserve better.

    • Zasloužíš si něco lepšího.

    Yes, he/she probably deserves a better relationship if your own feelings have cooled down.

    We should start seeing other people.

    • Měli bychom se začít vídat s ostatními lidmi.

    This is probably the least gentle break-up phrase, so reserve it for a lover that doesn’t get the message!

    I need my space.

    • Potřebuju prostor.

    When a person is too clingy or demanding, this would be an suitable break-up phrase. It is another good go-to for that lover who doesn’t get the message!

    I think we’re moving too fast.

    • Myslím, že se pohybujeme příliš rychle.

    Say this if you want to keep the relationship, but need to slow down its progress a bit. It is also good if you feel things are getting too intense for your liking. However, it is not really a break-up line, so be careful not to mislead.

    I need to focus on my career.

    • Musím se soustředit na svou kariéru.

    If you feel that you will not be able to give 100% in a relationship due to career demands, this is the phrase to use. It’s also good if you are unwilling to give up your career for a relationship.

    I’m not good enough for you.

    • Nejsem pro tebe dost dobrý.

    Say this only if you really believe it, or you’ll end up sounding false. Break-ups are usually hard for the receiving party, so don’t insult him/her with an insincere comment.

    I just don’t love you anymore.

    • Už tě prostě nemiluju.

    This harsh line is sometimes the best one to use if you are struggling to get through to a stubborn, clingy lover who won’t accept your break up. Use it as a last resort. Then switch your phone off and block their emails!

    We’re just not right for each other.

    • Nehodíme se k sobě.

    If this is how you truly feel, you need to say it. Be kind, gentle and polite.

    It’s for the best.

    • Je to pro nejlepší.

    This phrase is called for if circumstances are difficult and the relationship is not progressing well. Love should enhance one’s life, not burden it!

    We’ve grown apart.

    • Vyrostli jsme odděleně od sebe.

    Cross-cultural relationships are often long-distance ones, and it is easy to grow apart over time.

  • 8. Will Falling in Love help you Learn Czech faster?

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    Three Reasons Why Having a Lover will Help you Learn Czech Faster!

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    1- Being in a love relationship with your Czech speaking partner will immerse you in the culture
    CzechClass101 uses immersive methods and tools to teach you Czech, but having a relationship with a native speaker will be a very valuable addition to your learning experience! You will gain exposure to their world, realtime and vividly, which will make the language come alive even more for you. The experience is likely to expand your world-view, which should motivate you to learn Czech even faster.

    2- Having your Czech romantic partner will mean more opportunity to practice speaking
    Nothing beats continuous practice when learning a new language. Your partner will probably be very willing to assist you in this, as your enhanced Czech language skills will enhance the relationship. Communication is, after all, one of the most important pillars of a good partnership. Also, you will get to impress your lover with the knowledge gained through your studies - a win/win situation!

    3- A supportive Czech lover is likely to make a gentle, patient teacher and study aid!
    With his/her heart filled with love and goodwill for you, your Czech partner is likely to patiently and gently correct your mistakes when you speak. This goes not only for grammar, but also for accent and meaning. With his/her help, you could sound like a native in no time!

    Three Reasons Why CzechClass101 helps you learn Czech Even Faster when you’re In Love

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    1- All the Resources and Materials Will Help Both of You
    Falling in love with a man or woman speaking Czech is an opportunity for both of you to learn a new language! For this reason, every lesson, transcript, vocabulary list, and resource at CzechClass101 is translated into both English and Czech. So, while your partner can help you learn Czech faster, you can potentially also help him/her learn and master English!

    2- Lessons Are Designed to Help You Understand and Engage with Czech Culture
    At CzechClass101, our focus is to help our students learn practical vocabulary and phrases used by everyday people in Czech Republic. This means that, from your very first lesson, you can apply what you learn immediately! So, when your Czech partner wants to go out to a restaurant, play Pokemon Go, or attend just about any social function, you have the vocabulary and phrases necessary to have a great time!

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    How to Celebrate April Fools’ Day in Czech

    How to Celebrate April Fools' Day in Czech!

    Most everyone is familiar with this day, as it is celebrated nearly everywhere the world. Yet, when exactly is April Fools’ Day? And where did April Fools come from? April Fools’ Day is observed on April 1st every year. This day of jokes and pranks is believed to have stemmed from the 16th-century calendar change in France, when New Year’s Day was moved from April 1 to January 1. This action was taken due to the adoption of the Gregorian calendar.

    However, a few people were resistant to the calendar change, so they continued to observe New Year’s Day on April 1st, rather than the new date. They were referred to as the “April Fools”, and others started playing mocking tricks on them. This custom endured, and is practiced to this day around the world!

    Table of Contents

    1. Top One Million Words You Need to Know for April Fools’ Day
    2. Czech Phrases You Can Use on April Fools’ Day
    3. Some of the Coolest April Fools’ Pranks To Play on Anybody
    4. How Can CzechClass101 Make Your April Fools’ Day Special?
    5. Top 1000 Most Useful Phrases in Czech - Testing New Technology

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    1. Top One Million Words You Need to Know for April Fools’ Day

    Do you want to know how to say April Fools’ Day in Czech? Well, there are millions of ways and words, but here are the top one million Czech words you really need to know! Simply click this link. Here are some of them you will find useful:

    1. joke - vtipkovat
    2. funny - vtipný
    3. lie - lhát
    4. sneaky - záludný
    5. prankster - šprýmař
    6. prank - žert
    7. play a joke - dělat si legraci
    8. humor - humor
    9. fool - blázen
    10. deceptive - klamný
    11. April 1st - apríl
    12. surprise - překvapení

    2. Czech Phrases You Can Use on April Fools’ Day

    Czech Phrases for April Fools' Day

    Don’t limit yourself to practical jokes - use these April Fools’ phrases in Czech to prank your favorite Czech friend or colleague!

