An Overview of the Czech Language
The Czech language serves as the official language of the Czech Republic. It is a West Slavic language of the Czech–Slovak group and is spoken by over 10 million people. Czech is closely related to Slovak, to the point of mutual intelligibility to a very high degree.
Czech is a member of the West Slavic sub-branch of the Slavic branch of the Indo-European language family. This branch includes Polish, Kashubian, Upper and Lower Sorbian and Slovak. Slovak is the closest language genetic neighbor of Czech, followed by Polish and Silesian.
Czech is distinguished from other West Slavic languages by a more-restricted distinction between “hard” and “soft” consonants. The West Slavic languages are spoken in Central Europe.
5 Interesting Facts about the Czech Language
- Medieval/Old Czech – The term “Old Czech” is applied to the period predating the 16th century, with the earliest records of the high medieval period also classified as “early Old Czech”, but the term “Medieval Czech” is also used.
- Early Modern Czech – The Bohemian diet tried to declare Czech to be the only official language of the kingdom in 1615.
- Modern Czech – The modern standard Czech language originates in standardization efforts of the 18th century.
- Standard Czech – The modern standard Czech language originates in standardization efforts of the 18th century. By then the language had developed a literary tradition, and since then it has changed little; journals from that period have no substantial differences from modern standard Czech.
- Grammar – Slavic grammar is fusional; its nouns, verbs, and adjectives are inflected by phonological processes to modify their meanings and grammatical functions, and the easily separable affixes characteristic of agglutinative languages are limited.
Czech is an amazing language. It is one of the languages that have so many different words to name one thing with all of them having a slightly different tinge. (Ex. “a little boy” in Czech can be chlapec, chlapeček, kluk, klučík, klučina, hoch, to name some.
Since the Czech Republic is a very interesting country with a rich culture and heritage, learning the language is a must. Not everybody in the Czech Republic speaks English and that is the truth, so asking for a glass of water in a restaurant might turn into a real adventure. But learning the language will be highly appreciated by the Czech people.
Learning Czech with Overpass
It is our pleasure to provide language learners with apps that can make learning fun and exciting, so Overpass came up with another Language learning app. The Czech Bubble Bath Game has 63 language categories ranging from “Numbers” to “Weather”. In this game, you have to pop the bubbles before they float off the screen. Each time you tap on a bubble, you hear it spoken by a native speaker and try to read the word. So you’ll increase your vocabulary as well as learn how to pronounce each Czech word. Download the app now for free and enjoy all the benefits of knowing how to speak Czech.
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