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40+ Useful Advanced Hungarian Phrases

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We previously published blog posts on the most useful beginner and intermediate phrases in Hungarian. This article on advanced Hungarian phrases is the final installment in this series. 

In this article from HungarianPod101, you’ll learn the most useful phrases and sentence patterns at the advanced level. Keep in mind that you will encounter a few difficult Hungarian words and grammatical concepts here, but that’s the point! If you’re still unsure of your Hungarian level, we recommend reading through the two articles we linked to above; this will give you a better idea of where you are. 

Do you feel ready to take on more advanced phrases? Then let’s outline what you’ll learn today.

  • Useful phrases for academic writing
  • Power phrases for your resume
  • Smart phrases for business meetings
  • Advanced idioms, sayings, and proverbs for everyday usage

Are you ready to bring your Hungarian knowledge to the next level? Let’s get started then!

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  1. Useful Phrases for Academic Writing
  2. Power Phrases for Your Resume
  3. Smart Phrases for Business and Meetings
  4. Advanced Idioms, Sayings, and Proverbs for Everyday Usage
  5. How HungarianPod101.com Helps You Reach Your Hungarian Learning Goals

1. Useful Phrases for Academic Writing

Are you thinking of starting a program at a Hungarian university? Or do you want to read sophisticated Hungarian articles in the academic and business spheres? Then this section is for you. Here, you’ll see the most common advanced Hungarian phrases for academic writing so that you can both recognize them and use them yourself in writing or speech.

  • First of all, babies should not watch too much TV.”

    Először is, a csecsemőknek nem szabadna túl sok TV-t nézniük.

  • Considering that research papers refute this, your statement is incorrect.”

    Figyelembe véve (azt), hogy tanulmányok cáfolják ezt, az állítása helytelen.

In the sentence above, please note that the noun állítása is the polite form of állítás (“statement”). If you were having a friendly, casual debate, you would say állításod

  • According to XYZ, dogs can relieve anxiety.”

    XYZ szerint, a kutyák könnyíthetnek a szorongáson.

  • Moreover, they can give further moral support to humans.”

    Sőt, további morális támaszt tudnak nyújtani az embereknek.

  • In order to live a happier life, we must appreciate the little things in life.”

    Annak érdekében, hogy boldogabb életet éljünk, muszáj értékelnünk az apró dolgokat az életben.

  • As a result of their misbehavior, they got expelled from the school after three months.”

    A helytelen viselkedésük eredményeképpen, három hónap után elbocsájtották őket az iskolából.

  • In other words, teaching jobs are very important.”

    Más szóval, a tanári munka nagyon fontos.

  • Furthermore, schools should teach children more practical things that will prepare them for life.”

    Továbbá, az iskoláknak praktikusabb dolgokat kellene tanítaniuk a gyerekeknek, hogy felkészítsék őket az életre.

  • Similarly, workplaces, too, should be more tolerant of people from different cultural backgrounds.”

    Hasonlóképpen, a munkahelyeknek is toleránsabbnak kellene lenniük az eltérő kulturális háttérrel rendelkező emberekkel szemben.

  • Conversely, there is no scientific evidence supporting this theory.”

    Ellenben, nincs tudományos bizonyíték, ami ezt a feltevést bizonyítaná.

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2. Power Phrases for Your Resume

Are you considering getting a job in Hungary? What a wonderful idea! However, bear in mind that not many Hungarians speak English well, so you might want to submit your curriculum vitae in Hungarian. If you want to make sure that you stand out as the best candidate, it’s important to not only provide a Hungarian CV but also to use the right words and power phrases to help your resume shine. 

If you don’t yet have the advanced Hungarian vocabulary for that, don’t worry a bit—that’s exactly what you’ll learn in this section. 


  • “I work in teams with pleasure, but I can manage projects on my own as well.”

    Szívesen dolgozom csapatban, de önálló projektek megoldására is képes vagyok.

  • “I take responsibility for the tasks I have been entrusted with.”

    Felelősséget vállalok a nekem kiosztott feladatok elvégzéséért.

