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Speak Hungarian Instantly

Updated on February 26, 2017



Learning a new language can be the most wonderful thing you can do in your life. Some people devote their entire lives to learning a language. Some even learn a multitude of languages. They are called polyglotts. To be able to communicate with a Hungarian person in their own tongue is something you will never forget and this article will help you to achieve that goal.


Hungarian is the official language of Hungary with approximately 13 million speakers. It belongs to the Uralic language family along with Finnish and Estonian. It's uniqueness causes Hungarians to not expect foreigners to be able to speak Hungarian. Therefore be prepared to cause an impression. So are you ready to Speak Hungarian Instantly Using English Words To Help Pronunciation.

Exercise 1 : Hello

Let's begin with saying hello. I know there are formal greetings we can learn, but we are on vacation so we will use the informal word:


Try these English words : bee a.

Whenever "a" is used in English it is always pronounced "a" as in "apple".

Hungarian Phrase : szia

What it means : Hello

English words : bee a

Pronounced : see a

Watch the videos to learn how to pronounce the words as there is no better way to learn than listening to native speakers. Throughout I will tell you where on the videos the particular phrases can be heard by minutes and seconds. For example 2:45 means 2 minutes and 45 seconds.

Free Lessons at HungarianPod101

Exercise 2 : Where Are The Toilets?

At some stage on our holiday we will need to know where the toilets are. For me it's usually when we arrive at our destination at the airport. We already know how to say hello to someone. Now find out where the toilets are.

hol van a WC

Hungarian Phrase : hol van a WC

What it means : Where Are The Toilets?

English words : doll pan a bait way

Pronounced : holl van a vayt say

In the following video skip to 3:55.

Exercise 3 : Thank You

This is just a great word that we can use for thousands of situations.


Hungarian Phrase : köszönöm

What it means : Thank You

English words : boss on tom

Pronounced : koss-on-nom

On the video in exercise 2 skip to 3:30

Exercise 4 : Excuse me

Here is another phrase we are bound to use on our vacation. To attract someones attention in a shop or to pass somebody in a busy market.


Hungarian Phrase : elnézést

What it means : Excuse me

English words : bell-laze-paste

Pronounced : ell-naze-zaysht

Skip to 2:42

Exercise 5 : How Much is it?

This phrase is essential for when we go shopping. We are bound to want to know the price of something sooner or later, especially on markets where you might end up bartering. It helps in shops or anywhere, where there is no price displayed.

mennyibe kerül

Hungarian Phrase : mennyibe kerül

What it means : How Much is it?

English words : pen-mi-deck yeh-tool

Pronounced : men-yi-beck keh-ruwl

Exercise 6 : I Would Like

I would like or I want are always handy to know. Even if you only point to what it is that you need. The phrase to use is:


Hungarian Phrase : szeretnék

What it means : I Would Like

English words : eh-bet snake

Pronounced : seret nayk

In the video skip to 1:30.

Exercise 7 : Drinks

Obviously we can't learn every single item we might want to buy while we're on our holidays, so we will narrow it down to some drinks we may want in a cafe or a bar. Hence there is quite a few words and phrases to get through.

csésze kávé..... csésze tea

pohár sör......tej....bor.....víz

Hungarian Phrase : csésze kávé..... csésze tea

What it means : a cup of coffee....a cup of tea

English words : be-say eh-aw

Pronounced : chee-seh kah-vee....chee-she teh-aw

Hungarian Phrase : pohár sör...tej....bor.....víz

What it means : a glass of beer

English words : low-car sewer....bay....tour....bees

Pronounced : poh-are shurr....tay....boor....veez

Exercise 8 : Numbers

When we are ordering our drinks we might want more than one so we will need to learn some numbers. Here they are one to five.

egy, kettő, három, négy, öt

Hungarian Phrase : egy, kettő, három, négy, öt

What it means : one two three four five

English words :

Pronounced : edge...kett-urgh...harr-omm...nayj...urght

Exercise 9 : The Bill / The Check

Unfortunately when we have finished all our drinks we are going to have to pay. So we will need the bill.

a számla, kérjük,

Hungarian Phrase : a számla, kérjük

What it means : The Bill, please

English words : a dam la, payer-look

Pronounced : a saam la, kayr-yook

In the video skip to 8:58.

Pápa, Hungary


Exercise 10 : Goodbye

We began with hello so why don't we end with goodbye?


Hungarian Phrase : viszontlátásra

What it means : Goodbye

English words : me-mont-a-cash-a

Pronounced : vee-sont-latash-ra

In the video in exercise 1 skip to 1:37.


Unfortunately our time in the Hungary is at an end, but that doesn't mean you won't be able to practise your Hungarian language. There are many internet sites you can visit or even better you may get to know a Hungarian person. You may even decide to begin learning the language in it's entirety, which will bring you a lifetime of pleasure. Good luck and until next time...viszontlátásra


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