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A test: are you still trully Czech? / Test: jste stale ten pravy Cech?

dve ruce imageThis is a fun one. How do you show the number ‘2’ on your fingers? Do you show it the Czech/Slovak way – using the thumb and the index finger or do you do it the American way – using the index finger and the middle finger? I am proud to say I am still a true Czech since I use my thumb. Don’t take me wrong, I have tried to do it the American way but it just seems too much work. My fingers are simply not trained that way; plus, why would I start counting off with the index finger if the thumb is the first finger on my hand? It just does not make sense to me. Vote bellow on what you do (and comment on what you think about this):

PS: bottom line, if you see someone in America doing this sign above, he/she is either Czech counting to two or he is telling you you are a looser. Let’s hope he is counting…. :o))

CZ: Tato otazka vas pobavi: uzkazujete cislo dve na vasi ruce po cesku (po slovensku) – tedy pomoci palce a ukazovacku, nebo jste se jiz poamerictili a pouzivate pouze ukazovacek a prostrednicek? Ja se vam pysne priznam, ze nadale pouzivam cesky zpusob. Navic, prominte, ale komu by se chtelo zacit pocitat pomocim uzazovacku, kdyz prvni prst v rade je palec??? Volte v nize uvedene ankete, co delate vy:
PS: Kdyz tedy v Americe uvidite nekoho jak si ‘pocita’ do dvou, nezapomente ze to take muze znamenat to, ze vam naznacuje vase ‘looserovstvi’. Doufejme tedy, ze pan pocita…. :0))

How do you show the number '2' on your hand?

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14 comments… add one
  • Michael July 11, 2009, 4:18 am

    After having ended up with three beers once I learned to do it the Czech way ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Lorenzo July 11, 2009, 5:55 am

    Real Czechs also divide time in before the velvet revolution and after, rather than before or after Christ! I kind of like that! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Vlastimil July 11, 2009, 8:35 am

    Yes, if Czechs say “after the revolution”, they always mean the last one ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Vlastimil July 11, 2009, 8:38 am

    I have always used the American way of showing #2.
    As a child, I never thought I was different because of it …After coming to USA, I was excited to learn that Americans adopted my own way of showing #2 ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jamie July 11, 2009, 12:22 pm

    The Czech way of counting on one’s fingers becomes problematic when you get to 4, because the human hand isn’t built to hold the pinkie down while displaying the other four fingers. But in Europe, if you ask for two of something in the American manner, you’re liable to get three, because Europeans perceive a ghost thumb there even if you don’t display it. And Tanja, the index finger is your first finger. The thumb has only marginal status among fingers. Think of it as a finger with only a green card.

  • Tanja July 11, 2009, 6:10 pm

    To Micahel: hahaha
    To Lorenzo: hahaha
    To Vlastimil: hahaha
    To Jamie: hahaha AND how come the thumb is not my first finger? I still don’t get it. But you are right, when you get to ‘4’ it gets a little more difficult

  • Albert July 11, 2009, 6:21 pm


    My right hand is American
    my left hand is Czech.

  • Vlastimil July 11, 2009, 10:25 pm

    I remember in one pub on Prague, one guy had no fingers , only a thumb. He shouted at waiter:” bring me three beers”…and waived with his only thumb…
    And waiter told him: ” Sorry, we are not allowed to serve drunk people”….

  • Albert July 13, 2009, 10:47 am


    Asking myself why my two hands do some thing differently I needed to whisk away some cobweb from old memories.
    During WWII Winston Churchill popularized the two finger salute to mean “V for Victory”. I only remember using my right hand to make that salute. Read http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V_sign for more details. In any case only my right hand learned the gesture and uses it for the digit 2. I must remember to avoid using it at an Irish Pubs ๐Ÿ™‚

    I find that my right hand signals 3 by using the Boy Scout salute.
    I was never a real boy scout. For the digit 3 my left hand displays thumb, index and middle fingers.

    Both hands use only the fingers spread apart with the thumb hidden from the viewer to represent the digit 4.
    I don’t use the “Live long and prosper” Vulcan V-salute.


  • Tanja July 13, 2009, 11:56 pm

    Hi Albert, thank you for the informative answer! I have to make sure to check out all of your links ๐Ÿ™‚

  • janney July 14, 2009, 1:09 am

    czech way.If I show it the american way – I allways se it as V – victory and sign of revolution OF politic part.
    Kdyz se dostanu na cislo 4, zjistila jsm,ze si malicek drzim prostredkem dlane( jakoby ho zapichnu do prostred a drzim) – odakziva a ani jsem o to nevedela ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Tanja July 14, 2009, 10:12 am

    Ahoj Janney, ja to delam uplne stejne! Mas pravdu, malickem si drzim palec!! No, vidis jak jsme nad tou anatomii vyhraly ๐Ÿ™‚

  • pavla July 15, 2009, 12:46 am

    ja pocitam Cesky a moje deti take pocitali jako ja, az nez sli do skoly.

    A mate pravdu, ze u ctvrteho prstu to zacne byt tezke a tak moje maminka zvedne prostrednicek pak malicek a nakonec prstenicek a je to zvlastni, ale opravdu jednodussi ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Tanja July 15, 2009, 3:49 pm

    Aha, takze maminka te nejdriv ‘flip off’ a pak teprve napocita do ctyr.. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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