Czech: The language of tongue twisters
10 facts about the Czech language
Origin of the language
Czech originated in the city of Prague.
History of the language
Records indicate that Czech originated during the 12th century.
Learning the language
Learning Czech could require 1100 hours for an English Speaker.
Czech language for beginners
Ten basic words to start learning in Czech:
A book must be the ax for the frozen sea within us.
Author, philosopher and short story writer
To live without experiencing some shame and blushes of admiration would surely be a wretched life.
Gregor Johann Mendel
Mathematician and biologist, regarded as the Father of Genetics
One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.
Psychoanalyst, neurologist and author, known as the Founder of Psychoanalysis
Fun facts about the Czech language
Difficult tongue twisters
“A male ostrich with a female ostrich and baby ostriches went to the ostrich house” is an example of a difficult Czech tongue twister.
Not restricted to the Czech Republic
The Czech language is also spoken with fluency in Bulgaria, which creates ease in communication across borders.
Elaborate root system
The Czech language has an elaborate root system and was previously known as Bohemian by native speakers.
Standardization as a language
The Czech language was only standardized after the 15th and 16th centuries once Jan Hus had developed its unique orthography.
There are three dialects
The Czech language is primarily dominated by three dialects which are the Moravian, Bohemian and Silesian dialects.
The first Bible translation
The first Bible translated into the Czech language appeared in 1593; the first books were written in the Czech language.
Foundation for the written form of the language
The foundation for the written form of the Czech language was the dialect spoken in Prague.
The role of diminutives in forming new words
The language allows new words to be formed through diminutives.
Some expressions take a dreadful tone. For example, a common expression meaning “to put pressure on somebody” literally means “to put the knife on someone’s throat.”
Influenced by multiple languages
The Czech language has been influenced by many languages, such as German, Latin and Old Church Slavonic.