It is obvious that e-mails or letters with proper addressing are more likely to win a new customer. Improper e-mails are often left unnoticed or end up straight in the spam basket. To prevent this happening to your e-mail or letter, you need a good database and a tool for converting any surname to its correct form.
Czech is one of a few languages using vocative case for addressing instead of nominative. You might argue that addressing a man pane Novák sounds just fine, but you are definitely wrong. This form of addressing is impolite, the appropriate vocative is strongly recommended in all official and written styles. Using improper nominative will only cast a shadow on your company.
To form a vocative case is not that easy. Although surnames like Novák only take u and surnames like Tichý even stay as they are, surname Petr, for example, changes r for ř. Examples below show some of the rules you have to follow when addressing people: Novák-Nováku, Ševeček-Ševečku, Čeněk-Čeňku, Kocáb-Kocábe, Havel-Havle, Jakubec-Jakubče,Kadlec-Kadleci, Duchoň-Duchoni, Sršeň-Sršni, Nagy-Nagyi, Škoda-Škodo. Have a guess what form should be used when addressing Mr. Wolker.
Our database contains approximately 7, 000 commonest Czech names and surnames. To make sure that your addressing is correct gender-wise (i.e. Vážený pane or Vážená paní), our tool lets you know you whether the person in question is a man or woman. Since our tool is capable of forming the vocative case from virtually any Czech word, it can assist you with the whole process of addressing. If you are unsure whether to use pane soudce or pane soudče, let our tool do the job for you.
- Correct vocative form of any noun, pronoun and some numerals returned. Detailed information about the names added (first name, surname, male, female).
- Correct female surname derived from any male surname (Dufek/Dufková or Dufkovi). Available in both directions.
Letter addressing module is available for languages listed in tool overview (see table).