Vaclav Havel: A Political Tragedy in Six Acts

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GUIDE TO CZECH PRONUNCIATION

Czech is a phonetic tongue, and that means that it is pronounced as it is written. The main stress of a word is always on the first syllable. The following brief guide to pronunciation should satisfy most demands of this book:


Vowels:
aas in pub
áas in carp
eas in get
éas in today
ěas in yellow
i or yas in sit
í or ýas in peat
oas in got
uas in look
ůas in cool

Consonants:
clike the ts in rats
člike the ch in chubby
chlike the ch in loch
glike the g in god
hlike the h in had
jlike the y in yoke
rlike the r in ripe, but rolled
řsimilar to the rsh in Pershing, as in Dvořák
šlike the sh in shop
žlike the s in pleasure

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