    1. I learned Czech in 1 month.
      • Česky jsem se naučil za měsíc.
    2. All classes for today got canceled.
      • Vyučování bylo pro dnešek zrušeno.
    3. I’m sorry, but I’ve just broken your favorite pair of glasses.
      • Moc mě to mrzí, ale právě jsem ti zlomil tvé oblíbené brýle.
    4. Someone has just hit your car.
      • Někdo ti právě narazil do auta.
    5. I’m getting married.
      • Budu se vdávat.
    6. You won a free ticket.
      • Vyhrál jsi volný lístek.
    7. I saw your car being towed.
      • Viděl jsem, jak odtáhli váše auto.
    8. They’re giving away free gift cards in front of the building.
      • Před budovou rozdávají zdarma dárkové poukazy.
    9. A handsome guy is waiting for you outside.
      • Venku na tebe čeká nějaký hezký pán.
    10. A beautiful lady asked me to give this phone number to you.
      • Nějaká pěkná paní mě požádala, abych ti předal tohle číslo.
    11. Can you come downstairs? I have something special for you.
      • Nemůžeš přijít dolů? Mám pro tebe něco speciálního.
    12. Thank you for your love letter this morning. I never could have guessed your feelings.
      • Děkuju za tvůj milostný dopis dnes ráno. Nikdy by mě nenapadlo, jak se cítíš.

    Choose your victims carefully, though; the idea is to get them to laugh with you, not to hurt their feelings or humiliate them in front of others. Be extra careful if you choose to play a prank on your boss - you don’t want to antagonize them with an inappropriate joke.

    3. Some of the Coolest April Fools’ Pranks To Play on Anybody

    Choose Bad or Good

    Right, now that you know the top million April Fools’ words in Czech, let’s look at some super pranks and tricks to play on friends, colleagues and family. Some April Fools ideas never grow old, while new ones are born every year.

    Never joke in such a way that it hurts anyone, or humiliates them badly in front of others - the idea is for everybody to laugh and enjoy the fun! Respect is still key, no matter what day of the year it is.

    Cockroach prank

    1- Infestation

    This trick is so simple, yet so creepy, it’s almost unbelievable. Take black paper, cut out the silhouette of a giant cockroach, a spider or another insect, and stick it inside the lampshade of a table lamp. When the lamp is switched on, it will look like a monstrous insect is sitting inside the lampshade. Or, get a whole lot of realistic-looking plastic insects, and spread them over a colleague’s desk and chair, or, at home, over the kids’ beds etc. Creep-factor: stellar.

    2- Which One Doesn’t Fit?

    Put the photo of a celebrity or a notorious politician in a frame, and take it to work on April Fools’ Day. Hang the photo on the staff picture wall, and wait. You’ll be surprised how long it can take for people to notice that one picture doesn’t fit.

    3- Something Weird in the Restroom

    At work, replace the air freshener in the restroom with something noxious like insect killer, oven cleaner or your own odious mixture in a spray bottle. Be sure to cover the bottle’s body so no one suspects a swap.

    Or paint a bar of soap with clear nail polish, and leave it at the hand wash basin. It will not lather.

    Or, if your workplace’s restroom has partitioned toilets with short doors, arrange jeans or trousers and shoes on all but one of the toilet covers, so it looks like every stall is occupied. Now wait for complaints, and see how long it takes for someone to figure out the April Fools’ Day prank. You’ll probably wish you had a camera inside the restroom. But, unless you don’t mind getting fired, don’t put your own recording device in there!

    Funny Face

    4- Call Me Funny

    Prepare and print out a few posters with the following instructions: Lion Roar Challenge! Call this number - 123-456-7890 - and leave your best lion’s roar as voicemail! Best roarer will be announced April 10 in the cafeteria. Prize: $100. (Lion’s roar is just an example; you can use any animal call, or even a movie character’s unique sound, such as Chewbacca from Star Wars. The weirder, the funnier. Obviously!) Put the posters up in the office where most of the staff is likely to see them. Now wait for the owner of the number to visit you with murderous intent. Have a conciliatory gift ready that’s not a prank.

    5- Minty Cookies

    This is another simple but hugely effective prank - simply separate iced cookies, scrape off the icing, and replace it with toothpaste. Serve during lunch or tea break at work, or put in your family’s lunch boxes. Be sure to take photos of your victim’s faces when they first bite into your April Fools’ cookies.

    6- Wild Shopping

    At your local grocer, place a realistic-looking plastic snake or spider among the fresh vegetables. Now wait around the corner for the first yell.

    7- The Oldest Trick in the Book

    Don’t forget probably the oldest, yet very effective April Fools’ joke in the book - smearing hand cream or Vaseline on a door handle that most staff, family or friends are likely to use. Yuck to the max!

    8- Sneeze On Me

    Another golden oldie is also gross, yet harmless and utterly satisfying as a prank. Fill a small spray bottle that you can easily conceal with water. Walk past a friend, colleague or one of your kids, and fake a sneeze while simultaneously spraying them with a bit of water. Expect to be called a totally disgusting person. Add a drop of lovely smelling essential oil to the water for extra confusion.