  • “I respect deadlines, as I know my work ethic has an impact on my colleagues too.”

    Tiszteletben tartom a határidőket, hiszen tudom, hogy a munkamorálom a kollégáimra is hatással van.

  • “I adjust easily but am also open to trying out new methods of working.”

    Tudok alkalmazkodni, de nyitott vagyok új munkamódszerek kipróbálására is.

  • “I am a team player, and I get along well with people.”

    Csapatjátékos vagyok és jól kijövök az emberekkel.

  • “I am capable of problem-solving and handling delicate situations appropriately.”

    Képes vagyok a problémák megoldására, és a konfliktusok megfelelő módon történő kezelésére.

  • “I think that, based on my previous work experiences, I am fit for this position.”

    Úgy gondolom, hogy előző munkatapasztalataim alapján nekem való ez a pozíció.

  • “During my years at university, I developed a practical approach to projects.”

    Egyetemi éveim alatt, praktikus szemléletet alakítottam ki a projektek felé.

  • “I believe I have the personal qualities that could be beneficial for the company and this team.”

    Úgy hiszem, megvannak bennem azok a személyiségjegyek, melyek kedvezőek lennének a cégnek és ennek a csapatnak.

  • “I possess a strong knowledge of computer fundamentals.”

    Erős számítógépes alapismeretekkel rendelkezem.

  • “I am able to make sound decisions in the absence of detailed instructions, as well.”

    Képes vagyok helytálló döntéseket hozni részletes instrukciók hiányában is.

  • “I have good judgment in selecting the proper mode of communication among colleagues.”

    Jó ítélőképességgel rendelkezem a megfelelő kommunikációs mód kiválasztását illetően a kollégák közt.

  • “I utilize a variety of analytical techniques to solve problems.”

    Számos analítikai technikát alkalmazok problémák megoldásához.

  • “I am always ready to provide strong evidence of specific accomplishments.”

    Mindig készen állok arra, hogy erős bizonyítékot mutassak be egy adott elért eredményről.

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3. Smart Phrases for Business and Meetings

Have you ever been sitting in a business meeting but didn’t have the right words to express yourself? Well, to help you avoid this in your new Hungarian workplace, we have collected several advanced phrases in Hungarian that are frequently used in business settings. 

    ➜ If you feel like these advanced Hungarian phrases aren’t enough, you can visit any of our other business-related lessons. We recommend starting with A Hungarian Business Presentation.

  • “Good morning. Thank you all for coming here today.”

    Jó reggelt! Köszönöm, hogy eljöttek ma.

  • “Hi everyone. I’m Peter. I’ll keep this meeting short as I know we all have lots of things to do. First, let’s introduce ourselves.”

    Sziasztok! Péter vagyok. Rövidre fogom ezt a megbeszélést, hiszen tudom, hogy mindannyiunknak rengeteg dolga van. Először is mutatkozzunk be egymásnak.

  • “I’ve called this meeting in order for everyone to understand what each department is working on at the moment.”

    Azért hívtam össze ezt a megbeszélést, hogy mindenki megértse, min dolgoznak az egyes ügyosztályok mostanában.

  • “Let’s get started.”

    Vágjunk (is) bele!

  • “Could you please repeat that? I didn’t quite hear what you said.”

    Megismételné, kérem? Nem igazán hallottam, mit mondott.

  • “That’s a great point.”

    Nagyszerű meglátás!

  • “Excuse me for interrupting you, but shouldn’t we talk about the previous month first?”

    Elnézést kérek, hogy félbeszakítom, de először nem az előző hónapról kellene beszélnünk?

  • “Excuse me. Unfortunately, I have to leave earlier because of another meeting.”

    Elnézést kérek, de sajnos hamarabb kell elmennem egy másik megbeszélés miatt.

  • “That brings me to the end of my presentation. Thank you for your attention.”

    Ezzel elértünk a prezentációm végére. Köszönöm a figyelmet!

  • “Does anybody have any questions?”

    Van valakinek bármi kérdése?

Would you like to learn additional phrases and expressions related to the business world? Then head over to our listening exercise Preparing for a Hungarian Business Meeting!

