AMERICAN APARTMENT VS. CZECH APARTMENT (Prague Apartments from an American perspective)

I grew up in an historical Spanish-style
home near the Hollywood Hills it was so historical it dated back all
the way to the 1940s. And the flats in Prague are even older than that! And flats in Prague have some interesting features that you don’t see in
apartments in America. So today I want to prepare you the American coming to Czech Republic for some differences between the flat you’ll find here and what you
might be used to in America. If you’re interested in the experiences of an American living in Czech Republic subscribe to this channel. So the first thing you’ll encounter if you move to a flat in Prague is a lot of stairs. Some of the newer or more recently renovated flats in Prague have elevators installed
on the outside of their apartment buildings. Unfortunately not this one. So we live on the fourth floor— well third floor European it’s a lot of freakin’ stairs. In Europe, the floor that’s on the street level is called the ground floor.
That can be filled with shops restaurants pubs or maybe it’s just the
entranceway to your apartment building. But then they start counting the floors
after that so 1st 2nd 3rd. So we live on the 3rd floor
“European,” fourth floor “American.” Ok back to the stairs (we’re still climbing) The stairs in my building are pretty narrow and a little precarious. I try to grip
the outside wall as I walk because the handrail doesn’t really look like it
provides much safety. In America, we just kind of back our SUV into the driveway and pull everything out of it into the house but here you’re carrying all your
groceries so you kinda have to consider what you can carry up three or four
flights of stairs. It took a little while to get used to climbing these stairs but I still get exhausted. Thankfully they’ve installed this handy sink in the hallway so I can refresh myself before going inside. When you first come into a Czech
flat, there’s usually what they call a PŘEDSIŇ— that’s like an entrance hallway. In some flats it’s bigger it’s a little bit grander and it takes up a lot
more of the square footage. Ours is nice and small but just enough
room to hang our coats and put our shoes underneath a bench. Oh and don’t forget when you come to the Czech Republic always take your shoes off when you come
into someone’s house. Sometimes the hostess will tell you not to bother taking off your shoes but this is a test to see just how savage you are. So don’t embarrass all Americans… just take your shoes off. We bought this handy bench from Ikea and it’s great to sit on to unlace your
boots and then all of the shoes go in there. When we have a party the entire předsíň becomes filled with other people’s shoes. And to be honest it’s a little strange in the United States to ask your party guests to take off their
shoes. It feels too intimate to walk around in socks. But that’s how they do it here. Some people offer house slippers which for Americans is kind of strange. The idea of taking off your own shoes just to wear someone else’s shoes?? I prefer to just walk around to my socks even if it is a little embarrassing. In California there are generally hallways when you enter but there’s no place to
take off your shoes because shoes are kept in your bedroom closet and you
don’t need to take off your coat because it’s 24 degrees outside nobody owns acoat. Now one dangerous thing that Americans should look out for are the
giant windows you see in Prague flats and they just open all the way! No screen,
no bars, no safety locks. You would never see that above the second floor in the United States! If we had windows like that people would be falling out. If you’re concerned that you might trip and inadvertently fall out of window, you can
close the window turn the handle up and the window opens from up top, with no real way to fall out. My Czech viewers might think I’m joking, but Americans don’t have three great defenestrations in our history like you do. That’s because our windows don’t open. Sometimes in Prague our doors don’t even
open. Every Czech flat seems to have this handle and it just comes right off the
door I have seven doors and three of these door handles just pull right off.
They’re supposed to have these tiny metal screws but I think they just
dissolve after several years. I’ve been locked in my bathroom without any clothes because this door handle came off the door and no one was home to save me. In America door handles don’t just fall off the wall. The next difference is the whole bathroom situation. In American English we call a “bathroom” …a “bathroom”. When we ask someone to use the bathroom of course we mean the “toilet”, but we don’t use the word “toilet” because we don’t want to give you a visual of what we need to do in there. Maybe I’m just going in there to check out my hair or maybe I just need to relax or maybe I’m just curious about what you have in your medicine cabinet for us to ask where the bathroom is… it’s a little bit more polite. But this gets you into trouble in the Czech Republic. Because if you ask for the bathroom you’re gonna get the KOUPELNA. That’s the room with the bathtub or in my case, the shower. This room doesn’t usually have a toilet in it. For that you need to ask for the ZACHOD or the toilet. The toilet is often in a separate room by itself. Some zachods don’t even have sinks
and you have to go back to the koupelna to wash your hands. Thankfully ours has a sink. If you’re wondering how to flush a Czech toilet, you’ll find two buttons either on the wall or on the toilet itself. The big one is for a bigger flush
and a small one is for a smaller flush. Unlike in America where it’s “one flush fits all.” You be the judge of what size flush you need. In some Czech flats the koupelna and the zachod will be in rooms next to each other in the main hallway and sometimes they’re in opposite ends of the flat. In my flat the zachod is right in the entryway but if you want to get to
the koupelna, you have to go through the předsíň, into the kitchen and
through the door that appears to be a pantry. It’s actually quite nice to have
a koupelna and a zachod seperate especially when you live with someone
who likes to play video games on the toilet. Speaking of showers… So the showerheads aren’t fixed to the wall. They’re separate on this hose… which is nice you can use it to shower all parts of your body. But some of the shower heads like
