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čech it out......

so, i have my čech final exam tomorrow. as i take a dinner break, i am drowning in case and conjugation.
did you know čechs have different verbs for "to go" depending upon whether you choose to go by foot, bicycle, pogo stick, or airplane? i bet you didn't, but it is true. i jdu with my feet and jedu with wheels. if i did it yesterday, i šel or jel. i won't even share future tense....it is a nightmare, i tell you.
as if that isn't enough, the verb also depends on whether i am determined or undetermined (yeah, we know the general answer to that). so, to demonstrate the crankiness of these verbs, if my movement is undetermined - as it usually is - i then chodit or jezdit. fun stuff, eh? these verbs of motion also apply to things like carrying.... so i have to use different words if i am carrying my lunch as i go by foot, or if i am carrying my lunch as i go by tram or bus....or, if exhausted from verbal gymnastics, i crawl with the lunch bag in my teeth. now, add to that the matter of whether i am coming or going, running or flying, leading or following, then coming or going away or from or out of a place.... then the verb changes once again. you end up with about 12 different words for the same verb and way more information about how i arrive than really needs to be known. ;) the verbs often get so twisted that you really have to just memorize them.
and just because i am feeling a bit like sharing my masochistic linguistic life, i am also going to tell you that there is a different word for body hair, depending on exactly where on your body it grows. no, i'm not talking mustaches and pubics, either. ;)
damn if i can just get through these exams so i can open the vino.....

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peterbilt_47
May. 10th, 2007 09:20 pm (UTC)
I am trying to picture Czechs (I have no idea how to do those pretty HTML entities) learning English. They start learning all their words, and going (there's that word!) "What!? 'Go' again? Is there anything this word doesn't mean?"
melissamuse
May. 10th, 2007 09:23 pm (UTC)
great icon!!!
that is true! and so many more... and they have words and phrases for which there simply is no english equivalent.
mysticknyght
May. 10th, 2007 09:42 pm (UTC)
heh, one of the nice things about being a teacher is that I can open up the vino tonight. :-)
pecunium
May. 11th, 2007 06:29 am (UTC)
Yes, I did know that, but I speak Russian.

Time, direction, carriage and intention, all affect the nature of motion.

TK
zensandy
May. 11th, 2007 05:03 pm (UTC)
I read your post to M. We laughed about "way more information about how i arrive than really needs to be known." He suggests you stick with "I'm here!" to avoid all that. ;)
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