The touch wood lesson
Hello and welcome to Radio Prague's special Czech-language series focusing on idioms about wild-growing plants. We've already done trees and their parts, and today we won't go far from that topic - we'll be looking at the words "wood" and "forest" in Czech phrases and idioms.
The short Czech word les means a forest. Nosit dříví do lesa is to carry wood to the forest, or to use an English idiom, to carry coals to Newcastle.
About people who can bear a lot, who let people behave badly to them and do not protest, Czechs say nechá na sobě dříví štípat - "he lets others to chop wood on him" or he lets people walk all over him.
Another idiom: Pro stromy nevidět les means not to see the wood for the trees. The meaning is the same in both Czech and English: to be so involved in the details and not realise the real purpose or importance of the things as a whole.
And finally one moralising phrase. Jak se do lesa volá, tak se z lesa ozývá - the way you shout at the forest, the way the sound comes back. The closest English idioms would be "you get as much as you give" or "what goes around comes around".
And with that we shall leave you today but you can tune in again next week for more Czech idioms about wild plants. Until then na shledanou.