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Of ploughed-up mice

31-01-2015 02:01 | Ruth Fraňková

Photo: 4028mdk09, CC BY 3.0 Unported Hello and welcome to a fresh edition of SoundCzech, in which you can learn Czech phrases with the help of song lyrics. Today’s song, called OK, is by the band Alkehol, and it is literally packed with interesting idioms and phrases:  More

I don’t have a clue

03-01-2015 02:01 | Pavla Horáková

Photo: Kristýna Maková Welcome to another edition of SoundCzech, where you can learn Czech words and idioms through song lyrics. The expression to listen out for today is nemá ani šajna, which is a colloquial way to say that someone doesn’t have a clue. The title of the song is “Dítě školou povinné”, or Schoolchild, and it was written by the 1960s legendary Czech duo Jiří Suchý and Jiří Šlitr.  More

Merry Christmas!

27-12-2014 02:01 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: Štěpánka Budková Hello and welcome to SoundCzech, Radio Prague’s Czech language course in which you can learn new phrases with the help of song lyrics. Today we are playing a Christmas carol called Veselé Vánoce – or Merry Christmas.  More

The world is rubbing salt in our wounds

06-12-2014 02:01 | Pavla Horáková

Photo: Štěpánka Budková Welcome to another edition of SoundCzech, Radio Prague’s programme explaining Czech vocabulary through song lyrics. Today’s song is the 1969 Czech cover of “Hey Jude” by The Beatles. It is sung by Marta Kubišová and the Czech lyrics were written by Zdeněk Rytíř. We shall concentrate on the chorus which features a number of idioms. Let’s start by listening to the whole chorus which begins by the line Svět je krásnej, svět je zlej, hej, Jude, věř v něj meaning “the world is beautiful, the world is evil, hey Jude, trust in it”.  More

To catch the nightjars

25-10-2014 02:01 | Ruth Fraňková

Nightjar, photo: Dûrzan cîrano, CC BY-SA 3.0 Hello and welcome to a fresh edition of SoundCzech, in which you can learn Czech phrases with the help of song lyrics. Today’s song is by the famous singer-songwriter Karel Plíhal. The song is called Lelek and the phrase to listen out for is chytat lelky:  More

Cross-eyed with hunger

04-10-2014 02:01 | Jan Velinger

Photo: Ewen Roberts, CC BY 2.0 Hello and welcome to another edition of SoundCzech in which you can learn Czech words and sayings through song lyrics. In today’s episode the word to look out for is šilhat, meaning to have squint-eye, slang for the medical condition known as strabismus, where one eye wanders. The word is found in the song Balada O Rozhodujícím úderu šilhavého řezníka Josky about a pig slaughter and a squint-eyed butcher Joska.  More

Black eyes

20-09-2014 02:01 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: Esra Su / freeimages Hello and welcome to this week’s edition of SoundCzech, Radio Prague’s Czech language course in which you can learn new phrases with the help of song lyrics. This week the music is from an old black and white movie starring comic Vlasta Burian who is presenting his own “Russian” version of Black Eyes –Oči černé.  More

It’s splashing on his lighthouse

06-09-2014 02:01 | Ruth Fraňková

Photo: archive of Radio Prague Hello and welcome to a fresh edition of SoundCzech, in which you can learn Czech phrases with the help of song lyrics. Today’s song is by the legendary rock group Jasná Páka and the phrase to listen out for is šplouchá mu na maják, which is repeated several times in the songs’ chorus:  More

Words, words, words

23-08-2014 02:01 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: Kristýna Maková Hello and welcome to another edition of SoundCzech in which you can learn Czech phrases with the help of song lyrics. Today’s song is by the group Spiritual Kvintet and the phrase to listen out for is “správné slovo”.  More

It's drawing to a close

09-08-2014 02:01 | Pavla Horáková

Kahan, photo: archive of Radio Prague Welcome to a new edition of SoundCzech, Radio Prague’s Czech language course in which we explain idioms and phrases with the help of song lyrics. Today’s song is called “Malovaný džbánku” and is sung by the Czech pop-music diva Helena Vondráčková.  More

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