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Eisenmann Translations provides technical translations by specialist native speakers of Czech in all fields including technology, engineering and medicine.
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All texts are translated by experienced specialist translators of Czech into their mother tongues (Czech or German), as per the native speaker principle.
Czech is part of the West Slavic branch of the Indo-Germanic language tree, and is spoken by approximately 12 million people as a native language. Most of these people (around 10 million) live in the Czech Republic, where Czech naturally enjoys an official status. The remaining 2 million native speakers are spread across neighbouring countries such as Slovakia, and in further-flung countries such as the USA and Canada.
On 1st May 2004, Czech became an official language of the European Union.
Written Czech differs from written Slovak by its character ‘r’, which does not exist in Slovak. Speakers of both Czech and Slovak are able to understand one another. This ‘r’ is derived from Upper Sorbian and is pronounced nowadays after ‘t’, such as “tsch” or “c”, instead of “sch”.
Grammatically speaking, Czech is a strongly reflexive language which contains seven grammatical cases (nominative, genitive, dative, accusative, instrumental, locative, vocative). Declinations and conjugations in Czech are determined through endings (and/or small stem changes), the formation of which is extremely diverse and often irregular, which makes them in turn difficult to learn.
Czech uses the Latin alphabet, albeit with added diacritical symbols such as , ý and Ch to reproduce the sounds of the language. These symbols are all separate letters, meaning that the Czech alphabet totals 34 letters instead of the original 26.
Czech is growing in importance, essentially due to the fact that the Czech Republic became a Member State of the EU on 1st May 2004. Czech now finds increased use not just on a political level, but also by many western companies looking to expand into the Czech market. Some universities in Germany also now offer degree courses for Czech translators and interpreters; a clear indication of the language’s growing importance.
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Updated 18 May 2014.