Phrase Question

Discussion in 'General Language' started by Beretta03, Nov 7, 2005.

  1. Beretta03

    Beretta03 Active Member

    I was on a website and found the phrase "jsem z toho jelen". But when they pronounced the phrase it was somthing like toy sem sta-hoy-yelen.
    Is this talking about the same phrase because is sounds completely different than it is written.

    It supposed to be "like a deer in the headlights", or I am like a deer.

    Any insight? :?
  2. Jirka

    Jirka Well-Known Member

    Hi Bradley,

    The phonetic transcription of the phrase as you put it is about right. It's just that the syllables are broken differently (not a big deal) and the third vowel is actually to be 'o', not 'a'. Czech spelling is supposed to be pretty much phonetic, but 'j' in Czech corresponds to /y/ in English and spelled isolated, 'z' (preposition) does really sound more like /s/.

    In Josef Fronek's Czech English dictionary, edited in Britain, this phrase is translated as 'I am completely (OR totally) at sixes and sevens over this'...

  3. Ladis

    Ladis Well-Known Member

    "jsem z toho jelen" looks different from "sem sto-hoy-yelen" because Czech has another pronunciation of letters than English ;)
  4. Jana

    Jana Well-Known Member

    = to jsem z toho jelen, i.e. I am confused (literally, it makes a deer out of me, it turns me to a deer)
  5. Beretta03

    Beretta03 Active Member

    Thanks to all for your help. I will use it frequently in my Czech lesson I am having tonight.

    Pozdrov Pan Buh
  6. Ladis

    Ladis Well-Known Member

    We don't use this phrase (only very old people believing in god use it).
  7. Beretta03

    Beretta03 Active Member

    I am an old person who believes in God.
  8. Ladis

    Ladis Well-Known Member

    Aha, so that's ok :) (I'm 23 and don't beleive in god like about 60 % people in the Czech Republic).

    EDIT: Please add in your Profile / Location the country name since I had to google to find out "Racine, Wi" is "The City of Racine - Wisconsin - USA" ;)

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