Czech Cheat Sheet - vol. 1

BASICS

Hello! Dobrý den! DOB-ree den (formal)

Goodbye! Na shledanou! NAHZH-leh-dah-nouh (formal)

Hi! Ahoj! AH-hoy (informal)

Bye! Ahoj! AH-hoy (informal)

no ne NEH

yes ano AH-no

thank you děkuji DJE-koo-yeh

please prosím PROH-seem

sorry pardón PAHR-dohn

NUMBERS

1 jedna YEHD-neh

2 dva DVAH

3 tři TRZEH

4 čtyři CHTEE-rzhee

5 pět PYET

6 šest SHEST

7 sedm SEH-duhm

8 osm AWE-suhm

9 devět DEH-vyeht

10 deset DEH-seht

11 jedenáct YEH-deh-naatst

12 dvanáct DVAH-naatst

13 třináct TRZEH-naatst

14 čtrnáct CHTR-naatst

15 patnáct PAHT-naatst

16 šestnáct SHEST-naatst

17 sedmnáct SEH-duhm-naatst

18 osmnáct AWE-suhm-naatst

19 devatenáct DEH-vah-teh-naatst

20 dvacet DVAH-tseht

30 třicet TRZEH-tseht / 40 čtyřicet CHTEE-rzhee-tseht / 50 padesát PAH-deh-saat / 60 šedesát SHE-deh-saat

70 sedmdesát SEH-duhm-deh-saat / 80 osmdesát AWE-suhm-deh-saat / 90 devadesát DEH-vah-deh-saat

100 sto STOH

PHRASES

Do you speak English? Mluvíte anglicky? MLOO-vee-teh AHN-glits-kee

I don’t understand. Nerozumím. NEH-roh-zuh-meem

How are you? Jak se máš? YAHK seh ma-teh?

Fine Dobře DOH-brzheh

Where is the bathroom? Kde je záchod? GDEH yeh ZAA-khod?

The check Zaplatím (I will pay) ZAH-plah-tjeem

Help! Pomoc! POH- mohts!

Watch out! Pozor! POH-zohr!

A FEW PARTING WORDS

- Czech always places stress on the first syllable, so it's PHO-to-grahph (fotograf), as opposed to the English pho-TOG-ra-pher

- In Czech, ALL syllables are given the same amount of time and force. They only differ in LONG and SHORT vowels: 'a' as in vana (VAH-nah) is SHORT; 'á' as in váza (VAA-zah) is LONG.

- Czech spelling is essentially phonetic, meaning once you've mastered the alphabet, you can read anything :-)

If you continued reading up until now, WELL DONE!

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