    9- Word Play Repairs

    Put a fresh leek in the hand wash basin at home or work, and then tell your housemates or colleagues this: “There’s a huge leak in the restroom/bathroom basin, it’s really serious. Please can someone go have a look?!” Expect exasperation and smiles all around. Note that this prank is only likely to work where people understand English well.

    10- Scary Face

    Print out a very scary face on an A4 sheet of paper, and place it in a colleague’s, or one of your kid’s drawers, so it’s the first thing they see when they open the drawer. You may not be very popular for a while.

    11- Wake Up To Madness

    Put foamy shaving cream, or real whipped cream on your hand, and wake your kid up by tickling their nose with it. As long as they get the joke, this could be a wonderful and fun way to start April Fools’ Day.

    Computer Prank

    12- Computer Prank

    This one’s fabulous, if you have a bit of time to fiddle with a colleague, friend or your kid’s computer. It is most effective on a computer where most of the icons they use are on the desktop background itself (as opposed to on the bottom task bar).

    Take and save a screenshot of their desktop with the icons. Set this screenshot as their background image. Now delete all the working icons. When they return to their computer, wait for the curses when no amount of clicking on the icons works.

    13- Monster Under the Cup

    This one will also work well anywhere people meet. Take a paper cup, and write the following on it in black pen: “Danger! Don’t lift, big spider underneath.” Place it upside-down on prominent flat surface, such as a kitchen counter, a colleague’s desk or a restaurant table. Expect some truly interesting responses.

    Door Prank

    14- Prank Door

    Write in large letters on a large and noticeable piece of paper: PUSH. Tape this notice on a door that should be pulled to open, and watch the hilarious struggle of those clever souls who actually read signs.

    4. How Can CzechClass101 Make Your April Fools’ Day Special?

    If you happen to visit Czech Republic, or if you work for any Czech company, knowing the above Czech prankster phrases can really lighten up your day. Showing you have a sense of humor can go a long way to cement good relationships in any situation. These phrases are at your disposal for free, as well as are these 100 core Czech words, which you will learn how to pronounce perfectly.

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    How to Say Happy New Year in Czech & New Year Wishes

    Learn all the Czech New Year wishes online, in your own time, on any device! Join CzechClass101 for a special Czech New Year celebration!

    How to Say Happy New Year in Czech

    Can you relate to the year passing something like this: “January, February, March - December!”? Many people do! Quantum physics teaches us that time is relative, and few experiences illustrate this principle as perfectly as when we reach the end of a year. To most of us, it feels like the old one has passed in the blink of an eye, while the new year lies ahead like a very long journey! However, New Year is also a time to celebrate beginnings, and to say goodbye to what has passed. This is true in every culture, no matter when New Year is celebrated.

    So, how do you say Happy New Year in Czech? Let a native teach you! At CzechClass101, you will learn how to correctly greet your friends over New Year, and wish them well with these Czech New Year wishes!

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    Table of Contents

    1. How to Celebrate New Year in Czech Republic
    2. Must-Know Czech Words & Phrases for the New Year!
    3. Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions in Czech
    4. Inspirational New Year Quotes
    5. Inspirational Language Learning Quotes
    6. How To Say Happy New Year in 31 Languages
    7. How CzechClass101 Can Help You Learn Czech

    But let’s start with some vocabulary for Czech New Year celebrations, very handy for conversations.

    1. How to Celebrate New Year in Czech Republic

    Just like in all European countries, the New Year in the Czech Republic is among the most eventful celebrations of the year. It is also called Silvester, after St. Silvester, whose feast is on the last day of the year, December 31.

    Do you know what a New Year’s resolution is and why Czechs keep making them?

    If you don’t already know, you’ll find out a bit later, so keep reading!

    New Year celebrations begin in the afternoon or evening of the previous day, on New Year’s Eve. While it can also be celebrated with the family, typical celebrations include a wide circle of friends and acquaintances. A good tradition is for people to gather in the squares of towns and villages before midnight, with everybody counting down the last seconds of the old year and celebrating the arrival of the new one with the thunderous opening of champagne bottles and the setting off of rockets, firecrackers, and fireworks.

    The celebrations are inseparable from heavy alcohol consumption, which significantly contributes to the exuberant atmosphere. There is also food; typically there are all kinds of sandwiches, canapes, and other delicatessen products. The sipping is crowned by the New Year’s toast at midnight when the old year ends and the new year begins. At that moment, people wish each other a Happy New Year and send out emails and SMS greetings. New Year’s celebrations usually last until the morning hours.

    A: stop smoking, start working out, and lose weight. Not everyone can stick with it. However, it ==does not matter. There is another new year coming and with it another opportunity for a resolution.

    The main motto of the New Year’s day is saying, as on New Year, so throughout the rest of the year, meaning that the way we will spend the first day of the new year will be the way we spend the entire year.

    And now, the answer to the earlier question.

    Do you know what a New Year’s resolution is and why Czechs keep making them?

    The New Year’s resolution is the promise that the Czechs usually make on New Year’s day. It’s a commitment to do something positive in your life.

    Happy New Year!

    Šťastný Nový Rok!

    2. Must-Know Czech Words & Phrases for the New Year!

    Czech Words & Phrases for the New Year

    1- Year

    rok

    This is pretty self-explanatory. Most countries follow a Gregorian calendar, which has approximately 365 days in a year, while in some cultures, other year designations are also honored. Therefore, New Year’s day in Czech Republic could fall on a different day than in your country. When do you celebrate New Year?

    2- Midnight

    půlnoc

    The point in time when a day ends and a new one starts. Many New Year celebrants prefer to stay awake till midnight, and greet the new annum as it breaks with fanfare and fireworks!

