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 :-)
|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.