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Nemzetközi nőnap: International Women’s Day in Hungary

Nemzetközi nőnap, or International Women’s Day in Hungary, is a special holiday set aside just for women. In Hungary, Women’s Day means lots of gift-giving and showing one’s appreciation for the most important women in one’s life. Every hölgy, or “lady,” enjoys receiving gifts and sweet wishes.

In this article, you’ll learn all about celebrating International Women’s Day in Hungary! Let’s get started.

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1. What is International Women’s Day?

Starting with the International Women’s Day history, this holiday can be traced back to 1909, when the Socailist Party of America organized an event for women in New York. This idea for a Women’s Day quickly spread to Europe, which had its first Women’s Day celebrations in 1911. In 1913, Hungary joined those countries where women are celebrated on this day, but the date became mandatory only in the Rákosi era, in 1948.

Each year on International Women’s Day, people show respect, admiration, and appreciation for the women in their life. The meaning behind Women’s Day varies slightly from one country to the next. For example, some countries have a greater focus on women’s achievements than others, and some focus more on promoting women’s rights.

In Hungary, many people have mixed feelings about International Women’s Day. Some people say that there’s no need to have a separate date to show our love and respect toward women, because these feelings aren’t only for one day. Others have a bitter taste in their mouth because of the communist background of this day, which is connected to labor movements.

If we are talking about Women’s Day, we should also mention that women in Hungary have been celebrated for centuries. Their day was March 25, the Day of the Annunciation. According to common belief, this was the day that Virgin Mary invited Jesus Christ into her womb. This Catholic celebration is about respect and appreciation for women, mothers, and fertility. Those who don’t like celebrating women on this day have a valid reason, saying Hungary has its own, centuries-old date to celebrate women, which is free of any political connotations.

    → HungarianPod101 has a vocabulary list on Religion if you want to learn more important words.

2. When is International Women’s Day?

A Woman Sitting at a Desk

Each year, International Women’s Day is celebrated on March 8.

3. How to Celebrate International Women Day

Woman Smelling a Bouquet of Flowers

In Hungary, Women’s Day traditions always involve gifting women with flowers and kind words. Men give these gifts to the most important women in their lives; women often find them waiting on their desk at work, and girls still in school may also find flowers on their school desk when they arrive!

One of the most popular International Women’s Day flowers in Hungary is the hóvirág, or “snowdrop,” which is labeled the messenger of spring. However, do be very careful when presenting a woman with snowdrops. Since 2005, buying and selling cut snowdrop flowers has been illegal. You can still offer snowdrops as a potted plant, though. Many women also enjoy receiving a tulipán, or “tulip.”

4. Men’s Day?

Do you know why there is no Men’s Day in Hungary?

When men complain about the lack of Men’s Day, they get the following answer from ladies: “The other 364 days of the year are already Men’s Day!”

5. Must-Know Vocabulary for International Women’s Day

A Single Snowdrop Flower

Ready to review some of the vocabulary words from this article? Here’s a list of the most important Hungarian words and phrases for International Women’s Day!

  • Gyönyörű — “Beautiful”
  • Hölgy — “Lady”
  • Szeret — “Love”
  • Tulipán — “Tulip”
  • — “Woman”
  • Férfi — “Man”
  • Virág — “Flower”
  • Nemzetközi nőnap — “International Women’s Day”
  • Ajándékoz — “Present”
  • Nemzetközi — “International”
  • Hóvirág — “Snowdrop”

To hear the pronunciation of each word, and to read them alongside relevant images, be sure to check out our Hungarian International Women’s Day vocabulary list.

Final Thoughts

We hope you enjoyed learning about International Women’s Day in Hungary with us. Do you celebrate Women’s Day in your country, or honor women another way? Let us know in the comments! We always love hearing from you.

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The Hungarian Calendar: Talking About Dates in Hungarian

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Did you know there are many different types of calendars?

As you probably know - a calendar is a system of organizing days in weeks and months for specific purposes, according to Wikipedia.

Worldwide, most countries use the Gregorian calendar. Some just work on the same framework, meaning that time is divided into units based on the earth’s movement around the sun - the “solar calendar”. Other calendars keep time by observing the moon’s movements, a combination of the moon and the sun’s movements, and seasons.

Through HungarianPod101, you can learn all about this and so much more! Our themed, culturally relevant lessons are skillfully designed so you can do your planning perfectly for a holiday or a date.

Having a good plan for a visit or a trip is like studying well for an exam. You’re just so much better prepared! For that, you could well need specific phrases to plan around appointments and such, especially on business trips. Make sure to use the charts we provide here with the days of the week in Hungarian, as well as the months in Hungarian to navigate your way as you plan. Great resources!

Also - always remember to have fun!

Table of Contents

  1. Why Will It Help To Know How To Talk About Dates in Hungarian?
  2. Talking About your Plans
  3. Can HungarianPod101 Help You In Other Ways Too?

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1. Why Will It Help To Know How To Talk About Dates in Hungarian?

Days of the Week

Well, that’s not a difficult question to answer. No matter why you’re travelling, it would be best to at least know the names of days and months in Hungarian. You don’t want to miss your flight or an appointment because you confused “péntek” (Friday) with “szombat” (Saturday)! Or maybe you planned a holiday for “július” (July), but you booked a flight for “június” (June) by accident!

Avoid this confusion by learning the Hungarian calendar before you leave.

Now, as promised, the 15 phrases to help you make and discuss plans.


2. Talking About your Plans

Months of the Year

Perhaps you’re working in Hungary, or maybe you’re enjoying a prolonged holiday. Fabulous! Memorize these phrases so you can be sure to successfully negotiate meetings, appointments, dates, events, the list goes on!

1. Mit csinálsz a hétvégén?

“What are you doing this weekend?”

This question is usually a preamble to inviting someone somewhere. Given that it’s over the weekend, it probably means a casual get-together or another social event. (But not necessarily! A manager or boss could also ask this for entirely different reasons.)

It’s a handy phrase to know when you’ve made Hungarian or expat friends in the country. Or, be the one doing the inviting. Then train your ear to learn the following phrases so you can understand the response.

2. Ezen a hétvégén utazom.

“I am traveling this weekend.”

This could be a reply if you’re not available because you’re doing other fun stuff.

No matter why you are visiting Hungary, do take the time to explore the country! It’s beautiful and it has so many wonderful, interesting spots ready to be visited.

Couple at booking in Desk

3. Azt tervezem, hogy otthon maradok.

“I am planning to stay at home.”

Maybe you feel unwell, but don’t want to give too much information? Or maybe you have work to do? Perhaps you just need some quiet gardening time…it doesn’t matter. This response is polite and honest without oversharing.

It could also be a slightly open-ended response, depending on how you deliver it. Because hey, being home could still mean your plans are flexible, right?

That said - depending on your relationship with the inviter, nuances like these will probably not be so apparent in a foreign culture. So, best to use this excuse for declining an invitation only if you are truly set on staying in.

Woman Doing Gardening

4. Ezen a héten elfoglalt vagyok.

“This week I am busy.”

Another polite phrase that gives a reason for declining an invitation but without oversharing details.

Don’t decline too many invitations, though! You don’t want people to think that you’re too busy to hang out with them. They will stop inviting you out, and you know how the saying goes - all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy…! Being social is good for the soul.

5. Holnap szabad vagyok.

“I am free tomorrow.”

Yay! Perhaps you were approached by that person and they asked about your availability for a date. This would be a fine reply. Not too eager, but still indicating that you’re interested.

Or maybe you’re just replying to a colleague or manager’s request for a meeting. Polite, honest and clear.

Alternatively, you’re just busy right now, and plans are not going the way they were…well, planned. Compromise is a lovely thing! And this phrase sounds just like that.

Use it to indicate that you want to accommodate an invitation or the inviter’s plans, despite your current unavailability. Only if you are really free, of course.

6. Átütemezhetnénk ezt?

“Can we reschedule this?”

So, life happened and you are unable to meet obligations or attend a planned meeting. This is a suitable question to ask if you wish to indicate your willingness to still engage with whatever is on the table.

Obviously you should (ideally) not ask to reschedule a party or big meeting! (Unless you’re the boss or it’s your own party, of course.) But if there’s reasonable wiggle room regarding arrangements, then this one’s your question.

Business Man Sitting with Schedule

7. Hónap végén lesz elég időm.

“I will have enough time at the end of the month.”

A go-to phrase when events or activities are likely to take up a lot of your time, such as going away for a weekend, spending the day at a local market, or writing your manager’s quarterly report (with 20 flow-charts in Powerpoint) - anything that won’t only take an hour or two.

8. Mi a legjobb időpont neked?

“When is the best time that suits you?”

Remember phrase #5? That was a possible reply to this question. Asked by your crush, very possibly! Or, it could be asked by any other person for any other reason, doesn’t matter.

If this is addressed to you, it usually means that the person respects your time and schedule, which is a good thing. It probably also means that their own schedule is flexible, another good thing.

This is also a polite question to ask when a manager or senior colleague wants to meet with you. Let them decide on the time, and be as accommodating as possible. This attitude shows respect for seniority - good for career building. (Within reason, of course. You don’t need to postpone your wedding or your paid-up holiday to Australia because your manager wants to see you.)

Screen Tablet Hotel

9. Ez az időpont jó neked?

“Is this date OK with you?”

But - if the other party insists that you choose a time for a meeting, appointment, or date etc., then do so! Respond with this nice, somewhat casual question that leaves space for negotiation, but only needs a simple reply.

Suitable for friends, and casual acquaintances and colleagues.

10. Azon a napon szabad vagy?

“Are you available on that day?”

This is the a-bit-more-formal version of the previous question. Again, it has room for negotiation, but only needs a simple response - nice and neat!

Maybe this is the go-to question when you’re addressing your seniors at work, or a person much older than you.

11. Meg tudjuk csinálni a lehető leghamarabb?

“Can we do it as soon as possible?”

This question has an urgency to it that should preferably be responded to with the same. A simple reply will be good - yes or no. Less negotiable, this is still polite because it’s a question that gives you a choice.

But stand ready with one of the phrases in this article to help tie down a time and date!

Couple Getting Engaged on a Bridge

12. Minden este elérhető vagyok.

“I’m available every evening”

If you’re going to reply with this phrase, context is everything.

- If it’s your manager asking you to put in a bit of overtime, and you are available to - great reply! When deadlines are tight and everybody is stressing, your willingness to go the extra mile can only improve your relationship with your boss.

(Still, no need to be a doormat! If you get asked to work overtime too often, or if everyone else is goofing around while you have to graft, then re-evaluate the situation. And if you feel you’re being exploited a bit, don’t stress! Equip yourself with the diplomatic, yet assertive responses right in this article.)

- If it’s an old friend or longtime significant other asking to hang out - good reply. You know one another and appearances don’t matter any longer.

- If it’s a new crush who just asked when you’d be available for a date - stop. Not such a great reply. Tone down a bit! “Interested but not overly eager” is what you’re going for here.

Refer back to response #5, or use a counter-question, such as #1. Whatever suits you.

But if they - or anyone else - invite you to scale the Himalayas with them, then the next phrase will probably be the only sane response!

Mountaineer in Snow

13. Ezt jó előre meg kell terveznem.

“I need to plan this well in advance.”

So, as said under #9, perhaps you’re invited to join someone conquer the Himalayas.

Or your company manager wants you to plan the Party that Tops All Year-End Parties Forever.

Simply - if you get asked to do something that you know will need a lot of thorough planning, this is a good phrase to respond with.

It’s an assertive phrase that demonstrates two things regarding your attitude:

a) That you know your own abilities, and respect your own schedule.
b) That your respect other people’s time and schedule too.

Then just be sure to actually do that planning well in advance!

14. Keresnünk kell egy másik dátumot.

“We need to find another date.”

So, you’re in negotiations regarding a date.

This is an assertive statement that should probably not be used with a “My way or the highway” attitude.

That stuff only works in the movies - think sharp-tongued Samuel L. Jackson. Or fierce Kristen Stewart. Yea, they can be scary, so tone down that tone.

Also, be mindful that fickle people who change plans all the time don’t keep friends! Taking others’ needs into consideration, while simultaneously having your way is a delicate art that takes proper cultivation. Use this phrase sparingly - we have better ones here to negotiate with.

Rock Concert Hands in the Air

Of course, if your planned trip to the dentist falls on the same day as the only Billie Eilish concert close by…well, priorities are priorities. Feel free to call the dentist with this phrase. Or even better, use the next one.

15. Nem tudom megcsinálni azon a napon.

“I cannot do it on that day.”

This is the low-key-but-still-firm cousin of the previous phrase. You’re stating a personal fact, and depending on your tone, this can be as non-negotiable as you prefer.

Again, only use this when you really mean it, if you’re visiting Hungary or any other foreign country.

So, that’s it, folks! Which phrase did you find the most helpful? Let us know in the comments!


3. Can HungarianPod101 Help You In Other Ways Too?

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Well yes, of course!

We think you will find these phrases easy to use when talking about dates and months in Hungarian. But knowing how to employ them properly could help you avoid sticky situations!

HungarianPod101 is uniquely geared to help you with this and so much more.

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If you’re serious about mastering Hungarian easily yet correctly, HungarianPod101 is definitely one of, if not the best, online language learning platforms available. Talking about your plans or dates in Hungarian need not ever spoil your stay.

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Learn How to Talk About Your Family in Hungarian

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Did you know that only some reptiles and birds don’t parent their offspring? Except for crocodiles, all reptiles (and one family of bird species called megapodes) hatch from eggs and grow up alone, without any family.

The rest of us need family if we are to survive and thrive - humans and animals alike!

At HungarianPod101, we know how important family is. Therefore, we take care to teach you all the important vocabulary and phrases pertaining to family.

Table of Contents

  1. Why Is It Important to Know Hungarian Vocabulary about Family?
  2. Learn a New Culture? Learn its Family Vocab first
  3. How HungarianPod101 Can Help You Learn Hungarian Family Terms

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1. Why Is It Important to Know Hungarian Vocabulary about Family?

Lioness with Cub

Well, if you’re serious about studying any new language, then learning about the most important social unit in Hungarian culture would be a crucial part of your education.

What is family, though? Strictly speaking, it’s a group of people who live together and are supposed to take care of one another. Some of them are genetically linked.

Family isn’t just about who we’re related to by blood, of course. It’s also one of the main influences in shaping every child’s life.

Family is Important for Children’s Healthy Development

Phrases Parents Say

Family is the single most important influence in a child’s life. Children depend on parents and family to protect them and provide for their needs from the day they were born.

Primary caregivers, which usually comprise parents and family, form a child’s first relationships. They are a child’s first teachers and are role models that show kids how to act and experience the world around them.

By nurturing and teaching children during their early years, families play an important role in making sure children are ready to learn when they enter school.

Families Can Take All Shapes and Sizes

However, the way families are put together is by no means standard.

Mom and Daughter

Single-parent and same-gender households have become a new norm the past few decades, and there’s no shame in this. When there is love, connection and proper care, a child can thrive anywhere.

Everyone also knows that sometimes friends can become like family and remain with us for life, because it’s all about human connection.

After all, we share many commonalities simply because we’re human, and we are programmed to connect with one another and belong to a group. This is very important for our well-being and survival.

It’s All About Feeling Connected

As John Northman, a psychologist from Buffalo, NY, told WebMD - feeling connected to others contributes to mental as well as physical health.

He pointed out that when people feel connected, they feel better physically, and they’re also less likely to feel depressed.

Couples Chatting

Or, if they do feel depressed, they’d be in a better position to get out of it when they feel they are connecting with others. This is because they would be psychologically supported too, Northman said.

There has even been some links drawn between addiction and feeling disconnected from others. According to an article in Psychology Today, research indicates that addiction is not solely a substance disorder, but also affected by people feeling insecurely attached to others.

