The language of trees
Welcome to another episode in our short series on wild flora idioms which closes the whole nature cycle. Today we'll focus on trees - stromy. We have already talked about fruit trees and their place in the Czech language but now it's time to look at some other trees. Generally speaking, trees in the language stand for good qualities: strength, height and firmness. The expressions usually refer to young men.
The rhyming principle is also behind the saying vedle jak ta jedle - "to be wide of the mark as a fir tree".
We've already mentioned the oak as a symbol of stubbornness - and dumbness to a certain extent. Here is another example: To je jako mluvit do dubu - "it's like talking to an oak", or in proper English, it's like talking to a brick wall. On the other hand, mluvit do duté vrby - "to talk to a hollow willow tree" means to confide your deepest secrets to someone as if the person were a hollow tree. Dělat někomu vrbu - is to be someone's confidant.
And to close our lesson about trees; the expression "tree of life" is the same in Czech - strom života. Whereas "the family tree" is rodokmen, or a family "trunk" or "log".
And that's all for today, I'm afraid. Join us next time if you can for more Czech idioms about wild flora. Until then na shledanou.