Pavel Navrátil, my Czech daughter-in-law’s younger brother who stayed with Bruce and me for five weeks, returned to his home in the Czech Republic one month ago.
While he was here he created his first slide show of his California trip.
He taught us how to make Beer Chicken.
And he was so patient with our pitiful grasp of the Czech language.
Pavel even made a list of Czech words that are similar in English, such as robot (Czechs get all the credit for it), drama, culture, museum, disco, opera, orchestra, humor, lemonade, mechanic, tennis, serial, program, piano, Pacific, ocean, normal, traditional, alarm, applause, fantastic, guitar, galley, relax, nose, doctor, cigarette, microphone, television, telephone, detective, map, architect, ballet, balcony, horror, comedy, radio, lamp, team, atmosphere, and others.
If you ever find yourself in the Czech Republic, you’ll be very glad to know these words, almost as glad as we are to know Pavel.
In the meantime, Pavel says “Dekuji” to all of us in California: “Thank you.”