ours don’t even attach to the wall so the only way you can get yourself wet
is to do it with one hand. The Czechs must be highly dexterous because I don’t know how they hold the showerhead, the soap, the razor and do all the things at once. Americans are just not as skilled. So if you need to attach your shower to
the wall you can buy this part which suction cups to the tile and then you can hang your shower head up high so you can use both hands to actually clean yourself Some showers don’t even come with a shower curtain. And we had to rig up a shower curtain for our tenants so that they wouldn’t
get water like all over the place. I don’t mean to make Americans look like
we’re total amateurs at showering I mean…we don’t do it that often. Our bathrooms didn’t come with mirrors so I bought these little mirrored squares at IKEA
and just stuck them up on the tile. We’ve also had to purchase a lot of storage
solutions at IKEA. Czech flats are just basically empty cubes there’s no built-in closets, there’s no shelving units even our kitchen has only this one
wall of cabinets and that’s barely enough room to keep the beef jerky and
other goods we smuggle in from America We put up these metal shelves to help us
store our dishes and our dry goods and here’s a really cool space-saving trick
that the Czechs do: They sell their spices in these little paper sacks. In the US, all the spices come in these like unnecessary glass jars and when you
cook a lot like we do you end up with dozens of these and no place to put them. You think I’m kidding…but there are literally dozens of websites devoted to helping American women organize their spices. Whereas in Czech republic, I can just hang these little sacks from our shelf
or stick em in a Tupperware container. Spice packets—genius! The refrigerators in the czech republic are a lot smaller too and that’s because the Czechs seem
to shop less frequently and for smaller amounts of food. In America it’s not uncommon to have a very big refrigerator in your kitchen and then maybe an older
refrigerator in your garage where you keep the excess of food. So a lot of Americans go grocery shopping once a week and they go to a big box store like
Walmart or Costco and they will buy 40 rolls of toilet paper or maybe five
frozen pizzas and it’s cheaper that way. but then you have all of this extra so
they have her refrigerator in the garage to put the extra food. This is not how we do it here. Here I normally buy food every two to three days and I eat it so
there’s no need to store it for the first two years there
were three of us living here my husband my sister and I and we shared this small
fridge which basically had enough room for carton of eggs milk and some beer
and now we have this big luxurious refrigerator that I couldn’t even fill
if I tried to and it’s still about half the size of an American refrigerator. When we moved into our flat our landlord had just remodeled the kitchen and there
was an empty space here and he said you can put in a washing machine you can put
in a dishwasher but you have to buy it and so we decided that a washing machine
was more important to us than a dishwasher and so we just do all of our
dishes by hand. It’s very rare to find a dryer in Prague and so what we do is we hang clothes on a drying rack or for the bigger items like jeans and sweatshirts
and towels we hang them on radiators in America a washing machine always comes
with the dryer. At first you’re gonna feel like you’re camping— hanging your wet clothes on a string in the living room. But trust me it actually works and it lowers your electricity bill. Czech beds are a little different. They often will put two twin mattresses together and call it like a full or a queen-size
bed so if you’ve got a partner there’s always like that crack between you. And they only use fitted sheets there’s no top sheets you just lie on the fitted
sheet and then you pull the duvet up over yourself In America ,we always have a flat sheet between us and the comforter. It just seems hygienic. I think that means that Czechs actually wash their duvet covers more frequently than we do. They sort of treat them like sheets whereas we don’t really wash our
duvet covers every week. And the Czech beds usually come with individual duvet covers so a double bed will have a duvet for him and for her. How are people supposed to cuddle? In America we have big nice beds with top sheets and giant
comforters on top. By the way do you Czechs sleep
with their dogs in the bed is that like a weird gross American thing? Tell me in the comments below – but be nice. The biggest problem for Americans is the lack of storage we are used to closets and shelves and just places to put your
things. Now most Americans aren’t going to move to Prague with everything they
own like we did. But still we find it kind of hard to find places for stuff so we end up putting a lot of stuff on the ground here in Prague you will have to
buy a wardrobe for your clothes or you’ll even have just like a clothing
rack so we had to buy these these big wardrobes from Ikea and just for the record two of those wardrobes are my husband’s
clothes and only one is mine. If you have sports equipment you have to buy a rack to put it on and we just had a lot of stuff that our parents didn’t want to
store for us so we brought it here and had to figure out where to put it. And if your husband insists on keeping his worthless baseball card collection
you’re just gonna have to store it under the bed. I’m not showing you under the
bed. The last thing you might find strange about Czech flats is a czech
doors lock automatically when you close them and I know this because I’ve locked
myself out of my apartment in my pajamas in the middle of the night but even
downstairs at the main door you can’t get out unless you have your key. I don’t understand this is an ongoing battle with my neighbors, It’s like they’re afraid of people escaping. the good news is that unlike
America where most of the flats are made of wood Czech flats are made of thick ass
concrete nothing’s running through these walls. So
I guess fortunately for us fires aren’t really a threat here. If you want to know the real scoop about how to find a flat in Prague you can go to this video up
here and if you’re American and you want to know what not to say when you arrive
in Czech Republic you can check out this video over here. Alright, see you next week, bye!

