Can't wait for!

Discussion in 'Čeština (Czech)' started by niorev, Jun 6, 2014.

  1. niorev New Member

    Dobrou vecer,

    I'm French and trying to learn a little Czech so I would like to translate this sentence into Czech

    "Vivement août!" or in English "Can't wait for August!"

    I know Août/ August is "srpen" but there must be an ending to add.

    Diky/Thank you for your help (opomoc???in Czech)
  2. ilocas2 Senior Member

    I can't wait for August.

    Nemůžu se dočkat, až bude srpen.
    Nemůžu se dočkat srpna.

    The second one is more literally and formal than the first one, in spoken language the first one would be used. Although the second one has much more results on Google that the first one. The first one has only one result.

    Instead of "nemůžu" is possible to say "nemohu", but in the colloquial language "nemohu" is almost never used.
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  3. Enquiring Mind

    Enquiring Mind Senior Member

    UK/Česká republika
    English - the Queen's
    Hello niorev, and welcome to the forum! :)

    No-one seems to be coming to your rescue, so I'll have a go, though I'm not a native Czech speaker.

    You can say "nemůžu se dočkat srpna!" or "moc se těším na srpen!"

    You are right, August is srpen, but the verb dočkat se takes the genitive case which, in the case of srpen, is srpna.
    The verb těšit se ("to look forward to") takes na + the accusative case, and the accusative of srpen is the same as the nominative - srpen.

    There are other ways of expressing this wish too, for example in literary or more formal style, you might use the "kéž by ..." construction, but that's less likely in conversational style.

    It might be a good idea to wait for some native-speaker input too.

    [I hope you don't mind if I correct a couple of little slips in your post: večer is masculine, so it's dobrý večer, and the "thanks for" phrase díky za takes the accusative case which, in the case of the feminine noun pomoc, is the same as the nominative, so díky za pomoc!]

    [Ed: oops! Cross-posted with ilocas. The Czechs have a phrase for this: zákon schválnosti - Sod's Law]
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  4. NoTraducer Member

    Other options:

    Už aby byl srpen!
    Kdyby tak (už) byl srpen!

    These are more "sigh-like" :) though... (sort of like "Would it were August already! :D)

    Sometimes you don't have to add an ending. It depends on the class of nouns the noun concerned belongs to and on the "case" you want to put it in.

    Good luck and if you have any more specific questions about endings, go ahead!

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