It showed that securely attached individuals tend to feel comfortable in and enjoy life, while insecurely attached people typically struggle to fit in and connect.


2. Learn a New Culture? Learn its Family Vocab first

So, it’s clear that for most of us, family is our entry point into connection and belonging. This is true of every culture, so in every country, family takes prominence.

For this reason, HungarianPod101 offers culturally-relevant lessons that will equip you well to understand families in Hungary.

Here are some of the most important Hungarian vocabulary and quotes about family and parenting!

A) Hungarian Family Vocabulary

Let’s start with the basic vocabulary. Without this collection of words, you’ll have a hard time describing any member of your family at all.

Family Terms
Family
család
Great grandfather
dédnagypapa
Mother
anya
Grandmother
nagymama
Father
apa
Grandfather
nagypapa
Wife
feleség
Grandchild
unoka
Husband
férj
Granddaughter
unoka
Parent
szülő
Grandson
unoka
Child
gyerek
Aunt
nagynéni
Daughter
lánya
Uncle
nagybácsi
Sister
lánytestvér
Niece
unokahúg
Brother
fivér
Nephew
unokaöcs
Younger sister
húg
Younger brother
öccs
Older brother
báty
Great grandmother
dédnagymama
Cousin
unokatestvér
Mother-in-law
anyós
Father-in-law
após
Sister-in-law
sógornő
Brother-in-law
sógor
Partner
társ

Family of Three

B) Quotes About Family

Hungarian Family Quotes

One of the ways to improve your Hungarian language skills is by memorizing quotes from books, or poems.

Either source some from Hungarian literature, or make use of ours!

Nem válaszhatod meg, ki legyen a családod. Ők Isten ajándéka számodra, ahogy te magad is az vagy a családod számára.

“You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.” - Desmond Tutu

A család nem egy fontos dolog. A család a legfontosabb.

“Family is not an important thing. It’s everything.” - Michael J. Fox

A család azt jelenti, hogy senki nincs elhagyva, senki nincs elfelejtve.

“Family means no one gets left behind or forgotten.” - David Ogden Stiers

A családom jelenti nekem az erőt és egyben a gyengeséget.

“My family is my strength and my weakness.” - Aishwarya Rai

A család a természet egyik remekműve.

“The family is one of nature’s masterpieces.” - George Santayana

Nehéz időkben a család az, aki támogat.

“When trouble comes, it’s your family that supports you.” - Guy Lafleur

A család az emberi társadalom első nélkülözhetetlen sejtje.

“The family is the first essential cell of human society.” - Pope John XXIII

Nincs olyan, ami az egész családnak szórakozás lenne.

“There is no such thing as fun for the whole family.” - Jerry Seinfeld

Meg kell védened a becsületed. És a családod.

“You have to defend your honor. And your family.” - Suzanne Vega

A boldog családok mind hasonlók egymáshoz, minden boldogtalan család a maga módján az.

“All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” - Leo Tolstoy

C) Test Your Knowledge!

Do you feel you have learned a lot in this blog? Let’s quickly test that!

In the table below, match the Hungarian vocabulary on the left with the definition of the relative in the right column.

MY RELATIVES
Relative Name Definition
1. család a. My male child
2. anya b. My older male sibling
3. apa c. My female sibling
4. feleség d. My child’s child
5. férj e. My child’s female child
6. társ f. My female parent
7. gyerek g. My grandparent’s mother
8. lánya h. Mother to one of my parents
9. fia i. Relatives
10. lánytestvér j. My female child
11. fivér k. My younger male sibling
12. húg l. Male spouse
13. öccs m. The father of one of my parents
14. báty n. My child’s male child
15. dédnagymama o. My children’s father or mother
16. dédnagypapa p. The sister of one of my parents
17. nagymama q. The brother of one of my parents
18. nagypapa r. My male parent
19. unoka s. My sibling’s female child
20. unoka t. My sibling’s male child
21. unoka u. My male sibling
22. nagynéni v. My parents’ sibling’s child
23. nagybácsi w. Female spouse
24. unokahúg x. The grandfather of one of my parents
25. unokaöcs y. The person I am a parent to
26. unokatestvér z. My younger female sibling

How did it go? Don’t worry if you had trouble with it - you’ll get there! With a bit of practice, and our help at HungarianPod101, you’ll soon have these family terms under the belt.

Family Shopping


3. How HungarianPod101 Can Help You Learn Hungarian Family Terms

We hope that we helped you expand your family in Hungarian vocabulary!

HungarianPod101, with its innovative online learning system, stands out among online learning platforms to help you master Hungarian easily.

Our lessons are tailored not only to increase your language skills, but to also inform you of Hungarian culture, including the Hungarian family structure.

When you sign up, you will get instant access to tools like:

1 - An extensive vocabulary list, regularly updated
2 - A new Hungarian word to learn every day
3 - Quick access to the Hungarian Key Phrase List
4 - A free Hungarian online dictionary
5 - The excellent 100 Core Hungarian Word List
6 - An almost limitless Lesson Library for learners of all levels

Further speed up your learning with the help of a personal tutor, who will first assess your current Hungarian language abilities to personalize your training and tailor it to your needs.

Hard work always pays off, and to help you in this, HungarianPod101 will be there every step of the way toward your Hungarian mastery!

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Aranyvasárnap: Bronze, Silver, and Gold Sunday in Hungary

Purple, Bronze, Silver, and Gold Sunday in Hungary

In Hungary, practicing Christians celebrate the four Sundays leading up to Christmas Eve. These are called the Purple, Bronze, Silver, and Gold Sundays, originally known as the Advent Sundays.

In this article, you’ll learn all about this festive and deeply meaningful holiday, from its history to modern-day traditions for the Advent period. At HungarianPod101.com, we hope to make every aspect of your language-learning journey both fun and informative—starting with this article!

Let’s get started.

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1. What is Bronze, Silver, Gold Sunday?

Purple, Bronze, Silver, and Gold Sunday are the four successive Sundays leading up to Christmas. These are not public holidays, but rather Christian holidays that have been commercialized and secularized over time.

For Christians, these are also known as the Advent Sundays. Because Sunday is a sacred day for Christians, those practicing the faith prepare for the grand Christmas Eve. celebration on each of the consecutive four Sundays. Many Hungarians also celebrate these holidays in a more secular fashion.

We’ll go more into traditions and celebrations later in this article.

2. When are the Advent Sundays?

Christmas Markets

The date of the Bronze, Silver, and Gold Sundays are moveable, though they’re always the four Sundays before Christmas Eve.

Here’s the date of each of these Sundays:

Purple Bronze Silver Gold
2019 December 1 December 8 December 15 December 22
2020 November 29 December 6 December 13 December 20
2021 November 28 December 5 December 12 December 19
2022 November 27 December 4 December 11 December 18
2023 December 3 December 10 December 17 December 24
2024 December 1 December 8 December 15 December 22
2025 November 30 December 7 December 14 December 21
2026 November 29 December 6 December 13 December 20
2027 November 28 December 5 December 12 December 19
2028 December 3 December 10 December 17 December 24

3. Advent Traditions & Celebrations

For practicing Christians, the most important aspect of the Advent Sundays is attending the masses at church. However, as mentioned earlier, these holidays are gradually becoming more and more secularized—the eventual fate of many religious holidays.

While the core meaning of these Sundays—preparing to celebrate the birth of Jesus—remains mostly intact, many non-religious Hungarians celebrate them as well.

In particular, the Purple, Bronze, Silver, and Gold Sundays have become associated with shopping and great deals! Like in the West, stores now offer huge promotions for these weekends, and thousands rush to shopping malls to take advantage of massive discounts and purchasing opportunities. There are also Christmas markets open, which sell special goods and treats for the holiday season!

Many Hungarians decorate their homes with the traditional Advent wreaths and Advent candles. On each Sunday of Advent leading to Christmas Eve., families light one candle until all four candles are lit on the fourth Sunday. Children love this tradition because, with each candle lit, they know that Christmas Eve. is nearer and they’re one week closer to opening their gifts from “Little Jesus” (Jézuska)!

Another popular tradition is the Advent calendar. Parents often give their children this Advent calendar at the beginning of the month, which contains one chocolate candy for each day of the Advent period. Sometimes, the treats for the Purple, Bronze, Silver, and Gold Sundays are larger or tastier than those for the rest of the days.

4. Why Purple, Bronze, Silver, and Gold?

The original names of these days were 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Sunday of Advent.

During the four decades of Communist dictatorship, authorities had a negative approach to churches and removed the religious connotations of all holidays and special days celebrated by the nation. It was then when these names were introduced.

Christmas was renamed as the “Pine Tree Feast.” The association with the precious metals bronze, silver, and gold refers to the gradual increase in importance toward the celebration.

Interestingly, the name Purple Sunday isn’t commonly known among Hungarians; perhaps this color is used because of its association with royalty or wealth.

5. Essential Vocabulary for the Advent Sundays

Hot Wine

Here’s some vocabulary you need to know for the Bronze, Silver, and Gold Sundays in Hungary!

  • Olcsó — “Cheap”
  • Pénzt költ — “Spend money”
  • Vásárlás — “Shopping
  • Árleszállítás — “Sale”
  • Piac — “Market”
  • Alkuldozik — “Bargain”
  • Választék — “Variety”
  • Meglepetés — “Surprise
  • Forralt bor — “Hot wine”
  • Tömeg — “Crowd”
  • bronz-, ezüst-,aranyvasárnap — “Bronze, Silver, Gold Sunday”

To hear the pronunciation of each vocabulary word, and read them alongside relevant images, be sure to check out our Hungarian Bronze, Silver, Gold Sunday word list!

Final Thoughts

The four Sundays leading to Christmas Eve. are sacred, fun, and festive. Does your country have any special celebrations for Christmas or other winter holidays? Tell us about them in the comments section!

If you’re interested in learning more about Hungarian culture, or want to learn more words for the holidays and wintertime, you may find the following pages useful:

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How To Post In Perfect Hungarian on Social Media

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You’re learning to speak Hungarian, and it’s going well. Your confidence is growing! So much so that you feel ready to share your experiences on social media—in Hungarian.

At Learn Hungarian, we make this easy for you to get it right the first time. Post like a boss with these phrases and guidelines, and get to practice your Hungarian in the process.

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1. Talking about Your Restaurant Visit in Hungarian

Eating out is fun, and often an experience you’d like to share. Take a pic, and start a conversation on social media in Hungarian. Your friend will be amazed by your language skills…and perhaps your taste in restaurants!

Dávid eats at a restaurant with his friends, posts an image of the group, and leaves this comment:

POST

Let’s break down Dávid’s post.

Már nagyon vártam a ma esti vacsorát! Nagyon jól éreztem magam!
“I was really looking forward to tonight’s dinner! I had a great time!”

1- Már nagyon vártam a ma esti vacsorát!

First is an expression meaning “I was really looking forward to tonight’s dinner!”
Use this sentence to express your excitement about an upcoming dinner. You can replace “tonight’s dinner” with other activities that you’re looking forward to.

2- Nagyon jól éreztem magam!

Then comes the phrase - “I had a great time!”
Use this expression to tell others that you had a great time. It can be used in any situation. If you were treated by someone, remember to say “thank you” in Hungarian at the end.

COMMENTS

In response, Dávid’s friends leave some comments.

1- Annyit ettem, hogy majd kidurranok!

His girlfriend’s high school friend, Nóra, uses an expression meaning - “I ate so much, I’m going to burst!”
Use this expression to be humorous.

2- Remélem, szép estétek volt!

His supervisor, Róbert, uses an expression meaning - “I hope you had a nice evening!”
Use this phrase to make pleasant conversation.

3- Igazán meghívhattál volna…

His girlfriend’s nephew, István, uses an expression meaning - “You really should have invited me…”
Use this expression to show you are feeling a bit left out.

4- Én is nagyon jól éreztem magam, köszönöm a meghívást!

His high school friend, Anikó, uses an expression meaning - “I also had a great time, thank you for the invitation!”
Use this expression to show you are feeling optimistic.

VOCABULARY

Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • nagyon: “very”
  • jól: “well”
  • kidurran: “to burst, to pop”
  • remél: “to hope”
  • szép: “nice, beautiful”
  • meghív: “to invite”
  • köszönöm: “thank you”
  • meghívás: “invitation”
  • So, let’s practice a bit. If a friend posted something about having dinner with friends, which phrase would you use?

    Now go visit a Hungarian restaurant, and wow the staff with your language skills!

    2. Post about Your Mall Visit in Hungarian

    Another super topic for social media is shopping—everybody does it, most everybody loves it, and your friends on social media are probably curious about your shopping sprees! Share these Hungarian phrases in posts when you visit a mall.

    Anna goes shopping with her sister at the mall, posts an image of the two of them, and leaves this comment:

    POST

    Let’s break down Anna’s post.

    Ma shoppingolni megyünk a húgommal!
    “We’re going shopping today with my sister!”

    1- Ma shoppingolni megyünk

    First is an expression meaning “We’re going shopping today.”
    You will notice that the English word “shopping” appears in the Hungarian phrase. This word originally comes from English so Hungarian people use it as slang. The word is pretty widespread, but older people still might not understand its meaning.

    2- a húgommal!

    Then comes the phrase - “with my sister!”
    The English translation says “sister,” but the Hungarian word literally means “younger sister.” In Hungarian, different words are used to describe an older or younger sister.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Anna’s friends leave some comments.

    1- Már igazán rátok fért egy kis vásárlás!

    Her neighbor, Ági, uses an expression meaning - “You really deserved some shopping!”
    Use this expression when are feeling warmhearted about the post.

    2- Kérlek, nézd meg, hogy van-e akció a férfi osztályon.

    Her boyfriend, Dávid, uses an expression meaning - “Please check if there’s a sale in the men’s department.”
    Use this expression to ask a favor.

    3- Remélem, haza bírjátok majd cipelni a szatyrokat!

    Her high school friend, Nóra, uses an expression meaning - “I hope you’ll be able to carry the shopping bags home!”
    Use this expression to be humorous.

    4- Én is oda tartok. Nem iszunk meg egy kávét?

    Her college friend, Géza, uses an expression meaning - “I’m going there as well. Shall we have a coffee?”
    Use these phrases if you want to make arrangements with the poster.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • ma: “today”
  • igazán: “really”
  • vásárlás: “shopping”
  • hogy: “that”
  • akció: “sale”
  • hazacipel: “to carry home”
  • iszik: “to drink”
  • kávé: “coffee”
  • So, if a friend posted something about going shopping, which phrase would you use?

    3. Talking about a Sport Day in Hungarian

    Sports events, whether you’re the spectator or the sports person, offer fantastic opportunity for great social media posts. Learn some handy phrases and vocabulary to start a sport-on-the-beach conversation in Hungarian.

    Dávid plays with his friends at the beach, posts an image of the team, and leaves this comment:

    POST

    Let’s break down Dávid’s post.

    Épp röplabdázunk a parton. Kiváló az idő!
    “We’re playing volleyball on the beach. The weather is great!”

    1- Épp röplabdázunk a parton.

    First is an expression meaning “We’re playing volleyball on the beach.”
    You can use the first word of this sentence to express that you’re doing something at that moment, as it literally means “right now.”

    2- Kiváló az idő!

    Then comes the phrase - “The weather is great!”
    You can use this expression to let others know that you’re enjoying the good weather.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Dávid’s friends leave some comments.

    1- Hajrá, srácok!

    His college friend, Géza, uses an expression meaning - “Go for it, boys!”
    Use this expression if you are feeling encouraging.

    2- Nincs jobb, mint a szabadban sportolás!