100 Replies to “AMERICAN APARTMENT VS. CZECH APARTMENT (Prague Apartments from an American perspective)”

  1. Standa WOT says:

    Ahoj, opět zajímavé video. Vždy mne překvapí v čem všem se lišíme i když jsme si také podobní. A nakonec bydlet ve třetím patře bez výtahu má výhodu že nemusíš chodit do fitnes centra. Máš ho při každé cestě domů. 🙂

  2. Cafe Donut says:

    Opravdu jsem se zasmála. Taky mi přijde divný, když mi někdo nabízí pantofle, raději si nechám ponožky. 🙂 A záchod máme společný s koupelnou, ale je super a za mě víc praktické , když je to oddělěné. Jen to mají spíše starší domy. A pes v posteli samožejmě spí, i když se roztahuje a chrápe. 😀 😀

  3. Pavla Mutinská says:

    Svět bez odpadávajících klik… to musí být ráj 😀
    Otázka psů – já bych je viděla na zahradě, ne v posteli… ale každý dle vlastního gusta 🙂

  4. Dominik Uhlíř says:

    Haha thats too funny when you talk about Americans falling out of windows. I used to sit on the ledge of the window while smoking (sideways to the window so my back was leaning on the wall). I lived on 7th floor back then. Czech Republic really is a bit different I guess xd

  5. Humr says:

    5:55 nebo lze použít fráze: " Kde sa tady možu vychcat?" po vzoru Bohumila Stejskala z filmu dědictví.
    7:10 Však se celý namočím, zastavím vodu, namydlím se a vydrhnu, pustím vodu a spláchnu to ne ? 😀

  6. Maxik Kesa says:

    I dont know, I'm little bit frustrated after your thoughts…. My brain freeze at some points. But not wanting to write 15 rows of text in the comments. If somewhere were lots of people they would point some solutions, but not always most rational. So I leave this explainations for you in similar state as your flat is. – I'm not American

  7. Michaela Vaňková says:

    I don't know how other czech people but I use spice in bags to refill the glass container with it. And about the dog in bed. I think it's 50/50. Our house dog (dog living in house) has own bed but she sleeps with us almost all the time. But our second dog lives in garden in his own little dog house and he sleeps only outside.

  8. Hana Fris says:

    Pobavilo hodně :D. Vaše videa jsou pro mě zajímavá, protože ukazují na rozdíly, kterých jsem si třeba nikdy nevšimla. Taky je vtipné jak pro nás Čechy naprosto běžné věci jsou pro Američany buď šokující nebo zábavné, nebo úžasné, romantické. Díky Vašim videím se dozvídám víc o americkém způsobu života. Díky moc a jen tak dál!

  9. force1164 says:

    Some of the things were quite right, but some of them are only somewhere. Like the doors that needs keys to go outside. Even the toilet in bathroom is nowadays probably more frequent than separated toilet in flats.
    I was surprised that in America you have always protected windows and that you count the ground floor as 1.
    Thanks for nice comparison anyway, It was fun.

  10. Rebbeca Linhart says:

    No, spousta Čechů má v domech sklepy a tam třeba ukládá sportovní vybavení nebo taky věci, které zrovna nepotřebujeme. Je to praktické, ale pokud nic takového u vás v domě není, tak chápu, že je to obtížné 😄

  11. Simkiim says:

    You can buy combined washing machine and dryer. It is the same size as normal washing machine and newer ones are just as good as if you bought it separated.

  12. František Drtikol says:

    Měl jsem dva kocoury, oba spali se mnou v posteli. Není nic hezčího, než když ti dva kocouři v posteli spokojeně spí a předou u hlavy.

  13. NetAndyCz says:

    American floor = podlaží
    European floor = patro
    Takže bydlíte ve třetím patře, což je čtvrté podlaží;)

  14. Roman S says:

    My dog doesn't sleep with me in my bed.
    I sleep with him in "his" bed (if he let me do it) 😉

    And about taking of a shoes. We taking shoes of because it's pretty mess walking on carpet in bedroom in shoes covered mud (or worse). And somebody use flippers because in somw appartments floor can be pretty cold.

  15. NetAndyCz says:

    As for the dogs, i think it is probably 50:50 half of people let them sleep in their bed, half of them does not. We taught our dog to sleep in her own dog bed, so she would not dirty our beds or chairs when she came form outside, we washed her paws but it is quite impossible to do that perfectly. And when we came to visit someone she behaved and did not jump on someone's furniture.

