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1. 'Ahoj' /Ahoy/ is a common informal greeting or parting in Czech that corresponds roughly to 'hi! or 'bye!' in English. What language does 'ahoj' come from?
2. The Czech words for coat and tulip - 'kabat' and 'tulipan' - have something in common. Both things were introduced to Europe in the 16th century from another source. What language was spoken by the people who introduced coats and tulips to Europeans?
3. Unsurprisingly, a lot of English-derived slang has to do with computers. The official word for computer in Czech is 'pocitac'/pocheetach/, but the kids say 'compac'/kompach/. The word 'hadr' means rag or duster, but in cyberCzech it refers to your hard drive. Traditionally, a 'chatar' is someone who spends a lot of time at the 'chata', or cottage. So what's a 'chatar' in cyberspeak?
4. 'Bavlna', or cotton, is derived from the German 'Baumwoelle'. 'Mancestr'/Manchester/ is corduroy and the term comes from the city that exported the material. So, as the word in Czech for T-shirt is 'triko', what language does that come from?
5. When one language borrows a term from another, often the meaning is slightly mutated. For instance, 'stopovat' is something teenagers want to do on their summer holidays that their parents hate the sound of. They don't want to stop, they want to...
6. Here's a well-travelled word. The Czech variant is 'piskot'/pishkot/. What is a piskot?
7. Although the more common word today is the German derivant 'kino', an older and more elegant word for a cinema is 'biograf'. Where did this word come from?
8. The verb 'tunelovat' has made the news a lot in the past few years. It's been big news in the States too in 2002, what with certain business scandals and all. What does it mean?
9. A pub is a 'hospoda' and an inn is a 'hostinec'. 'Spital'/Shpital/ is an older word for hospital. A 'hospodar' is a landlord or manager, while the verb 'hospodarit' can mean either 'to manage', or 'to keep house'. 'Hospodarstvi' can refer to the economy in general, or things agricultural in particular. All these words find their origin, more or less, in the word 'hospitum' - a particular part of a medieval building. Where could you find a hospitum?
10. Ok, two last ones. A 'sutr'/shootr/ and a 'pomeranc'/pomeranch/ are what, respectively? No hints. The first you need English for, the second, French.
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