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Does This Language Make Me Look Fat?

A Eurasianet partner post from RFE/RL

One of the first things Regiina Nohova had to learn when she moved to the Czech Republic was how to open her mouth wider when she spoke.

As a native-born Estonian, she simply wasn't in the habit.

"In Estonia, we speak slowly," she said. "We almost don't open our mouths when we speak. We don't have to articulate the words. It's our nature. It's colder there, and people spend more time inside, and that's why we're like this. I think there's a very big difference between Estonian and Czech people, and how they speak and express themselves."

Nohova, who lives in Prague with her Czech husband and two daughters, has since mastered both the Czech language and the art of more active articulation.

But the 35-year-old yoga instructor says even though they now speak the same language, she and her husband still have their differences, especially when it comes to a healthy lifestyle.

"In the beginning, I think we were very different about food, especially after our daughters were born," she says. "About healthy food and how important it is. He said it wasn't so important. And about exercise also, I think. I do yoga and he doesn't do yoga. Even now."

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Does This Language Make Me Look Fat?

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