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Czech phrases

Learn basic Czech words and phrases with our mini-HVPT course.

Even though English is spoken at all the hotels, shops and restaurants in Prague, we include a few basic Czech words and sentences that can be useful during your stay in Prague. In what may be seen as a mini-HVPT (high-variability phonetic training), you can listen to the words recorded under different conditions by eight of the organizers :-)

Word Translation Transcription S1 S2 S3 S4 S5 S6 S7 S8
Hello Ahoj [ aˈhoj ] *
Good day Dobrý den [ ˈdobriː ˈdɛn ]
Good evening Dobrý večer [ ˈdobriː ˈvɛt͡ʃɛr ]
Good night Dobrou noc [ ˈdobro͡u ˈnot͡s ]
How are you? Jak se máte? [ ˈjak sɛ ˈmaːtɛ ]
I'm fine! Mám se dobře. [ ˈmaːm sɛ ˈdobr̝ɛ ] **
Thank you Děkuji [ ˈɟɛkujɪ ] ***
How much does it cost? Kolik to stojí? [ ˈkolɪk to ˈstojiː ]
Beer Pivo [ ˈpɪvo ]
Don't you wanna go for a beer? Nechceš jít na pivo? [ ˈnɛxt͡sɛʃ jiːt ˈna pɪvo ]
One Jeden [ ˈjɛdɛn ]
Two Dva [ ˈdva ]
Three Tři [ ˈtr̝̊ɪ ] ****
Ten Deset [ ˈdɛsɛt ]

* This is probably the only word in standard Czech which is not stressed on the first syllable.
** Notice the famous Czech fricative trill ř. It used to have its own IPA symbol before the 1989 Kiel Convention.
*** The Czech “palatal” stops are not true palatals, but rather alveo-palatals: EPG evidence shows that it is the coronal contact which is primary.
**** The ř sound undergoes progressive voicing assimilation here; otherwise, Czech relies mostly on regressive voicing assimilation.

If you want to learn more about the sound patterns of Czech, click here.

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