CZ -> EN: ach jo

Discussion in 'Vocabulary & Translation Help' started by whois_dm, Jun 11, 2007.

  1. whois_dm

    whois_dm Member


    What's "ach jo..." ?

    Thanks :)
  2. eso

    eso Well-Known Member

    "Ach jo" is phrase, which means discomforting sigh, like:

    Ach jo, to je zase den :(
    (sight) What horrible day :(
  3. eso

    eso Well-Known Member

    I found, that "Gah" is maybe according equivalent in Eglish, but I'm not sure about it.
  4. Alexx

    Alexx Well-Known Member

    I think in some situations it can be translated as "Oh my..."
  5. whois_dm

    whois_dm Member

    could it be in any situation a form of: "i'm sorry" ?
  6. Ceit

    Ceit Well-Known Member

    I always think of "gah" being used for an expression of surprise, usually unpleasant: (You're working on a project and your computer suddenly freezes, shuts itself down, or explodes.) "GAH!"

    For the horrible day situation "ugh", "hmph", "ick", "grr", "ohhh" or just a sigh would be possible. I'm sure there are many more verbal and non-verbal possibilities, though. :lol:
  7. dzurisova

    dzurisova Well-Known Member

    Ceit, I think your version of GAH is the actual prounciation of this word, where someone says it out loud. But perhaps eso's version of it is more of a breath, it's sort of a sigh with a g at the beginning.

    In reading this, I noticed that I use eso's verson when I'm upset (sad & angry/disgusted with the situation) and a usual sigh when I'm just sad.
  8. Sova

    Sova Well-Known Member

    I would translate "Ach yo" as "Oh well," speaking in a resigned tone of voice.
  9. doman

    doman Well-Known Member

    I thought "Ach jo !" like a sigh when you completed listening a not happy or not perfect-ending story...Thus !

    "Vlk zmrzl, zhltl čtvrthrst zrn."
    Doman je doma !
  10. Kanadanka

    Kanadanka Well-Known Member

    oh boy, or
    oh jeez
    man oh man

    those are used in Canada in response to similar situations as "ach jo" in Czech
  11. whois_dm

    whois_dm Member

    but do the words ach and jo mean something or they just form an interjection?
  12. Kanadanka

    Kanadanka Well-Known Member

    ach - it's a sound made by a sigh (like uuuuuuh in English)
    jo - slang for 'yes"

    so, it's "uuuuuh, yeah"
  13. eso

    eso Well-Known Member

    How Kanadanka indicated, interesting is that pronunciation of "Ach jo" in some way similar to real sigh.
  14. GlennInFlorida

    GlennInFlorida Well-Known Member

    maybe like the "Yiddish" oy vey (oh pain, oh woe)?
  15. eso

    eso Well-Known Member

    Czech version of this is probably "Ouvej!"
  16. doman

    doman Well-Known Member

    Guys ! What do you think about word "Heigh-ho" for "Ach jo" ? 8)
  17. Kanadanka

    Kanadanka Well-Known Member

    sounds like the 7 dwarfs from Snowhite, going off to work

    "hey ho, hey ho, so off to work we go...."
    (or something like that)

    Sounds too cheerful for a dejected sigh....
  18. doman

    doman Well-Known Member

    :D :lol: :D :lol: :D

    Oh Kanadanko !
    You made me droped from chair down to the floor by laughing !
  19. Kanadanka

    Kanadanka Well-Known Member

    If laughter is the best medicine, just imagine how healthy I have just made you :roll:

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