Czech Language

Czech Language

You will find that many people in Prague city centre speak at least a few words of English and often some German or Russian too. Almost all restaurants and pubs will have menus in Czech and English but when going on holiday to a foreign country it is always best to have a few basic words of the language, particularly for communicating with shop assistants or ordering food or drinks from kiosks.

Perhaps it is best to invest in a phrasebook or do a bit of research online before your departure. If you haven´t had a chance to do that then here are a few basics that might come in handy:

Beer - Pivo
Mineral water - mineralka
Tea - čaj (pronounced - chai...like pie)
Do you speak English? - Mluvíte Anglicky? (mloo-vee-tay angli-tskee)
Hello - informal Ahoj, Čau (pronounced -chow) formal Dobrý den
Good evening- Dobrý večer (used late evening - č = ch like in chair)
Good bye - na shledanou (pronounced something like - na skledanow)
Good night - dobrou noc (used when going to bed)
Yes - Ano/Jo (pronounced - yo) Often the A in Ano is dropped so it sounds like the English No
No - Ne
Sorry/Excuse me - Promiňte