  16. kam_iko says:

    that house is NOT made out of concrete, it’s an old clay brick house.

  17. Vadym Pyatko says:

    Americans so funny, rather weird lol

  18. Ondra Buhr says:

    Postel není naše, ale našeho psa 🙂 vždy se musíme zeptat, zda si můžeme jít lehnout 🙂 🙂 Takže buďte v klidu 🙂 Každý kdo má v BYTĚ psa se s tím musí smířit 🙂

  19. Tomáš Čepelák says:

    Češi se vždy před spaním koupou nebo sprchují, proto nemusí povlečení prat nebo měnit každý týden. Američané jdou spát tzv. "na prase" a sprchují se ráno. O tom co je hygienictejsi se dá polemizovat.

  20. kitten market cz says:

    mamka nechává spát našeho psa v posteli takže v pohodě

  21. Tomas Herink says:

    That's quite an old Prague flat you live in. Most of the issues you've described, such as the absence of an elevator, old-school door handles falling off, or the lack of shower holder, none of that is really typical in the Czech republic. It is really specific to very old flats with lack of maintenance (no mirror in the bathroom? hello!). A typical, private-owned flat would not have these kinds of issues. The bit about windows is very funny, though 🙂 Yes, you do need to be aware of them I just can't imagine what you'd have to do to accidentally fall out of one 🙂
    Also, the habit of not being able to open the main door without a key is simply security. This way, no scumbag will let other scumbags into the house unless he lives there.

  22. Sso N says:

    Ano psy u nás v posteli spí ale záleží v jak které rodině 😀

  23. Georg Paulinc says:

    Dear Jennifer. First, I love your videos very much. I really think you are a great person and your videos are very funny. But in this video you have fully shown the main negative characteristic of almost all Americans. The way you see the world around you is so narrow-sighted. Actually, the only difference in the way of living is that Czechs are used to take off their shoes. And in fact I will never understand how Americans can have their shoes on even when lying on the sofa. But this is not a Czech speciality. Germans, for example, do take their shoes off too, just as any other European nation. Also the other stuff you describe as Czech speciality – door handles, spice packaging, shower, mattresses…. I've just stared…. Many As many other people here commented, your flat is an old and very poorly equipped one. But there are thousands of very modern flats and houses with a level much more higher than in the US or anywhere else. Of course, also we have big refrigerators and big freezers in houses (and in garrages 🙂 also we have drayers and dish washers, briefly said… anything. And also Czechs are used to go for a big shopping 2, 3 or 4 times a month with their cars. I suppose you have never been in the subburbs of Prague.. I recommend you the shopping center Cerny Most for example. But even in the downtown you dont need to make shopping just in small stores. Sorry, I've been in need to correct you. As I wrote before, I like you, but I really think Americans do come from another planet. I will probably never understand the American way of thinking. That generalizing. Georg

  24. missynataly says:

    Oh my god!!! It was so funny video 😂

  25. petr Buk says:

    Zajímavá videa, rád sleduju. Jen dotaz : Takže v Americe přijde návštěva (nebo i domácí) z venku kde zrovna je hnusné počasí a našlape binec po celém domě?

  26. Ondřej Matějka says:

    American system of floor is more like levels – level 1, level 2 etc…but in Czech language it's not floor but patro which means something above, so 1. patro can't be ground level. Why is this system even in British English…I have no idea, but in Czech language it's logical. Windows in old buildings are high so you can't just easily fall down.
    "Czech rooms are empty…" that mostly happens when you are moving to new flat. But many of flats for rent already have full gear, but I think empty rooms are better (if you don't have to so much save money) because you can do it how you want. 😀

  27. Lubor Horák says:

    Hodně zábavné video. Každý jsme trochu jiný a přitom tak stejní ! Dík , super !!

  28. Franta H says:

    Jakpak si otevřeli okna bankéři při krachu burzu v 1929 ? Haha Na co potřebuje ženská lednici když k snídani si dá ovoce, v poledne jí v práci a na večeři se nechá pozvat.

  29. smajla82 says:

    Wow 😀 those door handles are ancient, maybe even 30+ years , give a call to ur landlord to change them asap 😛

  30. Tereza Truhlářová says:

    Hahaha. I like your videos. I used to live in Canada and I have the same but opposite experience. So funny!

  31. safris666 says:

    ….tak se opět ukázalo, že to máme v Čechách (skoro)všechno vymakanější 😉

  32. MrToradragon says:

    Just buy any generic small screws for your handle, I think those are M3 screws, but might be M2.5 as well. Just visit nearest hardware store, show them the handle and they will know which you will need. They cost about 1 Crown.

  33. caroline4323 says:

    Funny as usual. Thank you.
    Also just today I installed a shower holder(?). I´ve had enough of having just one hand available while showering..
    Taking shoes off: Nikdy nechci po hostech sundavat boty!! Návštěva má mít pohodlí, chtít po návštěvě sundat boty je nezdvořilost, může je to přivést do trapné situace, je to nevychovanost to po návětěvě chtít!!

