There are no Czech courses this spring semester. The autumn schedules are ready by the 15th of May and will be uploaded to the homepage within 2-3 weeks after that. Upon any questions call 737 5358 or 737 5357, e-mail us at keeled [ät] ut.ee.
Czech is a West Slavic language and is spoken as a first language by approximately 12 million people. The Czech language is an official language in the Czech Republic, but is also spoken in Slovakia, USA, Canada, Serbia, Austria, Ukraine and in various other European countries. Since 2004, Czech is also an official language in the European Union.
The Czech language (čeština) uses the Latin alphabet, but due to its phonetic individuality, it soon became clear that Latin characters alone wouldn’t suffice. Diacritic marks were introduced into the Czech language in the 15th century. For example, the letters á, é, í, ó, ú, ů, ý mark long vowels in words such as káva (coffee), bílý (white), úspěch (success), stůl (table). Ř is a peculiar sound that is created when r and s or z are pronounced simultaneously: řeka (river), tři (three), moře (sea).
Some words or even entire phrases don’t include any vowels: vlk (wolf), skrz (through), čtvrt (quarter). Probably the most well-known Czech tongue-twister is Strč prst skrz krk, which basically means ‘stick your finger through your throat’. Word stress is fixed on the first syllable no matter how long the word itself is: náměstí (square, plaza), skloňování (declension), nejsympatičnější (the most sympathetic).
Loanwords are rarely used in the Czech language. Instead, the Czechs preferred to create new words based on Slavic roots: hospodářství = ekonomika (economics), mluvnice = gramatika (grammar), košíková = basketbal (basketball).
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