If you’re thinking about learning a language it’s always good to know a little about the origins and history of the language you are learning. Here, Cactus Language offers up our most interesting Czech language facts:
Czech is one of the West Slavic languages. Not only does it share similarities with other Slavic languages such as Polish and Russian, but it was also influenced by Latin and German.
There are around 10 million Czech speakers in the world, primarily in Czech Republic where it is an official language. A benefit of learning Czech is that it is also mutually intelligible with the Slovak language.
Czech used to be known as Bohemian, the language of Bohemia, a region of today’s Czech Republic.
Several Czech words have made it into English, including dollar, pistol, polka and robot.
One unusal fact about the Czech language is that some Czech words don’t have any vowels. This is because in Czech consonants can act as vowels. For example, the tongue twister “Strč prst skrz krk“, meaning “put your finger through your throat”, is made only of consonants.
Cactus offers Czech Group Evening Language Courses in London, and private and corporate Czech language tuition throughout the world. For information on our courses check our Language Course Questions page, call us on 01273 830 960 or email us. Our multilingual team will be happy to answer any question you may have.