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4. Advanced Idioms, Sayings, and Proverbs for Everyday Usage

Idioms, sayings, and proverbs are part of our everyday lives, and they vary from culture to culture. Here, you will learn advanced Hungarian phrases related to anything and everything. These are idioms and sayings that Hungarians love to use on a daily basis, so we advise you to memorize at least a few of them. 

  • “Break a leg.” [Literally: “(I wish you) a broken arm and leg.”]

    Kéz és lábtörést!

  • “Hang in there.” [Literally: “(I wish you) perseverance.”]

    Kitartás(t)!

You’re likely to hear this advanced Hungarian saying at least twice a day! Locals love to use this expression, especially at work. 

  • “Slow and steady wins the race.” [Literally: “Walk slowly, and you will live longer.”]

    Lassan járj, tovább élsz!

  • “This ship has sailed.”

    Ez a hajó elúszott.

  • “Kill two birds with one stone.” [Literally: “(To kill) two flies with one hit.”]

    Két legyet egy csapásra!

Make sure to visit our blog post on the top Hungarian proverbs and idioms for even more inspiration!

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5. How HungarianPod101.com Helps You Reach Your Hungarian Learning Goals

If you’ve made it this far, congratulations! You’ve now seen more than 40 advanced Hungarian conversational phrases for a variety of contexts. To make the patterns and expressions stick in your mind, make sure to come back to this page from time to time and read through them again. We also advise you to go back and take notes if you haven’t already.

To summarize, we presented you with:

  • Useful phrases for academic writing
  • Power phrases for your resume
  • Smart phrases for business and meetings
  • Advanced idioms, sayings, and proverbs for everyday usage

If you would like to learn more advanced Hungarian phrases—and about the Hungarian language in general—join the HungarianPod101 family. You can find lots of free study materials on our website, such as vocabulary lists, audio and video lessons, example conversations, articles similar to this one, and more. With a Premium PLUS subscription, you even get a personal tutor! If you’re not sure where to start, we recommend creating your free lifetime account and heading over to our Level 5 pathway for advanced Hungarian lessons designed to help you excel. 

Which of these advanced Hungarian phrases did you find the easiest? Let us know in the comments below.

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30+ Basic Intermediate Hungarian Phrases

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The key to successful language learning is to be aware of your level. If you start learning Hungarian words and phrases that are too advanced for you, it will increase the likelihood that you’ll give up after a while. Our aim at HungarianPod101.com is to provide study materials for learners of all levels. We previously posted an article about beginner Hungarian phrases [link], so we recommend you start there if you’re new to the game. 

In this article, however, you’re going to learn several intermediate Hungarian phrases that will help you sound more like a native speaker. These phrases are ideal for learners who are ready to cross over from the beginner level to the intermediate level. If you feel ready for our list of intermediate Hungarian phrases and expressions, let us outline what you’ll learn about today. 

  • Talking about past events
  • Making and changing plans
  • Explaining and listing reasons
  • Making recommendations and complaints
  • Reaction phrases for everyday conversations
  • Etiquette phrases for both social and business settings

Sound good? Let’s jump into it!

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  1. Talking About Past Events
  2. Making and Changing Plans
  3. Explaining and Listing Reasons
  4. Making Recommendations and Complaints
  5. Reaction Phrases for Everyday Conversations
  6. Etiquette Phrases for Social and Business Settings
  7. How HungarianPod101 Helps You Reach Your Hungarian Learning Goals

1. Talking About Past Events

Using the past tense in Hungarian is super easy. Unlike many other languages, such as English and French, we have only one past tense. In this section, we’ll show you how the past tense works by introducing you to intermediate Hungarian words and phrases for talking about past events. You can use them when talking to your friends or coworkers about a wild Friday night or other memorable experiences.

  • “We had fun at the party last night.”
    Jól szórakoztunk a partin tegnap este.
  • “I started going to the gym three years ago.”
    Három éve kezdtem edzőterembe járni.
  • “That was the best day of my life. My child was born.”
    Ez volt életem legszebb napja. Megszületett a gyermekem.
  • “I used to have a cat named Creme.”
    Volt egy macskám, akit Krémnek hívtak.
  • “I got invited to a house party in Los Angeles last year.”
    Tavaly meghívtak egy házibuliba Los Angeles-ben.

