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I have what it takes – do you?

12-07-2014 02:01 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: Prokop Havel Welcome to a fresh edition of SoundCzech Radio Prague’s Czech language course in which you can lean new phrases with the help of song lyrics. Today’s song is by the rock group Natural and is called Já na to mám.  More

To have something up your sleeve

21-06-2014 02:01 | Iva Vokurková

Photo: archive of Radio Prague Hello and welcome to another edition of Sound Czech, a programme in which you can learn new Czech idioms with the help of song lyrics. Today’s song is a duet by the Czech evergreens Karel Gott and Lucie Bílá from their 1997 hit album Duets. The phrase to listen out for is “co za lubem máš”.  More

It is a Spanish village to me

14-06-2014 02:01 | Iva Vokurková

Madrid, photo: archive of Radio Prague Hello and welcome to another edition of SoundCzech, Radio Prague’s Czech language course in which you can learn new phrases through song lyrics. Today we´ll be listening to the Prague band Tata Bojs, who are well known for their playful songs full of puns and little jokes. Today´s song "Informační", or Informative, is swarming with Czech idioms.  More

Living life to the full

31-05-2014 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: Barbora Kmentová Hello and welcome to another edition of SoundCzech, Radio Prague’s Czech language course in which you can learn new phrases with the help of song lyrics. Today’s song is by Dalibor Janda and it is called Žít jako kaskadér - Living like a stuntman.  More

To have butter on your head and a dumpling in your throat

03-05-2014 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: Štěpánka Budková Hello and welcome to another edition of SoundCzech, Radio Prague’s Czech language course in which you can learn new phrases with the help of song lyrics. Today’s song is by a singer going by the name of Xindl X and it’s called Poslední večeře - The Last Supper.  More

I am full of steam and going strong

19-04-2014 02:01 | Daniela Lazarová

Photo: archive of Radio Prague 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’s song by Michal Tučný and is called Mam Páru – and that is the phrase to listen out for.  More

The world is rubbing salt in our wounds

05-04-2014 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

I don’t have a clue

08-03-2014 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

Of dogs and wolves

08-02-2014 02:01 | Pavla Horáková

Bernard Landgraf, CC BY-SA 3.0 Welcome to another edition of SoundCzech – Radio Prague's Czech language series in which we explore idioms through song lyrics. Today, we'll be listening to a song called "Nikdy nic nikdo nemá" (or “Noone should ever”) by the pre-World War II comic duo, Jan Werich and Jiří Voskovec. The phrase to listen out for is "život je pes".  More

Yay, work!

28-12-2013 02:01 | Jan Velinger

Welcome to a new edition of SoundCzech, our long-running series looking at sayings and expressions through song lyrics. Today’s expressions all have to do with the Czech word for work – práce – at a time when people either don’t have enough or have too much, trying to clear their desk ahead of the holidays. Featured is a song by 1990s punk band E!E called Práce. In the tune, the group sings “práce, jé práce, práce, je práce”, which translates as work, yay work, work there’s work. The accent on the “e” in the first jé makes all the difference.  More

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