Just Cough On It

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Hello and welcome to a new edition of SoundCzech, Radio Prague’s Czech language course in which you can learn Czech phrases with the help of song lyrics. Today we will be listening to the song “Chemie” or “Chemistry” by Czech singer and songwriter Xindl X. The phrase we are listening out for is “Vykašli se na to”.

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There are many things in life that are not worth stressing over. When a Czech person decides to give up and stop caring about something they often say “Já se na to vykašlu” - which literally means “I cough on that”. If you wish to convince a friend to forget about changing the impossible, you can say “vykašli se na to.”

Another way to tell someone not to let things get to them is “nedělej si z toho hlavu”– which literally translated means “do not make your head out of it”. A synonymous Czech expression is “hod’ to za hlavu!” which means to throw it behind your head.

If your friend follows your advice and chooses to ignore circumstances that he has no control over, you can say mávl nad tím rukou– he waved his hand over it. He may even realize that he no longer cares and that it is all one and the same - je mu to jedno. A stronger version of this Czech saying is je mi to fuk– I couldn’t care less.

In Chemie, the Xindl X sings “vykašli se na to zlato, ty nemůžeš za to, že mi je, tak jak mi je.” If it is not your fault that things are the way that they are, there may be little that you can do to change them.

This is Clare Profous saying thank you for learning Czech with me, and na shledanou!