Czech by Numbers - Four
Hello and welcome to Czech by Numbers, Radio Prague's own Czech language course, which looks at Czech numbers and their use in idioms and sayings. Today we will be examining the number four - čtyři.
That again should not be confused with čtverák - a prankster, a tease. Why this meaning is related to the number four is a bit of mystery to me. (Etymologists say the word used to mean an impostor, originally a 'connoisseur of the four arts'.) On the other hand, čtvernožec is a quadruped, a word usually applied to dogs.
One quarter is čtvrtina. Just as in English, a quarter in Czech means a district of a town, only a slightly different form of the word is used: čtvrť. This form is also used in telling the time. If you want to say 'It's quarter past one' in Czech you say je čtvrt na dvě, literally 'it is a quarter of two'. Please note the slight difference in both spelling and pronunciation. And finally, čtvrtek, Thursday, is the fourth day of the week.
We'll be back next week with lesson number five, so till then na shledanou - bye-bye.