5 words and phrases that perfectly describe the Czech approach to life

Musicians, crafty jack-of-all-trades, and moderate drinkers: these colorful phrases shed light on the Czech character through language.


Written by ÚJOP UK Staff Published on 22.09.2023 15:41:00 (updated on 30.10.2023) Reading time: 2 minutes

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Co Čech, to muzikant = Every Czech is a musician

Music education has a long and rich tradition in the Czech lands. Primary and secondary schools teach students about composers, singing, and playing musical instruments. In addition, every Czech town has a Primary Art School where children can attend lessons on various instruments or singing classes. The tuition in these schools is of a professional standard, yet affordable for almost everyone. Another traditional music-related activity is dance lessons for 14-15-year-olds, which include learning classical dances and social behavior in formal situations. These activities accompany Czechs from early childhood through adulthood.


Zlaté české ručičky = Golden Czech hands

Czechs are known for their ability to fix anything with whatever is available. From the time when they were renowned craftsmen to the era of communism and limited resources, Czechs have learned to make do and improvise. This resourcefulness may stem from their love for staying in cottages and the need to repair and modify them with whatever materials are at hand. Whether it's a burst water pipe, a crumbling chimney, or a hole in the roof, Czechs always find a solution.


Co je český, to je hezký = What's Czech is nice

The Czech view of the world is often ambiguous. Czechs take pride in the quality of their products, traditional Czech cuisine, and Czech beer, which they see as the best in the world. At the same time, they also believe that the grass is greener elsewhere. Criticizing Czechs in front of them or telling them they should be happy can be sensitive topics, so tread lightly.

moderate drinkers

Jít na jedno = Going for one beer

The Czech Republic is well-known for its beer culture, which means that the claim of going out for just one beer doesn't hold much water. Research done by the Perfect Crowd agency, which conducted a survey for the Budějovický Budvar brewery, revealed that the average Czech goes to the pub once a week and typically consumes three beers during their visit. Their number ranges according to the region, with an average of 3.76 beers per pub visit in the Karlovy Vary, Ústí nad Labem, and Pilsen Regions, 3.48 beers in Prague, and 2.73 beers in South Moravia and the Zlín Region.

relaxed people

Pohoda = Ease, comfort, well-being

As the Danes have hygge, a satisfying blend of comfort and well-being, the Czechs have pohoda. Pohoda is a Czech concept of emotional and physical harmony, tranquility, and contentment. It goes beyond relaxation; it reflects a state of balance, joy, and overall satisfaction. Pohoda is about finding happiness in simple pleasures and embracing a laid-back approach to life. Czechs prioritize personal well-being, leisure, and spending time with loved ones.

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