2. Making and Changing Plans

Imagine not being able to make a dinner party because something came up, and not knowing how to inform your Hungarian friends. Lucky for you, these next Hungarian phrases for intermediate learners will help you make and change plans. Knowing how to do this is crucial, as punctuality is important to Hungarians. We advise that you take a close look at these phrases and try to memorize as many as you can.

  • “Do you want to have lunch together this Tuesday?”
    Szeretnél együtt ebédelni ezen a kedden? [informal]
  • “Would you like to have lunch together this Tuesday?”
    Volna kedve együtt ebédelni ezen a kedden? [formal]
  • “Can I bring my boyfriend/girlfriend to the party?”
    Elhozhatom a barátomat/barátnőmet a buliba?

In the sentence above, you can replace barátomat/barátnőmet with párom (“partner”) in order to sound more “grown-up.”

  • “Unfortunately, I can’t make it to the dinner party because my sister is coming to town.”
    Sajnos nem tudok ott lenni a vacsora partin, mert a nővérem jön a városba.
  • “Would it be a problem if we rescheduled?”
    Gondot jelentene, ha áttennénk az időpontot?
  • “Let’s have a Zoom meeting on Wednesday at two p.m. to discuss the details.”
    Tartsunk egy Zoom meetinget szerdán délután kettőkor, hogy megbeszéljük a részleteket!

The sentence above will come in handy at your workplace, especially nowadays in the time of home offices and remote working.

  • “Where would you like to go after the cinema?”
    Hova szeretnél menni a mozi után?

You can visit our free vocabulary list Talking About Your Plans to learn more useful phrases along with their pronunciation.

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3. Explaining and Listing Reasons

These next intermediate Hungarian phrases will be useful in both your private life and your professional life. Giving reasons and explaining decisions is a huge part of everyday life, so learning how to do so in Hungarian is essential. 

Did you have a heated argument with a Hungarian friend of yours? Hit them back with logical reasoning! 

Must you tell your Hungarian boss why your project will perform better than they think? Explain it with ease! 

With the following intermediate phrases for Hungarian conversations, all this (and more) is possible. 

  • “I wrote this because I thought you would like it.”
    Azért írtam ezt, mert azt gondoltam, tetszene neked.
  • “I believe it was the right decision. That’s why I don’t understand your fury.”
    Úgy gondolom, ez volt a helyes döntés. Ezért nem értem a haragodat.
  • “If you had told me the truth, we wouldn’t be here right now.”
    Ha elmondtad volna az igazat, most nem lennénk itt.
  • “I decided to choose this job for three reasons. First, the salary is really good. Second, it’s close to my house. Lastly, I love this field of business.”
    Három okból választottam ezt a munkát. Először is, a fizetés nagyon jó. Másodszor, közel van a házamhoz. Végül pedig, imádom ezt az üzleti területet.
  • “Although you already said no, I would like to explain my point of view.”
    Habár már nemet mondtál, szeretném elmagyarázni az én nézőpontomat.

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4. Making Recommendations and Complaints

Making recommendations to friends and complaining about poor service are both crucial parts of everyday life in Hungary. If you’ve ever wanted to recommend a book to a Hungarian friend or complain about dry chicken at a restaurant, keep reading! The following intermediate Hungarian phrases will help you make recommendations and complaints with ease. 

  • “You should read this. This is the best fantasy book I’ve ever read.”
    Ezt el kellene olvasnod. Ez a legjobb fantasy könyv, amit valaha olvastam.

Visit our lesson At a Hungarian Bookstore to hear a conversation between a seller and a customer in a bookstore.

