Sunday, June 19, 2016

"The Czechs are just a bit sparing of vowels" BG Baker #QotD

IMG_20160618_185955020The Czechs are just a bit sparing of vowels; they prefer a good fat cluster of consonants, as, for instance, in Vltava, Brno, and other such pretty names, but then you simply insert an indefinite sound here and there between the spiky consonants, and all is well; anyone who knows Hindustani or Arabic will find it quite easy. After all, if the Czechs prefer their language that way it is their concern, as long as they do not expect the world outside Bohemia to learn it.

From a Terrace in Prague (1923) by Bernard Granville Baker

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