    3- New Year’s Day

    Nový Rok

    In most countries, the new year is celebrated for one whole day. On the Gregorian calendar, this falls on January 1st. On this day, different cultures engage in festive activities, like parties, parades, big meals with families and many more.

    You can do it!

    4- Party

    párty

    A party is most people’s favorite way to end the old year, and charge festively into the new one! We celebrate all we accomplished in the old year, and joyfully anticipate what lies ahead.

    5- Dancing

    tanec

    Usually, when the clock strikes midnight and the New Year officially begins, people break out in dance! It is a jolly way to express a celebratory mood with good expectations for the year ahead. Also, perhaps, that the old year with its problems has finally passed! Dance parties are also a popular way to spend New Year’s Eve in many places.

    6- Champagne

    šampaňské

    Originating in France, champagne is a bubbly, alcoholic drink that is often used to toast something or someone during celebrations.

    7- Fireworks

    ohňostroj

    These are explosives that cause spectacular effects when ignited. They are popular for announcing the start of the new year with loud noises and colorful displays! In some countries, fireworks are set off to scare away evil spirits. In others, the use of fireworks is forbidden in urban areas due to their harmful effect on pets. Most animals’ hearing is much more sensitive than humans’, so this noisy display can be very frightful and traumatising to them.

    Happy Near Year!

    8- Countdown

    odpočítávání

    This countdown refers to New Year celebrants counting the seconds, usually backward, till midnight, when New Year starts - a great group activity that doesn’t scare animals, and involves a lot of joyful shouting when the clock strikes midnight!

    9- New Year’s Holiday

    Novoroční dovolená

    In many countries, New Year’s Day is a public holiday - to recuperate from the party the previous night, perhaps! Families also like to meet on this day to enjoy a meal and spend time together.

    10- Confetti

    konfeta

    In most Western countries, confetti is traditionally associated with weddings, but often it is used as a party decoration. Some prefer to throw it in the air at the strike of midnight on New Year’s Eve.

    11- New Year’s Eve

    Silvestr

    This is the evening before New Year breaks at midnight! Often, friends and family meet for a party or meal the evening before, sometimes engaging in year-end rituals. How are you planning to give your New Year greetings in 2018?

    12- Toast

    přípitek

    A toast is a type of group-salutation that involves raising your glass to drink with others in honor of something or someone. A toast to the new year is definitely in order!

    13- Resolution

    předsevzetí

    Those goals or intentions you hope to, but seldom keep in the new year! Many people consider the start of a new year to be the opportune time for making changes or plans. Resolutions are those intentions to change, or the plans. It’s best to keep your resolutions realistic so as not to disappoint yourself!

    14- Parade

    průvod

    New Year celebrations are a huge deal in some countries! Parades are held in the streets, often to celebratory music, with colorful costumes and lots of dancing. Parades are like marches, only less formal and way more fun. At CzechClass101, you can engage in forums with natives who can tell you what Czech New Year celebrations are like!

    3. Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions

    New Year’s Resolutions List

    So, you learned the Czech word for ‘resolution’. Fabulous! Resolutions are those goals and intentions that we hope to manifest in the year that lies ahead. The beginning of a new year serves as a good marker in time to formalise these. Some like to do it in writing, others only hold these resolutions in their hearts. Here are our Top 10 New Year’s resolutions at CzechClass101 - what are yours?

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    New Year's Resolutions

    1- Read more

    Přečtěte si více.

    Reading is a fantastic skill that everyone can benefit from. You’re a business person? Apparently, successful business men and women read up to 60 books a year. This probably excludes fiction, so better scan your library or Amazon for the top business reads if you plan to follow in the footsteps of the successful! Otherwise, why not make it your resolution to read more Czech in the new year? You will be surprised by how much this will improve your Czech language skills!

    2- Spend more time with family

    Trávit více času s rodinou.

    Former US President George Bush’s wife, Barbara Bush, was quoted as having said this: “At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict, or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child, a parent.” This is very true! Relationships are often what gives life meaning, so this is a worthy resolution for any year.

    3- Lose weight

    Zhubnou

    Hands up, how many of you made this new year’s resolution last year too…?! This is a notoriously difficult goal to keep, as it takes a lot of self discipline not to eat unhealthily. Good luck with this one, and avoid unhealthy fad diets!

    4- Save money

    Šetřete peníze.

    Another common and difficult resolution! However, no one has ever been sorry when they saved towards reaching a goal. Make it your resolution to save money to upgrade your subscription to CzechClass101’s Premium PLUS option in the new year - it will be money well spent!

    5- Quit smoking

    Přestat kouřit.

    This is a resolution that you should definitely keep, or your body could punish you severely later! Smoking is a harmful habit with many hazardous effects on your health. Do everything in your power to make this resolution come true in the new year, as your health is your most precious asset.

    6- Learn something new

    Naučit se něco nového.

    Science has proven that learning new skills can help keep brain diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer’s at bay! It can even slow down the progression of the disease. So, keep your brain healthy by learning to speak a new language, studying towards a qualification, learning how to sew, or how to play chess - no matter how old you are, the possibilities are infinite!

    7- Drink less

    Pijte méně.

    This is another health resolution that is good to heed any time of the year. Excessive drinking is associated with many diseases, and its effect can be very detrimental to good relationships too. Alcohol is a poison and harmful for the body in large quantities!

    8- Exercise regularly

    Pravidelně cvičit.

    This resolution goes hand-in-hand with ‘Lose weight’! An inactive body is an unhealthy and often overweight one, so give this resolution priority in the new year.