  • “We loved that hotel. We would go back there again anytime!”
    Imádtuk azt a szállodát. Bármikor visszamennénk oda!
  • “The customer service is very poor there. Don’t go to that pub.”
    A kiszolgálás nagyon rossz ott. Ne menjetek abba a bárba!
  • “The bread is completely dry. Could you give me a fresh slice, please?”
    A kenyér teljesen száraz. Tudna nekem egy friss szeletet hozni, kérem?
  • “The food is excellent here. You should try it next time.”
    Az étel kiváló itt. Legközelebb ki kellene próbálnod!

Need some more complaint phrases? Then visit our free vocabulary list!

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5. Reaction Phrases for Everyday Conversations

If you visit or live in Hungary, engaging in everyday conversations is inevitable. To boost your confidence and help you make a good impression on others, we’ve compiled below a few intermediate conversational Hungarian phrases. We have also included a few sample dialogues using these reaction phrases so that you can see how they might be used in real life. 

  • “Awesome!” – Király!
  • “Really?” – Tényleg?
  • “Seriously?” – Komolyan?
  • “I’m not kidding.” – Nem viccelek.
  • “Mind-blowing!” – Eszméletlen!

Here are some sample dialogues for you: 

A “We had fun at your party last time.” – Jól éreztük magunkat tegnap a bulidban.
B: “Awesome! I’m glad you could make it.” – Király! Örülök, hogy el tudtatok jönni!

A: “Did you really see him at the mall?” – Tényleg láttad őt a plázában?
B: “I’m not kidding. He was checking out engagement rings.” – Nem viccelek. Eljegyzési gyűrűket nézegetett.

A: “No way! Really?” – Ne már! Komolyan?
B: “I swear. It was huge!” – Esküszöm! Fantasztikus!

    ➜ Do you need some help with your Hungarian pronunciation? Then make sure to visit our lesson on how to speak like a local!

6. Etiquette Phrases for Social and Business Settings

We saved the easiest part for last. In this section, you’ll find intermediate Hungarian words and phrases for both social and business settings. The following expressions are common etiquette phrases that you can memorize and use anytime during a Hungarian conversation.

  • “Enjoy!”
    Jó étvágyat!

Not sure how to eat Hungarian food? Don’t be shy. Ask! (Or visit our dedicated lesson…)

  • “Make yourself at home.”
    Érezd otthon magad!
  • “Let me know if you have any questions.”
    Szólj, ha bármi kérdésed van!
  • “Welcome to our team.”
    Üdvözlünk a csapatban!
  • “Drive safe.”
    Vezess óvatosan!

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7. How HungarianPod101 Helps You Reach Your Hungarian Learning Goals 

This marks the end of our article. We hope we were able to familiarize you with the most common intermediate words and phrases in Hungarian and that you’ll be using them confidently every day. 

Do you remember everything we covered today? We introduced intermediate Hungarian phrases for talking about past events, making and changing plans, explaining and listing reasons, and making recommendations and complaints. We also showed you some reaction phrases and other expressions for smooth social/business interactions. 

Even though we covered a lot today, don’t forget that practice makes perfect. Even if you think you understood and memorized everything, come back to this article every now and then—maybe even take notes—so that the intermediate Hungarian vocabulary can truly sink in.

If you would like to expand your knowledge, join the HungarianPod101 family. Here, you can find lots of audio content, helpful videos, example conversations, and more—not to mention a supportive group of fellow language learners.

Which intermediate Hungarian phrase did you find the most useful? Let us know in the comments!

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The 5 Best Hungarian Podcasts for Learning the Language

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Do you struggle with Hungarian listening exercises or just want to spice up your mundane study schedule? Then you should consider adding podcasts to your routine!

It’s common knowledge that learners of any language—not just Hungarian—find listening exercises rather difficult. Understanding locals, in particular, is quite the challenge because they tend to use slang and their pronunciation often differs from the perfect, precise pronunciation that study books teach you. An effective way to improve your listening comprehension skills is to listen a lot…this is where Hungarian podcasts come in.  

Not only will listening to podcasts in Hungarian help you practice your listening skills, but it’s also a different study method that’s not as boring as more traditional means of study. 

Below, we will list five of the best Hungarian podcasts out there. Whether you’re an absolute beginner or have been learning Hungarian for a while, there’s something here for you—as a matter of fact, the HungarianPod101 podcast is perfect for learners at every level. 

