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Language Overview

Czech, a West Slavic language, is the official language of Czechia. It’s closely related to Slovak and Polish and has a rich history, evolving from Old Church Slavonic. Czech is spoken by about 10.5 million people, primarily in Czechia, but also by Czech communities worldwide.
Market Insights
In Czechia, there’s a strong preference for local content, with television, radio, and online platforms popular. Czech audiences tend to favor news, local TV series, and sports. There’s a growing interest in digital content consumption, especially among the younger demographics.
Cultural Context
Czech culture values indirect communication and politeness. There are nuances in addressing people based on age and social status. The language has several dialects, with the most prominent being Bohemian, Moravian, and Silesian.
Writing System and Typography
Czech uses the Latin alphabet with several unique characters like Č, Š, and Ž. Text flows left to right. Typography must accommodate accented characters, and fonts like Arial or Times New Roman are commonly used.
Phonetics and Phonology
Czech phonetics features a distinction between long and short vowels and a series of consonant clusters. Non-native speakers often find the ř sound challenging to pronounce.
Grammatical Structure
Czech typically follows a Subject-Verb-Object (SVO) structure. It has a complex system of noun declensions and verb conjugations, differing significantly from English.
Media and Text Layout
Czech translations can expand text by up to 15%. Subtitles should be concise, with a recommended 37 characters per line. Dubbing requires careful synchronization due to the language’s unique rhythm and intonation.
Localization Challenges
Localizing humor and idiomatic expressions can be challenging. Content must be adapted to reflect Czech cultural context.
Technical Considerations
Czech encoding uses UTF-8 or Windows-1250. Compatibility with software and platforms is generally good, though special attention is needed for accented characters in web applications.
Other information
Czech folklore and traditions, such as the celebration of Easter and Christmas, provide rich cultural context.
Our Human Voices
  • CZEEF01Michaela1
  • CZEEF03Petra
  • CZEEF04Martina
  • CZEEF05Viktoria
  • CZEM02Jakub
  • CZEM03Oscar
  • CZEM04Slavek
  • CZEM01Vlad
  • CZEEF06Annie
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