  34. Catepilarr says:

    Its not a typical thing to have a what we call a french door /basically a window from top to bottom that opens like a door/ without either a terrace, a balcony, or just railings. That is a very odd thing to have one without the railing and its not ment to be like that.
    A normal window is /ment to be/ 90cms off the ground which is enough to keep you inside.

  35. Catepilarr says:

    Unless you live in a very new building or a panelak, you walls are not built of concrete but with bricks, or stone in case of some older buildings.
    The main front door usually does have a handle from the inside and you dont need a key to get out unless the door is locked.

  36. Tomáš Štec says:

    I would guess that having no moving handle on the inside of the apartment building's doors is against fire regulations. But than again, the first time someone will check that is during major reconstruction of the building. Where I live, we have RFID chip from the outside and handle from the inside, and no keys (at least I wasn't given any). Where I lived previously, we had RFID from the outside and full-door („panic“) handle from the iniside and I also had keys as a backup. I've also seen RFID from the outside and from the inside (and two doors, not just one) and it wasn't working half of the time, luckily I also had keys from the doors.

  37. Rudolf P. says:

    You amused me again and ours dogs in ours beds is often OK in the Czech Republic 🙂

  38. Honzi Czech says:

    I cant help myself but this video is missleading in information value and is not really about comparing Czech and American, but instead between living in flat and family house. 90% of ´´what we have in america´´ examples are completely usual in family houses here too. I like idea behind video, also video editing is nice, but whole execution is just not good.

  39. Karolína Pařízková says:

    I lost it at 4:45…This is sooo true!

  40. dejvid944 says:

    pokud nekdo zije ve starych cinzacich tak 3 patro rovna 6 v panelaku co se tyka schodu.

  41. Kristýna Beránková says:

    Hihi. Historic house from the forties. Hihihi. Our cottage is from 1933 (replaced the original house from 1801) and my grandmother always referred to it as a "new house".

  42. Zuzana Ludhová says:

    Ahoj zo Slovenska. Super video, pobavilo. Vidieť tu rozdiely medzi Američanmi a Čechmi ( pripadne Slovákmi čo je dosť podobné 😊).
    Záchod mimo kúpeľne je praktická vec, hlavne ak si chce niektorý člen rodiny dopriať dlhý kúpeľ 😊
    A veľké nákupy robíme aj my. Trvanlivé potraviny a drogériu nakupujeme raz mesačne a čerstvú zeleninu, ovocie, pečivo a pod. podľa potreby. My máme našťastie špajzu, tam sa toho zmestí dosť.
    Keďže po anglicky viem veľmi slabo, české tytulky veľmi potešili 👍👍👍

  43. Kateřina B says:

    Bez pejska neusnu totiz 😁

  44. Armi says:

    Řekl bych, že většina lidí se sprchuje večer před spaním, proto se asi neřeší prostěradlo mezi dekou a tělem a povlečení se tolik nešpiní. V USA je zvykem se sprchovat až ráno, takže do postele lezou špinavý po celém dnu v práci nebo jinde.

  45. Gil-galad says:

    good 3 defenestrations – most of czech people knows only about 1st and 3rd and 3rd they call 2nd…

  46. Josef Zelenka says:

    českým dveřím možná občas upadne klika, ale naneštěstí se nedají vykopnout jako ty v amerických filmech 😀

  47. Brem says:

    When you go anywhere else in the world, take your shoes off.

    Go to Obi and buy some of those screws. No door problem anymore.

    If you know you mean "toilet", how does that not give you the mental picture either way?

  48. Ergonaut 69 says:

    Důvodem, proč jsou domy v USA dřevostavby, by mohl být častý výskyt klimatických katastrof (hurikány, zemětřesení etc.). Je to potom rychlejší a levnější postavit znovu. Ale možná je to blbost… slyšel jsem to jako malý kluk, když otec odjel do USA… možná se jen snažil znít světoznale. 🙂

  49. Helmut613 says:

    Ovšem že psi spí v posteli, kde jinde? 😀

  50. Srt Rtyyu says:

    I am sorry but!!!…-Do you mean seriously? This socialist handle!!?? It’s 50 years old handle. Recomend you newer type.Buy a holder for shower. Everyone is owner of holder for douche in Czech rep. The good located shower holder is working in the same way like “ american style shower”. All types of beds you can find and choose in Czech rep. Americans usually are very archaic or conservative(I dont know what is better term sorry for my kitchen english) in their point of worldview. You present (a little bit) distorted perception. In my house clean hygienic softie shoes are ready for every visitors every day. I think like main part of Czechs. I suppose that your classification of some facts is very inexact. Sorry Im critical. On the other hand I like watching your videos. They are enriching.

  51. Matěj Folta says:

    Manželka spí celorocně pod ,,zimní'' tlustou peřinou, pod kterou bych se já horkokrevný tip upekl, kdyby jsme měli společnou.