Shall we start? Let’s get going then!

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  1. Benefits of Using Podcasts to Learn Hungarian
  2. The Best Podcasts for Learning Hungarian
  3. Tricks to Help You Learn Hungarian More Effectively with Podcasts
  4. Keep Learning with the Top Hungarian Podcast: HungarianPod101

1. Benefits of Using Podcasts to Learn Hungarian

We already touched on a couple of benefits in the introduction, but in this section, we’re going to discuss them in more depth. 

You will get used to everyday Hungarian.

It depends on the type of Hungarian podcast, but most of them will give you the opportunity to hear everyday language (including slang). This will help you get familiar with certain terms so you won’t be surprised when visiting the country.

Your listening skills will improve.

By regularly hearing certain words in context, you’ll be better able to identify and understand those words correctly in real-life conversations. This is especially true if you listen to Hungarian podcasts that come with transcripts, as they can help you identify each word right off the bat—you’ll only need to focus on memorizing its pronunciation. 

    → The podcast lessons provided on HungarianPod101.com all come with their own transcripts. Check out our beginner listening exercises to see what we mean! 

You can expand your vocabulary. 

Listening to general Hungarian podcasts will introduce you to a wide variety of vocabulary on different topics, while listening to topic- or field-specific podcasts will help you pick up terminology related to your interests. The more Hungarian podcasts you listen to, the more your vocabulary is likely to improve over time. 

    → Another great way to learn new words? Themed vocabulary lists! See our free vocabulary lists on HungarianPod101.com and start picking up new words right away. 

Podcasts are free of charge.

Probably the biggest incentive to start incorporating Hungarian podcasts into your study schedule is that they’re completely free and accessible to everyone. You can even find Hungarian podcasts on Spotify, so there’s literally no reason why you can’t start listening right away.

Which of these reasons resonates most with you? Have you already experienced the benefits of learning Hungarian with podcasts? Let us know in the comments.

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2. The Best Podcasts for Learning Hungarian

Below is our list of the five best Hungarian-language podcasts. We’ve tried to create a collection that includes podcasts on different topics, so you’ll surely find something to your taste.

Podcast #1: Balázsék

This Hungarian news podcast is the most listened to in Hungary, not just because of its lively and humorous hosts but also because it’s broadcasted every weekday morning on the radio. You must be an advanced Hungarian learner in order to understand what they’re saying, as they use lots of slang and speak very fast. But once you understand what they’re talking about (news, culture, and recent issues in Hungary and around the world), you will laugh a lot listening to them.

If you’re interested, you could also find other Hungarian podcasts covering politics and the news.

Podcast #2: Lelkifröccs

Lelkifröccs is a Reformed Christian podcast that deals with everyday issues related to spiritual and church life in a light, accessible way. This unique Hungarian-language podcast is hosted by Péter Pál Czeglédi, a Reformed pastor from Dunaújváros. He covers a range of topics, from marriage to Satan. You will need to be an intermediate Hungarian learner for this one; the hosts do not speak that fast in the podcast, and the vocabulary used is not unusual. 

Podcast #3: Special Broadcasting System (SBS)

We recommend this Hungarian podcast for upper-intermediate learners who would like to listen to a podcast that covers anything and everything. SBS covers world events as well as issues and hot topics in Hungary. Besides news, they also talk about cultural matters such as music, literature, and many more.

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Podcast #4: Párnacsata

Párnacsata translates to “pillow fight,” which is a very accurate name for this Hungarian podcast. The hosts talk about very diverse topics, but they manage to stay within the boundaries of the lifestyle and fitness categories. Some of their episodes deal with moral dilemmas, how our phones control us, and healthy relationships. We recommend this podcast for intermediate Hungarian learners. 

Podcast #5: HungarianPod101

Finally, if you don’t want to go too far in your search for great Hungarian podcasts, you can find plenty of audio lessons you’ll love right here! The biggest advantage of HungarianPod101’s audio lessons is that we have listening exercises for Hungarian learners at every level, so you’ll most definitely find the audio files best suited to you.

