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Language: Czech

  • Mar 26, 2012
  • 08:08 PM

Does This Language Make Me Look Fat?

Daisy Sindelar / RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty
One of the first things Regiina Nohova had to learn when she moved to the Czech Republic was how to open her mouth wider when she spoke. As a native-born Estonian, she simply wasn't in the habit. "In Estonia, we speak slowly," she said. "We almost don't open our mouths when we speak. We don't have to articulate the words. It's our nature. It's colder there, and people spend more time inside, and that's why we're like this.
  • Jan 11, 2012
  • 05:25 PM

Džíny, hamburgry and komputry: is Czech under threat from English? (audio)

Rosie Johnston / Radio Praha
‘English is attacking Czech from all sides’ one newspaper columnist recently despaired, while others talk of Czech’s ‘battle for survival’ in a world in which ever more English is spoken. From terms like ‘setobox’, ‘vygooglovat’ and ‘mobil’ on the one hand to words like ‘sorry’, ‘byzy’ and ‘lůzr’ on the other, English does seem to be making an impact on today’s Czech.
  • Nov 17, 2011
  • 05:38 PM

HN: Linguists work on online encyclopedia of Czech language

Prague Daily Monitor
The encyclopedia is to include all the language's grammatical phenomena as well as sound and visual recordings of dialects and gestures. Philologist Petr Karlik said Czech dialects are dying out and they might otherwise disappear without being recorded.
  • Aug 06, 2011
  • 02:58 AM

Official Czech language raters face new words surge

Czech Position
One of the top guardians of correct written Czech says the language is evolving now at an astonishing rate compared with previous decades, but not at an unprecedented rate historically.