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The Czech Republic is famous for its tasty food and especially its beer. There is a wide variety of Czech dishes, and your job as a visitor is to try as many different meals as possible! However, before you start eating, you have to get a table! In this lesson, we'll cover getting a table in a restaurant.
When entering a Czech restaurant, you might be greeted with Vítejte, which is translated as “welcome”
(slow) Ví-tej-te!
You can also be greeted with Dobrý den which means “Good day” and we have learned it before.
(slow) Dob-rý den.
Dobrý den.
When you enter a restaurant, a waiter or waitress will come and greet you and often ask you
the question “How many people are you?” In Czech you will be literally asked “Table for how many people?” This is:
Stůl pro kolik osob?
Let’s break it down:
(slow) Stůl pro ko-lik o-sob?
Once more:
Stůl pro kolik osob?
The first word, stůl, means “table”.
(slow) Stůl
After this comes pro, which means “for”.
(slow) Pro.
Next word is kolik, that means “how many”.
(slow) Ko-lik.
and the last word we have is osob, which is a form of the noun “osoby” meaning “people”.
(slow) O-sob.
Altogether, it is:
Stůl pro kolik osob?
Now let’s learn to answer.
You might tell the waiter or waitress
Jsme dvě osoby which in English means “We are two people.”
Let’s break it down:
(slow) Jsme dvě o-so-by.
Once again:
Jsme dvě osoby.
The first word, jsme, is a form of the verb translated as “to be.”
(slow) Jsme.
After this comes dvě, the feminine form of the number two.
(slow) Dvě.
And last we have osoby which means “persons”.
(slow) O-so-by.
You have probably noticed that the word “persons” can be said as osoby but we also used the word osob. Both are correct. They are different grammatical cases of the noun “persons”.
Let’s take a look at some of the numbers you might need here, from two to five:
2 dvě
(slow) dvě
3 tři
(slow) tři
4 čtyři
(slow) čty-ři
5 pět
(slow) pět
If you are just one person, say Jenom já. We can translate it as as “only me” or “just me”.
Let’s break it down:
(slow) Je-nom já.
Once more:
Jenom já.
The first word, jenom, means “only”.
(slow) Je-nom.
After this we have já which is translated as “me”.
(slow) Já.