    His supervisor, Róbert, uses an expression meaning - “There’s nothing better than playing sports outdoors!”
    Use this comment to express a personal opinion.

    3- Ki nyert?

    His high school friend, Anikó, uses an expression meaning - “Who won?”
    Use this question if you need more information.

    4- Nincs túl meleg ehhez?

    His girlfriend’s nephew, István, uses an expression meaning - “Isn’t it too hot for this?”
    This is a rhetorical question just to make conversation.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • röplabdázik: “to play volleyball”
  • Hajrá!: “Go for it!”
  • srác: “boy, tad”
  • ki: “who”
  • nyer: “to win”
  • túl: “too”
  • meleg: “warm”
  • Which phrase would you use if a friend posted something about sports?

    But sport is not the only thing you can play! Play some music, and share it on social media.

    4. Share a Song on Social Media in Hungarian

    Music is the language of the soul, they say. So, don’t hold back—share what touches your soul with your friends!

    Anna shares a song she just heard at a party, and leaves this comment:

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    Let’s break down Anna’s post.

    Nemrég hallottam ezt a számot, és azóta a kedvencem.
    “I heard this song recently, and since then, it’s (been) my favorite.”

    1- Nemrég hallottam ezt a számot

    First is an expression meaning “I heard this song recently .”
    You can use the first word of this phrase to express that something happened recently as it literally translates to “not long ago.”

    2- és azóta a kedvencem.

    Then comes the phrase - “and since then, it’s (been) my favorite..”
    You can use this phrase to talk about something you like, especially from a certain time.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Anna’s friends leave some comments.

    1- Tényleg nagyon jó!

    Her boyfriend, Dávid, uses an expression meaning - “It’s really very good!”
    Use this expression to show your agreement.

    2- Mindjárt táncra perdülök itt a buszmegállóban!

    Her high school friend, Nóra, uses an expression meaning - “I’m about to start dancing at the bus stop!”
    Use this expression to be humorous and enthusiastic.

    3- Köszi, hogy megosztottad! Nekem is nagyon tetszik!

    Her neighbor, Ági, uses an expression meaning - “Thank you for sharing it! I like it a lot too!”
    Use this expression if you are feeling warmhearted and grateful.

    4- Nem igazán az én stílusom…

    Her nephew, István, uses an expression meaning - “It’s not really my style…”
    Use this expression to share a differing opinion.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • hall: “to hear”
  • szám: “number, song”
  • tényleg: “really”
  • jó: “good”
  • táncra perdül: “to start to dance”
  • buszmegálló: “bus stop”
  • megoszt: “to share”
  • stílus: “style”
  • Which song would you share? And what would you say to a friend who posted something about sharing music or videos?

    Now you know how to start a conversation about a song or a video on social media!

    5. Hungarian Social Media Comments about a Concert

    Still on the theme of music—visiting live concerts and shows just have to be shared with your friends. Here are some handy phrases and vocab to wow your followers in Hungarian!

    Dávid goes to a concert, posts an image of the band, and leaves this comment:

    POST

    Let’s break down Dávid’s post.

    Szuper volt a koncert!
    “The concert was great!”

    1- Szuper volt

    First is an expression meaning “was great!.”
    The first word is the same in meaning and in sound to the English word “super.” In Hungarian, a “z” is added to the letter “s” to create the English “s” sound. It’s one of the Hungarian digraphs.

    2- a koncert!

    Then comes the phrase - “The concert .”
    Again, the word for “concert” is very similar to the English word, but in Hungarian, it starts with a “k” instead of a “c”.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Dávid’s friends leave some comments.

    1- Nagyon jól néz ki az énekesnő!

    His college friend, Géza, uses an expression meaning - “The singer looks very good!”
    Use this expression to share a personal opinion.

    2- Remélem, nem nyomtak össze az első sorban!

    His girlfriend’s high school friend, Nóra, uses an expression meaning - “I hope you weren’t squeezed in the front row!”
    Use this expression to make pleasant conversation.

    3- Örülök, hogy végre láthattad őket élőben zenélni!

    His neighbor, Ági, uses an expression meaning - “I’m glad you were finally able to see them perform live!”
    Use this expression if you are feeling warmhearted.

    4- Az élő zene igazán pezsdítő.

    His supervisor, Róbert, uses an expression meaning - “Live music is really stirring.”
    This is an opinion that shows your agreement.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • énekesnő: “singer (female)”
  • első sor: “front row, first row”
  • örül: “to be happy”
  • lát: “to see”
  • élő: “live”
  • zenél: “to play music”
  • élő zene: “live music”
  • pezsdítő: “stirring”
  • If a friend posted something about a concert , which phrase would you use?

    6. Talking about an Unfortunate Accident in Hungarian

    Oh dear. You broke something by accident. Use these Hungarian phrases to start a thread on social media. Or maybe just to let your friends know why you are not contacting them!

    Anna accidentally breaks her mobile phone, posts an image of it, and leaves this comment:

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    Let’s break down Anna’s post.

    Teljesen összetörtem a mobilom! Ezt nem hiszem el!
    “I totally broke my cellphone. I can’t believe it!”

    1- Teljesen összetörtem a mobilom!

    First is an expression meaning “I totally broke my cellphone.”
    Use this sentence to express that you broke your phone to the point that it’s in pieces.

    2- Ezt nem hiszem el!

    Then comes the phrase - “I can’t believe it!.”
    Use this expression to show how shocked, surprised, or upset you are about a situation.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Anna’s friends leave some comments.

    1- Nem baj, drágám, már úgyis újat akartunk venni.

    Her boyfriend, Dávid, uses an expression meaning - “It’s okay, dear. We wanted to buy a new one anyway.”
    Use these phrases if you wish to be supportive and helpful.

    2- Fel a fejjel, Anna, nem dőlt össze a világ!

    Her boyfriend’s high school friend, Anikó, uses an expression meaning - “Cheer up, Anna. The world didn’t crash above our heads!”
    Use this expression to be supportive by playing down the accident.

    3- Előfordul.

    Her nephew, István, uses an expression meaning - “It happens.”
    Use this observation if you wish to be reassuring by playing down the event.

    4- Engem akartál hívni?

    Her college friend, Géza, uses an expression meaning - “Were you about to call me?”
    Use this expression to be frivolous and humorous.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • nem baj: “it’s okay, no problem”
  • új: “new”
  • akar: “to want”
  • fel a fejjel : “cheer up”
  • Előfordul.: “It happens.”
  • világ: “world”
  • hív: “to call”
  • If a friend posted something about having broken something by accident, which phrase would you use?

    So, now you know how to describe an accident in Hungarian. Well done!

    7. Chat about Your Boredom on Social Media in Hungarian

    Sometimes, we’re just bored with how life goes. And to alleviate the boredom, we write about it on social media. Add some excitement to your posts by addressing your friends and followers in Hungarian!

    Dávid gets bored at home, posts an image of it, and leaves this comment:

    POST

    Let’s break down Dávid’s post.

    Unatkozom, és senki nem ér rá.
    “I’m bored and no one is available.”

    1- Unatkozom

    First is an expression meaning “I’m bored.”
    This verb is in first person singular. However, you won’t find the word that expresses “I” because the suffix that is used refers to the first person singular.

    2- és senki nem ér rá.

    Then comes the phrase - “and no one is available.”
    You can use this phrase when explaining or complaining that no one is available. Keep in mind, however, that the first word means “and”, so you must attach this phrase to another complete sentence. Otherwise, you can remove “and” and use the remainder of the phrase as is.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Dávid’s friends leave some comments.

    1- Aludj egy nagyot, amúgy is sokat dolgoztál.

    His neighbor, Ági, uses an expression meaning - “Take a big nap. You already worked a lot.”
    Use these phrases if you wish to be supportive and warmhearted.

    2- Nemsokára hazaérek, és megnézhetünk egy filmet.

    His girlfriend, Anna, uses an expression meaning - “I’ll be home soon, and we can watch a movie together.”
    Use this expression to show your support and caring.

    3- Így jártál, barátom.

    His girlfriend’s nephew, István, uses an expression meaning - “You’re out of luck, my friend.”
    Use this expression if you wish to be humorous by being a bit sarcastic.

    4- Miért nem szóltál hamarabb?

    His college friend, Géza, uses an expression meaning - “Why didn’t you tell me sooner?”
    Use this expression if you are feeling regretful.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • unatkozik: “to be bored”
  • senki: “no one, nobody”
  • nagy: “big”
  • dolgozik: “to work”
  • nemsokára: “soon”
  • film: “movie”
  • barát: “friend”
  • miért: “why”
  • If a friend posted something about being bored, which phrase would you use?

    Still bored? Share another feeling and see if you can start a conversation!

    8. Exhausted? Share It on Social Media in Hungarian

    Sitting in public transport after work, feeling like chatting online? Well, converse in Hungarian about how you feel, and let your friends join in!

    Anna feels exhausted after a long day at work, posts an image of herself looking tired, and leaves this comment:

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    Let’s break down Anna’s post.

    Végre itthon! Nagyon elfáradtam.
    “Finally, I’m home! I got very tired.”

    1- Végre itthon!

    First is an expression meaning “Finally I’m home!.”
    Use this expression when you want to say that you couldn’t wait to get home from somewhere.

    2- Nagyon elfáradtam.

    Then comes the phrase - “I’m very tired..”
    The first word means “very” and can be used to exaggerate conditions, such as in this example. The second word is a verb in the past tense without a personal pronoun since it’s indicated by the suffix.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Anna’s friends leave some comments.

    1- Pihend jól ki magad!

    Her boyfriend’s high school friend, Anikó, uses an expression meaning - “Rest well!”
    Use this expression to wish the poster something positive.

    2- Én még mindig dolgozom.

    Her nephew, István, uses an expression meaning - “I’m still working.”
    Use this expression to share personal information that’s in agreement with the poster.

    3- Jó pihenést, Anna!

    Her neighbor, Ági, uses an expression meaning - “Have a good rest, Anna!”
    Use this expression if you are feeling warmhearted.

    4- Ma ne főzz! Rendeljünk vacsorát.

    Her boyfriend, Dávid, uses an expression meaning - “Don’t cook today! Let’s order dinner.”
    Use this expression to show your support and caring.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • elfárad: “to get tired”
  • pihen: “to rest, to relax”
  • én: “I”
  • még mindig: “still”
  • főz: “to cook”
  • rendel: “to order”
  • vacsora: “dinner”
  • If a friend posted something about being exhausted, which phrase would you use?

    Now you know how to say you’re exhausted in Hungarian! Well done.

    9. Talking about an Injury in Hungarian

    So life happens, and you manage to hurt yourself during a soccer game. Very Tweet-worthy! Here’s how to do it in Hungarian.

    Dávid suffers a painful knee injury, posts an image of it, and leaves this comment:

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    Let’s break down Dávid’s post.

    Ezt nézzétek! Kifordult a térdem edzés közben.
    “Look at this! I twisted my knee while training.”

    1- Ezt nézzétek!

    First is an expression meaning “Look at this!”
    Use this expression when you want to catch someone’s attention.

    2- Kifordult a térdem edzés közben.

    Then comes the phrase - “I twisted my knee while training..”
    You can find a digraph in the word for “training”. It’s pronounced “ds” like in “dads”.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Dávid’s friends leave some comments.

    1- Nem kellett volna annyira erőltetni.

    His girlfriend’s nephew, István, uses an expression meaning - “You shouldn’t have forced it that much.”
    Use this expression to show your concern but beware, it might sound a bit unsympathetic.

    2- Ebcsont beforr.

    His girlfriend’s high school friend, Nóra, uses an expression meaning - “It’s going to heal soon.”
    Use this expression to be supportive and positive.

    3- Ne aggódj, hamar rendbe fogsz jönni, csak pihentesd.

    His high school friend, Anikó, uses an expression meaning - “Don’t worry, you’ll be alright soon. Just rest it.”
    Use this expression if you are feeling optimistic and supportive.

    4- Azt hittem, jobb formában vagy.

    His college friend, Géza, uses an expression meaning - “I thought you were in better shape.”
    Use this expression to be frivolous and tease the poster.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • erőltet: “to force”
  • eb: “dog”
  • csont: “bone”
  • Ne aggódj!: “Don’t worry!”
  • hamar: “soon”
  • jobb: “better”
  • forma: “shape”
  • If a friend posted something about being injured, which phrase would you use?

    We love to share our fortunes and misfortunes; somehow that makes us feel connected to others.

    10. Starting a Conversation Feeling Disappointed in Hungarian

    Sometimes things don’t go the way we planned. Share your disappointment about this with your friends!

    Anna feels disappointed about today’s weather, posts an image of it, and leaves this comment:

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    Let’s break down Anna’s post.

    Kirándulni akartunk, de eleredt az eső.
    “We wanted to hike, but it started to rain.”

    1- Kirándulni akartunk,

    First is an expression meaning “We wanted to hike,”
    The second word is in the past tense and refers to first person plural. The personal pronoun “we” is omitted and expressed by the suffix.

    2- de eleredt az eső.

    Then comes the phrase - “but it started to rain..”
    The first word of this phrase is a contrasting conjunction that means “but.” You can use it to connect compound sentences in Hungarian.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Anna’s friends leave some comments.

    1- Nem baj, drágám, majd elmegyünk a jövő héten.

    Her boyfriend, Dávid, uses an expression meaning - “Don’t worry, honey, we’ll go next week.”
    Use this phrase if you wish to be supportive by making a suggestion.

    2- Maradj otthon, nehogy megfázzatok!

    Her neighbor, Ági, uses an expression meaning - “Stay at home. Don’t catch a cold!”
    Use this expression to show your caring and concern.

    3- Szerencse, hogy indulás előtt kezdett el esni, és nem amikor már kint voltatok.

    Her boyfriend’s high school friend, Anikó, uses an expression meaning - “Luckily, it started raining before you left and not when you were already outside.”
    Use this expression to make positive observations, keeping the conversation going.

    4- Mi piknikeztük, és most csuromvizesek vagyunk.

    Her high school friend, Nóra, uses an expression meaning - “We were having a picnic, and now we’re soaking wet.”
    Use this phrase to share a personal experience.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • majd: “then”
  • jövő hét: “next week”
  • marad: “to stay”
  • megfázik: “to catch a cold”
  • szerencse: “luck”
  • előtt: “before”
  • kint: “outside”
  • vizes: “wet”
  • How would you comment in Hungarian when a friend is disappointed?

    Not all posts need to be about a negative feeling, though!

    11. Talking about Your Relationship Status in Hungarian

    Don’t just change your relationship status in Settings, talk about it!

    Dávid changes his status to “In a relationship”, and leaves this comment:

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    Let’s break down Dávid’s post.

    Annával minden perc csodás.
    “Every minute is wonderful with Anna.”

    1- Annával

    First is an expression meaning “with Anna..”
    Here, “with” is expressed by a suffix. That’s why there’s no separate word for it like in English. Anna is a common name in Hungary, as well.

    2- minden perc csodás.

    Then comes the phrase - “Every minute is wonderful.”
    This phrase is a little over the top. Use it when you want to sound poetic, romantic, or very pathetic.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Dávid’s friends leave some comments.

    1- Irigykedem.

    His college friend, Géza, uses an expression meaning - “I’m envious.”
    Use this expression to be frivolous.

    2- Megtaláltátok egymást, mint zsák a foltját.

    His girlfriend’s high school friend, Nóra, uses an expression meaning - “You found each other like a bag finds its patch.”
    Use this expression to be humorous but also appreciative.

    3- Szép pár vagytok.

    His supervisor, Róbert, uses an expression meaning - “You’re a nice couple.”
    Use this phrase to compliment the couple.

    4- Örülök, hogy boldogok vagytok!

