Ahoj! Hello guys, a recent survey has shown that 8% of Czechs already invested into a cryptocurrency (mostly Bitcoin). Also the Forbes magazine wrote an article in 2018 where Pragues was selected as a top Bitcoin city. So let’s take a look into the world of cryptocurrencies in the Czech Republic. Where is Bitcoin accepted? Which Czech companies are significant in this new world? And what are the cultural/historical reasons behind this phenomenon?
Historical background of Czech video game Kingdom Come Deliverance
The beginning of the 15th century was quite a turbulent time in the land of the Bohemian Kingdom. It was chosen as a time period for one of the most successful Czech video games Kingdom Come Deliverance. So I will tell you more about this part of Czech history – about the situation in the Bohemian Kingdom and also about the important events that were ahead and that might be a substance for Kingdom Come Deliverance Part 2. I will be also talking a bit about the background of the game itself and I hope that you will also enjoy this RPG game from the land of Bohemia.
German loanwords in Czech language – Podcast with Angelika who moved to Bohemia from Germany in 2020
Angelique „Angelika“ Scharmach moved to Jablonec nad Nisou (Northern Bohemia) in September 2020. As she is brand new in the Czech Republic, we played a small game where we are talking about German loanwords (Germanisms) in Czech language. As the land of today’s Czechia was ruled for nearly 4 centuries by Austrian kings and emperors, there are still some words from German which we have adapted into the Czech language. But as Czechoslovakia was established in 1918, many of these words sound archaic to the current generation of Germans. So let’s see how it goes.
Mentioned words: flaška, flek, deka, rentgen, raubíř, hochštapler, fajnšmekr, ruksak, taška,…
Then we also spoke with Angelika about her story – why did she and her husband move to Czechia and how they are doing so far in very unusual times of corona restrictions.
Angelika has her YT channel Creative in Czech: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKMZN3-kehhoBdDIy9lN0PA where she is sharing experience from her new home – focusing on nature and crafts, so don’t forget to check it out!
A brief history of Czech Beer – Pilsner Urquell, Budweiser, Břevnov
Ahoj! Hey guys, beer is a significant part of Czech culture, after-all Czechs are the ones who drink the most beer per capita per year. Yep, Germans and Austrians drink less beer than we do. So let’s take a look into the first known brewery in Bohemia and also let’s talk about the most famous Czech beer brands – Pilsner Urquell and Budweiser.
Notes – words in Czech:
pivo = beer
Pivo, prosím. = Beer, please.
Plzeň = Pilsen
České Budějovice = Budweis
Břevnovský klášter = Břevnov monastery
Starobrno (beer from Moravia)
Working in the Czech Republic – my favorite Czech employee benefits
In 2010 5% of all the employees in the Czech Republic were foreigners. In the end of 2019 the percentage was close to 15% – so the amount has almost tripled within 10 years. What are the Czech employee benefits that are attracting more and more foreigners? The answer will be different for everyone based on personal experience and the country of origin. So let me tell you my personal 5 Czech employee benefits.
2. Parental Leave
3. Religion & Employment
4. Taxes & Health Insurance
5. Unemployment Rate
What are your personal favourites?
The legendary birth of Czech nation – the story of „praotec Čech“
Ahoj! Hello guys, today I will tell you one of the versions of the story that all Czechs know – the story of „praotec Čech“ – a story of a person who is supposed to be a legendary founding father of Czech nation. And maybe he also has something to do with the birth of Polish nation… Make a cup of tea and enjoy one of our stories from mythical pagan times when forests were full of strange creatures such as polednice or bludičky! 🙂
And you can also plan your trip to the mountain Říp and see for yourself the Czech nature and its promising lands full of honey. 🙂
Super fast Czech alphabet in 6 seconds & slow spelling version (Czech podcast in English)
Ahoj! Hello guys! Today it’s all about the Czech alphabet. Don’t get scared by the super fast alphabet in the beginning. It’s pretty much just for the entertainment purpose 😀 I will later tell you the Czech spelling alphabet and bits about its history and I will also help you to distinguish Czech text thanks to the knowledge of „háčky, čárky & kroužky“. The Czech spelling alphabet: A Adam B Božena C Cyril Č Čeněk D David Ď Ďáblice E Emil F František G Gustav H Helena CH Chrudim I Ivan J Josef K Karel L Ludvík M Marie N Norbert Ň Nina O Oto P Petr Q Quido R Rudolf Ř Řehoř S Svatopluk Š Šimon T Tomáš Ť Těšnov U Urban V Václav W Dvojité V X Xaver Y Ypsilon Z Zuzana Ž Žofie
I wasn’t ready for the inappropriate Czech humour, says Dr. Adnan Mazari, Pakistani lecturer at TUL
Ing. Adnan Mazari, PhD., originally from Pakistan, came to the Czech Republic in the year of 2008 to study a Master’s Degree in Liberec. As he was an excellent student, he continued in pursuing an academic career and currently works as a lecturer in the Department of Clothing, Faculty of Textile Engineering, Technical University of Liberec.
Why did he choose the Czech Republic? What were the initial cultural shocks? What does he think about the Czech black humour? What does he like and dislike about life in Czechia? This and more questions Dr. Mazari kindly answered and you can look forward to this talk about the experience of a foreigner living in the Czech Republic.
P. S. Here is a link to Adnan’s YT channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC268J5djYB5QI9BqBdp-fBA
Czech Advent and other pre-Christmas traditions in Czechia (Podcast about Czech culture)
Ahoj! Hello! Today it will be slightly different episode – the advent season is here and if you are living in the Czech Republic or if you are interested in Czech culture, you should know about the traditions that are usually taking place in the time of 4 weeks (Sundays) before Christmas.
In todays episode I’ll be talking about the Christmas Wrath, St. Nicholas, Christmas markets, Czech Christmas cookies, Peace Light of Bethlehem and other tiny peaces of Czech culture that are related to the pre-Christmas time.
It was obviously not that easy to get the illustration pictures for these in the current situation but thanks to the help of my friends (special thanks goes to Lucka, Hanka and Jirka :-)), I was able to get together photos from Czechia, Germany and Austria.
I hope that you will enjoy the podcast!
The Czech Start-up scene is currently growing, says Isabell Mayrhofer, an Austrian living in Prague
Isabell Mayrhofer decided early on that she would like to see the world. So far she has lived abroad for nearly 15 years now (USA, Germany, United Kingdom, Singapore, France). She is currently living in Prague and working for a Start-up Live Penalty which focuses on the development of a mobile game combining the real and the virtual world of football.
Previously she has been working for another Czech Start-up (Automobilist), so you can take a peek inside this booming Prague scene.
Before her Czech Start-up career, she has been working in the film industry in Hollywood, so you can look forward to stories from this part of the world. And of course, we talked also about the similarities between the Czech and the Austrian culture (especially when it comes to food :-)).
P. S. You can check more about the mentioned Start-ups here: https://www.livepenalty.com/