Learn a Czech Song

David Dybala

Now you can learn the Czech songs our great grand parents brought to American and sing along at the reunion. Making the melody and pronunciation easy, David Dybala and Louise Kucera have made audio files. Please join in singing on Saturday at the Gazebo, about 2:20.

At the bottom of this list of songs are some hints to help you pronounce the Czech lyrics.

The last song on the list “Jak Se Mas” is very easy to learn and it would be a great childrens song so spend a little time teaching your child the last song and let us know you want to join in.

AJ LUČKA, LUČKA – GREEN MEADOW POLKA

Aj Lučka, Lučka, široká, roste na ní tráva, roste na ní tráva,
Aj Lučka, Lučka, široká, roste na ní tráva,vysoká

Teče voda z hora, čistáje jako já,
Točí se dokola, okola javora

Teče voda z hora, čistá je jako já,
Točí se dokola, okola mňa.

Žaly tam na ni dvě pany, Obě žalostnĕ, obě žalostnĕ,
Žaly tam na ni dvě pany, Obě žalostnĕ plakaly. Hej!

Teče voda z hora, čistáje jako já,
Točí se dokola, okola javora

Teče voda z hora, čistá je jako já,
Točí se dokola, okola mňa.

Ah lovely meadows green and wide,
Grasses are growing, grasses are growing,

Ah lovely meadows green and wide,
Grasses are growing on every side.

Waters from mountains flow,
Melted from winter snows

Turning she gayly goes
Circling the maple tree.

Waters from mountains flow, melted from winter snows
Turning she gayly goes, calling to me – Hey!

A JÁ SÁM – I AM ALONE

A já sám,vždycky sám,
Své koníčky osedlám.

A já sám,vždycky sám,
Své koníčky osedlám.

Své koníčky, okširuju,
Svou panenku pomiluju–

A já sám,vždycky sám,
Své koníčky osedlám.

ŠLA NANYNKA DO ZELÍ ANNIE IN THE CABBAGE PATCH

Šla Nanynka do zelí, do zelí, do zelí,
Natrhala lupení, lupeníčka.

Šla Nanynka do zelí, do zelí, do zelí,
Natrhala lupení, lupeníčka.
Přišel na ní Pepíček, rozšlapal jí košíček,
Ty,ty,ty, ty, ty,ty, Ty to budešplatitit.

To the garden Annie went, Annie went, Annie went,
Cutting cabbage her intent, her intention.

To the garden Annie went, Annie went, Annie went,
Cutting cabbage her intent, her intention.
Joey followed mischief bound, stamped her basket to the ground,
Oh, oh, oh, naughty Joe, pay for this before you go.

MUZIKY, MUZIKY

Muziky, muziky
Musíte krásně hrát,
Až pujdu do kola,
S tím co mnĕ má tak rád.

Muziky, muziky
Musíte krásně hrát,
Až pujdu do kola,
S tou co mam nejvic rád.

JAK SE MÁŠ

This is a great song for the kids to learn for the program! send in a comment if you want your child to be a part of the show!


Jak se máš, jak se máš.
How’s your father, mother, sister and your brother.
Jak se máš, jak se máš.
It’s a friendly greeting when you meet another.
Hey there, Joe, Don’t you know,
It’s a grand ole way to say Hello, How are you?
On the farm or city street, It’s a phrase that can’t be beat,
Don’t delay, Let’s just say, JAK SE MÁŠ.

(shout) JAK SE MÁŠ

Want a few tips on how to pronounce Czech lyrics?

Here are a few simple rules on the Czech language.

In the Czech language, the alphabet is always pronounced the same.
The letter A is always pronounced as a long A such as in the word Ahhh.

The letter E is always pronounced as a short E such as in the word “get”.

The letter O is always pronounced as in the word “Orville”.

The letter I is always pronounced as a short I such as in the word “it”.

The letter U is always pronounced as in the word “Um Pah Pah”.

Exceptions:

When the letter “I” follows the letter “D”, “T” or “N” it is pronounced as if there is a “Y” in between such as DYI, TYI or NYI. This may have to be demonstrated in person.

When the letter “C” has a hachek ( a small v ) above it, it is pronounced as “ch” as in the word “church”.

The letter “C” is pronounced as “tsuh”

ch is pronounced as in the name Bach.

When the letter “Z” has a hachek above it, it is pronounced as in the name Za Za Gabor, you know Eva Gabor’s sister?  :>)   Another pronunciation that is best demonstrated in person.

The letter “J” is pronounced as a “y”

The letter “R” is pronounced with a “roll”

Now the toughest letter in the Czech language. The letter “R” with a hachek over it. For practice, pronounce the rolling “r” as in ruh then add the Z as in Za Za.  Such as ruh zuh, ruh zuh, ruh zuh. Say it repeatedly and then run the letters together.

A letter that is best demonstrated in person.

Let’s try the lesson in one of the songs we will sing at the reunion. I will phonetically attempt to pronounce the lyrics to Muziky Muziky

Moozikey moozikey

moositeh krasnye hraht

Aash poohydooh do kolah

steam tso mnyeh mah tahk rad

Moozikey moozikey

moositeh krasnye hraht

Aash poohydooh do kolah

toe tso mom nayveets rahd.

For a good primer on Czech pronounciation visit the website http://victorian.fortunecity.com/vermeer/287/czechtable.htm

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