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INTRODUCTION
Hello! [Hello in Czech]! My name is Martin. and I'll be your language teacher and cultural guide throughout this introductory course.
Wherever your destination may be, manners are a must! The Czech Republic is no different. So in our very first lesson, we'll be teaching you simple expressions that are bound to come in handy throughout your trip to the Czech Republic. I can’t stress this enough: A little a bit of language can go a long way!
GRAMMAR POINT
In Czech, the most simple way of saying “Thank you” is
Děkuji.
Let’s break it down:
(slow) Dě-ku-ji.
Once more:
Děkuji.
“Děkuji” is a verb, and the dictionary form is “děkovat” which in English will be translated as “to thank”. So literally translated, the word “děkuji” means “(I) thank”.
Another simple and common way of saying “Thank you” is the word Díky. It is a bit similar to the English “thanks”.
Let’s break it down
( slow)Dí-ky (the first syllable is longer than the second one)
( once more)
Díky
There will be occasions when you will want to express your gratitude in a more polite and appreciable manner. When that happens, you should use the expression “Moc děkuji”.
Let’s break that down:
(slow) Moc dě-ku-ji.
Once more:
Moc děkuji.
The first word “moc” means “a lot” or “much”, so the English equivalent for “Moc děkuji” is “Thank (you) a lot” but the word order is opposite. You can also say “Děkuji moc” and the meaning will stay the same.
To show deeper gratitude, especially to a specific person, you can say “Velmi vám děkuji” which in English will be translated as “Thank you very much”.
The word “Velmi” literally means “very” and “vám” is translated as “(to) you”.
Let’s break that down:
(slow) Vel-mi vám dě-ku-ji.
Once more:
Velmi vám děkuji.
In the Czech Republic, you will probably also hear the word Děkuju many times every day. Děkuju has basically the same meaning as děkuji. Děkuju is officially not a correct expression, but it is a kind of accent change. And anyway, people use děkuju very often, especially in daily casual conversation.
(slow) Děkuju
Děkuju
Here is another expression for showing gratitude using the word díky just by replacing děkuji in the expression děkuji moc. And we get:
Díky moc
(slow) Dí-ky moc
Díky moc
It means something like “thanks a lot”. Here the position of the word moc is also not strictly fixed. You can say either díky moc or moc díky.

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Hi CzechClass101.com Listeners! Thank you for joining us at CzechClass101.com! Why are you studying Czech? Tell us about it in the comments!

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Dear Carter,

congratulations on your engagement and all the best for learning Czech, I am sure you have a good motivation to do so!

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Carter
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My girlfriend (fiancée) Is forcing me to learn Czech so that I can chat with her family and live in Czechia😢😭

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Hello Emily,

Thank you for posting.
We’re glad to hear that you’re visiting the country!
We hope our site will help you to learn some useful expressions before the trip!😉

Let us know if you have any question.
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I am planning my first Europe trip. I picked the Czech Republic because of old family tie. I really want to be able to get around with a bit of Czech abilities. These lessons are already helping!

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Hi Elizabeth,

Thank you for posting!

Keep up practicing Czech and let us know if you have any questions.😄

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Hi Berry,

Welcome to Prague! I hope all go well with your plan to visit the city. I hope our lessons can help you learn Czech fast so that you can communicate with Czech people and have some conversations in Czech : ) Feel free to let us know if you have any questions while studying Czech.

Thank you,

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Heading to Prague this weekend for the first time. It was a late addition to a trip to Germany. I’m glad I found your site and feel it is important to at least try and learn a little of the language when visiting a country. I’m so glad I found your podcast and site. Looking forward to getting some basics under my belt.

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Hi Praveen Yadav,

Rádo se stalo. 😁
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Tuesday at 6:32 am
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Velmi vám děkuji to help others to learn and know Czech culture and language .Its interesting but ver challenging to learn