A clear and rich part of the Czech history, the Czech language is considered to be authentic and refreshing by the locals. And we agree with them, as the language is one of the most interesting things about the Czech Republic. Spoken by at least 10 million Czechians, the language is similar to that of Slovakia. As a matter of fact, experts say that the Czech language has Russian, Polish and Slavonic origins, hence the Slovaks understand the Czechs without much difficulty.
According to history, the Slavics came into Europe during the 6th century, whose language first emerged in the form of two Byzantine campaigners known as Methodius and Cyril. During that period, Latin was heavy on all languages, hence it became a part of the pronunciation and alphabets of the Slavic language. Somewhere during the 13th century, the Czech language evolved from the Slavic one. It spread around fast and in an effective manner, heard on the tongues of countless Europeans.
Prospering in the 14th century, the language faced a decline, probably due to the Hussite wars. The written language almost disappeared too, due to the pressure of the German language being used around quite frequently. However, finally, during the 18th century, luck turned to be in favor of the Czech language; people tried to promote it in their day-to-day lives and education system too. Unfortunately, during the World War II, the German language stood to be a hassle for the Czechs again. It seems that the influence was tough to tackle, with the money, news and signboards being German. Eventually, things turned out to be fine after the war and the Czech language was once again dominating the nation.
While this beautiful language with glottal stops is no biggie for locals, it could prove to be tough for tourists to comprehend, mimic and learn, especially in a short span of time. However, it is highly recommended that these sightseers know some common phrases to at least maintain an understanding with those locals and areas that do not speak English at all. Moreover, going back home and flaunting your newly-obtained Czech dialect could certainly be fun!
Posted on: 2015-05-02