    9- Eat healthy

    Jíst zdravě.

    If you stick with this resolution, you will lose weight and feel better in general. It is a very worthy goal to have!

    10- Study Czech with CzechClass101

    studovat češtinu s CzechClass101.com

    Of course! You can only benefit from learning Czech, especially with us! Learning how to speak Czech can keep your brain healthy, it can widen your circle of friends, and improve your chances to land a dream job anywhere in the world. CzechClass101 makes it easy and enjoyable for you to stick to this resolution.

    4. Inspirational New Year Quotes

    Inspirational Quotes

    Everyone knows that it is sometimes very hard to stick to resolutions, and not only over New Year. The reasons for this vary from person to person, but all of us need inspiration every now and then! A good way to remain motivated is to keep inspirational quotes near as reminders that it’s up to us to reach our goals.

    Click here for quotes that will also work well in a card for a special Czech new year greeting!

    Make decorative notes of these in Czech, and keep them close! Perhaps you could stick them above your bathroom mirror, or on your study’s wall. This way you not only get to read Czech incidentally, but also remain inspired to reach your goals! Imagine feeling like giving up on a goal, but reading this quote when you go to the bathroom: “It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop.” What a positive affirmation!

    5. Inspirational Language Learning Quotes

    Language Learning Quotes

    Still undecided whether you should enroll with CzechClass101 to learn a new language? There’s no time like the present to decide! Let the following Language Learning Quotes inspire you with their wisdom.

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    As legendary President Nelson Mandela once said: “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.” So, learning how to say Happy New Year in Czech could well be a way into someone special’s heart for you! Let this year be the one where you to learn how to say Happy New Year, and much more, in Czech - it could open many and unexpected doors for you.

    6. How To Say Happy New Year in 31 Languages

    Here’s a lovely bonus for you! Why stop with Czech - learn how to say Happy New Year in 31 other languages too! Watch this video and learn how to pronounce these New Year’s wishes like a native in under two minutes.

    7. Why Enrolling with CzechClass101 Would Be the Perfect New Year’s Gift to Yourself!

    If you are unsure how to celebrate the New Year, why not give yourself a huge gift, and enroll to learn Czech! With more than 12 years of experience behind us, we know that CzechClass101 would be the perfect fit for you. There are so many reasons for this!

    Learning Paths

    • Custom-tailored Learning Paths: Start learning Czech at the level that you are. We have numerous Learning Pathways, and we tailor them just for you based on your goals and interests! What a boon!
    • Marked Progress and Fresh Learning Material Every Week: We make new lessons available every week, with an option to track your progress. Topics are culturally appropriate and useful, such as “Learning how to deliver negative answers politely to a business partner.” Our aim is to equip you with Czech that makes sense!
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    • Fun and Easy: Keeping the lessons fun and easy-to-learn is our aim, so you will stay motivated by your progress!

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    How to Say ‘Merry Christmas’ in Czech

    How to Say Merry Christmas in Czech

    Do you know any ways to wish someone a ‘Merry Christmas’ in Czech? CzechClass101 brings you easy-to-learn translations and the correct pronunciation of Czech Christmas phrases!

    Christmas is the annual commemorative festival of Christ’s birth in the Western Christian Church. It takes place on December 25th and is usually celebrated with much food and fanfare! However, not all cultures celebrate Christmas. In some countries, Christmas is not even a public holiday! However, many countries have adapted Christmas and its religious meaning to tally with their own beliefs, or simply in acknowledgment of the festival’s importance to other cultures. If you want to impress native Czech speakers with culturally-appropriate Christmas phrases and vocabulary, CzechClass101 will teach you the most important ways to wish someone a ‘Merry Christmas’ in Czech!

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    Table of Contents

    1. How to Celebrate Christmas in Czech Republic
    2. Holiday Greetings and Wishes
    3. Must-Know Christmas Day Vocabulary
    4. Twelve Days of Christmas
    5. Top 10 Christmas Characters
    6. How CzechClass101 Can Help You

    1. How to Celebrate Christmas in Czech Republic

    Christmas Words in Czech

    There are many interesting customs and superstitions associated with Christmas
    in the Czech Republic. No one is to turn on any lights in the house on Christmas Eve until the first star appears in the sky. The dinner table must be set for an even number of places, because an odd number is believed to bring bad luck. Dinner consists of nine courses, but no alcohol may be served. Everyone must completely clear their plate of food, and no one may get up from the table before the meal is finished. Doing so is believed to bring bad luck. Everyone must get up from the table at the same time because it is believed that the first person to stand up from the table will be the first to die in the New Year.

    2. Holiday Greetings and Wishes for the Holiday Season

    Holiday Greetings and Wishes

    1- Merry Christmas!

    Veselé Vánoce!

    Do you know how to say ‘Merry Christmas’ in Czech? Learn here how to pronounce it perfectly! ‘Merry’ means to be joyful, to celebrate and generally be in good spirits. So, with this phrase you are wishing someone a joyful, celebratory remembrance of Christ’s birth!

    2- Happy Kwanzaa!

    Šťastné Kwanzaa!

    Surprise your African-American, or West African native friends with this phrase over the Christmas holidays! Kwanzaa is a seven-day, non-religious celebration, starting on Dec 26th each year. It has its roots in African American modern history, and many people celebrate both Kwanzaa and Christmas!

    3- Have a happy New Year!

    Šťastný Nový Rok!

    In countries where Christmas is not officially celebrated, but a Gregorian calendar is observed, this would be a friendly festive-season wish over New Year.

    4- Happy Hanukkah!

    Šťastnou Chanuku!

