I am a native speaker of English living and working in Decin, northern Bohemia and have been specializing in Czech to English translations for over 15 years. Below are a few snippets of my work. (Click through to view the full excerpt alongside its Czech original.)

Turkish pipes and Viennese intrigue

When the Continental Blockade collapsed, English goods flooded the European market and company profits fell. Rösler supplemented his product line by assembling pipes for tobacco smoking.


Blind alleys were generally the domain of obstinate inventors who built their own workshops but never quite succeeded in finding a market for their (often expensive) products.

Knife country

The poor soil around Mikulášovice did not yield so easy a living as the fertile land of the Bohemian interior and what produce the rocky fields did bear hardly covered the needs of the families toiling there.

European cycling's black hole

Riding in Prague is an unending battle full of compromise, stress and, for some, adrenaline. The city has a completely different feel from Amsterdam or Dresden.


Děčín is a place of encounters. It straddles the confluence of Bohemia’s greatest river, the Elbe, with the waters of the Ploučnice and Jílové.

Bikes and trains

Rail travel with your bicycle can be either a breeze or a pain in the neck, depending upon the sort of wagons that make up your train.

Your Bicycle as Checked Luggage