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Brandon: Hi everyone, Brandon: here, and welcome back to CzechClass101.com. This is Basic Bootcamp Lesson 2 - Talking Nationality in Czech. This is the second in a five-part series that will help you ease your way into Czech.
Martin: Ahoj, tady Martin. I’m Martin.
Brandon: In this lesson, you will learn how to introduce yourself and tell people where you are from.
Martin: Yes, and knowing how to do this is essential if you’re traveling to the Czech Republic, because that will be the first question people will probably want to ask you!
Brandon: Definitely! Let’s listen to a simple conversation between two people who are meeting for the first time.
Adam Ahoj, jmenuju se Adam. Jsem Čech.
Mary Ahoj, jmenuju se Mary. Jsem Britka.
Brandon: Let’s hear the conversation one time slowly.
Adam Ahoj, jmenuju se Adam. Jsem Čech.
Mary Ahoj, jmenuju se Mary. Jsem Britka.
Brandon: Now let’s hear it with the English translation.
Adam Ahoj, jmenuju se Adam. Jsem Čech.
Brandon: Hello. My name is Adam. I'm Czech.
Mary Ahoj, jmenuju se Mary. Jsem Britka.
Brandon: Hello, I'm Mary. I'm British.
Brandon: Martin, the Czech Republic is a popular tourist destination, isn’t it?
Martin: That’s right. That’s because many people are curious about the diverse history, architecture and cultural attractions in the Czech Republic.
Brandon: The hospitality and friendliness of the Czech people also make visiting the Czech Republic more rewarding.
Martin: Definitely! Young and middle aged Czech people especially are really excited to make friends with people from outside Czech.
Brandon: If you ever go to the Czech Republic, you’ll be surprised to see how many people will speak some English and try to help you out, especially if you look a little lost.
Martin: That’s very true.
Brandon: So why not experience the Czech hospitality for yourself, listeners? Okay, now let’s take a look at the vocabulary for this lesson.
Brandon: Let's take a look at the vocabulary for this lesson.
The first word we shall see is:
Martin: ahoj [natural native speed]
Brandon: hello (informal)
Martin: ahoj [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Martin: ahoj [natural native speed]
Martin: Jmenuju se.. [natural native speed]
Brandon: My name is… (literally, "I'm named…")
Martin: Jmenuju se.. [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Martin: Jmenuju se.. [natural native speed]
Martin: Čech/Češka [natural native speed]
Brandon: Czech male / female (nationality)
Martin: Čech/Češka [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Martin: Čech/Češka [natural native speed]
Martin: Brit / Britka [natural native speed]
Brandon: British male / female (nationality)
Martin: Brit / Britka [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Martin: Brit / Britka [natural native speed]
And Last:
Martin: Já jsem [natural native speed]
Brandon: I am/I'm
Martin: Já jsem [slowly - broken down by syllable]
Martin: Já jsem [natural native speed]
Brandon: Let’s take a closer look at the usage of some of the words and phrases from this lesson. The first word is..?
Martin: Já jsem
Brandon: meaning ‘I am.’ In the dialogue, we could hear this phrase before they introduced their nationality.
Martin: That’s right. Adam said.. Já jsem Čech.
Brandon: Meaning “I’m Czech.” Note that this can be used only by a male speaker. If you’re female, you need to use a different word, which is..
Martin: Češka
Brandon: So, if you’re a man, you can say..
Martin: Já jsem Čech.
Brandon: and If you’re a woman, you can say..
Martin: Já jsem Češka.
Brandon: But in Czech, people don’t usually say the personal pronoun, such as...
Martin: ...Já
Brandon: So in most cases, you’ll hear people saying
Martin: Jsem Čech. Or Jsem Češka.
Brandon: Ok, now let’s take a look at the nationalities in Czech. First, we have..
Martin: Brit
Brandon: It means “British”. So the whole sentence “I’m British” would be...
Martin: Jsem Brit. Notice the word Jsem is the same. You can simply replace the nationality.
Brandon: What about if someone is from America?
Martin: In that case, you can use the word Američan or Američanka.
Brandon: So, ‘I’m American’ will be..
Martin: Jsem Američan. Or Jsem Američanka.
Brandon: You can find more words for nationality in the lesson notes. Okay, now onto the grammar.

Lesson focus

Brandon: In this lesson, you’ll learn how to talk about nationality in Czech. So far, we’ve learned how to say “I am Czech”, “I am British”. and “I am American.”
Martin: That’s right. And we’ve learned the phrases [“Já jsem”] and [“jsem”], which mean “I am”.
Brandon: After this phrase, you can simply add your name, your job, or your nationality. For example, if you want to say “I’m David.” in Czech, you can say..
Martin: Já jsem David. (Slow) Já jsem David.
Brandon: What about “I’m Italian.”
Martin: Jsem Ital. (slow) Jsem Ital.
Brandon: Using the same phrase, you can also say “I’m a teacher.”
Martin: Jsem učitel. (slow) Jsem učitel.
Brandon: Ok, let’s use this phrase to talk about your nationality. First, let’s go through some Czech words for nationalities. Martin: will give the Czech words for each nationality. The first one will be masculine, and the second one will be feminine. Okay, let’s start with ‘American.’
Martin: Američan/ Američanka (slow) Američan/ Američanka
Brandon: And next, we have “Japanese.”
Martin: Japonec/ Japonka (slow) Japonec/ Japonka
Brandon: What about “Chinese?”
Martin: Číňan/ Číňanka (slow) Číňan/ Číňanka
Brandon: And.. “French?”
Martin: Francouz/ Francouzka (slow) Francouz/ Francouzka
Brandon: Next “Italian.”
Martin: Ital/ Italka (slow) Ital/ Italka
Brandon: And lastly, Russian.
Martin: Rus/ Ruska (slow) Rus/ Ruska
Brandon: Okay. Using these words, you can say your nationality. To remind our listeners, Martin, could you say “I’m Czech” in Czech?
Martin: Sure. Jsem Čech. If you are a woman, you can say.. / Jsem Češka.
Brandon: And what about if you’re British?
Martin: If you’re a man, Jsem Brit. (slow) Jsem Brit / If you’re a woman, you can say.. Jsem Britka. (slow) Jsem Britka.
Brandon: Okay. Now let’s take a short quiz. Martin: will introduce himself in Czech. Listen to the introduction, and introduce yourself. Are you ready?
Martin: Ahoj, jmenuju se Martin. Jsem Čech.
Brandon: How did you do, Leave us a comment and introduce yourself to us on the lesson page at czechclass101.com
Martin: Listeners, can you understand Czech TV shows, movies or songs?
Brandon: How about friends and loved ones’ conversations in Czech?
Martin: If you want to know what’s going on, we have a tool to help.
Brandon: Line-by-line audio.
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Brandon: It’s simple really.
Martin: With a click of a button, listen to each line of the conversation.
Brandon: Listen again and again, and tune your ear to natural Czech.
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Brandon: Find this feature on the lesson page in the Lesson Materials section at CzechClass101.com.


Brandon: Ok listeners, that’s all for this lesson.
Martin: Thanks for listening. Ahoj.
Brandon: See you next time, bye!