Can you say that three times fast in Czech?
It really has a nice rhythm in it. I hope that one day, I will speak Czech good enough to appreciate the fine Czech poetry they must have.
The rhythmic and stress patterns are indeed important. That is, what the second position rules express, the way certain words are ordered to make a natural sounding pattern.
Why hocha? I am so confused
hoch is masculine animate and it is in the accusative case. See the Tips.
Why tamtoho dum? Isn't house inanimate? Why isn't it Tamten?
But it IS "tamten dům", precisely because "dům" is inanimate.
And it's "tamtoho hocha", because "hoch" is animate.
"(X) tamtoho dům" is incorrect.
I cannot pronounce hocha
No wonder, two consonants that are completely missing from Italian.
But with your range of languages, they shouldn't be that unfamiliar to you.