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Kellie: Top 25 Czech Questions You Need to Know - Lesson 2: Where are you from? in Czech (In each lesson of this 25 part series, you'll master a common question for Czech learners, and then learn how to answer it like a native speaker. You'll learn how these key phrases work by breaking them down into each component. Then through repetition and new vocabulary, you'll expand your understanding of the question, its answers, and any variations.)
In this lesson, you'll learn how to respond to the common question “Where are you from?” In Czech this is
Martin: Odkud jsi?
The first word in the question is
Martin: odkud
Kellie: meaning “from where” in English.
Martin: (Slow, by syllable) odkud
Kellie: Listen again and repeat.
Martin: odkud
{Pause}
Kellie: This pattern of first introducing a word at natural speed, providing the translation, breaking it down, and then giving it again at natural speed will be repeated throughout the series. Try to speak aloud as often as possible. The next word in the question is
Martin: jsi
Kellie: meaning “you are.”
Martin: (Slow, by syllable) jsi
Kellie: Now repeat.
Martin: jsi
{Pause}
Listen to the entire question and repeat.
Martin: odkud jsi
{pause}
Kellie: (You will hear this common question again and again throughout your studies.) Master the following pattern and responses to the question Where are you from?
Martin: Ze Spojených států.
Kellie: "I'm from the U.S.” Again, slowly. Repeat the phrase.
Martin: (Slow) Ze Spojených států.
{pause}
Kellie: Let's break it down from the beginning. The first word:
Martin: ze
Kellie: means “from.”
Martin: (Slow, by syllable) ze
Kellie: Now repeat
Martin: ze
{Pause}
Kellie: And next
Martin: Spojených států
Kellie:which is “United States.”
Martin: (Slow, by syllable) Spojených států
Kellie:Now repeat.
Martin: Spojených států
{Pause}
Kellie: Listen to the speaker say, I'm from the U.S., and then repeat.
Martin: ze Spojených států.
{pause}
Kellie: To expand on the pattern, replace the U.S. with Czech Republic.
Martin: České republiky
Kellie: Czech republic
Martin: (slow) České republiky (regular) České republiky
Kellie: Listen to the phrase again, this time with Czech Republic
Martin: z České republiky.
Kellie: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace the U.S.. Say “I'm from the Czech Republic”
{pause}
Martin: z České republiky.
Kellie: To expand on the pattern, replace Czech Republic with Ireland.
Martin: Irska
Kellie: Ireland
Martin: (slow) Irska (regular) Irska
Kellie: Listen to the phrase again, this time with Ireland
Martin: z Irska.
Kellie: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace the {lang} for Czech republic. Say “I'm from Ireland”
{pause}
Martin: z Irska.
Kellie: To expand on the pattern, replace Ireland with Italy.
Martin: Itálie
Kellie: Italy
Martin: (slow) Itálie (regular) Itálie
Kellie: Listen to the phrase again, this time with Italy
Martin: z Itálie.
Kellie: It mostly stays the same. Simply replace Ireland. Say “I'm from Italy”
{pause}
Martin: z Itálie.
Now it's time for a quiz. Imagine you are visiting the Czech Republic and someone asks you where you're from. You're from the U.S. Respond to the question.
Martin: Odkud jsi? (five seconds) Ze Spojených států.
Kellie: Now, imagine you're from the Czech Republic. Respond to the question.
Martin: Odkud jsi? (five seconds) Z České republiky.
Kellie: Now, imagine you're from Ireland. Answer the speaker's question.
Martin: Odkud jsi? (five seconds) Z Irska.
Kellie: Imagine you're from Italy. Respond to the question.
Martin: Odkud jsi? (five seconds) Z Itálie.
Kellie: Now you want to ask that person where they're from. Ask the question
(5 seconds)
Martin: Odkud jsi?
Kellie: Now it's time to answer the question with actual information about yourself.
Martin: Odkud jsi?
Kellie: This is the end of Lesson 2

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Wednesday at 06:14 PM
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Ahoj Para,


great question 😅 It is usually pronounced very fast, that's why it often sounds silent 😉


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Para
Wednesday at 01:16 AM
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Ahoj!


Is the "Z" silent when saying, for example, "Z Irska" or "Z Itálie"? I am not sure if it is pronounced very fast or if it is silent 😅.


Děkuji!

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Friday at 06:19 PM
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Hi Katrina,


it is indeed more common for people to say "Jsem Američan/ka", especially in informal situations. I would use "Pocházím ze Spojených států" in a more formal setting. I would not really use "Jsem ze Spojených států" as it is technically not grammatically correct (translates to: I am from the US).


I hope this helps.

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Bára

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Katrina Dunlap
Tuesday at 05:28 PM
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Hello, I have only heard Americans say, "Jsem Američan." How common do people say "Ze Spojených států"? Thank you.

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Monday at 06:18 AM
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Hi Ann Marie,


Complementing this current lesson, please check out how to say "Canada" in Czech in our Czech Dictionary:

https://www.czechclass101.com/czech-dictionary/


Feel free to let us know if you have any questions.


@Ahmed,


Please check out our pronunciation related lessons:

Basic Czech Pronunciation

https://www.czechclass101.com/lesson/all-about-4-basic-czech-pronunciation/


Sound Like a Native: Czech Pronunciation

https://www.czechclass101.com/lesson-library/how-to-sound-like-a-native-czech-pronunciation/


And our alphabet lesson: http://www.czechclass101.com/czech-alphabet/


Hope this helps. Let us know if you have any other questions.


Sincerely,

Cristiane

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Ahmed Othman
Saturday at 10:59 PM
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Ahoj, Please I need all the Czech Alphabet with native pronunciation.

Ann Marie
Saturday at 07:03 AM
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Ahoj. How do I say, "I am from Canada." ?

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Tuesday at 05:38 PM
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Dear Luca,


it is possible that you can hear the "j" in some of the recordings here. The proper and formal way is to pronounce the "j" in "jmenuji se", on the other hand in non-formal speech we tend to leave it out, so you would more likely hear "menuju" se (without the "j").


I hope this makes sense.


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Bára

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Luca
Thursday at 10:53 PM
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Hello,


Regarding to dropping the "J" in in some words (ref. Hanka comment), it seemed to me in the previous lessons that jmenuji keeps the "j" in pronunciation. This I'm not sure because I'm a very beginner.


Thanks,


Luca

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Monday at 04:24 AM
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Dear Cassandra,


it is simply because of pronunciation. Whenever the country's name starts with an "S" > Z changes to Ze, to make the pronunciation easier.


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Barbora

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