Zdraví v novém roku
Zdraví v novém roku

Zdraví v novém roku


Today’s teacher: Eliška


Eliška is a Czech teacher based in Prague. She is the creator of the courses “Study Like a Pro” and “Czech Pronunciation”. She’s been my teacher for years and her speciality is pronunciation, which is SUPER important when speaking Czech.

Find Eliška at her website: becauseczechiscool.com

🎯 Lesson Goals

When I meet with Eliška, my main goal is to able to express myself clearly. Because we’re friends, I want to share with her all the recent goings on in my life, and hear about hers! She’s great at letting me correct my own mistakes and then taking time at the end of the lesson to error correct. That way, I don’t get too frustrated about getting cut off too frequently and I can focus specifically on what she’s trying to correct.

In today’s lesson, We talked about one of my New Years Resolutions—keeping up healthy habits.


Slovo nebo výrazAnglickýON ANKIPříklad 1
You know (+ AK)
You know (clause)
budu dál cvičit
I will keep exercising (practicing)
když budete dál cvičit, budete mít zase sílu.
to race
Pojďme závodit = let’s race



Lesson Notes

1. How to say we “know” something

znát v. vědět

I need to differentiate between znát (to know) and vědět (to know), which is always difficult for English speakers. So, according to Eliška, I can use “znáš mě” to mean “you know me” and them “víš, že…” to mean, “you know that….”

👉 Learn more about the differences in A GRAMMAR OF CZECH AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE by Karel Tahal page 59:

Let’s give it a try…

Znáš Vaclava Havla? Určitě víš, že on byl byvalý prezident Československa. = Do you know Vaclav Havel? Surely you know that he was the former president of Czechoslovakia.

Znáš moje sestru Pavlu? Víš, že se přestěhovala do Ameriky? = Do you know my sister Paula? Do you know she moved to America?

Co ještě… 🤔

2. How do we say we will continue to do something?

budu dál + inf.

I was speaking about that I will continue to do next year.. In English we would say:

“Next year I will continue to do (something)”

  • I will continue to exercise.
  • I will continue to eat healthy food

❌ But in Czech, pokračuju cvičit is not correct.

Instead they say it like this:

✅ Budu dál + infinitive

(Here “dál” means “further”, not to be confused with the past tense of dat which is dal (short a) So it means literally “I will further exercise, I will further eat healthy. Almost like “I will continue to do those actions”

  • budu dál zvedat činky = I will keep lifting weights
  • příští rok se budu dál učit česky = next year I will keep learning Czech
  • chci dál cvičit = I want to continue to exercise