Help:IPA for Czech

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The charts below show the way in which the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) represents Czech language pronunciations in Wikipedia articles.

Stress is always on the first syllable.

English approximations are in some cases very loose, and only intended to give a general idea of the pronunciation. See Czech phonology for a more thorough look at the sounds.

Consonants
IPA Examples Nearest English equivalent
b byl bill
c těšit, teď, lať stew (UK)
d délka delta
dz podzim, noc byla[1] heads
bán jab
f foukat, záchvěv focus
ɡ gag, kdo gag
ɦ hořet ahead
j jenom yellow
ɟ ďas dew (UK)
k kolo, ping-pong scald
l lak lack
Vltava little
m mouka mocha
sedm rhythm
n nyní ninny
ɲ koně, laň canyon
ŋ Hanka Hank
p pyl, nabob spill
r robot robot (trilled)
vrba lover (US, trilled)
řeka simultaneous [r] and [ʒ]
r̝̊ chřest simultaneous [] and [ʃ]
s stůl stole
ʃ šelest shell
t ten, led stand
ts cena bats
čas chase
v vítr vittle
x chomout, práh loch
z zima zoo
ʒ žár fusion
Vowels
IPA Examples Nearest English equivalent
a matka hatter (UK)
máma father
ɛ let let
ɛː létat square (UK)
ɪ klid, byl kid
klít, být cleat
o pod pot (UK)
móda thought (UK)
u kup fool (shorter), bull
úroda, kůlna fool
Diphthongs
IPA Examples Nearest English equivalent
au auto out
ɛu euro say oo
ou louka local (US)
IPA Stress
ˈ Stress falls on the first syllable of a word

Notes

  1. [d͡z] occurs only in loanwords and as an allophone of /t͡s/ before voiced consonants. The word "podzim" is usually pronounced with [d͡z], although a careful speaker would pronounce the two letters separately.

Bibliography

  • Dankovičová, Jana (1999), "Czech", Handbook of the International Phonetic Association: A guide to the use of the International Phonetic Alphabet, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 70–74, ISBN 0-521-65236-7 
  • Šimáčková, Šárka; Podlipský, Václav Jonáš; Chládková, Kateřina (2012), "Czech spoken in Bohemia and Moravia" (PDF), Journal of the International Phonetic Association, 42 (2): 225–232, doi:10.1017/S0025100312000102