    Hanukkah is the beautiful Hebrew festival over November or December each year. It is also called the ‘Festival of Lights’ and is celebrated to commemorate the Jewish freedom of religion.

    5- Have a great winter vacation!

    Pěknou dovolenou!

    This is a good phrase to keep handy if someone doesn’t observe any religious festival over the Christmas holidays! However, this will only be applicable in the Northern hemisphere, where it is winter over Christmas.

    6- See you next year!

    Uvidíme se příští rok!

    Going away on holiday over Christmas season, or saying goodbye to someone about to leave on vacation? This would be a good way to say goodbye to your friends and family.

    7- Warm wishes!

    Všechno nejlepší!

    An informal, friendly phrase to write in Czech Christmas cards, especially for secular friends who prefer to observe Christmas celebrations without the religious symbolism. It conveys the warmth of friendship and friendly wishes associated with this time of year.

    8- Happy holidays!

    Pěkné prázdniny!

    If you forget how to say ‘Merry Christmas!’ in Czech, this is a safe, generic phrase to use instead.

    9- Enjoy the holidays!

    Užijte si dovolenou!

    After saying ‘Merry Christmas’ in Czech, this would be a good phrase with which to wish Christmas holiday-goers well! It is also good to use for secular friends who don’t celebrate Christmas but take a holiday at this time of the year.

    10- Best wishes for the New Year!

    Všechno nejlepší do nového roku!

    This is another way of wishing someone well in the New Year if they observe a Gregorian calendar. New Year’s day would then fall on January 1st.

    3. Must-Know Christmas Day Vocabulary

    Christmas is associated with many traditions and religious symbols in multiple countries across the world. It originated centuries ago in the West with the birth of Christianity, and the celebrations are often embedded with rich cultural significance. So, by now you know how to say Merry Christmas in Czech! Next, learn pertinent vocabulary and phrases pertaining to Christmas, as well as how to pronounce them correctly. At CzechClass101, we make sure you sound like a native speaker!

    1- Christmas

    Vánoce

    This is the Czech word for ‘Christmas’. Most happy Christmas wishes in Czech will include this word!

    2- Snow

    sníh

    In most Northern-hemisphere countries, Christmas is synonymous with snow, and for Christmas, the snowman is often dressed as Santa Claus.

    3- Snowflake

    sněhová vločka

    Snowflakes collectively make up snow. A single snowflake is small, white, light like a feather and icy cold! When put under a microscope, the snowflake reveals itself to have the most beautiful, symmetrical patterns. These patterns have become popular Christmas decorations, especially in Western countries.

    4- Snowman

    sněhulák

    As you guessed - a snowman is only possible to build if it is snowing! What a fun way to spend Christmas day outside.

    5- Turkey

    krocan

    Roast turkey is the traditional main dish on thousands of lunch tables on Christmas day, mainly in Western countries. What is your favorite Christmas dish?

    6- Wreath

    věnec

    Another traditional Western decoration for Christmas, the wreath is an arrangement of flowers, leaves, or stems fastened in a ring. Many families like to hang a Christmas wreath outside on their houses’ front doors.

    7- Reindeer

    sob

    Reindeer are the animals commonly fabled to pull Santa Claus’ sled across the sky! Western Christmas folklore tells of Father Christmas or Santa Claus doing the rounds with his sled, carrying Christmas presents for children, and dropping them into houses through the chimney. But who is Santa Claus?

    8- Santa Claus

    Santa Claus

    Santa Claus is a legendary and jolly figure originating in the Western Christian culture. He is known by many names, but is traditionally depicted as a rotund man wearing a red costume with a pointy hat, and sporting a long, snow-white beard!

    9- Elf

    elf

    An elf is a supernatural creature of folklore with pointy ears, a dainty, humanoid body and a capricious nature. Elves are said to help Santa Claus distribute presents to children over Christmas!

    10- Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

    Rudolf, sob s červeným nosem

    ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’ is a Christmas song based on an American children’s story book with the same name. Rudolph is one of Santa’s reindeer. The song became more famous than the book, and can still be heard playing in many shopping malls over Christmas time across the globe!

    11- North Pole

    Severní pól

    The cold North Pole is where Santa Claus is reputed to live with his reindeer!

    12- Sled

    sáně

    A sled is a non-motorised land vehicle used to travel over snow in countries where it snows a lot, and is usually pulled by animals such as horses, dogs or reindeer. This one obviously refers to Santa’s sled! Another word for sled is sleigh or sledge.

    13- Present

    dárek

    Gift or present giving is synonymous with Christmas Eve and the greatest source of joy for children over this festive time! This tradition signifies that Christ’s birth was a gift to mankind, but not all people who hand out presents over Christmas observe the religious meaning.

    14- Bell

    zvonek

    On Christmas Day, or Christmas Eve, many religious celebrants enjoy going to church for a special sermon and Christmas rituals. The start of the sermon is often announced with bells or a bell, if the church has one. For this reason, the sound of ringing bells is often associated with Christmas Day.

    15- Chimney

    komín

    The chimney is the entrance Santa Claus uses to deliver children’s presents on Christmas Day, according to folklore! Wonder how the chubby man and his elves stay clean…?!

    16- Fireplace

    krb

    In most countries where it snows, Christmas is synonymous with a fire or burning embers in houses’ fireplaces. Families huddle around its warmth while opening Christmas presents. Also, this is where Santa Claus is reputed to pop out after his journey down the chimney!

    17- Christmas Day

    Štědrý den

    This is the official day of commemorative celebration of Christ’s birth, and falls each year on December 25.

