Friday, July 09, 2004

Western Slavic Greetings

More Greetings

Polish
dobr- – good

Dzień dobry (jen doe-bree) – good morning/day
Dobry wieczór (doe-bree vyeh-choor) – good afternoon/evening
Dobranoc (doe-bra-notes) – good night

Czech
dobr- – good

Dobré ráno (doe-bray rah-no) – good morning
Dobrý den (doe-bree den) – good day
Dobré odpoledne (doe-bray ot-pol-ed-nay) – good afternoon
Dobrý večer (doe-bree veh-chair) – good evening
Dobrou noc (doe-brew notes) – good night

Slovak
dobr- – good

Dobré ráno (doe-bray rah-no) – good morning
Dobrý deň (doe-bree den)– good day/afternoon
Dobrý večer (doe-bree veh-chair) – good evening
Dobrú noc (doe-brew notes) – good night

*All pronunciations very approximate

And all together, for comparison:
English / Polish / Czech / Slovak
good morning / dzień dobry / dobré ráno / dobré ráno
good day / dzień dobry / dobrý den / dobrý deň
good afternoon / dobry wieczór / dobré odpoledne / dobrý deň
good evening / dobry wieczór / dobrý večer / dobrý večer
good night / dobranoc / dobrou noc / dobrú noc

Notice the following:
dzień / den / deň – day and Sp. día - day
wieczór / večer / večer and Lat. vespera - evening
noc / noc / noc and Lat. nox - night

While they’re not immediately apparent, the connections within Indo-European aren’t entirely obscured.