Translation - Essentials

Learn hungarian - Essentials

English Hungarian
Hello Jónapot kívánok – Szia – Helló – Szervusz
Good evening Jóestét!
Goodbye Viszontlátásra!
See you later Akkor később találkozunk
Yes Igen
No Nem
Excuse me! Elnézést
Thanks Köszi
Thanks a lot Nagyon köszönöm!
Thank you for your help Köszönöm a segítségét!
Don't mention it Kérem
Ok Rendben (van)
How much is it? Elnézést, ez mennyibe kerül?
Sorry! Bocsánatot kérek!
I don't understand Nem értem
I get it Értem
I don't know Nem tudom
Forbidden Tilos
Excuse me, where are the toilets? Elnézést, hol van a mosdó?
Happy New Year! Boldog új évet kívánok!
Happy birthday! Boldog szülinapot!
Happy holiday! Kellemes Ünnepeket!
Congratulations! Gratulálunk!

How to learn Hungarian by yourself? Start with an easy and free online course!

We have adopted an objective and efficient approach to learn how to speak a language easily and quickly: we suggest you to start by memorizing words, phrases and practical expressions that you can use in everyday life and that will be useful when traveling.
Getting used to pronounce words out loud, numbers for exemple, is an easy exercise that you can practice often and at anytime throughout the day. And it will help you to get used to the sounds of your chosen language and thus make it more familiar.
And once your holidays have begun, in Budapest, in the picturesque Szentendre or elsewhere, you will be surprised how familiar and easy to understand it will seem.
Furthermore, using a pocket dictionary is always useful, particularly during a trip. It enables you to find the translation of new words and enrich your vocabulary.

Why speak Hungarian while traveling?

Do you know what the ballpoint pen and the Rubik's Cube have in common? Both are inventions born of Hungarian creativity!
Well developed in the field of research, the country has several universities, schools and laboratories from which iconic global figures of science have emerged, such as the economist John Harsanyi and chemist George de Hevesy, both Nobel Prize laureates.
And even if the field of research is not for you, you can savor the ironic and suggestive style of Imre Kertész - winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2002 - or discover the work of Georg Lukács in its original form. All good reasons to dive into learning Magyar and to discover the subtleties of this agglutinative and harmonic language of the Finno-Ugric branch!

Good deals on the horizon

A mid-ranked power of the European Union, this Central European country has a population of around 10 million inhabitants, but also counts a vast Magyar population of almost 2.5 million Hungarian minorities in the nations bordering Hungary, in addition to significant emigrant communities in Canada, the United States, Australia and Israel. In addition, as one of the official languages ​​of the European Union, knowledge of this language could be a real asset if you were to apply for work in the EU institutions.

Make a success of your stay in Hungary

Whether you are going to spend a few days with friends for a leisure trip or if you are on a business trip, nothing will be more useful to you than to be able to slip a few words in the language of your interlocutors, who will appreciate your effort and will be certainly more willing to help.

How to succeed in having good pronunciation within a week to a month?

Hungarian, a difficult language?

It is true that the reputation of this language precedes it, and although we can not deny that learning Hungarian can be arduous, the originality of its linguistic mix is ​​worth the effort.  By learning the vocabulary with its mix of Slavic, Latin, German, Turkish and Indo-Iranian origins, be sure to notice the seven pairs of long and short vowels as well as the 44 letters of its alphabet.

An enlarged Latin alphabet

Written in the Latin alphabet, the language is composed of 44 letters, including seven pairs of vowels and 25 consonants, all of which can be long or short, with phonemic stress giving meaning. The Hungarian accent is stressed always on the first syllable of words. It is remarkable that double letters or vowels which follow each other are pronounced separately and that certain double letters like Cs, Sz and Ty are indivisible. Thus, letters like ZS is pronounced J as in the French JEU, and the letter J is pronounced Y as in the English YES.
We invite you to listen to the pronunciation of the letters by clicking on the following link: Hungarian alphabet with audio.
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