Czech Words That Make You Sound More Fluent
Do you want to sound more natural in Czech? We might have a little shortcut for you. Using words called “interjections” can make you sound like a native speaker. These clever words are commonly used by Czechs for expressing strong feelings and sudden emotions. Common words like “ouch” or “wow” are included in almost every conversation. Unfortunately you do not find them in many textbooks. Some teachers believe that interjections are the least important part of speech. Of course, nouns, adjectives and verbs are more important than interjections, however we think that mastering interjections will help you to be more fluent.
An interjection is a word solely designed to convey emotion. It expresses meaning or feeling. If you use them in the right context, people around you will be shocked because students are usually not expected to know them. Let’s have a look at some. Try to use them when you want to express surprise, disgust, joy, excitement and enthusiasm.
Aha (aha) – an exclamation of understanding, realization, invention, or recognition
Aha. Teď už tomu rozumím.
Ach jo (oh dear) – an expression of dismay, concern, worry, disappointment or disapproval
Ach jo, dneska zase prší!
Jauvajs (auch) – an expression of pain
Jauvajs! Moje koleno. To bolí!
Au (ouch) – an expression of pain
Au, moje hlava!
Baf (boo) – it is used to scare people by surprise
Baf!!!! Ježiš, co blbneš. To jsem se lekl!
Brr (brrr) – an expression used for saying that you feel cold
Brr, to je dneska zima.
Fuj (yuck) – an expression of disgust, dislike
Fuj! To mléko je zkažené.
Hele (look) – pointing something or someone
Hele, tamhle je Pavel!
Jé (yey) – an exclamation used to express joy, excitement, cheering, congratulations, triumph etc.
Jé, to je super zpráva! Gratuluju.
Jú (wow) – used for showing that you are very surprised or impressed by something
Jú. To je krásné miminko.
Ježiši / Ježišikriste (Jesus Christ) – used for expressing surprise or anger
Ježišikriste! Co se ti stalo?
Juchú (yee-haw) – an expression of joy or excitement
Juchú. Udělala jsem tu zkoušku!
Jupí (yippee) – an expression of happiness and excitement
Jupí. Jedeme k moři!
Mňam (yummy) – used when something is
Mňam. Ten řízek je výborný!
Na (here you go) – take this; this is for you; here is the thing you asked for
Na, vezmi si ještě jeden knedlík.
Pšt (shh) – used for telling someone to stop talking or to be less noisy
Pšt. Snažím se číst.