    His high school friend, Anikó, uses an expression meaning - “I’m glad that you’re happy!”
    Use this expression to show support and positive feelings.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • irigykedik: “to envy”
  • megtalál: “to find”
  • egymás: “each other”
  • zsák: “sack, bag”
  • folt: “patch”
  • pár: “couple”
  • boldog: “happy”
  • What would you say in Hungarian when a friend changes their relationship status?

    Being in a good relationship with someone special is good news - don’t be shy to spread it!

    12. Post about Getting Married in Hungarian

    Wow, so things got serious, and you’re getting married. Congratulations! Or, your friend is getting married, so talk about this in Hungarian.

    Anna is getting married today, posts an image of herself, and leaves this comment:

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    Let’s break down Anna’s post.

    Életem legszebb napja! Mindjárt sírok.
    “The most beautiful day of my life! I’m about to cry.”

    1- Életem legszebb napja!

    First is an expression meaning “The most beautiful day of my life!.”
    This is a common expression you can use when something extraordinary or wonderful is happening to you.

    2- Mindjárt sírok.

    Then comes the phrase - “I’m about to cry..”
    You can use this expression when you’re about to cry either from joy or sadness.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Anna’s friends leave some comments.

    1- Sok boldogságot!

    Her supervisor, Róbert, uses an expression meaning - “Lots of happiness!”
    Use this expression to show your agreement.

    2- Nem túl korai egy picit?

    Her nephew, István, uses an expression meaning - “Isn’t it a bit early?”
    Use this expression to make an observation.

    3- Legyetek nagyon boldogok!

    Her neighbor, Ági, uses an expression meaning - “Be very happy!”
    Use this expression to show you are feeling warmhearted and wish the couple well.

    4- Vajon engem feleségül vesz egyszer valaki?

    Her high school friend, Nóra, uses an expression meaning - “I wonder if someone would ever marry me?”
    Use this expression to be melancholy.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • korai: “early”
  • picit: “a little”
  • vajon: “whether”
  • feleségül vesz: “to marry (a woman)”
  • valaki: “someone”
  • nem: “no, not”
  • élet: “life”
  • How would you respond in Hungarian to a friend’s post about getting married?

    For the next topic, fast forward about a year into the future after the marriage…

    13. Announcing Big News in Hungarian

    Wow, huge stuff is happening in your life! Announce it in Hungarian.

    Dávid finds out he and his wife are going to have a baby, posts an image of the two of them, and leaves this comment:

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    Let’s break down Dávid’s post.

    Hamarosan kisbabánk születik.
    “Our baby will be born soon.”

    1- Hamarosan

    First is an expression meaning “soon..”
    You hear this word often in daily life, for example, in train station announcements or on television when a show is about to start.

    2- kisbabánk születik.

    Then comes the phrase - “Our baby will be born.”
    The first word literally means “our little baby.” This is a common and cute way to talk about babies. “Our” is expressed by the suffix at the end of the word.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Dávid’s friends leave some comments.

    1- Nagyon várom, hogy láthassam a babát!

    His neighbor, Ági, uses an expression meaning - “I’m really looking forward to seeing the baby!”
    Use this expression to show you are feeling warmhearted and positive.

    2- Remélem, nem rád fog hasonlítani.

    His nephew, István, uses an expression meaning - “I hope it won’t resemble you.”
    Use this expression to be humorous by being a bit insulting.

    3- Lehetek a keresztanya?

    His wife’s high school friend, Nóra, uses an expression meaning - “Can I be the godmother?”
    Use this expression to show you are eager to support.

    4- Gratulálok! Milyen csodás hír!

    His high school friend, Anikó, uses an expression meaning - “Congratulations! What wonderful news!”
    This is a traditional response to good news.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • születik: “to be born”
  • vár: “to wait”
  • baba: “baby”
  • hasonlít: “to resemble, to look alike”
  • keresztanya: “godmother”
  • Gratulálok!: “Congratulations!”
  • csodás: “wonderful”
  • hír: “news”
  • Which phrase would you choose when a friend announces their pregnancy on social media?

    So, talking about a pregnancy will get you a lot of traction on social media. But wait till you see the responses to babies!

    14. Posting Hungarian Comments about Your Baby

    Your bundle of joy is here, and you cannot keep quiet about it! Share your thoughts in Hungarian.

    Anna plays with her baby, posts an image of the little one, and leaves this comment:

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    Let’s break down Anna’s post.

    Nézzétek, milyen cukin mosolyog!
    “Look at how cute she smiles!”

    1- Nézzétek,

    First is an expression meaning “Look,.”
    Here the exclamation is directed to a group of people instead of just one. Use this short expression if you want to catch others’ attention.

    2- milyen cukin mosolyog!

    Then comes the phrase - “how cute she smiles!.”
    The second word, meaning “cute” is a common slang expression used by all ages.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Anna’s friends leave some comments.

    1- Nagyon bájos.

    Her supervisor, Róbert, uses an expression meaning - “Very charming.”
    Use this expression to be old fashioned.

    2- Igazán szép, egészséges baba.

    Her husband’s high school friend, Anikó, uses an expression meaning - “She is a really beautiful and healthy baby.”
    Use this expression to share your agreement and appreciation.

    3- A mosolya felvidítja a napom!

    Her neighbor, Ági, uses an expression meaning - “Her smile brightens my day!”
    Use this expression to show you are feeling warmhearted and appreciative.

    4- Sok udvarlója lesz, ha felnő.

    Her college friend, Géza, uses an expression meaning - “She’s going to have lots of suitors when she grows up.”
    Use this expression to share an opinion that’s also a compliment.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • mosolyog: “to smile”
  • bájos: “charming”
  • egészséges: “healthy”
  • mosoly: “smile”
  • felvidít: “to freshen up, to delight, to cheer up”
  • nap: “day”
  • udvarló: “suitor”
  • felnő: “to grow up”
  • If your friend is the mother or father, which phrase would you use on social media?

    Congratulations, you know the basics of chatting about a baby in Hungarian! But we’re not done with families yet…

    15. Hungarian Comments about a Family Reunion

    Family reunions - some you love, some you hate. Share about it on your feed.

    Dávid goes to a family gathering, posts an image of the group, and leaves this comment:

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    Let’s break down Dávid’s post.

    Minden vasárnap összegyűlik a család.
    “Every Sunday, the family gathers.”

    1- Minden vasárnap

    First is an expression meaning “Every Sunday.”
    Sunday is the day when the majority of Hungarian people are off work. That’s why it’s often picked as the day for big gatherings, especially family gatherings.

    2- összegyűlik a család.

    Then comes the phrase - “the family gathers.”
    Family gatherings are very important in Hungary. They mainly happen during lunch rather than dinner. Grandmothers are usually very excited about it and start meal preparation early in the morning.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Dávid’s friends leave some comments.

    1- Jézusom, de sokan vagytok!

    His wife’s high school friend, Nóra, uses an expression meaning - “Jesus, how many of you!”
    Use this expression to be funny.

    2- Nekem nem szólt senki…

    His nephew, István, uses an expression meaning - “No one told me…”
    Use this expression to show you are feeling excluded.

    3- A család a legfontosabb.

    His supervisor, Róbert, uses an expression meaning - “Family is most important.”
    Use this expression to share a personal opinion that’s in agreement with the poster.

    4- Milyen szép, nagy családod van!

    His neighbor, Ági, uses an expression meaning - “What a nice, big family you have!”
    Use this expression to show you are feeling warmhearted and appreciative.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • minden : “every, all”
  • vasárnap : “Sunday”
  • Jézusom!: “Jesus! “
  • szól: “to tell, to speak”
  • család: “family”
  • fontos: “important”
  • milyen: “how, what kind of”
  • Which phrase is your favorite to comment on a friend’s photo about a family reunion?

    16. Post about Your Travel Plans in Hungarian

    So, the family are going on holiday. Do you know how to post and leave comments in Hungarian about being at the airport, waiting for a flight?

    Anna and her family wait at the airport for her flight, posts an image of herself, and leaves this comment:

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    Let’s break down Anna’s post.

    Nemsokára indulunk! Nagyon izgulok!
    “We depart soon! I’m very excited!”

    1- Nemsokára indulunk!

    First is an expression meaning “We depart soon!”
    You can use this expression to announce that you’re about to leave somewhere. You can also use it to catch the attention of someone who’s not ready to leave yet and indicate that they should hurry up.

    2- Nagyon izgulok!

    Then comes the phrase - “I’m very excited!”
    You can use this expression to say that you’re either excited, nervous, or anxious, depending on the context.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Anna’s friends leave some comments.

    1- Nászútra indultok?

    Her college friend, Géza, uses an expression meaning - “Are you going on your honeymoon?”
    Use this expression to be playful and frivolous.

    2- Jó utat kívánok!

    Her supervisor, Róbert, uses an expression meaning - “I wish you a nice trip!”
    This is a traditional response to the announcement of someone’s travels.

    3- Már megint utaztok?

    Her nephew, István, uses an expression meaning - “Are you traveling again?”
    Use this expression to tease the poster by being a bit negative.

    4- Vigyázzatok magatokra! Ha bármi segítség kell itthon, szóljatok!

    Her neighbor, Ági, uses an expression meaning - “Take care of yourselves! If you need any help at home, let me know!”
    Use these phrases to show warmhearted support and be helpful.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • nászút: “honeymoon”
  • indul: “to leave, to depart”
  • megint: “again”
  • utazik: “to travel”
  • vigyáz: “to take care”
  • bármi: “anything, whatever”
  • segítség: “help”
  • Choose and memorize your best airport phrase in Hungarian!

    Hopefully the rest of the trip is better!

    17. Posting about an Interesting Find in Hungarian

    So maybe you’re strolling around at the local market, and find something interesting. Here are some handy Hungarian phrases!

    Dávid finds an unusual item at a local market, posts an image of it, and leaves this comment:

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    Let’s break down Dávid’s post.

    Azt hiszem, lesz miből válogatni. Mennyi szép áru!
    “I think there will be enough to choose from. So many beautiful goods!”

    1- Azt hiszem, lesz miből válogatni.

    First is an expression meaning “I think there will be enough to choose from..”
    This is a common saying that’s used when there is a variety of things to choose from. This saying can refer to anything.

    2- Mennyi szép áru!

    Then comes the phrase - “So many beautiful goods!”
    You can use this expression to announce your amazement when you’re in a store or marketplace.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Dávid’s friends leave some comments.

    1- Juj, biztos sok jó dolgot találtok majd!

    His high school friend, Anikó, uses an expression meaning - “Oh, I’m sure you’ll find lots of nice things!”
    Use this expression to show your agreement.

    2- Én tutira eltévednék abban a nagy tömegben.

    His wife’s high school friend, Nóra, uses an expression meaning - “I would definitely get lost in that big crowd.”
    Use this expression to make a personal observation.

    3- Van antik áru is?

    His supervisor, Róbert, uses an expression meaning - “Are there antique goods as well?”
    Use this question if you’re curious.

    4- Mennyi kacat!

    His nephew, István, uses an expression meaning - “So much junk!”
    Use this expression to make a personal, negative observation.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • juj: “oh”
  • biztos: “sure, for sure”
  • dolog: “thing”
  • talál: “to find”
  • tutira: “for sure”
  • eltéved: “to get lost”
  • tömeg: “crowd”
  • kacat: “junk, lumber”
  • Which phrase would you use to comment on a friend’s interesting find?

    Perhaps you will even learn the identity of your find! Or perhaps you’re on holiday, and visiting interesting places…

    18. Post about a Sightseeing Trip in Hungarian

    Let your friends know what you’re up to in Hungarian, especially when visiting a remarkable place! Don’t forget the photo.

    Anna visits a famous landmark, posts an image of it, and leaves this comment:

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    Let’s break down Anna’s post.

    Ide mindig is el akartam jönni! Csodásak ezek a görög épületek!
    “I’ve always wanted to come here! These Greek buildings are wonderful!”

    1- Ide mindig is el akartam jönni!

    First is an expression meaning “I’ve always wanted to come here! .”
    Use this sentence when you’ve traveled to your dream place or destination.

    2- Csodásak ezek a görög épületek!

    Then comes the phrase - “These Greek buildings are wonderful!”
    Going to Greece for a holiday is very popular in Hungary. People often go by bus since it’s not that far. It’s a longer journey than taking a flight, but it’s usually cheaper.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Anna’s friends leave some comments.

    1- Ne felejtsétek el a szuvenírem!

    Her high school friend, Nóra, uses an expression meaning - “Don’t forget my souvenir!”
    Use this expression to be frivolous.

    2- Nagyon jó képek, Anna, köszönöm.

    Her supervisor, Róbert, uses an expression meaning - “Very nice photos, Anna. Thank you.”
    Use these phrases to show your appreciation and gratitude.

    3- Milyen szép ott! Nekünk is el kéne oda utaznunk.

    Her neighbor, Ági, uses an expression meaning - “How beautiful (it is) there! We should travel there as well.”
    Use this expression to show you are feeling positive about the location.

    4- Jövőre menjünk együtt a szomszédos szigetre!

    Her husband’s high school friend, Anikó, uses an expression meaning - “Next year let’s go together to the nearby island!”
    Use this expression to make a suggestion.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • görög: “Greek”
  • épület: “building”
  • elfelejt: “to forget”
  • szuvenír: “souvenir”
  • kép: “picture”
  • oda: “there”
  • jövőre: “next year”
  • sziget: “island”
  • Which phrase would you prefer when a friend posts about a famous landmark?

    Share your special places with the world. Or simply post about your relaxing experiences.

    19. Post about Relaxing Somewhere in Hungarian

    So you’re doing nothing yet you enjoy that too? Tell your social media friends about it in Hungarian!

    Dávid relaxes at a beautiful place, posts an image of it, and leaves this comment:

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    Let’s break down Dávid’s post.

    Kék ég, tengerpart. Ez a tökéletes nyár!
    “Blue sky, beach. This is the perfect summer!”

    1- Kék ég, tengerpart.

    First is an expression meaning “Blue sky, beach..”
    Blue skies and the beach are the perfect combination for most Hungarians during summertime. The closest popular summer destination is Lake Balaton, the biggest lake in Central Europe.

    2- Ez a tökéletes nyár!

    Then comes the phrase - “This is the perfect summer!.”
    Use this expression during summer when you’re having a great time.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Dávid’s friends leave some comments.

    1- Jó pihenést mindkettőtöknek!

    His supervisor, Róbert, uses an expression meaning - “I wish a nice rest for both of you!”
    This is a slightly formal well-wish to the poster.

    2- A fotót látva majdnem napszúrást kaptam.

    His wife’s high school friend, Nóra, uses an expression meaning - “I almost got a sunstroke just from looking at the photo.”
    Use this expression to be funny.

    3- Pihenjetek sokat! Várom nagyon az élménybeszámolót!

    His neighbor, Ági, uses an expression meaning - “Get a lot of rest! I’m really looking forward to the travel stories!”
    Use this expression if you are feeling warmhearted and want to wish the poster well.

    4- Itthon esik és hideg van.

    His nephew, István, uses an expression meaning - “It’s raining and cold at home.”
    Use this expression to share some personal news.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • tökéletes: “perfect”
  • nyár: “summer”
  • fotó: “photo”
  • majdnem: “almost”
  • napszúrás: “heatstroke”
  • élménybeszámoló: “travel story”
  • hideg: “cold”
  • Which phrase would you use to comment on a friend’s feed?

    The break was great, but now it’s time to return home.

    20. What to Say in Hungarian When You’re Home Again

    And you’re back! What will you share with friends and followers?

    Anna returns home after a vacation, and leaves this comment:

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    Let’s break down Anna’s post.

    Végre! Mindenhol jó, de a legjobb otthon.
    “At last! Everywhere is good, but home is the best.”

    1- Végre!