    18- Decoration

    dekorace

    Decorations are the colourful trinkets and posters that make their appearance in shops and homes during the Christmas holiday season in many countries! They give the places a celebratory atmosphere in anticipation of the big Christmas celebration. Typical Christmas decorations include colorful photographs and posters, strings of lights, figurines of Santa Claus and the nativity scene, poinsettia flowers, snowflakes and many more.

    19- Stocking

    punčocha

    According to legend, Santa Claus places children’s presents in a red stocking hanging over the fireplace. This has also become a popular decoration, signifying Christmas.

    20- Holly

    cesmína

    Holly is a shrub native to the UK, and parts of Europe, Africa and Asia. It is characterised by glossy, spiny-toothed leaves, small, whitish flowers, and red berries. Ironically, its significance for Christmas relates to Christ’s crucifixion and suffering rather than his birth. However, the leaves’ distinctive shape and image have become popular Christmas decorations.

    21- Gingerbread house

    perníková chaloupka

    According to legend, the gingerbread house synonymous with Christmas is related to Christ’s birth place, Bethlehem. Bethlehem literally means ‘House of Bread’. Over centuries, it has become a popular treat over Christmas time in many non-religious households as well.

    22- Candy cane

    cukroví

    According to folklore, Christmas candy canes made their appearance first in Germany in the 16th century. A choir master gave children the candy canes to suck on in church in order to keep them quiet during the Christmas sermon! Apparently, the candy is shaped like a cane in remembrance of the shepherds who were the first to visit the baby Jesus. Today, like gingerbread houses, they are still a popular sweet over the festive season!

    23- Mistletoe

    jmelí

    Mistletoe is a parasitic plant that grows on certain trees. In the Middle Ages, it was believed that the mistletoe has magical powers, and could protect a household from evil if hung above a door during December. The belief didn’t last but the habit did, and the mistletoe is another popular Christmas decoration!

    4. Twelve Days of Christmas

    Twelve Days of Christmas

    Wow, you’re doing extremely well! You know how to wish someone a Merry Christmas in Czech, and you learned pertinent vocabulary too! The Twelve Days of Christmas is not very well known in modern times, so, you’re on your way to becoming an expert in Christmas traditions and rituals. Well done!

    The Twelve Days of Christmas, also known as Twelvetide, is a traditional festive period of 12 days dedicated to celebrate the nativity of Christ. Christmas Day is, for many who observe Twelvetide, the first day of this period.

    ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’ is also a popular Christmas song about a series of gifts given on each day of Twelvetide. According to experts, these gifts were created as a coded reference to important symbols in the Christian church. Here is a list of those gifts mentioned in the song! Do you recognise them?

    5. Top 10 Christmas Characters in American Culture

    Top 10 Christmas Characters

    This is fantastic, you know how to explain almost everything about Christmas in Czech! However, do you know the most popular Christmas characters in American culture? Your knowledge will not be complete without this list.

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    We have over a decade of experience and research behind us, and it shows! With thousands of audio and video lessons, detailed PDF lessons and notes, as well as friendly, knowledgeable hosts, CzechClass101 is simply unbeatable when it comes to learning correct Czech. Plenty of tools and resources are available when you study with us. New lessons are added every week so material remains fresh and relevant. You also have the option to upgrade and enjoy even more personalised guidance and services. This is a sure way to fast-track your learning!

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    How to Start Thinking in Czech

    Learn 4 tools and techniques to stop translating in your head and start thinking in Czech

    Going through Czech lessons is enough to get by and learn the basics of Czech, but to truly become fluent you need to be able to think in Czech. This will allow you to have conversations with ease, read smoothly, and comprehensively understand natives. To do this, you need to go beyond just completing daily or weekly lessons.

    We naturally translate in our heads because it’s viewed as the easiest way to learn the definitions needed when learning a language. This way of learning can actually hinder your skills and fluency later on. If your brain has to make neural connections between the word you’re learning, what it means in your native tongue, and the physical object the connection will not be nearly as strong. When you bypass the original translation between Czech and your native language then there is a more basic and strong connection between just the Czech vocabulary word and the tangible object.

    start thinking in Czech

    In this blog post, you will learn the 4 important techniques to easily and naturally begin to speculate about the daily occurrences in your life. The best part is all of these techniques are supported and can be achieved through CzechClass101.com.

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    1. Surround yourself with Czech

    Surround Yourself

    By surrounding yourself with Czech constantly you will completely immerse yourself in the language. Without realizing it you’ll be learning pronunciation, sentence structures, grammar, and new vocabulary. You can play music in the background while you’re cooking or have a Czech radio station on while you study. Immersion is a key factor with this learning process because it is one of the easiest things to do, but very effective. Even if you are not giving the program your full attention you will be learning.

    One great feature of CzechClass101.com is the endless podcasts that are available to you. You can even download and listen to them on the go. These podcasts are interesting and are perfect for the intention of immersion, they are easy to listen to as background noise and are interesting enough to give your full attention. Many of them contain stories that you follow as you go through the lessons which push you to keep going.

    2. Learn through observation
    learn through observation

    Learning through observation is the most natural way to learn. Observation is how we all learned our native languages as infants and it’s a wonder why we stop learning this way. If you have patience and learn through observation then Czech words will have their own meanings rather than meanings in reference to your native language. Ideally, you should skip the bilingual dictionary and just buy a dictionary in Czech.

    CzechClass101.com also offers the materials to learn this way. We have numerous video lessons which present situational usage of each word or phrase instead of just a direct translation. This holds true for many of our videos and how we teach Czech.

