In this blog, we, a group of young Czech, Slovak and Austrian people living in Vienna, are writing about politics, interesting places and first and foremost about Czech, Slovak and Austrian culture and the (sometimes quite big) difference between these cultures.
Austria and Czech Republic
are very close. But the languages in each country are completely different. Around
30 000 Czechs are living in Austria. The number was much higher in the past.
The obvious reason of the influence on the German language is that in the late
400 000 of the 6 million Viennese inhabitants were Czechs.
There are many Czech
words in German language that Austrians use on a daily basis and they don’t
even know that the words come from the Czech language.
Here are some examples of
Peitsche - bič
Buchtel - buchta
Heisl - záchod
Hatschek - háček
Haubitze - houfnice
Kolatsche – koláč
Pilsner, Pilsener, Pils - světlé pivo
Pistole - pistole
Polka - polka
Powidel, Powidl - povidla
Roboter - robot
Zwetschke – švestka
Kren - křen
The following are
particullary used from the old generation :
Auf Lepschi gehen – leňošit
Strizzi – strýc
Schetzkojedno – všechno
Pomali – pomalu
Feschak – fešák
The ,,exchange´´ of the
words and phrases works in reverse as well.
Here is a short list of
words that originate from the German language and are used by Czech people only
with some tiny differences:
ever heard the expression „Ziegelbehm“ before? No? Because it’s actually a big
part of the Austrian history.
In the late
19th century Vienna needed people to work on the Ringstraße boulevard and most of those people came from the Czech Republic. They were
quite important for the Austrian economy because they helped to build a big
part of the magnificent buildings you can now admire all over Vienna. But those
people had to live quite a rough life, which was mostly caused by the conditions they had to live under (there were often too many people living in houses not
even having toilets or anything close to a bathroom).
discriminated by people and assimilated really quickly even though 400 000
out of the 1,6 million Viennese inhabitants were Czechs.