I’m super enthusiastic when it comes to learning languages and I believe it’s polite and nicer to know at least a couple of expressions of local language. As I mentioned on my earlier post, I’m not into speaking english all the time. I know that english is THE internationally used language which encourages everyone to speak out, however from time to time I get fed up with it.
Let’s be friends with the Czechs!
Always try to learn the local language! Let me bring a splendid example. Czech is freaking hard for non slavic learners. I’m not the only one being hard put to it, in addition it’s not an useful language like english or french. But if you know and use some expressions, the czechs get easily impressed and they start to like you 😉 I don’t think that happens only in Czech republic, actually everywhere else in the world. Human beings are simple. Alright, despite the difficulties of learning, I tried to learn from my dearest czech friend Daniel and memorize them. Let’s take a look a bit.
Good day – Dobrý den. (DOH-bree dehn)
Hello – Ahoj (ahoy)
My name is Felix – Jmenuji se Felix . (YMEH-noo-ee seh Felix.)
Please – Prosim (Proseem)
Thank you – Děkuji. (Dyekooyih.)
You may have noticed it, Czech is quite similar to its brother languages like polish, slovak (practically almost the same) and probably russian.
I find it a bit shameful that almost all tourists only visit Prague when they come to Czech Republic, they are probably either too busy visiting another countries in a limited schedule or not aware of other cities in Czech republic. I wasn’t so different to be honest. But I planned to go to Ostrava for sure to meet my friend Daniel. We met on Sharedtalk and got close and have been talking a lot through skype and facebook. He’s a real friendly guy who wants to challenge himself. What a great host he is! He came to Ostrava train station to pick me up. Well, here’s a funny story that I need to write. When I was on the train there was a crazy drunk young guy just in front of me, he started to speak czech and I expressed my lack of czech language, nevertheless he kept talking. At the beginning I was trying to understand him and begging another guy to translate what he says, as a consequence every effort of mine was such waste of time, because he wasn’t talking to me, actually to anybody. 😀
Dani and his mother gave me an enthusiastic welcome which I’m really thankful for. They have a very timid cat. Welp, I’m not a cat person, at least I haven’t been in my life so far, but she seems so cute hence I tried to be friends with her, but she didn’t want to 😦 She always avoided and got capricious, but still she’s a real cutie.
Dani had asked me if I wanted to smoke some sisha, oh dang of course! He knows a very nice sisha bar (it’s called a tea house, technically) and one day we went there. First we tried a japanese tea which was really gross, bad smell and horrible taste. I don’t know why they named it japanese, because japan has got better teas for sure!
It wasn’t my first time smoking sisha, but after a second I felt extremely dizzy. You know that feeling when you have a severe migraine, my face got ashen and Dani was asking me if I’m alright. I don’t know why that had happened, shit, I hate it when this happens while I smoke. But thankfully some minutes later I started to feel better and kept smoking 😉 We talked to some people sitting in front of us, they were a couple, Martin and Ilona. I don’t know why czeches are thought as cold people in general. I think they are very nice to talk to.
Czechs, czechs and czechs!
- Poker face : Not everyone is the same of course, but people don’t really smile much.
- Good to look at : In general czechs are quite looking, well of course, people have different opinions especially when it comes to beauty. I find them nice looking, both men and women.
- Decent english : in Prague, you will meet people who have a decent level of english everywhere since it’s a very tourist friendly city. Brno and Ostrava are pretty okay as well, but once you’re in a very small and conservative village or town and if you can’t see any young people, you might be in trouble with language because elderly czech people are not familiar with english as they learned either german or russian in the school.
Dani is a very tall guy, hence taking a selfie could be disastrous 😀
Traveling is way more fun when you have a friend along! Thanks Dani and your mom! 😀