looking for Czechs and Czech Americans

Discussion in 'Make a Connection' started by Karol, Jan 2, 2007.

  1. Karol

    Karol New Member

    Hey everyone,
    my name is Karol and I am from Czech Republic. I would love to find anybody who lives in The United States and understands a little Czech at least. You can ask me why I want it... 8)
  2. dzurisova

    dzurisova Well-Known Member

    Karol, proč Cheš? :wink:
  3. Karol

    Karol New Member

    Ahoj, za prvé bych si chtěl zdokonalit svojí americkou angličtinu. Za druhé bych chtěl vědět jaké to je být Čechem a žít přítom v Americe a za třetí budu muset jet do USA abyh prošel určitým kurzem a uznej, že je lepší vědět do čeho jdu, viď? :lol:
  4. The Animal

    The Animal Well-Known Member

    Dang! I can't wait till I will be able to read česky! It would take me forever to translate to anglický. Some of it, I could pickout and understand. Did you understand all of it dzurisovak? 8) 8)
  5. dzurisova

    dzurisova Well-Known Member

    Acutally, my "proč Cheš" was just a silly way of asking because he first said:

    I was simply trying to say I could understand a little. I guess I suck at getting that point across. :lol:

    I know he gave 3 points. The first involved American English, the second, he would like to know how something is like in America with Czechs (I think) and third, he is coming to America for some reason (to teach something I think).

    This one really throws me off. My feable attempt is "that it is better to know ?? who I go" I know that is completely wrong. :oops: :lol:

    Anyway, that's all I got out of it.
  6. Sova

    Sova Well-Known Member

    Close, dzurisovak. He wants 1) to perfect his American English, 2) to find out what it's like to be a Czech and live in America, and 3) he's coming to America to take some specific (albeit unspecified :wink: ) course, since it's better to know what he's getting himself into beforehand.
  7. dzurisova

    dzurisova Well-Known Member

    Thank you Sova, co je "vid"?
  8. Sova

    Sova Well-Known Member

    viď is a common colloquiallism to use this word at the end of a sentence, to mean approximately, "you know what I mean?"
  9. dzurisova

    dzurisova Well-Known Member

    Thanks, at first glance, I thought that's what it meant. But then I figured that would be "viš?" as in "ya know?"
  10. Sova

    Sova Well-Known Member

    Yes, you can also use "(to) víš" or "(to) víte."
  11. Tad Rihacek

    Tad Rihacek Member

    To Karol:

    I am of Czech heritage but speak limited Czech. However, my brother speaks Czech fluently, and has given medical lectures in Praha. We both live in Central New Jersey within close proximity to New York City.

    My brother Greg learned Czech in UCLA, go figure! There are a fair number of Czech emigres in this area mostly from 1968 and up. Most of us before 1968 have grandparents who were Czechs that emigrated from then Bohemia and Moravia in the 1870's and forward. Since Czech immigration was never as numerous as the Slovaks most of us are confused as Poles or Slovaks. In the past, at least up to 1960 total Czech immigration to US was probably under 300,000 people while Slovak numbers were about 2 Million. You should note that Czech Protestants emigrated to New Amsterdam (now NYC) in the late 1600's-so the Czech connection to American has been long if not sporadic.

    If you are in the NYC area give me a call.

    Tad Rihacek

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