    A pokud někdy nějáký američan vstoupí na můj koberec botou z venku, prostřelím mu koleno, nedokážu si představit co za havěť žije v amerických kobercích.

  52. YK KY says:

    So I guess the Czechs are fitter because they climb stairs and don't haul tons of groceries to their house every week, they have common sense not to lean out of the window and fall out, are able to decide what amount of water they need to flush the toilet, they don't hoard stuff so don't need much storage, they buy fresh food instead keeping two fridges, one for fresh and for for excess food, wash themselves and their sheets and value their space even if they have a partner, oh and value their security in their buildings 😀 Nice to know! 😀

  53. 4mageo says:

    Locking the house entrance door so you have to use a key to escape is against czech law. (Fire hazard prevention risk etc.).

  54. Tomáš Mikan says:

    Please just don't think that if your apartment doesn't have something (or has….it depends..) …. that it necessary means all Czechs live like it…

  55. Petr Vejmelka says:

    v botach chodej doma jenom PRASATA. slapnete do psiho hovna a vlezete s tim i do postele. to nechapu, jak ty dobytci muzou zit s tim ze jejich podlaha je zasvinena spinou. civilizovani lide si doma spinu z ulice neroznasej.

  56. Enna Arts says:

    As a Spaniard living in Prague, most of these things are normal for me and I find it funny how Americans are so surprised. But I have to admit that when I moved to the Czech Republic having to take off my shoes when entering a house (or even a tea room!) and that the double beds are two individual matresses together… I was shocked hahaha. Although I am glad for having my spices in little packs and not in jar containers (they are sold like that in Spain too) and for Ikea where I can get normal big mattresses. In Spain we also have flat sheets but I like it more here, so much fast and easy to make the bed!

  57. Enie Presley says:

    I agree, stairways in old buildings there are exhausting even for young people, not mentioning children.

  58. Enie Presley says:

    Czech architecture is fully forgetting disabled and wheel chair people. How those people survive that, that's desperate.

  59. Lukáš Benda says:

    In Czech etiquette, it is to stay in your shoes when you are visiting. Only close friends and family could ask for a take of their shoes. So if somebody tells you don't take off your shoes, you can go to the apartment with your shoes on feet.

  60. Petr Vejmelka says:

    spinava americanka usetrila za najem a mysli si ze kdyz si zaplati slum tak tu tak ziijem vsichni.

  61. Allien.9 says:

    You take off your shoes because you don't want to have a carpet of dirt and other dirt.
    Btw… In many US movies people don't bother to turn the lights off when they leave the house. True of false? 🙂

  62. Zdeněk Pavézka says:

    s námi v posteli spí pes a dvě kočky 😁

  63. corpse despy says:

    tohle je asi tak objektivní jako když si v čechách zaplatím 5hvezdičkový hotel a v americe se ubytuju vedle bezďáků v papírové krabici…

  64. Randi says:

    I've been living outside of the States for a long time and have forgotten about so many of these little differences! Nice video 🙂

  65. Andy in Prague says:

    We don't cuddle when we sleep. Sleeping time is for sleeping; don't get me wrong, I love my wife very much, but when I sleep I need empty space around me 🙂 She is from Poland, and Poland is, for better or worse, very American, also in this respect, so it took quite some time for her to accept this, but it is the way it is, and when in Rome… 🙂

    And yes, we treat our duvet covers like you do sheets, so we wash them fairly often 🙂

  66. Marie Dědková says:

    Asi nikdy nepochopím, proč je v Americe tolik domů ze dřeva nebo sádrokartonu, když tam jsou tornáda a častější požáry. Beton by pomohl! 😀

  67. Anna Svobodová says:

    Nedostatek úložných prostor (vestavěných skříní), velikost lednice i sušička jsou věci, které už štvou i čechy 🙂 Do roku 1989 se věci špatně sháněly, lidé si jich moc nekupovali, pak byli ještě nějakou dobu zvyklí, kupovat málo věcí. Dnes už kupuje většina spoustu "krámů (unnecessary things) 🙂 Jinak byty jdou pronajmout troje :
    1) vybavené, kde by všechny důležité věci jako skříně, postel,lednice, pračka (sušička) ect. měly být
    2) částečně vybavené, tam je obvykle jen něco – většinou skříně, postel, kuchyňská linka, většinou už ne lednice, pračka,(sušička) ect
    3) nevybavené, to je to, co máte vy 🙂
    Většinou se setkávám s těmi,které jsou částečně vybavené. A musím uznat, že to nabízení vlastních pantoflí, přezůvek je vlastně zvláštní a asi to působí i nehygienicky. Jinak opět zajímavé. Moc děkuji

  68. Anna Svobodová says:

    Mě pro vetšinu čechů přijde typické :
    před koupením psa: Pes s námi nikdy spát nebude
    po koupi psa: Je tu nový musí si zvyknout, až povyroste/ zvykne si, bude spát sám
    po čase: Koupili jsme mu krásný velký pelech, má ho ten pejsek u postele,ale nechce tam spát. Trochu nás to štve
    po ještě delším čas: Bez psa v posteli, už v podstatě spát neumím. A vyhazovat psa z postele? To je hnusný, chudák pes

