Discussion in 'Grammar & Pronunciation' started by padraig, May 15, 2009.

  1. padraig

    padraig Active Member

    What is the difference between máj -kviten ?
  2. bibax

    bibax Well-Known Member

    Only in usage. Both words have the same meaning: the 5th months of the year.

    Máj (from Latin MAIVS) is used in poetry, there is also a tight connection with May Day and the liberation in 1945.

    květen (from květ = flower) is used the same way like leden, duben, etc.
  3. padraig

    padraig Active Member

    Thanks for that,bibax. Yes, I came across Maj when I was trying to read a Czech poem.
  4. Alexx

    Alexx Well-Known Member

    Apart poetry, the word "Máj" is only used when referring 1st May (První máj). As well "Apríl" is only used in czech in connotation with 1st April.

  5. Sova

    Sova Well-Known Member

    "Kviten" (as opposed to "květen") sound Ukrainian to me. Perhaps it may also be used in the Slovak-Ukrainian border regions (kde sa hutoria), but someone more knowledgeable than me would have to verify this.
  6. Ctyri koruny

    Ctyri koruny Well-Known Member

    This was an interesting thread because I didn't know the word Máj existed in Czech!
    I'm just wondering if you didn't see it written on a calendar, in which case it might simply have been Slovak?
  7. Karel_lerak

    Karel_lerak Well-Known Member

    Also in proverbs or sayings:
    "Máj, půjdeme v háj"
    Studený Máj, v stodole ráj.

    or in folk(?) songs
    "To bylo v háji, v měsíci máji,
    to bylo v háji zeleném.
    To bylo v háji, v měsíci máji,
    kdy láska hoří plamenem."

    Let us both consider poetry 8)
    It is quite common to print calendars in both Czech and Slovak.
    Czech Květen = Slovak Máj.
  8. Ctyri koruny

    Ctyri koruny Well-Known Member

    Aye I know I have two, one at home with kittens and one in the office with Mucha lithographs. :) lovely

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