Hantec, Brno’s secret language

If you’ve spent at least a short while in Brno, even if it was just a short visit, you couldn’t have missed the fact that apart from the standard Czech language we happen to use an awesome and sometimes undecipherable slang as well.

For instance I’m sure you haven’t heard a Brno-born utter the word “tramvaj” for a tram. A true Brno soul would always say “šalina“.

Win a book of fairy tales

Do you think your Czech is good? Lets have a stroll around a “Czech” market and try to correct signs. The first foreigner who sends us all the signs corrected can pick up a book of fairy tales by Lída Holá at our office.

Czech verbs in present tense

We have prepared for you a useful table with 4 conjugational types of Czech present tense. If you are a visual type, it will definitely help you to remember them.

6th Study Czech Friday – Summer on the road

www.sxc.hu Since the Summer and the time of holidays is approaching, we are going to have a look at traveling. Try buying tickets, listen to announcements at the station and imagine what can happen when a policeman stops you in the street. Czech won´t be a problem anymore and you can fully focus on deciding where to go in the Summer.

5th Study Czech Friday – Byl pozdní večer, první máj…

www.sxc.huThis Study Czech Friday focuses on weather in all its shapes and forms. Since it takes place in May, we will begin with the famous Czech romantic poet Karel Hynek Mácha and his “May” which inspired a whole new habit of kissing under a cherry tree in blossom on the first of May and thus making a bizarre counterpart to ‘Labour Day’ on the same date.

Czech Loanwords in English

Etymology, the part of linguistics that traces and describes the origins of words, is a very interesting subject to study. Every language has a series of words that are borrowed or adopted from others and sometimes it’s not even clear which was the original language. Of course there are very many words that Czech has borrowed from English, but the Czech language has contributed to English as well!