  69. PragaMaterUrbium says:

    My cat invites himself into my bed every night. He sleeps always behind my butt, sometimes on my forehead, on my chest and between my legs. When he gets kicked out he comes right back in and when it's time to feed him in the morning he always makes sure I don't forget by walking allover my body (painful!!) and meows, both methods which are more reliable than any alarm clock out there 🙂 If anyone is interested in high maintenance/ constant attention seeking kitty cat, please let me know LOL

  70. Ray Rattay says:

    Perfektne viac videi o rozdieloch prosim. Je to zabavne a poucne. Ako tak sledujem prejav ste vazne dobra diplomatka!

  71. Sklepmistr99 says:

    Spice in the bag is practical, but on the other hand it is the worst possible packaging material available. The best packaging for spices is actually glass, preferably dark (sun protection) + cork.. And when I think about it, glass is generally the best. Example..I would never drink beer from plastic bottle *puke*…. even mineral water tastes better from a glass bottle than plastic ….Mmmm..and Kofola tapped from a keg with rich foam…mmmm. 🙂

    And those hanging bags are really funny. Czechs usually pour the spices from the bags into the "kořenka" – like small spice-glass. Because, glass is better material, iz lokk better in the kitchen and its more practical when cooking ..Nobody has time to fight some bags. 😀

  72. Jers Walass says:

    Hi Jen, are you saying, that you have a dog and you don!t sleep with him in a bed? Try it and you will never get back 😀 Having a dog, under your blanket, cuddling with you… It is the best heater I have ever met 😉 and alarm clock – when the dog needs to do to the bathroom, he rises, lifts your blanket, let all the warm run out… 😀 there is no excuse to let him suffer 😀

  73. Michaela Gottwaldová says:

    Hi! That's a really good video. Interesting to compare our cultures. I've thought, that there are not so many differences, but your list is quite long. 😀

    I've got an additional question regarding taking off the shoes in the US. Why you don't have any shoe storage in your hall? There must be dirt all over if you go in them to the rooms. And you destroy your rugs, no?

    And I am not American, but sleeping with dogs, cats, spiders or any other animals is damn weird and unhygienic.
    And you live in an old building, in these days, the flats look totally different. 🙂

  74. 106kess says:

    We do sleep with our dogs! 🙂

  75. Dona Donova says:

    This video is awfuly stupid and the author of it is a bit silly.
    Sorry, ale když jedna připitomělá US občanka bere svůj pronajatý byt jako normu v Česku, je vážně blbá, silly, stupid one.
    Vybrali si byt v baráku bez výtahu.Kdyby ta blbka znala historii, tak domy do výše 4. patra výtahy neměly dle tehdejších zákonů, tedy je dodatečně v modernější době přidělávali zvenku, což nikomu, kromě ní nevadí.Takže, shodiště nejsou nebezpečná, mají zábradlí a to se hlídá.Další neuvěřitelná kravina je, že byty jsou v Česku holé, bez vybavení. No , pokud si půjde byt kpupit mohou jí nabídnout shell core, ale když si jde jen pronajímat , záleží to na majiteli, ale proč by měl byt vybavovat, když každý má jiný vkus a oni si mohou dovybavit.. Když má kecy, mohli si pronajmout zařízený!Další a už úplná blbost je, že tady téměř nejsou sušičky,.Kde to ta hňupka vzala ?Dyť si ji může koupit a nacpat domů,Další kravina je, že oni doma prostě zajedou autem do baráku a vyjedou domů.Jo!!! A v historických barákách taky ? A není to tak, že než se do starších baráků dostanou musí z ulice šlapat schody k domovním vratům ? Lednice, kometovat nemusím.Všichni víme, že v Česku jsou docházkové vzdálenosti k obchodům, nakupovat můžeme do půlnoci, někde nonstop, u nich leda u pumpy.Vzdálenosti mají obrovské MHD jen někde, tedy autem a nákup jako kráva a křečkovat . Okna ? Pokud si nevšimla, otvíravá okna bez mříží jsou všude v Evropě a pokud vím i v US.
    Celý je to blábol a ona bude asi absolventka zvláštní školy, ale tady bude za učitelku " rodilou mluvčí" I bet you !
    Na další její videa nejdu, přišla bych o nervy!!!! 🙁 🙁 🙁
    Mám hodně přátel z US, musím jim op té blbce dát vědět.Mí přítelé jsoui chytří, ne jako tohle!

  76. Met Met says:

    predsin is same like CHODBA, easy to spell for non czech citizans 😀

  77. Praise Omnissiah says:

    American apartment: affordable for Americans

    Czech apartment: affordable for Americans

  78. ja chamja says:

    You are really funny! Great video!

