Proper way to address a person on a business letter

Discussion in 'General Language' started by michal7, Sep 12, 2006.

  1. michal7

    michal7 Active Member

    When I send a business letter to a company in the Czech Republic in Czech, what would be the appropriate way in Czech to address a person without having a definite contact name?

    For example:
    To whom it may concern
    Dear Sir,
    Dear Director,
    Dear Sirs,
    Dear Madame/Sirs,

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  2. mbm

    mbm Well-Known Member

    This is what I think are the most conventional renditions in Czech:

    Dear Sir = vážený pane

    Dear Director = vážený pane řediteli (male), vážená paní ředitelko (female)

    Dear Sirs = vážení pánové

    Dear Madame/Sirs = vážení (Leave it at that. Vážení pánové a dámy would sound over-formal.)

    To whom it may concern: I'm at a loss with this one. The literal translation would be všem, kterých se to týká, but I don't think I've ever heard or seen this in Czech. Other suggestions, anyone?
  3. wer

    wer Well-Known Member

    I've seen it before but I agree it's odd. Another odd but more used phrase is "všem zainteresovaným". Maybe "všem zájemcům" is the right choise.

    A similar phrase used mostly in state administrative is "všem příslušným (orgánům, pracovníkům, osobám...)" (~ to all relevant ...).
  4. mbm

    mbm Well-Known Member

    I think we can safely say that letters addressed "to whom it may concern" are uncommon in Czech business practice. That's why there isn't an established wording for it.

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