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Czech, Cesky

Related languages Czech is a Western Slavonic language, and is related to Slovak, Polish and Sorbian.
European speakers 12,000,000 speakers
Territories Czech is the official language in the Czech Republic. Home speakers also live in Slovakia and some scattered communities can be found in Poland, Croatia, Austria and Ukraine.
Alphabet Latin, with the addition of 3 diacritics (the accents and squiggles that get added on to certain letters): , the stroke: ´, and the circle: º.
First examples Czech words and names appear in Latin manuscripts from the 10th century, but the first full piece of Czech is a 13th century 4-verse hymn:
Zlouo do zveta ztworene
Before the creation of the world, the Word
V botui zhowano
Was concealed in the divinity
Ie pro Euino zreenie
And because of Eve's sinning
Na zuet pozlano
It was sent down into the world.
Other facts In medieval times, Czech was one of the most important international languages, in the way that English is today.
News in Czech BBC World Service in Czech.

Key Phrases
Ano.
Yes.
Ne.
No.
Vítáme vás!
Welcome!

Pleased to meet you.
Ahoj!
Hello.
Nashledanou.
Goodbye.

Thank you.
Jmenuji se ...
My name is ...
Mluvíte anglicky?
Do you speak English?

I'm sorry, I don't speak Czech.

I need help.
Kde je záchod, prosím?
Where is the toilet, please?

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