6 Ways to Say It Better in Czech

Quick post on the way back from Zagreb!

When you start to really identify with or feel a language, you start to reevaluate your own a little bit. It’s a bit of a scary feeling for me, but also pretty cool to realize I am constantly starting to “get the hang of it.”

Here are some words that I feel fit the meaning better in Czech than English.

1. Zmrzlina (ice cream)

Besides being one of the first words I learned in Czech, it was one of the first words that I really got and could understand immediately as it was said to me. With the root “mrz” meaning “frozen,” it perfectly captures the word “ice cream”!

Fun fact: Jason Mraz has Czech ancestry and his last name means “frost.”

 

2. Domluvit (to decide/agree on, make up to do something)

I don’t know why, but this one word Czechs have for so many English word seems to fit so much better! All the English words you can translate it to have their own connotations, but domluvit is just domluvit.

3. Včely (bees)

Though we have the alliteration of “buzzy bee,” včela is such a nice an elegant way of referring to these most important of creatures! It’s even more impressive when you know that so many Czechs actually take care of them and make their own honey!

med_kvetovy_mb

4. Motýl (butterfly)

Another insect making it on the list. But I’ve gotten tired of answering why a butter flies if a fly doesn’t butter. The Czech word is much classier 🙂

motyl-emanuel-1494-mm1024x768
Characters from a Czech cartoon: Sad Butterfly Emanuel and Poppy Doll

5. Perník (gingerbread)

For whatever reason (maybe because it bears no resemblance to the thing itself), people cannot remember how to say “gingerbread.” But perník sounds so cute, and you can make it even cuter with the diminutive perníček. And Czech people are oh so good at decorating them… better than I’ll ever be 😦

pernicky_2010

6. Rozzlobený (annoyed, angry)

This word buzzes with anger. It sounds like it was made to be spit out through your teeth. “Angry” isn’t so bad with its hard ggrrrrrrrr sound. (Dwight Schrute from The Office tells us why ‘r’ is the most menacing of sounds.) But zzzz sounds like a bunch of super pissed off bees swarming to come get me…

winnie-the-pooh-balloon-bees

What are your favorite words?

Categories CzenglishTags ,

3 thoughts on “6 Ways to Say It Better in Czech

  1. just small mistake … včely<- Y 😉
    and your blog is absolutely perfect 😀

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Public Room

Mengasah Rasa dan Bahasa

GOOD BLACK NEWS

Your Source For The Good Things Black People Do, Give and Receive All Over The World

Expat Panda

A south african teacher's adventures in & out of the global classroom

An Irish Explorer

From China And Beyond: Adventure Of A TEFL Teacher

Unicorn on the road

Let's explore the world together

Sara Dorner

Rockford, Sleep Deprivation, Children and Donuts...

A Scandi Life

A lifestyle blog about all things Scandinavian

The Nordic Light

VAA ERIKSEN PHOTO

%d bloggers like this:
search previous next tag category expand menu location phone mail time cart zoom edit close