Do I Need Czech Lessons?

It did not take me too long to get the list of the ingredients I need to bake the rich fruit cake. I thought I’d just go to Marks & Spencer to get the spices but they don’t have any grounded nutmeg, allspice, etc. The 2 new words I’ve learnt today include:

1. Nové koření – Allspice or Newspice
2. Muškátový oříšek – Nutmeg

When I first started working in the company, my then boss (he’s a British) suggested I should take the Czech lessons. The lessons were paid by the company and we had teacher from the language school to teach us after the office hour. I managed to go for a few lessons and stopped going because I didn’t like the teaching style. I have spent 18 months stay in Finland and my Finnish is still better than my Czech after living here for 2 1/2 years now.

I found Finnish easier than Czech, especially the pronounciation. I remember I couldn’t even say hyvää yötä (good night in Finnish) without V laughing at me in the beginning. Zmrzlina (ice-cream) was just one of the ‘crazy’ words I found in my Czech language text book… and ř. If you can roll the ‘r’, it’s pretty easy to pronounce ‘ř’, just have to practise a bit with the tongue. I was really excited when I could finally pronounced it right. In Finnish, it’s easier, jäätelö.

I’ve been using a lot of Czech/Slovak words in my sentences ever since I started dating M. When I’m in the restaurants, I don’t even know if I’m ordering in Czech or Slovak. Anyway, the Czechs and Slovaks understand each other. Sometimes I still couldn’t tell if someoe is speaking Czech or Slovak, unless they’re saying numbers, or nie (in Slovak), ne (in Czech). However, I’m pretty good in saying all the rude words and I was told my pronounciation is perfect which I’m not really proud of.

M’s parents don’t really speak English. The only two foreign languages his mother can speak are Russian and German. She always likes talking to me, throwing in some English, German and Slovak into the sentences.  I can slowly understand what people are talking about but I can’t join the conversation because I can’t speak either Czech or Slovak. A nana was asking for the direction to the hospital the other day and she asked if she should go straight. I understood her but all I could say was jo (yes). When she said děkuju (thank you), I didn’t even know how to reply ‘you’re welcome’ in Czech. *sighs*

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~ by A on December 15, 2008.

One Response to “Do I Need Czech Lessons?”

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    haha….I like to Being A Girl , we alway can play all the color around on our face, that is guy can’t do it.
    see how cute and how pretty all the colors!

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