    First is an expression meaning “At last! .”
    Depending on the tone you use when you say it, this expression can be used in various situations, such as expressing anticipation, scolding someone for being late or lazy, or wishing for something to end.

    2- Mindenhol jó, de a legjobb otthon.

    Then comes the phrase - “Everywhere is good, but home is the best..”
    This is a common saying after arriving home from somewhere, especially when you’re tired and want to rest.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Anna’s friends leave some comments.

    1- Azt kétlem!

    Her college friend, Géza, uses an expression meaning - “I doubt that!”
    Use this expression if you are feeling frivolous.

    2- Örülök, hogy épségben hazaértetek! Mit csináltok a nyár hátralevő részében?

    Her husband’s high school friend, Anikó, uses an expression meaning - “I’m glad that you arrived home safe and sound! What are you doing for the rest of the summer?”
    Use these phrases if you are feeling grateful, and want more information about their trip.

    3- És még a ház se dőlt össze!

    Her high school friend, Nóra, uses an expression meaning - “And yet, the house didn’t collapse!”
    Use this expression to be funny.

    4- Én inkább máshol lennék.

    Her nephew, István, uses an expression meaning - “I would rather be somewhere else.”
    Make this observation if you opinion differs from the poster’s.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • kételkedik: “to doubt”
  • épségben: “safe and sound”
  • hazaér: “to arrive home”
  • csinál: “to do”
  • hátralevő: “remaining”
  • ház: “house”
  • inkább: “rather”
  • How would you welcome a friend back from a trip?

    What do you post on social media during a national commemoration day such as St. Stephen’s Day?

    21. It’s Time to Celebrate in Hungarian

    It’s a historic day and you wish to post something about it on social media. What would you say?

    Dávid plans to go out and watch the St Stephen’s Day fireworks with Anna, and leaves this comment:

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    Let’s break down Dávid’s post.

    Este megyünk megnézni a tűzijátékot. Ki jön velünk?
    “In the evening we’re going to see the fireworks. Who’s coming with us?”

    1- Este megyünk megnézni a tűzijátékot.

    First is an expression meaning “In the evening we’re going to see the fireworks.”
    Fireworks are the main attraction on St. Stephen’s Day, the most important celebration in Hungary. This day commemorates both the foundation of the Hungarian state and Stephen I, the first king of Hungary. It’s celebrated on the 20th of August and is considered a national holiday.

    2- Ki jön velünk?

    Then comes the phrase - “Who’s coming with us?”
    Use this expression to get someone’s attention when you want them to join you for an event.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Dávid’s friends leave some comments.

    1- Mi is megyünk. Hol találkozzunk?

    His high school friend, Anikó, uses an expression meaning - “We’re going too. Where should we meet?”
    Use this expression to make arrangements with the poster.

    2- Nem tudom eldönteni, hogy mit vegyek fel.

    His wife’s high school friend, Nóra, uses an expression meaning - “I can’t decide what to wear.”
    Use this expression to share personal news.

    3- Én nem megyek a tömegbe, az tuti.

    His nephew, István, uses an expression meaning - “I won’t go into the crowd, that’s for sure.”
    Another personal opinion just to make conversation.

    4- Én randira megyek, de lehet, hogy később csatlakozunk.

    His college friend, Géza, uses an expression meaning - “I’m going on a date, but we might join later.”
    Use this expression to make arrangements with the poster.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • tűzijáték: “fireworks”
  • mi: “we”
  • találkozik: “to meet”
  • eldönt: “to decide”
  • randi: “date”
  • lehet: “maybe”
  • később: “later”
  • csatlakozik: “to join”
  • If a friend posted something about a holiday, which phrase would you use?

    St Stephen’s Day and other public commemoration days are not the only special ones to remember!

    22. Posting about a Birthday on Social Media in Hungarian

    Your friend or you are celebrating your birthday in an unexpected way. Be sure to share this on social media!

    Anna goes to her birthday party, posts an image of it, and leaves this comment:

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    Let’s break down Anna’s post.

    Köszönöm mindenkinek, aki eljött! Nagy meglepetés volt!
    “Thank you all who came! It was a big surprise!”

    1- Köszönöm mindenkinek, aki eljött!

    First is an expression meaning -”Thank you all who came!”
    This is a common expression to say after an event or gathering, thanking the guests who joined.

    2- Nagy meglepetés volt!

    Then comes the phrase - “It was a big surprise!”
    Use this expression when you’re pleasantly surprised by your friends or relatives on your birthday, or when you’re celebrating something.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Anna’s friends leave some comments.

    1- Örülök, hogy jól érezted magad, drágám! Még egyszer boldog születésnapot!

    Her husband, Dávid, uses an expression meaning - “I’m glad you enjoyed yourself, dear! Once again, happy birthday!”
    Use this expression to be supportive of, and loving towards your beloved.

    2- Füled érjen bokáig!

    Her high school friend, Nóra, uses an expression meaning - “May your ears reach your ankles!” [A popular saying when someone has a birthday, because people’s ears grow larger as they age.]
    Use this expression to be funny in a traditional way.

    3- Úgy látszik, te már csak fiatalodsz!

    Her husband’s high school friend, Anikó, uses an expression meaning - “It seems like you’re just getting younger!”
    Use this expression to pay the poster a compliment.

    4- Isten éltessen!

    Her supervisor, Róbert, uses an expression meaning - “God bless you!”
    This is a traditional blessing, suitable for the occasion.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • jól érzi magát: “to have a good time”
  • még egyszer: “once more, one more time”
  • fül: “ear”
  • ér: “to reach”
  • boka: “ankle”
  • te: “you”
  • Isten: “God”
  • If a friend posted something about birthday greetings, which phrase would you use?

    23. Talking about New Year on Social Media in Hungarian

    Impress your friends with your Hungarian New Year’s wishes this year. Learn the phrases easily!

    Dávid celebrates the New Year, posts an image of it, and leaves this comment:

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    Let’s break down Dávid’s post.

    Boldog új évet kívánok! Legyen boldogságban és egészségben gazdag év ez minden kedves rokonomnak és ismerősömnek!
    “I wish you a happy new year! Let your year be full of happiness and health to all my dear relatives and friends!”

    1- Boldog új évet kívánok!

    First is an expression meaning “I wish you a happy new year!.”
    This is the most common way to send your greetings during the New Year season.
    You can find postcards with this greeting as well. There’s also a popular abbreviation for this - just take the first letters of these tour words: “BÚÉK!”

    2- Legyen boldogságban és egészségben gazdag év ez minden kedves rokonomnak és ismerősömnek!

    Then comes the phrase - “Let your year be full of happiness and health to all my dear relatives and friends!”
    This sentence expresses your best wishes for the year and for your relatives and friends. It’s formal but safe to use with everyone.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Dávid’s friends leave some comments.

    1- Újabb év, újabb betarthatatlan fogadalmak.

    His wife’s high school friend, Nóra, uses an expression meaning - “Another year, another unenforceable resolution.”
    Use this expression to be funny about New Year’s resolutions.

    2- Boldog új évet nektek is!

    His neighbor, Ági, uses an expression meaning - “Happy New Year to you too!”
    This is the traditional response to a New Year’s wish.

    3- Lesz buli nálatok?

    His college friend, Géza, uses an expression meaning - “Will there be a party at your place?”
    Ask this question if you need more information.

    4- Hogy boldog lesz-e, azt még senki nem tudja.

    His nephew, István, uses an expression meaning - “No one knows whether it’ll be happy yet. ”
    Use this expression to show you are feeling somewhat cynical about the New Year.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • rokon: “relative”
  • év: “year”
  • betarthatatlan: “unenforceable”
  • fogadalom: “resolution”
  • is: “too, as well, also”
  • buli: “party”
  • tud: “to know”
  • Which is your favorite phrase to post on social media during New Year?

    But before New Year’s Day comes another important day…

    24. What to Post on Christmas Day in Hungarian

    What will you say in Hungarian about Christmas?

    Anna celebrates Christmas with her family, posts an image of it, and leaves this comment:

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    Let’s break down Anna’s post.

    Kellemes karácsonyi ünnepeket kíván a Szabó család!
    “The Szabó family wishes you a Merry Christmas!”

    1- Kellemes karácsonyi ünnepeket kíván

    First is an expression meaning “wishes you a Merry Christmas”.
    You can use this phrase to send your Christmas greetings. You should place your name or your family name at the end of it, because the last verb is in third person singular. Even though a family consists of a group of people, it stays in the third person singular because it’s considered a unit in this case.

    2- a Szabó család!

    Then comes the phrase - “The Szabó family.”
    The surname in this phrase is very common in Hungary.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Anna’s friends leave some comments.

    1- Békés ünnepeket kívánok!

    Her supervisor, Róbert, uses an expression meaning - “I wish you a peaceful holiday!”
    This is a formal wish for a good day, appropriate for this occasion.

    2- Jaj Anna, nagyon köszönöm a szép képeslapot!

    Her husband’s high school friend, Anikó, uses an expression meaning - “Oh Anna, thank you very much for the nice postcard!”
    Use this expression if you are appreciative of a postcard the poster sent you.

    3- Már látom magam előtt a sok finom karácsonyi ételt. Idén se leszek vékonyabb.

    Her high school friend, Nóra, uses an expression meaning - “I can already see a lot of delicious Christmas food in front of myself. Even this year I won’t be thinner.”
    Use this expression to be funny.

    4- Nem bírom ezt a nagy karácsonyi nyüzsgést. Ne hívjatok, nem megyek sehova!

    Her nephew, István, uses an expression meaning - “I can’t stand this big Christmas bustle. Don’t call me, I’m not going anywhere!”
    Use these phrases to express humour with a bit of cynicism.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • kíván: “to wish”
  • karácsony: “Christmas”
  • békés: “peaceful”
  • ünnep: “holiday”
  • képeslap: “postcard”
  • finom: “delicious”
  • idén: “this year”
  • nyüzsgés: “bustle”
  • If a friend posted something about Christmas greetings, which phrase would you use?

    So, the festive season is over! Yet, there will always be other days, besides a birthday, to wish someone well.

    25. Post about Your Anniversary in Hungarian

    Some things deserve to be celebrated, like wedding anniversaries. Learn which Hungarian phrases are meaningful and best suited for this purpose!

    Dávid celebrates his wedding anniversary with his wife, posts an image of the two of them together, and leaves this comment:

    POST

    Let’s break down Dávid’s post.

    Boldog évfordulót, kedvesem!
    “Happy anniversary darling!”

    1- Boldog évfordulót

    First is an expression meaning “Happy anniversary.”
    Use this phrase to congratulate a person or a group on their anniversary.

    2- kedvesem!

    Then comes the phrase - “darling!”
    This is how you call someone “darling” in Hungarian. It’s used in a more romantic context and is not as casual as the term “honey”.

    COMMENTS

    In response, Dávid’s friends leave some comments.

    1- Nagyon boldog vagyok! Köszönök mindent, Dávid!

    His wife, Anna, uses an expression meaning - “I’m very happy! Thank you for everything, Dávid!”
    Use these phrases to show your appreciation of your partner’s comment.

    2- Én is akarok évfordulót! Meg ajándékot!

    His wife’s high school friend, Nóra, uses an expression meaning - “I also want an anniversary! And a gift!”
    Use these phrases to be funny.

    3- Csodás pár vagytok! Sok örömökben gazdag évet kívánok nektek.

    His high school friend, Anikó, uses an expression meaning - “You’re a wonderful couple! I wish you many years rich in joy.”
    These phrases indicate your appreciation of the couple’s happiness, and include a warmhearted well-wish.

    4- Gratulálok! Rendkívüli örömmel tölt el, hogy ilyen szeretetben látlak titeket.

    His supervisor, Róbert, uses an expression meaning - “Congratulations! I feel extraordinary joy seeing you so in love.”
    Use these phrases to show your appreciation and congratulate the couple.

    VOCABULARY

    Find below the key vocabulary for this lesson:

  • évforduló: “anniversary”
  • ajándék: “present”
  • öröm: “joy”
  • gazdag: “rich”
  • rendkívüli: “extraordinary”
  • ilyen: “such”
  • szeretet: “love”
  • If a friend posted something about Anniversary greetings, which phrase would you use?

    Conclusion

    Learning to speak a new language will always be easier once you know key phrases that everybody uses. These would include commonly used expressions for congratulations and best wishes, etc.

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    St. Stephen of Hungary Feast Day Celebrations

    Do you know the meaning of St. Stephen’s Day in Hungary? Really, there are two meanings. On St. Stephen’s Day, Hungary observes both:

    • A Christian holiday to celebrate St. Stephen, the first king of Hungary
    • A celebration commemorating Hungary’s 1000-year unbroken statehood

    In this article, you’ll learn more about the long history behind the Feast Day of St. Stephen of Hungary, who is perhaps the most significant historical figure in the country. The effect that time and change can have on a country and its celebrations is truly fascinating, and at HungarianPod101.com, we hope to make this a fun and informative learning adventure!

    By delving into the St. Stephen Feast Day, you’re opening yourself up to greater cultural understanding and historical knowledge, and this is a vital step in mastering any language. So let’s get started.

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    1. What is St. Stephen’s Day?

    First and foremost, St. Stephen Day is a Chrisitan holiday, and is one of the oldest holidays in Hungary. It commemorates the day almost a thousand years ago when St. Stephen I relics were canonized in the Basilica of Fehérvár. This is significant because St. Stephen I was Hungary’s first king and founded the Chrisitan Kingdom of Hungary, raising Hungary from the status of a nomadic tribe to a kingdom recognized among other European countries. Further, he created the Hungarian Christian Church and the first book of laws in Hungary.

    While mainly a Christian holiday, St. Stephen Day has taken on other meanings over the years.

    In particular, during the communist dictatorship of Hungary, the country was forced to abandon this holiday as a celebration of St. Stephen. Instead, the country’s current dictator founded another state: The People’s Republic of Hungary, announced on August 20, 1949. This day came to be known as Day of the Constitution, and was mixed in with the Soviet Union celebration of The Day of the New Bread. At this point, it was similar to the centuriesüold harvesting ceremonies, but is essentially unrelated.

    In 1989, communism ended in Hungary and St. Stephen Day could once again be celebrated as the Christian and nationalistic holiday it began as.

    2. St. Stephen’s Day Date

    Hungarian Flag

    Each year, Christians in Hungary celebrate St. Stephen Day on August 20. This is the date on which St. Stephen relics were canonized, and the date of the People’s Republic of Hungary being founded.

    3. Traditions & Celebrations for St. Stephen’s Day

    St. Stephen's Day Fireworks

    Today, people all throughout Hungary celebrate St. Stephen Day. In Budapest, a mass takes place outside of the St. Stephen Basilica. Following this is the procession of the Holy Right, which is the mummified right hand of Stephen I, preserved since the 11th century.

    However, the most spectacular St. Stephen Day celebration is the fireworks in Budapest, often watched from the river bank of Danube.

    4. Firework Dangers

    Unfortunately the aforementioned fireworks are not all about amusement. In 2006, there was a huge storm during the fireworks and five people lost their lives, and hundreds were injured when tens of thousands of people tried to escape the storm.

    5. Vocabulary to Know for St. Stephen Day in Hungary

    Lots of Bread

    Here’s some vocabulary you should know for St. Stephen Day in Hungary!

    • Kenyér — “Bread”
    • Szent István napja -az államalapítás ünnepe — “St. Stephen Day”
    • Körmenet — “Procession”
    • Fehér kenyér — “White bread”
    • Szent István — “Saint Stephen”
    • Pogány — “Paganish”
    • Király — “King”
    • Magyar — “Hungarian”
    • Államalapítás — “Foundation of the state”
    • Tűzijáték — “Firework”
    • Szentté avat — “Canonize”

    To hear of these vocabulary words pronounced, check out our St. Stephen Day vocabulary list!

