Discussion in 'Vocabulary & Translation Help' started by whois_dm, Jun 11, 2007.
What's "ach jo..." ?
"Ach jo" is phrase, which means discomforting sigh, like:
Ach jo, to je zase den
(sight) What horrible day
I found, that "Gah" is maybe according equivalent in Eglish, but I'm not sure about it.
I think in some situations it can be translated as "Oh my..."
could it be in any situation a form of: "i'm sorry" ?
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:
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.
I would translate "Ach yo" as "Oh well," speaking in a resigned tone of voice.
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 !
oh boy, or
man oh man
those are used in Canada in response to similar situations as "ach jo" in Czech
but do the words ach and jo mean something or they just form an interjection?
ach - it's a sound made by a sigh (like uuuuuuh in English)
jo - slang for 'yes"
so, it's "uuuuuh, yeah"
How Kanadanka indicated, interesting is that pronunciation of "Ach jo" in some way similar to real sigh.
maybe like the "Yiddish" oy vey (oh pain, oh woe)?
Czech version of this is probably "Ouvej!"
Guys ! What do you think about word "Heigh-ho" for "Ach jo" ? 8)
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....
Oh Kanadanko !
You made me droped from chair down to the floor by laughing !
If laughter is the best medicine, just imagine how healthy I have just made you :roll:
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