    3. Speak out loud to yourself
    talk to yourself

    Speaking to yourself in Czech not only gets you in the mindset of Czech, but also makes you listen to how you speak. It forces you to correct any errors with pronunciation and makes it easy to spot grammar mistakes. When you speak out loud talk about what you did that day and what you plan to do the next day. Your goal is to be the most comfortable speaking out loud and to easily create sentences. Once you feel comfortable talking to yourself start consciously thinking in your head about your daily activities and what is going on around you throughout the day.

    With CzechClass101.com you start speaking right away, not only this, but they have you repeat words and conversations after a native Czech speaker. This makes your pronunciation very accurate! With this help, you are on the fast path to making clear and complex sentences and then actively thinking about your day.

    4. Practice daily

    If you don’t practice daily then your progress will be greatly slowed. Many people are tempted to take the 20-30 minutes they should be practicing a day and practice 120 in one day and skip the other days. This isn’t nearly as effective because everyday you practice you are reinforcing the skills and knowledge you have learned. If you practice all in one day you don’t retain the information because the brain can realistically only focus for 30 minutes at most. If you’re studying for 120 minutes on the same subject little of the information will be absorbed. Studying everyday allows you to review material that you went over previous days and absorb a small amount of information at a time.

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    Conclusion

    Following the steps and having patience is the hardest part to achieving your goals, it’s not easy learning a new language. You are essentially teaching your brain to categorize the world in a completely new way. Stick with it and you can do it just remember the 4 tools I taught you today! With them, conversations, reading, and understanding will become much easier. The most important thing to remember is to use the tools that CzechClass101.com provides and you will be on your way to being fluent!

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    The Top 5 Shortcuts To Learning Czech!

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    1. Create A Study Schedule And Set Some Goals:
    This one may seem obvious, but you’d be surprised how many unorganized language learners there are in the world! Creating a schedule allows you to manage your time wisely, enabling you to free up time to study consistently. Goals are also a key component of learning Czech. These give you motivation and something to strive for.

    2. Make It Fun:
    You may roll your eyes at this one, but it’s true! If you learn how to make your study time enjoyable, chances are you’ll be more inclined to study! Try changing it up every now and then with something new. Watch a TV show in Czech or listen to some Czech music! The sky is the limit!

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    4. Use Word Lists To Build Up A Solid Vocabulary:
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    5. Make Mistakes:
    Lastly, don’t be afraid to make mistakes! In fact, make a lot of them! Nothing helps you improve more than correcting your own errors. If you catch yourself saying something wrong, you’re likely to remember it the next time around. So just remember, everyone makes mistakes! Learn from them!

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    6 Reasons to Learn a Language Before You Travel

    6 Reasons to Learn a Language Before You Travel

    There are plenty of destinations where you can get by with English, but sometimes you want to do better than just ‘get by’. Here are 6 reasons you should learn the basics of the language of your next trip destination.

    What are the 6 reasons you should learn the basics of the language of your next trip destination?

    1. You will be able to discover your destination better than other tourists.
    Getting by is one thing, but actually experiencing a trip abroad is quite another. No amount of guidebooks and online research can compensate for a basic lack of language ability. Speaking the language of your destination permits you to explore that destination beyond the regular tourist traps. Your language skills will not only allow you to dig into all the hidden gems of your destination, but they will also allow you to mingle with the locals to get a true experience on your holiday. Think of it this way: you’re not restricted to talking to the people at the tourist desk anymore.

    2. Knowing how to communicate with local police or medical personnel can be life-saving.
    Before you leave for your destination, make sure you learn how to ask for help in that destination’s local tongue. Do you know how to ask the waiter if this dish has peanuts in it? Or tell your host family that you’re allergic to fish? Can you tell the local doctor where it hurts? Moreover, an awareness of an environment improves your chance of remaining safe inside it. For example, walking around a busy marketplace, dazzled by an unfamiliar language, signs and accents will instantly render any tourist a more attractive mark for pickpockets. Communicating with other people, asking questions and looking confident will make you look like a semi-local yourself, and will ward off potential thieves.

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    3. It helps you relax.
    Traveling is much less stressful when you understand what that announcement at the airport was saying, or if this bus line reaches your hotel. These things stress you out when traveling and they disappear when you understand the language. This allows you to focus on planning your trip in a better, easier way.

    Speaking the language can provide you with a way to get to know people you’d never otherwise have the opportunity to speak with.

    4. Speaking the language can provide you with a way to get to know people you’d never otherwise have the opportunity to speak with.
    Sometimes those relationships turn into friendships, and other times they’re nothing more than a lively conversation. Either way, as Nelson Mandela said: “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” When you approach someone – even staff at a store or restaurant – with English, rather than their own language, an invisible divide has already been erected. Making even a small effort to communicate in the language of the place you’re visiting can go a long way and you’ll find many more doors open up to you as a result.

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    If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.

    5. You’ll be a better ambassador for your country.
    If we’re honest with ourselves, we know very little about other countries and cultures, especially the local politics. And what we do know is often filtered to us by the media, which tends to represent only certain interests. When you can speak the local language, you’re able to answer questions that curious locals have about your country and culture. Are you frustrated with how your country is presented in global news? Are you embarrassed by your country’s leaders and want to make it clear that not everyone is like that where you’re from? This is a very good opportunity to share your story with people who have no one else to ask. We all have a responsibility to be representatives of the place we come from.

    6. Learning another language can fend off Alzheimer’s, keep your brain healthy and generally make you smarter.
    For more information, check out this blog post about the 5 Benefits of Learning a New Language.