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Czechs borrow to widen vocabulary

17-01-2017 15:07 | Ruth Fraňková

How has the Czech language developed over the past four decades? What expressions do we borrow from other languages and which words have fallen into oblivion? These are just some of the question I asked Martin Prošek, the head of the Institute of the Czech language, which has just started to release a new monolingual dictionary of Czech. Its first chapter, containing words starting with the letter A, has just been published in electronic form. Více

Petr Pavlínek, photo: archive of Radio Prague

Bureaucrats holding Czechia back but name will catch on, says Professor Petr Pavlínek

22-08-2016 13:57 | Ian Willoughby

Earlier this year the Czech government made international news with its plan to promote “Czechia” as a snappy alternative to the cumbersome “the Czech Republic”. So far how has successful has this rebranding exercise actually been? I discussed that question and more with Professor Petr Pavlínek, a geographer who teaches at Charles University and at the University of Nebraska. He’s a member of the group Initiative Czechia, which began by advocating for the Czech-language name Česko before focusing on its English equivalent. I first asked Professor Pavlínek what were the key arguments in favour of using “Czechia”. Více

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Heaven and Hell

20-08-2016 02:01 | Clare Profous

Hello and welcome to a fresh edition of SoundCzech, Radio Prague’s Czech language course in which you can learn Czech idioms with the help of song lyrics. Today’s song, sung by Markéta Konvičková, is called Z ráje jsem utekla – I ran away from heaven. The words to listen out for are ráj and peklo. Více

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Until the End of Time

06-08-2016 02:01 | Clare Profous

Hello and welcome to a fresh edition of SoundCzech, Radio Prague’s Czech language course in which you can learn new phrases with the help of song lyrics. The word for today is věk – meaning a time or age. We will be listening to the song V blbým věku sung by Xindl X and Olga Königová. Více

Photo: Miloš Turek

On Our Street

16-07-2016 | Clare Profous

Hello and welcome to a new edition of SoundCzech, Radio Prague’s Czech language course in which you can learn Czech phrases with the help of song lyrics. Today we will be listening to the song V naší ulici, or in our street, sung by Voxel. The word to listen out for is ulice – meaning street. Více

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