Root and branch
Welcome once again to Radio Prague's Czech teaching programme. Last week, we went through some Czech idioms about trees and today we'll take a look at individual parts of the tree, and what they stand for in popular expressions.
Moving onto the branches - větve. If something takes you by surprise, you can say to jsem z toho na větvi - literally, I am on a branch because of that, I am nonplussed by it. The next idiom: podřezávat si pod sebou větev - is self-explanatory - to saw off the branch you are sitting on, to damage something you ought to protect because it is vital for you.
And finally, one important word to do with the trees - smůla - pitch. The word in Czech also means bad luck, maybe because its sticks just like pitch and you cannot get rid of it. Smůla se mi lepí na paty - literally, pitch sticks to my heals, meaning I am bedevilled by bad luck.
We certainly hope you don't suffer from bad luck.
Anyway, today's lesson is over. But if you'd like to find out more about Czech idioms about wild flora, you can tune in again next week. Until then, na shledanou.