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    How to Celebrate Mother’s Day in Hungary

    Mother’s Day, celebrated in countries all over the world, is a day of showing love and appreciation for one’s mother or motherly figures. Traditions for Mother’s Day in Hungary vary in some ways from celebrations in your own country, though there are bound to be many similarities, too.

    In Hungary, Mother’s Day is when you can expect to see little children giving their mothers handmade Mother’s Day gifts, Mother’s Day cards, or sweet-smelling lilacs. Maybe even while singing the words Orgona ága, barackfa virága (literally meaning “Organ Branch, Peach Tree Flower” ) to honor their beloved mothers.

    By learning about how Hungary celebrates Mother’s Day, you’re both showing respect for the country of your target language, and giving yourself an opportunity to expand your understanding of the holiday itself. At HungarianPod101.com, we hope to make learning about Hungarian culture both fun and insightful! And we believe that learning about Mother’s Day in this country is both of those things.

    Let’s get started!

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    1. What is Mother’s Day in Hungary?

    What day is Mother’s Day?

    The tradition of celebrating mothers can be traced back to ancient Greece. In the early 20th century, America started celebrating Mother’s Day, and later more and more European countries joined.

    Hungarians first celebrated mothers on the first Sunday of May in 1925. The celebration was organized by the Hungarian Red Cross Youth. The date was chosen to connect the occasion with the traditional cult of the Blessed Virgin service.

    2. When is Mother’s Day?

    Mother's Day is on a Sunday

    The Mother’s Day date in Hungary varies from year to year, but is always the first Sunday in May. For your convenience, here’s a list of this holiday’s date for the next ten years.

    • 2019: May 5
    • 2020: May 3
    • 2021: May 2
    • 2022: May 1
    • 2023: May 7
    • 2024: May 5
    • 2025: May 4
    • 2026: May 3
    • 2027: May 2
    • 2028: May 7

    3. Reading Practice: How is Mother’s Day Celebrated?

    Mother Receiving Gifts from Family

    How is Mother’s Day in Hungary celebrated? Read the Hungarian text below to find out, and find the English translation directly below it.

    Májusban minden óvoda és iskola tart kisebb-nagyobb anyák napi ünnepséget. A gyerekek sajátkezűleg készítenek rajzot, hajtogatnak virágot, vagy bármilyen egyszerűen elkészíthető kézműves ajándékot az édesanyjuknak. Ezeket versszavalás, ének kiséretében az anyák napi ünnepélyen adják át az anyukáknak. Ilyenkor a virágárusok nagy örömére a felnőttek is egy szál, vagy egy egész csokor virággal kedveskednek az anyukáknak, nagymamáknak és dédmamáknak.

    Magyarországon az Anyák napi ünnepségek elképzelhetetlenek a május virága, az orgona nélkül. A botanikusok szerint az orgona az áhítatot jelképezi páratlan szépségével, friss és üde illatával, ezért az évek során méltó díszévé vált az ünnepnek. Az anyák napi köszöntő dalokban és versekben is sokszor megénekelték az orgonát, mint az Anyák napja virágát.

    2013-ban egy babaápolási termékeket gyártó cég azzal lepte meg a szerencsés édesanyákat, hogy családjukat lefényképezte és személyes üzenet kíséretében, egy óriásplakáton megjelenítette. Természetesen az édesanyák nem tudtak erről az akciórol. Nagy volt a meglepetés, amikor meglátták a szeretteiket a hatalmas fényképen, amint boldog anyák napját kívánnak nekik.

    In May, all schools and kindergartens organize a smaller Mother’s Day celebration. Children draw, make paper flowers with their own hands, or any easy-to-make artisan present for their mums. During the Mother’s Day celebration itself, they can give presents to their mothers while saying poems and singing songs. To make florists also happy, adults buy a flower or a bunch of flowers for their mothers, grandmothers, and great-grandmothers.

    In Hungary, there is no Mother’s Day celebration without the Flower of May: the lilac. Botanists say that the lilac symbolizes devotion with its special beauty and fresh, peachy aroma, so over time, it has become a worthy element of this festivity. Lilac, as the flower of Mother’s Day, is also a common theme of songs and poems written for this occasion.

    In 2013, a company that makes baby care products surprised lucky mothers by taking pictures of their families. They put these pictures on giant posters with personal messages on them. Of course, the chosen mothers knew nothing about this occurrence. It was a big surprise when they saw the huge pictures on the street, on which their loved ones wished them a happy Mother’s Day.

    4. Additional Information: Patron Saint

    When it comes to Mother’s Day, Hungary even has a patron saint who may be attributed (at least partially) with its desire to celebrate mothers.

    Do you know who the patron saint of Hungary is?
    The patron saint of Hungary is the mother of Jesus, the Virgin Mary. Even the first Hungarian Mother’s Day in 1925 was in connection with the old cult of Mary in May.

    5. Must-know Vocab

    Gift Certificate

    Here’s some vocabulary you should know for Mother’s Day in Hungary!

    • Vasárnap — “Sunday”
    • Fia — “son”
    • Lánya — “daughter”
    • Nagymama — “grandmother”
    • Anya — “mother”
    • Csokoládé — “chocolate
    • Vacsora — “dinner
    • Rózsa — “rose”
    • Szeret — “love”
    • Ajándék — “present”
    • Anyák napja — “Mother’s Day”
    • Üdvözlőkártya — “greeting card”
    • Ünnepel — “celebrate”
    • ágyban reggeli — “breakfast in bed”
    • Ajándékutalvány — “gift certificate”
    • Szülő — “parent”

    To hear the pronunciation of each Hungarian Mother’s Day vocabulary word, check out our relevant vocabulary list. Here, you’ll find each word accompanied by an audio file of its pronunciation.

    Conclusion

    We hope you enjoyed learning about how Hungarians celebrate Mother’s Day. Are Mother’s Day celebrations and traditions similar in your own country, or different? Let us know in the comments!

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    Wherever you are on your language-learning journey, and wherever you want to be, know that your hard work will pay off! You’ll be speaking Hungarian like a native before you know it. And HungarianPod101.com will be here with all the study materials and support you need to get there!

    Until next time, Happy Mother’s Day!

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    Must-Watch Hungarian TV Series to Improve Your Hungarian

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    Watching TV shows is a great way to learn a language, and Hungarian is no exception. For some people, it’s rather hard to find the motivation to sit down at a desk and open a language book. If you happen to be one of them, you’re going to love this article. We’re presenting you with the best Hungarian TV shows to help you study the language in a highly efficient way, without feeling like you’re actually studying. Sometimes tricking your brain is the way to go.

    With the help of Hungarian TV series, you’ll be able to pick up slang words and detect any slang that’s being used in a conversation when you’re visiting Hungary. Of course, it depends on the kind of show you’re watching, but most of them use shortened language (slang), i.e. how people of a given nation actually use their language in their daily lives.

    For this reason, it might be a bit challenging to improve your Hungarian by watching TV shows as you might come across words that aren’t in the dictionary. Instead, in such cases, you’ll have to rely on your instincts and try to master “reading from context” so that when you guess what the characters are saying, you actually succeed. We’re not going to lie: it takes practice. But the good thing is that practice here means watching Hungarian TV channels.

    Watching TV shows of a given language is not only helpful for learning new phrases and vocabulary, but also for picking up expressions. For example, you can easily start to detect how Hungarians use body language and facial expressions when speaking. Do you see any gestures they’re often making when they say a certain sentence? Do they get angry or happy if they hear a given word or phrase? Do they articulate much or murmur under their nose? How does their face change when they say specific words or phrases? You can learn so much by watching Hungarian TV!

    Okay, okay, but what are the best TV shows to learn Hungarian? Well, we’ve got you covered. We’ll introduce you to ten of the best Hungarian TV shows, and will even tell you how to stream Hungarian TV (legally, of course).

    We hope you’re ready to study the fun way. Take a look at what we have for you and decide which show interests you the most.

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    Table of Contents

    1. Animations
    2. Sitcoms / Dramas
    3. Talk / Reality Shows
    4. HungarianPod101.com Gives You the Best Ideas to Make Studying Fun


    1. Animations

    Show #1: Mézga család (The Mézgas) — 1968

    Family of Four Watching TV

    If you’re interested in old Hungarian TV shows, this is definitely worth a watch!

    This show follows the Mézga family. Their thirteen-year-old boy, Aladár, is a genius. He creates gadgets and machines that make even time travel and travel through space possible. His family, however, often gets into trouble because they don’t know how to use these machines properly. Thus, Aladár always has to save his family.

    His best friend and constant companion on his journeys is his dog, Blöki. Other members of the family include his stubborn and strict father, Géza Mézga, who doesn’t really approve of Aladár’s machines. His mother, born Paula Rezovits, often faints on their exciting journeys due to her poor nervous system. Aladár often fights with his not-so-bright sister, Kriszta, who has a pet cat named Maffia.

    The story is built around these six characters and their spectacular journeys, though some episodes feature their angry neighbor, Máris. It also features, in speech only, Pisti Hufnágel, who used to be one of Paula’s past lovers. She often voices her regret of not marrying him instead of Géza.

    This is one of the best Hungarian TV shows, though it’s not aired anymore. For this reason, you can only stream it; you can’t catch an episode of Mézga család if you’re watching Hungarian satellite TV. Since this Hungarian series is rather old, you’ll find that the slang the characters use is a bit outdated. This can be both a positive and negative aspect of watching this show.

    Through watching this series, you won’t learn lots of slang, but rather the usual way that Hungarian works. Also, given its time of creation, you’ll probably be able to understand the speakers better, as the characters don’t speak as fast as people do these days.

    Recurring Sentences in the Show

    • Anya, szólj rá!
      “Mom, rebuke him.”

    Kriszta says this when Aladár is annoying her.

    • Miért nem a Hufnágel Pistihez mentem feleségül?
      “Why didn’t I marry Pisti Hufnágel?”

    This sentence leaves Paula’s mouth in every episode. In the Hungarian version, the a (meaning “the” ) before the name Hufnágel Pisti is grammatically incorrect. You’re not supposed to say “the” before names, but that’s how people do it in Budapest and the surrounding areas, as well as in some Transdanubian places.

    Show #2: A nagy ho-ho-horgász (The Great Fisherman) — 1982

    The persevering fisherman (horgász) and his best friend, Chief Worm (Főkukac), are the main characters of one of the best Hungarian TV series. There’s nothing better than sitting at the breezy waterside on hot summer days. Our protagonist does the same and, in the meantime, gets himself involved in unexpected adventures.

    For him, it doesn’t matter if it’s summer or winter. On cold days, he fishes from rooftops and chimneys, and out of bathtubs, aquariums, and even fountains. Nothing stops him and his little friend from having a good time fishing.

    You can expect the same kind of language exposure from this show as you can from Mézga család. It’s an old cartoon, but one of the best Hungarian children’s TV shows.

    Recurring Sentences in the Show

    • Én fogtam ki a világ legjobb szívű halacskáját! Ez is világcsúcs!
      “I got to fish a little fish with the biggest heart. This is a world record, too.”
    • Megőrülök! Ez még a maradék halat is elriasztja! Ilyen tehetségtelen csalival kell nekem horgásznom!
      “I’m going crazy. He scares away even the remaining fishes. And I have to work with such untalented bait.”


    2. Sitcoms / Dramas

    If you want to watch Hungarian drama online, RTL Most and TV2.hu are going to be your best friends. These are the sites to check out even if you want to watch free Hungarian live TV online. Your favorite Hungarian television shows are only a few clicks away.

    Show #3: Jóban rosszban (In Good and Bad) — 2005

    The story of this Hungarian TV show is set in Csillagkút, a village not far from the capital of Hungary, Budapest. Life in this little village suddenly becomes quite lively after everyone starts talking about the Csillagvirág Clinic and its mysterious director, Péter Pongrácz (played by Tibor Gazdag, a great Hungarian actor and composer in real life). All that the residents of the village know about him is that he left his perfect life in the USA behind to come home to Hungary and open a private clinic in Csillagkút.

    Everybody is happy that the old castle has been transformed into a new hospital…well, almost everybody. Előd Várnagy had different intentions for the castle, but Péter beat him to it.

    Love stories, cheating, betrayals: these are all parts of everyday life at the Csillagvirág Clinic. Although the characters are willing to betray and even kill each other—and they do—some of them are willing to support one another…in good and bad.

    By watching this series, you’ll be exposed to all kinds of language. You’ll encounter healthcare terminology as well as everyday expressions, including day-to-day conversations and slang. Thus, this is the perfect Hungarian TV series for you if you love drama and are open to learning Hungarian in a fun way.

    Important Sentences in the Show

    • Egyet jegyezz meg! A szerelem elmúlik… de a férfiak ostobasága soha!
      “Remember one thing. Love fades away…but the stupidity of men never does.”
    • A kudarc kell. A siker elkényelmesít, de a kudarc megtanít megbocsátani, és megmutatja, hogy kik és mennyire fontosak az életünkben.
      “Failure is needed. Success makes you too comfortable, but failure teaches you to forgive and shows you who the important people in your lives are, and how much.”

    Show #4: Barátok közt (Amongst Friends) — 1998

    This one is an oldie but a goldie, and is a must-watch for Hungarian learners who want to experience popular Hungarian TV shows.

    The main characters of this Hungarian TV show are the members of the Berényi family. This show has been following their everyday lives, and that of those living around them, for more than twenty years now.

    The story starts with a bunch of kids who become really good friends. Later on in their lives, they end up living in the same block of flats, which is something they never would have thought. Their aim is to create modern mansions and a good community in the building where they first met as children. However, betrayals, hook-ups, and other surprising events make this seem like a rather hard thing to do.

    This Hungarian TV show is perfect for you if you love drama, complicated relationships, and excitement.

    In some cases, you can access the episodes on Hungarian TV channels online. Barátok közt is one of them. Just go to RTL Most (RTL Now) and you can stream all 20+ years’ worth of Barátok közt episodes right away.

    Popular Quotes from the Series

    • Az emlékek megszépítik a múltat.
      “Memories make the past seem more beautiful.”
    • Nincs szeretet elfogadás nélkül.
      “There is no love without acceptance.”
    • Akár aggódsz, akár nem, az a dolgokon nem változtat.
      “Whether you worry or not, that does not change things.”
    • Egy férfinak minden helyzetben kell, hogy legyen terve.
      “A man must have a plan in all situations.”
    • A szerelem vak, és ez csak addig közhely, amíg a saját bőrünkön nem tapasztaljuk meg.
      “Love is blind and it is a cliché only until you experience it on your own skin.”

    Which quote is your favorite?

    Show #5: Válótársak (Divorce Buddies) — 2015

    Bálint, Dávid, and Joci are best friends. Not only do they live together in their mancrib, but all three of them are going through a divorce. The show follows their lives through this process.

    Bálint has cheated on his wife, Zsófi, so she files for divorce. Bálint is trying to get Zsófi back and ruin her forming relationship with his brother. However, Bálint can’t restrain himself and keeps cheating on Zsófi with other women.

    Dávid, a rich entrepreneur, has been dumped after six years of marriage because his wife, Tamara, found him boring. Dávid gets a heart attack because of this, and he soon falls in love with his doctor, Dalma. While trying to win Dalma over, he’s in constant war with his ex. However, the stricter and harsher Dávid is with Tamara, the more she finds him interesting and wants him back.

    Joci and Szonja have been trying to have a child for ages, but couldn’t succeed. As soon as they decide to break up, Szonja gets pregnant with twins. Joci is trying to escape the father role, so he even hires a lawyer, Leonóra, whom he soon starts to date and build a new relationship with. But Szonja isn’t going to let the love of her life be anybody else’s.

