Words, words, words

Hello and welcome to another edition of SoundCzech in which you can learn Czech phrases with the help of song lyrics. Today’s song is by the group Spiritual Kvintet and the phrase to listen out for is “správné slovo”.

Photo: Kristýna MakováPhoto: Kristýna Maková “Říct spravné slovo” means to say the right word, or to say the right thing at the right moment. As you will have guessed “slovo” is Czech for word and you will hear it in many different phrases. “Rozumné slovo” is very close to “spravné slovo” and means sensible opinion, a voice of reason in a dispute.

At the other end of the scale is “křivé slovo”, which means a negative word or better still negative opinion. “Nikdy mi neřekl křivé slovo” means he has never said anything bad to me. “Slovo do pranice” means a word leading up to a fight and refers to a statement that is highly provocative. “Už ani slovo” means not another word and is an expression parents often use when trying to get their children to stop arguing.

Other frequently used expressions with the word “slovo” are “hledám to spravné slovo” meaning I am searching for the right word; or “nenachazím slov” – I am speechless. “Máš slovo” or “máte slovo” is the Czech expression for the floor is yours, and finally “prazdná slova” means empty words.

Someone who is not inclined to be talkative is “skoupí na slovo” meaning they are short on words. On the other hand, “nepustil mně ke slovu” he did not let me say a word refers to overly talkative people who do let you get a word in edgeways. “Máš moje slovo” means you have my word, or you have my promise on this matter and finally “Boží slovo” is God’s word.

You have been listening to SoundCzech on Radio Prague where today’s operative word was “slovo” the Czech expression for word. This is Daniela Lazarová saying thanks for listening and good luck with your Czech vocabulary.


The episode featured today was first broadcast on March 23, 2013.

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