  79. Martin Turecký says:

    Tips for americans from american ……still puts eggs in refrigerator

  80. next_ghost says:

    Tip for installing Czech door handles correctly: One part of the handle has no tiny screw, the peg that goes through the door is built into it. This part is supposed to be on the "inside" side of the door where you could get stuck if the handle falls out. If you install it correctly and the handle falls out, you can still open the door by:
    1) picking up the handle piece with the peg from the floor and sticking it back into the door (from inside)
    2) going to the nearest hardware shop to buy a spare door handle (from outside)

  81. Petr Cigoš says:

    v americe nejsou jen rodinne domy prece 😀 jak rikas, ze tam vynesete z auta rovnou do domu – a jsou tam i bytove domy 🙂 – a totez tady v česku jsou i lidé, žijící v rodinnych domech 🙂 to by bylo doré zmínit 😛

  82. RedHeadWolf117 says:

    I'm trying to convince my Czech boyfriend to let me get a bigger fridge with more freezer space. 😀

  83. moirhann says:

    The shoe thing is for the whole Europe and Scandinavia.. Who wants the filth and dirt from the streets etc. on your rugs and nice floors? I want to be able to walk barefoot keeping my feet clean- or let kids play on the floor.. That is not possible if people walk in with their shoes… YUCK!!!

  84. David Pastuck says:

    I think most countries take their shoes off at their door. I'm from Canada and when ever I would travel to the States I always found it odd to keep your shoes on. Like what if you stepped in dog poop or it's muddy out, and you are now going to walk on the persons carpet? Never made sense to me. We also use slippers when walking around in the house here. Love your video's, Czechia is one of my favourite places to travel, such a beautiful country and I love how you capture the differences between 2 different cultures.

  85. potzu cz says:

    Psa nechávají ale i nenechávají spát na posteli, je to jen na lidech.

  86. Tsusaku Cohenat says:

    There is no problem with dogs in bed. Some people find it disgusting, some not. It really depends on a person.

  87. Mia M says:

    agree about the showers! very annoying. don't know how they wash their hair with one hand…

  88. Tomáš Růžička says:

    You just put the water out, let it hang, and then use the shower gel, then put it down, turn the water back on and flush it again. No waste of shower gel nor water.
    Even a lot of czech people wants to have a shower curtain (or even plastic "walls") in the shower.
    You go in the bedroom in shoes and think that one sheet extra in bed under you is more hygienic????? like people spit on the streets and you don't take your shoes off at home?

  89. Honza 21 says:

    Ok, your flat did not come with a wardrobe or a washing machine, that does not mean we don't have them..

  90. cheeerpa says:

    Couldn't you fit a washing machine in your bathroom? It is perfectly normal in flats in Prague to do that. The waste can run into your bath or toilet and you have space for a dishwasher in the kitchen. And dryer on top of the washer. A lot of people do that.

  91. Hopsahejs says:

    Proč ta ženská dělá furt takový ksichty?

  92. Sfaxx says:

    I'm not from US, but I've moved to Plzeň (big city not far from Prague) from abroad. In general I find info in this video true, but I will disagree about apartments. Despite I understand you were talking about more historical, older building but it seemed like it's general rule. Usually there are elevators in buildings. Also bathroom usually combined especially in smaller apartments to preserve space. And it's true that doors have handles on the inside and only knobs on the outside so you need to use your key to get inside. But usually you have a handle to get out of your building. And it's just a matter of habit to bring your keys with you every time you leaving apartment. My trick is to leave them in keyhole (because I'm leaving alone) or to have some key hangers right next to the entrance door. Leaving aside this minor things I've mentioned thank you for this interesting video!☺️

  93. Brnk Pos says:

    You know you don't have to have the water running when shaving, right? 😃
    I hate myself when the handle isn't in the shower in rental flats but it can be fixed quite easily 😌

  94. Martin Kuchař says:

    Skvělá videa. Některé rozdíly jsou fakt vtipné. A ty jsi fakt sympatická a vtipná. 😁

  95. Šárka Budinová says:

    Not only dogs… also cats (me) rats (my friends).

  96. Petr gaming Cz 2 says:

    V mí posteli spí kočka , nevím jaký by to bylo mít tam psa 😂😂😂

  97. Marek Bareš says:

    Tak toto video krásně popsalo jak se u nás žilo za první republiky. V dnešní době skoro žádný Čech nežije přímo v centru v historických domech a pokud ano umí si zrekonstruovat být aby odpovídal dnešním potřebám. Přijde mi to zvláštní bagatelizování. Je to jen pohled na jeden byt ne obecná situace v Čechách. Přece každý si tu žije podle svého. Jsme tu svobodní a například koupelnu si můžeme zařídit jak chceme. No je to na dlouhé povídání a celé video je vlastně nic neříkající a neobjektivní.

  98. Jiří Malík says:

    Whoa! You have really nice Ř 😀

  99. Anna Horáčková says:

    About the dogs… It's about the mood… Sometimes I let my dog to sleep with us but she has her own place to sleep.

  100. Anna Horáčková says:

    And the entrance door are usually locked because of thieves 😉 not because the People are escaping

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