    This is definitely one of those Hungarian TV programs that you can’t miss if you want to have a good laugh. It’s quite popular in Hungary, largely due to the fact that one of the main characters, Bálint, is played by the famous Hungarian actor András Stohl.

    Regarding the language of the show, you might want to be careful, as this series is explicit and features intercourse and similar 18+ (or 16+) content. So, there you have it: if you want to learn Hungarian curse words and slang while having heaps of laughter, this is definitely the show to watch.

    Famous Quote from the Show

    • Csak az első hiba számít, a többi az következmény.
      “Only the first mistake matters. The rest is the consequences.”

    Show #6: Jófiúk (Good Boys) — 2019

    This comedy is one of the newer TV shows in Hungarian and is a big hit nowadays in Hungary, alongside Válótársak.

    Jófiúkis is a Hungarian TV series about a group of clumsy policemen who cause more problems than they solve. Gyula, a very unmotivated policeman, and his team are mistakenly relocated to the most ructious part of the city. On their first day, the team has already had to deal with a dead body, meanwhile Gyula and his family struggle with the new neighborhood.

    This series is also explicit, but very funny at the same time. So, the same “rules” apply to this one as to Válótársak. If you want to have a good laugh and study Hungarian slang, you might want to consider watching this Hungarian TV show.

    Famous Quote from the Show

    • Szolgálunk és védünk.
      “We serve and protect.”

    This is the slogan of the Hungarian police.

    Show #7: A tanár (The Teacher) — 2018

    Old Teacher in Front of a Blackboard

    This series gives an inside view of the lives of high-schoolers and their community. The episodes feature social issues such as adoption, search for identity, and rivalry amongst students. Each episode introduces the life of a student and their problems.

    The main character is Szilárd, a chemistry, physics, and P.E. teacher (played by Ervin Nagy, who is rather famous in Hungary and also appears in theater plays). He tries to help the children in the school in his own way, which often puts a humorous spin on the show.

    This series is worth watching for its interpretation of social issues and their take on them. The channel that airs this Hungarian TV show is RTL Klub, so if you’re interested in it, and you’re all for streaming Hungarian TV, you can easily watch this series on RTL Most.

    Preparing for a Hungarian language exam is really no different than preparing for any other language exam. However, in the case of Hungarian, you might want to pay special attention to spelling, as the way Hungarians write and pronounce words differs greatly at times. Therefore, you might want to do as many mock tests regarding Hungarian grammar as you can. And we think A tanár is a great way to experience this first-hand.

    Famous Quote from the Show

    • Isten hozott a birodalmamban.
      “Welcome to my empire.”

    This is the first sentence, with which the main character, Szilárd, greets his students.

    Show #8: 200 első randi (200 First Dates) — 2018

    This is one of the best TV series for learning Hungarian.

    It’s a witty, funny, and emotional story that follows the everyday life of a thirty-year-old woman, Luca, who’s a bit clumsy and disorganized.

    Her sister’s engagement came as a great surprise to this single lady, and their mother makes bitter remarks on the fact that her sister will marry sooner than Luca, and that she’ll probably go to the wedding without a partner. Because of this, Luca swears that she will find The One in 200 days, meanwhile trying to live up to the expectations of her boss at work. Whether she succeeds and love finds her or not, and whether she manages to find herself, will be revealed in the sixty episodes that this Hungarian TV series has.

    You’ve found the perfect show to watch if you fancy a good love story, and if you feel like you can relate to the main character. The dialogue is composed in a witty and funny way, so you won’t be bored for a second.

    This series reflects on everyday Hungarian life, so you will find some slang in the show—but not teenagers’ slang. The pace of speech might be a bit too fast for beginners, but practice makes perfect. If you don’t hear something clearly, just rewind the episode a bit. This is one of the best aspects of watching Hungarian TV shows online!

    Famous Quotes from the Show

    • Ahogy a nagymamám mondta, a dolgok legyenek áttekinthetőek, a csoki pedig jó tömény.
      “As my grandma used to say, things must be clear and chocolate high in cocoa.”
    • Mindig a jók mennek el… meg Félix.
      “Always the good ones go away…and Félix.”


    3. Talk / Reality Shows

    Show #9: Heti Hetes — 1999

    This Hungarian TV show is different from the ones we’ve gone over so far. This almost works like a talk show, and it used to be aired once a week on Sundays (up until 2016). Seven people got together and talked about social issues, everyday life, the news, etc. It was very amusing as every guest was able to give their own perspective and take on the topic.

    You’re not very likely to come across any slang—or maybe just a few slang words—in this series, as the guests are mainly middle-aged or elderly. The pace of speech, therefore, is normal, not usually too rushed. We have to admit, though, that you’re most likely to enjoy this show if you know more about Hungarian culture and news, as the topics are linked to current issues in the country.

    This Show’s Theme Song

    • Politika, botrány, bulvár, pletyka, sztárhegyek. Ez a Heti Hetes, a feketeleves.
      “Politics, scandals, tabloids, gossip, mountains of celebrities. This is Heti Hetes, the black soup.”

    This used to be the theme song of the show. “Black soup” in Hungarian refers to something unexpected and unpleasant. This reflects the controversial nature of the show, as the guests aren’t afraid to convey their real opinions, even if those opinions aren’t in favor of the government, for example.

    Show #10: Való Világ (Real World) — 2002

    Való Világ is one of the most-watched Hungarian reality TV shows.

    There are thirty-six candidates, selected by a jury based on homemade videos, who will compete with each other to win over the viewers who can get them into the villa by a call or an SMS. Every day, there are three candidates at a time, and only one of them can get in. Once they’re all in the villa, the voting begins to eliminate each of them until there’s only one left inside—the winner.

    There have been nine seasons so far, with a new season coming out roughly every two years. In each of the seasons, there’s always something new.

    You’re going to love this Hungarian TV show if you’re all for reality shows. As all realities, this one is vulgar and explicit. In this type of show, the only thing you’ll hear are super-easy and short sentences—the very basic everyday Hungarian dialect, swear words, and slang.

    However, you might want to double-check every expression before memorizing it, because the people in these shows are usually not the brightest and they often make grammar mistakes or simply use phrases or words the wrong way. This may be a good test for more advanced Hungarian learners, to see if you can spot the mistakes the candidates are making.

    Important Quote from the Show

    • Itt a lét a tét.
      “Here ‘being’ is the stake.”

    This is the motto of the reality show.


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    How to Say I Love You in Hungarian - Romantic Word List

    Do you often feel lonely and sad? Do you long for romance and are willing to do whatever it takes to meet that special person? Speaking another language could revolutionize your love life! So, why wait? Learning how to say ‘love’ in Hungarian could be just what you need to find it.

    Or perhaps you were lucky, and have found your Hungarian partner already. Fantastic! Yet, a cross-cultural relationship comes with unique challenges. Learning how to speak your lover’s language will greatly improve your communication and enhance the relationship. At HungarianPod101, our team will teach you all the words, quotes and phrases you need to woo your Hungarian lover with excellence! Our tutors provide personal assistance, with plenty of extra material available to make Hungarian dating easy for you.

    Table of Contents

    1. Common Phrases You’ll Need for a Date
    2. The Most Romantic Ideas for a Date
    3. Must-know Valentine’s Day Vocabulary
    4. Hungarian Love Phrases for Valentine’s Day
    5. Hungarian Quotes about Love
    6. Marriage Proposal Lines
    7. 15 Most Common Break-Up Lines
    8. Will Falling in Love Help You Learn Hungarian Faster?

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    1. Common Phrases You’ll Need for a Date

    So, you have met your Hungarian love interest. Congratulations! Who knows where this could take you…?! However, the two of you have just met and you’re not ready to say the Hungarian word for love just yet. Great, it is better to get to know him/her first. Wow your prospective love by using these Hungarian date phrases to set up a spectacular first date.

    Hungarian Date Phrases

    Would you like to go out to dinner with me?

    • Velem vacsoráznál?

    The important question! In most cultures, this phrase indicates: ‘I’m romantically interested in you’. Flirting in Hungarian is no different, so don’t take your date to Mcdonald’s!

    Are you free this weekend?

    • Ráérsz ezen a hétvégén?

    This is a preamble to asking your love interest on a date. If you get an immediate ‘Yes’, that’s good news!

    Would you like to hang out with me?

    • Szeretnél együtt lógni velem?

    You like her/him, but you’re not sure if there’s chemistry. Ask them to hang out first to see if a dinner date is next.

    What time shall we meet tomorrow?

    • Hány órakor találkozzunk holnap?

    Set a time, and be sure to arrive early! Nothing spoils a potential relationship more than a tardy date.

    Where shall we meet?

    • Hol találkozzunk?

    You can ask this, but also suggest a place.

    You look great.

    • Remekül nézel ki.

    A wonderful ice breaker! This phrase will help them relax a bit - they probably took great care to look their best just for you.

    You are so cute.

    • Annyira aranyos vagy.

    If the two of you are getting on really well, this is a fun, flirtatious phrase to use.

    What do you think of this place?

    • Mit gondolsz erről a helyről?

    This another good conversation starter. Show off your Hungarian language skills!

    Can I see you again?

    • Láthatlak újra?

    So the date went really well - don’t waste time! Make sure you will see each other again.

    Shall we go somewhere else?

    • Menjünk máshova?

    If the place you meet at is not great, you can suggest going elsewhere. It is also a good question to follow the previous one. Variety is the spice of life!

    I know a good place.

    • Tudok egy jó helyet.

    Use this with the previous question. However, don’t say if you don’t know a good place!

    I will drive you home.

    • Hazaviszlek kocsival.

    If your date doesn’t have transport, this is a polite, considerate offer. However, don’t be offended if she/he turns you down on the first date. Especially a woman might not feel comfortable letting you drive her home when the two of you are still basically strangers.

    That was a great evening.

    • Nagyszerű este volt.

    This is a good phrase to end the evening with.

    When can I see you again?

    • Mikor láthatlak újra?

    If he/she replied ‘Yes’ to ‘Can I see you again?’, this is the next important question.

    I’ll call you.

    • Majd hívlak.

    Say this only if you really mean to do it. In many cultures, this could imply that you’re keeping the proverbial backdoor open.

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    2. The Most Romantic Ideas for a Date

    You learned all the Hungarian phrases to make a date - congratulations! Now you have to decide where to meet, which can be tricky. Discuss these options with your lover to gauge whether you like the same things. Check out romantic date ideas in Hungarian below!

    Date Ideas in Hungarian

    museum

    • múzeum

    If you’re looking for unique date ideas that are fun but won’t break the bank, museums are the perfect spot! You won’t be running out of things to say in the conversations.

    candlelit dinner

    • gyertyafényes vacsora

    A candlelit dinner is perhaps best to reserve for when the relationship is getting serious. It’s very intimate, and says: “Romance!” It’s a fantastic choice if you’re sure you and your date are in love with each other!

    go to the zoo

    • állatkertbe megy

    This is a good choice for shy lovers who want to get the conversation going. Just make sure your date likes zoos, as some people dislike them. Maybe not for the first date, but this is also a great choice if your lover has children - you’ll win his/her adoration for inviting them along!

    go for a long walk

    • egy hosszú sétára megy

    Need to talk about serious stuff, or just want to relax with your date? Walking together is soothing, and a habit you can keep up together always! Just make sure it’s a beautiful walk that’s not too strenuous.

    go to the opera

    • operába megy

    This type of date should only be attempted if both of you love the opera. It can be a special treat, followed by a candlelit dinner!

    go to the aquarium

    • akváriumba megy

    Going to the aquarium is another good idea if you need topics for conversation, or if you need to impress your lover’s kids! Make sure your date doesn’t have a problem with aquariums.

    walk on the beach

    • séta a tengerparton

    This can be a very romantic stroll, especially at night! The sea is often associated with romance and beauty.

    have a picnic

    • piknikezik

    If you and your date need to get more comfortable together, this can be a fantastic date. Spending time in nature is soothing and calms the nerves.

    cook a meal together

    • közösen egy ételt főz

    If you want to get an idea of your date’s true character in one go, this is an excellent date! You will quickly see if the two of you can work together in a confined space. If it works, it will be fantastic for the relationship and create a sense of intimacy. If not, you will probably part ways!

    have dinner and see a movie

    • vacsorázik és megnéz egy filmet

    This is traditional date choice works perfectly well. Just make sure you and your date like the same kind of movies!

    3. Must-know Valentine’s Day Vocabulary

    Valentine's Day Words in Hungarian

    Expressing your feelings honestly is very important in any relationship all year round. Yet, on Valentine’s Day you really want to shine. Impress your lover this Valentine’s with your excellent vocabulary, and make his/her day! We teach you, in fun, effective ways, the meanings of the words and how to pronounce them. You can also copy the characters and learn how to write ‘I love you’ in Hungarian - think how impressed your date will be!

    4. Hungarian Love Phrases for Valentine’s Day

    So, you now have the basic Valentine’s Day vocabulary under your belt. Well done! But, do you know how to say ‘I love you’ in Hungarian yet? Or perhaps you are still only friends. So, do you know how to say ‘I like you’ or ‘I have a crush on you’ in Hungarian? No? Don’t worry, here are all the love phrases you need to bowl over your Hungarian love on this special day!

    Valentine's Day Words in Hungarian

    You mean so much to me.

    • Olyan sokat jelentesz nekem.

    This is a beautiful expression of gratitude that will enhance any relationship! It makes the receiver feel appreciated and their efforts recognized.

    Will you be my Valentine?

    • Velem töltenéd a Valentin napot?

    With these words, you are taking your relationship to the next level! Or, if you have been a couple for a while, it shows that you still feel the romance. So, go for it!

    You’re so beautiful.

    • Olyan szép vagy.

    If you don’t know how to say ‘You’re pretty’ in Hungarian, this is a good substitute, gentlemen!

    I think of you as more than a friend.

    • Többnek tartalak egy barátnál.

    Say this if you are not yet sure that your romantic feelings are reciprocated. It is also a safe go-to if you’re unsure about the Hungarian dating culture.

    A hundred hearts would be too few to carry all my love for you.

    • Irántad érzett szerelmem oly erős, hogy száz szív sem tudná magában hordozni.

    You romantic you…! When your heart overflows with love, this would be the best phrase to use.

    Love is just love. It can never be explained.

    • A szerelem egyszerűen csak szerelem. Ez egy leírhatatlan érzés.

    If you fell in love unexpectedly or inexplicably, this one’s for you.

    You’re so handsome.

    • Olyan helyes vagy.

    Ladies, this phrase lets your Hungarian love know how much you appreciate his looks! Don’t be shy to use it; men like compliments too.

    I’ve got a crush on you.

    • Teljesen beléd vagyok esve.

    If you like someone, but you’re unsure about starting a relationship, it would be prudent to say this. It simply means that you like someone very, very much and think they’re amazing.

    You make me want to be a better man.

    • Te érted akarok jobb emberré válni.

    Gentlemen, don’t claim this phrase as your own! It hails from the movie ‘As Good as it Gets’, but it is sure to make your Hungarian girlfriend feel very special. Let her know that she inspires you!

    Let all that you do be done in love.

    • Minden tetteteket a szeretet vezérelje.

    We hope.

    You are my sunshine, my love.

    • Te vagy a napsugaram, a szerelmem.

    A compliment that lets your lover know they bring a special quality to your life. Really nice!

    Words can’t describe my love for you.

    • Szavakkal nem lehet leírni irántad érzett szerelmemet.

    Better say this when you’re feeling serious about the relationship! It means that your feelings are very intense.

    We were meant to be together.

    • Mi egymásnak lettünk teremtve.

    This is a loving affirmation that shows you see a future together, and that you feel a special bond with your partner.

