Basic czech phrases with pronunciation for travelers

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Basic phrases in czech 

A collection of useful phrases in Czech, a Western Slavic language spoken mainly in the Czech Republic.

Basic czech phrases for travelers

  • YES = ANO (ano)
  • NO = NE (ne)
  • PLEASE = PROSÍM (proseem)
  • THANK YOU = DEvKUJI VAM (dyekooyi vam)
  • GOOD MORNING = DOBRÉ RÁNO (dobrye rano)
  • GOOD AFTERNOON = DOBRÉ ODPOLEDNE (dobrye odpoledne)
  • GOOD NIGHT = DOBROU NOC (dobroh nots)
  • HELLO = DOBRY’ DEN (dobree den)
  • GOOD-BYE = NA SHLEDANOU (nas-khledanow)
  • WHAT IS YOUR NAME? = JAK SE JMENUJETE? (yak se menooyete)
  • MY NAME IS… = JMENUJI SE… (menooyi se)
  • HOW ARE YOU? = JAK SE MÁTE? (jak se mahte )
  • FINE THANKS, AND YOU? = DEvKUJI DOBRvE, A VY? (dyekooyi dobrzhe, a vi)
  • I UNDERSTAND. = ROZUMÍM (rozoomeem)
  • I DON’T UNDERSTAND. = NEROZUMÍM. (nerozoomeem)
  • DO YOU SPEAK ENGLISH? = MLUVÍTE ANGLICKY? (mlooveete anglitskee)
  • I DON’T SPEAK CZECH. = NEMLUVÍM CvESKY. (nemlooveem chehskee)
  • NICE TO MEET YOU = Těší mě. (tyeh-sheee mnyeh)

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Basic czech phrases with pronunciation

If you learn nothing else, try these phrases:

  1. Prosím (pro-seem) = Possibly the most useful word in Czech. It means: 1) Please, 2) Here you are, 3) You’re welcome, 4) What did you say?, 5) I’ll have … and can generally be used in times of doubt.
  2. Děkuju (dyeh-kooyoo) = Thank you
  3. Ano (ah-noh) = Yes. Ano is often shortened to no, sometimes resulting in cross-language confusion.
  4. Ne (neh) = No. Fairly straightforward and direct.
  5. Dobrý den (dob-ree den) = Hello, Good afternoon.
  6. Nashledanou (nus-hle-dah-no) Good bye.
  7. Ahoj (ah-hoy) = Hi. or Bye. Much like Aloha this word can be used both when meeting and leaving. You will often hear Czechs saying hi while waving you goodbye. Čau is another informal equivalent.
  8. Kde je toaleta? (kdeh yeh toh-ah-le-ta) Where is the bathroom? Obviously useful but getting you into the realm of phrases where you need to understand the answer.
  9. Kolik to stojí? (koh-leek toh stoh-yee) How much is it? Ditto.
  10. Co je to? (tso yeh toh) What is it? This phrase is especially useful to expand your vocabulary.
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ENGLISH = CZECH (PRONUNCIATION). Basic phrases of the Czech language for tourists.

  • How do you do (exactly ‘Good day’) = Dobry den (dobree den)
  • Good morning = Dobre rano (dobreh rahno)
  • Good evening = Dobry vecer (dobree vecher)
  • Good night = Dobrou noc (dobrow nots)
  • Goodbye = Na shledanou (naskhedanow)
  • Please = Prosim (proseem)
  • Thank You = Dekuji (dyekuyi)
  • Excuse me = S dovolenim (s dovolenyeem)
  • I´m sorry = Lituji (lituyi)
  • Excuse me = Prominte (promintey)
  • Yes = Ano (ano)
  • No = Ne (neh)
  • Do you speak English? = Mluvite anglicky? (mluveete anglitsky?)
  • I don’t understand = Nerozumim (nerozumeem)
  • Please, write it down = Prosim napiste to (proseem napishte to)
  • Where is (a bank) = Kde je (kde ye) banka (banka)
  • Currency exchange = Smenarna (smnyenahrna)
  • Bathroom = Toaleta, Zachod (toaleta, zahkod)
  • Men = Muzi, Pani (muzhi, pahnyi)
  • Women = Zeny, Damy (zheny, dahmy)
  • How much does it cost? = Kolik to stoji (kolik to stoyee)
  • Waiter! = Pane vrchni! (pane vrkhnyee)
  • One beer, please = Jedno pivo prosim (yedno pivo proseem)
  • Waitress! = Slecno! (slechno)
  • The check, please! = Platit, prosim (platyit proseem.)

Auniversal Czech word: prosim

The Czech word prosim can be used in many situations. Note:

  1. The most common use: Dékuju/Dékyji. – Prosim. Thank you. – You’re welcome.
  2. In a restaurant: Prosim, pivo. Beer, please.
  3. Your telephone rings. You pick up the receiver and say: Prosim? Yes?
  4. You are addressed by a shop assistant: Prosim? Can | help you?
  5. You misunderstand your partner. You ask him or her: Prosim? Pardon?
  6. You meet someone by a door and want to let him or her pass first: Prosim. Please.

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