PF 2018 / Happy New Year
31 Dec 2017

PF 2018

Years ago, when I worked in foreign trade, every December I received cards from business partners. Their content was usually very similar: “Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!”. But the cards from our Czech and Slovak partners were not like the rest. They were very laconic and instead of the usual formula, they only read: “PF (year)”. That’s it….

24 Dec 2017

Veselé Vánoce!

Christmas is coming and even though Czechia is one of the least religious countries in Europe, this holiday is still celebrated there. If you would like to wish somebody a merry Christmas in Czech, it is not difficult at all. The phrase is: Veselé Vánoce. The diacritical marks above “e” and “a” denote long vowels and “c” is not pronounced as…

A Je To!, also known as Pat & Mat, is a very popular stop-motion animation series for children produced in the former Czechoslovakia and later in Czechia. The series shows the adventures of two neighbours, called Pat and Mat, and their struggles with the reality. Pat and Mat are not common Czech names. As a matter of fact, they are borrowed…

Czech Lands and the Name of the Country

In the Czech case, the question of the country’s name is a somewhat complicated matter. The formal name in the English language is “the Czech Republic”, and for many years, English speakers and learners were told for some reason that this was the only way to call this nice country in Central Europe. “The Czech Republic” is simply a translation…

19 Sep 2017


Ahoj! / Hello! My name is Tom and I am the author and owner of this website. I spent about 10 years of my life working in foreign trade as a sales and marketing manager for two companies in Germany. During that career, I was always in charge of Central European markets and that included Czechia. I dealt with several…