    If you were thinking about someone while reading this, you’re definitely in love.

    • Ha ezt olvasva gondolsz valakire, akkor minden bizonnyal szerelmes vagy.

    Here’s something fun to tease your lover with. And hope he/she was thinking of you!

    I love you.

    • Szeretlek.

    Saying ‘I love you’ in Hungarian carries the same weight as in all languages. Use this only if you’re sure and sincere about your feelings for your partner/friend.

    5. Hungarian Quotes about Love

    Hungarian Love Quotes

    You’re a love champ! You and your Hungarian lover are getting along fantastically, your dates are awesome, your Valentine’s Day together was spectacular, and you’re very much in love. Good for you! Here are some beautiful phrases of endearment in Hungarian that will remind him/her who is in your thoughts all the time.

    6. Marriage Proposal Lines

    Hungarian Marriage Proposal Lines

    Wow. Your Hungarian lover is indeed the love of your life - congratulations! And may only happiness follow the two of you! In most traditions, the man asks the woman to marry; this is also the Hungarian custom. Here are a few sincere and romantic lines that will help you to ask your lady-love for her hand in marriage.

    7. 15 Most Common Break-Up Lines

    Hungarian Break-Up Lines

    Instead of moving towards marriage or a long-term relationship, you find that the spark is not there for you. That is a pity! But even though breaking up is never easy, continuing a bad or unfulfilling relationship would be even harder. Remember to be kind to the person you are going to say goodbye to; respect and sensitivity cost nothing. Here are some phrases to help you break up gently.

  • We need to talk.
    • Beszélnünk kell.

    This is not really a break-up line, but it is a good conversation opener with a serious tone.

    It’s not you. It’s me.

    • Nem te vagy az oka, hanem én.

    As long as you mean it, this can be a kind thing to say. It means that there’s nothing wrong with your Hungarian lover as a person, but that you need something different from a relationship.

    I’m just not ready for this kind of relationship.

    • Egyszerűen csak nem állok készen egy ilyen kapcsolatra.

    Things moved a bit fast and got too intense, too soon? Painful as it is, honesty is often the best way to break up with somebody.

    Let’s just be friends.

    • Legyünk csak barátok.

    If the relationship was very intense, and you have sent many ‘i love u’ texts in Hungarian, this would not be a good breakup line. Feelings need to calm down before you can be friends, if ever. If the relationship has not really developed yet, a friendship would be possible.

    I think we need a break.

    • Szerintem tartsunk egy kis szünetet.

    This is again honest, and to the point. No need to play with someone’s emotions by not letting them know how you feel. However, this could imply that you may fall in love with him/her again after a period of time, so use with discretion.

    You deserve better.

    • Te jobbat érdemelsz.

    Yes, he/she probably deserves a better relationship if your own feelings have cooled down.

    I need my space.

    • Szükségem van saját térre.

    When a person is too clingy or demanding, this would be an suitable break-up phrase. It is another good go-to for that lover who doesn’t get the message!

    I think we’re moving too fast.

    • Ez nekem túl gyors.

    Say this if you want to keep the relationship, but need to slow down its progress a bit. It is also good if you feel things are getting too intense for your liking. However, it is not really a break-up line, so be careful not to mislead.

    I need to focus on my career.

    • Összpontosítanom kell a karrieremre.

    If you feel that you will not be able to give 100% in a relationship due to career demands, this is the phrase to use. It’s also good if you are unwilling to give up your career for a relationship.

    I’m not good enough for you.

    • Nem vagyok elég jó neked.

    Say this only if you really believe it, or you’ll end up sounding false. Break-ups are usually hard for the receiving party, so don’t insult him/her with an insincere comment.

    I just don’t love you anymore.

    • Egyszerűen csak nem szeretlek már.

    This harsh line is sometimes the best one to use if you are struggling to get through to a stubborn, clingy lover who won’t accept your break up. Use it as a last resort. Then switch your phone off and block their emails!

    We’re just not right for each other.

    • Egyszerűen csak nem illünk egymáshoz.

    If this is how you truly feel, you need to say it. Be kind, gentle and polite.

    It’s for the best.

    • Így lesz a legjobb.

    This phrase is called for if circumstances are difficult and the relationship is not progressing well. Love should enhance one’s life, not burden it!

    We’ve grown apart.

    • Elhidegültünk egymástól.

    Cross-cultural relationships are often long-distance ones, and it is easy to grow apart over time.

    We should start seeing other people.

    • Más embereket is meg kellene ismernünk.

    This is probably the least gentle break-up phrase, so reserve it for a lover that doesn’t get the message!

  • 8. Will Falling in Love help you Learn Hungarian faster?

    Most people will agree that the above statement is a no-brainer - of course it will! Your body will be flooded with feel-good hormones, which are superb motivators for anything. HungarianPod101 is one of the best portals to help help make this a reality, so don’t hesitate to enroll now! Let’s quickly look at the reasons why falling in love will speed up your learning of the Hungarian language.

    Three Reasons Why Having a Lover will Help you Learn Hungarian Faster!

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    1- Being in a love relationship with your Hungarian speaking partner will immerse you in the culture
    HungarianPod101 uses immersive methods and tools to teach you Hungarian, but having a relationship with a native speaker will be a very valuable addition to your learning experience! You will gain exposure to their world, realtime and vividly, which will make the language come alive even more for you. The experience is likely to expand your world-view, which should motivate you to learn Hungarian even faster.

    2- Having your Hungarian romantic partner will mean more opportunity to practice speaking
    Nothing beats continuous practice when learning a new language. Your partner will probably be very willing to assist you in this, as your enhanced Hungarian language skills will enhance the relationship. Communication is, after all, one of the most important pillars of a good partnership. Also, you will get to impress your lover with the knowledge gained through your studies - a win/win situation!

    3- A supportive Hungarian lover is likely to make a gentle, patient teacher and study aid!
    With his/her heart filled with love and goodwill for you, your Hungarian partner is likely to patiently and gently correct your mistakes when you speak. This goes not only for grammar, but also for accent and meaning. With his/her help, you could sound like a native in no time!

    Three Reasons Why HungarianPod101 helps you learn Hungarian Even Faster when you’re In Love

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    1- All the Resources and Materials Will Help Both of You
    Falling in love with a man or woman speaking Hungarian is an opportunity for both of you to learn a new language! For this reason, every lesson, transcript, vocabulary list, and resource at HungarianPod101 is translated into both English and Hungarian. So, while your partner can help you learn Hungarian faster, you can potentially also help him/her learn and master English!

    2- Lessons Are Designed to Help You Understand and Engage with Hungarian Culture
    At HungarianPod101, our focus is to help our students learn practical vocabulary and phrases used by everyday people in Hungary. This means that, from your very first lesson, you can apply what you learn immediately! So, when your Hungarian partner wants to go out to a restaurant, play Pokemon Go, or attend just about any social function, you have the vocabulary and phrases necessary to have a great time!

    3- Access to Special Resources Dedicated to Romantic Hungarian Phrases
    You now have access to HungarianPod101’s specially-developed sections and tools to teach you love words, phrases, and cultural insights to help you find and attract your Hungarian soul mate. A personal tutor will assist you to master these brilliantly - remember to invite him/her to your wedding!

    How to Celebrate April Fools’ Day in Hungarian

    How to Celebrate April Fools' Day in Hungarian!

    Most everyone is familiar with this day, as it is celebrated nearly everywhere the world. Yet, when exactly is April Fools’ Day? And where did April Fools come from? April Fools’ Day is observed on April 1st every year. This day of jokes and pranks is believed to have stemmed from the 16th-century calendar change in France, when New Year’s Day was moved from April 1 to January 1. This action was taken due to the adoption of the Gregorian calendar.

    However, a few people were resistant to the calendar change, so they continued to observe New Year’s Day on April 1st, rather than the new date. They were referred to as the “April Fools”, and others started playing mocking tricks on them. This custom endured, and is practiced to this day around the world!

    Table of Contents

    1. Top One Million Words You Need to Know for April Fools’ Day
    2. Hungarian Phrases You Can Use on April Fools’ Day
    3. Some of the Coolest April Fools’ Pranks To Play on Anybody
    4. How Can HungarianPod101 Make Your April Fools’ Day Special?
    5. Top 1000 Most Useful Phrases in Hungarian - Testing New Technology

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    1. Top One Million Words You Need to Know for April Fools’ Day

    Do you want to know how to say April Fools’ Day in Hungarian? Well, there are millions of ways and words, but here are the top one million Hungarian words you really need to know! Simply click this link. Here are some of them you will find useful:

    1. joke - viccel
    2. funny - vicces
    3. deceptive - megtévesztő
    4. April 1st - április elseje
    5. surprise - meglep
    6. sneaky - sunyi
    7. prankster - kópé
    8. prank - csíny
    9. play a joke - megtréfál
    10. lie - hazudik
    11. humor - humor
    12. fool - bolond

    2. Hungarian Phrases You Can Use on April Fools’ Day

    Hungarian Phrases for April Fools' Day

    Don’t limit yourself to practical jokes - use these April Fools’ phrases in Hungarian to prank your favorite Hungarian friend or colleague!

    1. I learned Hungarian in 1 month.
      • Egy hónap alatt tanultam meg magyarul.
    2. All classes for today got canceled.
      • Ma minden tanítási óra elmarad.
    3. I’m sorry, but I’ve just broken your favorite pair of glasses.
      • Ne haragudj, de épp most törtem el a kedvenc szemüvegedet.
    4. Someone has just hit your car.
      • Épp most törték össze a kocsidat!
    5. I’m getting married.
      • Megházasodok.
    6. You won a free ticket.
      • Nyertél egy ingyen jegyet!
    7. I saw your car being towed.
      • Láttam, ahogy elvontatták a kocsidat.
    8. They’re giving away free gift cards in front of the building.
      • Az épület előtt ingyen ajándékutalványokat osztogatnak.
    9. A handsome guy is waiting for you outside.
      • Egy jóképű srác vár rád odakint.
    10. A beautiful lady asked me to give this phone number to you.
      • Egy gyönyörű nő megkért rá, hogy adjam át ezt a telefonszámot neked.
    11. Can you come downstairs? I have something special for you.
      • Le tudnál jönni? Valami különlegeset tartogatok a számodra.
    12. Thank you for your love letter this morning. I never could have guessed your feelings.
      • Köszönöm a ma reggeli szerelmes leveledet. Enélkül sosem tudtam volna meg, mit érzel irántam.

    Choose your victims carefully, though; the idea is to get them to laugh with you, not to hurt their feelings or humiliate them in front of others. Be extra careful if you choose to play a prank on your boss - you don’t want to antagonize them with an inappropriate joke.

    3. Some of the Coolest April Fools’ Pranks To Play on Anybody

    Choose Bad or Good

    Right, now that you know the top million April Fools’ words in Hungarian, let’s look at some super pranks and tricks to play on friends, colleagues and family. Some April Fools ideas never grow old, while new ones are born every year.

    Never joke in such a way that it hurts anyone, or humiliates them badly in front of others - the idea is for everybody to laugh and enjoy the fun! Respect is still key, no matter what day of the year it is.

    Cockroach prank

    1- Infestation

    This trick is so simple, yet so creepy, it’s almost unbelievable. Take black paper, cut out the silhouette of a giant cockroach, a spider or another insect, and stick it inside the lampshade of a table lamp. When the lamp is switched on, it will look like a monstrous insect is sitting inside the lampshade. Or, get a whole lot of realistic-looking plastic insects, and spread them over a colleague’s desk and chair, or, at home, over the kids’ beds etc. Creep-factor: stellar.

    2- Which One Doesn’t Fit?

    Put the photo of a celebrity or a notorious politician in a frame, and take it to work on April Fools’ Day. Hang the photo on the staff picture wall, and wait. You’ll be surprised how long it can take for people to notice that one picture doesn’t fit.

    3- Something Weird in the Restroom

    At work, replace the air freshener in the restroom with something noxious like insect killer, oven cleaner or your own odious mixture in a spray bottle. Be sure to cover the bottle’s body so no one suspects a swap.

    Or paint a bar of soap with clear nail polish, and leave it at the hand wash basin. It will not lather.

    Or, if your workplace’s restroom has partitioned toilets with short doors, arrange jeans or trousers and shoes on all but one of the toilet covers, so it looks like every stall is occupied. Now wait for complaints, and see how long it takes for someone to figure out the April Fools’ Day prank. You’ll probably wish you had a camera inside the restroom. But, unless you don’t mind getting fired, don’t put your own recording device in there!

    Funny Face

    4- Call Me Funny

    Prepare and print out a few posters with the following instructions: Lion Roar Challenge! Call this number - 123-456-7890 - and leave your best lion’s roar as voicemail! Best roarer will be announced April 10 in the cafeteria. Prize: $100. (Lion’s roar is just an example; you can use any animal call, or even a movie character’s unique sound, such as Chewbacca from Star Wars. The weirder, the funnier. Obviously!) Put the posters up in the office where most of the staff is likely to see them. Now wait for the owner of the number to visit you with murderous intent. Have a conciliatory gift ready that’s not a prank.

    5- Minty Cookies

    This is another simple but hugely effective prank - simply separate iced cookies, scrape off the icing, and replace it with toothpaste. Serve during lunch or tea break at work, or put in your family’s lunch boxes. Be sure to take photos of your victim’s faces when they first bite into your April Fools’ cookies.

    6- Wild Shopping

    At your local grocer, place a realistic-looking plastic snake or spider among the fresh vegetables. Now wait around the corner for the first yell.

    7- The Oldest Trick in the Book

    Don’t forget probably the oldest, yet very effective April Fools’ joke in the book - smearing hand cream or Vaseline on a door handle that most staff, family or friends are likely to use. Yuck to the max!

    8- Sneeze On Me

    Another golden oldie is also gross, yet harmless and utterly satisfying as a prank. Fill a small spray bottle that you can easily conceal with water. Walk past a friend, colleague or one of your kids, and fake a sneeze while simultaneously spraying them with a bit of water. Expect to be called a totally disgusting person. Add a drop of lovely smelling essential oil to the water for extra confusion.

    9- Word Play Repairs

    Put a fresh leek in the hand wash basin at home or work, and then tell your housemates or colleagues this: “There’s a huge leak in the restroom/bathroom basin, it’s really serious. Please can someone go have a look?!” Expect exasperation and smiles all around. Note that this prank is only likely to work where people understand English well.

    10- Scary Face

    Print out a very scary face on an A4 sheet of paper, and place it in a colleague’s, or one of your kid’s drawers, so it’s the first thing they see when they open the drawer. You may not be very popular for a while.

    11- Wake Up To Madness

    Put foamy shaving cream, or real whipped cream on your hand, and wake your kid up by tickling their nose with it. As long as they get the joke, this could be a wonderful and fun way to start April Fools’ Day.

    Computer Prank

    12- Computer Prank

    This one’s fabulous, if you have a bit of time to fiddle with a colleague, friend or your kid’s computer. It is most effective on a computer where most of the icons they use are on the desktop background itself (as opposed to on the bottom task bar).

    Take and save a screenshot of their desktop with the icons. Set this screenshot as their background image. Now delete all the working icons. When they return to their computer, wait for the curses when no amount of clicking on the icons works.

    13- Monster Under the Cup

    This one will also work well anywhere people meet. Take a paper cup, and write the following on it in black pen: “Danger! Don’t lift, big spider underneath.” Place it upside-down on prominent flat surface, such as a kitchen counter, a colleague’s desk or a restaurant table. Expect some truly interesting responses.

    Door Prank

    14- Prank Door

    Write in large letters on a large and noticeable piece of paper: PUSH. Tape this notice on a door that should be pulled to open, and watch the hilarious struggle of those clever souls who actually read signs.

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