    → You can get a taste of what we have to offer by checking out our free lessons!

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3. Tricks to Help You Learn Hungarian More Effectively with Podcasts

In this last section, we’ve listed some tricks and tips to help you make the most of studying with Hungarian podcasts. If you take our advice, nothing can stop you from thriving in your Hungarian listening exercises, and you’ll be able to easily carry out a conversation with any local who comes your way.

Make sure you are someplace quiet.

While listening to podcasts is a great boredom-killer when commuting, it might not be the best idea when using them for language learning purposes. When you’re listening to a Hungarian-language podcast, make sure to filter out as much noise as possible so you can hear every word clearly.

Try to search for Hungarian podcasts with transcripts.

This way, you can read the transcript before listening, follow along with the conversation, and even assess the conversation and what you managed to understand from it. You can also practice reading out loud once you have heard the pronunciation from the podcast.

Listen to different kinds of podcasts.

To broaden not only your vocabulary but also your vision, ideas, and opinions of the world, it is important to listen to different kinds of podcasts in Hungarian. For example, a good combination might include listening to a Hungarian news podcast, one about the economy, one about politics, and maybe a cooking or lifestyle podcast as well. Of course, there are also special podcasts for learning Hungarian—like the HungarianPod101 podcast!

Take notes.

Whether it’s something interesting you heard or a new word, it is good to take notes while listening to a Hungarian podcast. Later, you can run through your notes and review keywords, essential phrases, and maybe even facts about Hungarian culture and society. You never know when having these things stored in your memory will come in handy. 

Don’t hesitate to hit “replay.”

If you didn’t quite get something, don’t be afraid to hit that replay button. We’re all here to improve, and we know that practice makes perfect. Always keep trying! Replay the dialogue two or three times, and you’ll most certainly get it in the end.

    → You can listen to our audio files as many times as you want. If you’re ready to start, we recommend heading over to our beginner lessons!

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In this article, we have shown you some of the most popular Hungarian podcasts in a variety of categories and explained the benefits of using podcasts to learn Hungarian. To recap, you can expect: 

  • Improved listening skills 
  • A larger vocabulary
  • Free and accessible content

In addition, we shared some tips and tricks on how to learn Hungarian more effectively with podcasts. Remember what they were?

  • Listen someplace quiet
  • Use transcripts when available
  • Give yourself some variety
  • Take notes
  • Hit replay if you need to

If you would like access to tons of audio files, other study materials, and more informational blog posts on different topics, join the HungarianPod101 family. This is a great way to interact with fellow Hungarian learners and get help from real teachers whenever you need it. 

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40+ Easy Hungarian Phrases for Beginners

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This time, we have brought you a list of the most common Hungarian phrases for beginners so that you won’t feel left out, even as a new learner of this beautiful language. Here at HungarianPod101.com, we always make sure to provide study materials for language learners at every level, so everyone can find something that meets them where they’re at.

In this article, you’ll find a list of meaningful Hungarian phrases for beginners, divided into different categories. These categories include: 

  • Greetings and self-introductions
  • Courtesy phrases and social expressions
  • Dining and shopping phrases
  • Phrases for getting help

If, at the end of this article, you feel like something is missing or you have a question about something we covered, feel free to let us know in the comments. We’d be glad to help any way we can!

So, what are you waiting for? Let’s jump into our list of basic Hungarian phrases for beginners.

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  1. Greetings and Self-introductions
  2. Courtesy Phrases and Social Expressions
  3. Dining and Shopping Phrases
  4. Asking for Help
  5. How HungarianPod101.com Can Help You Reach Your Hungarian Learning Goals

1. Greetings and Self-introductions

Let’s begin with the most commonly used Hungarian greetings and self-introduction phrases. These expressions are the core of everyday communication, and you could hardly spend a minute in Hungary without hearing or needing to use one of them! 

We recommend reading through this section thoroughly to ensure you pick up as many of these phrases as possible. The good thing is that learning them will be no burden to you, as these are considered easy Hungarian phrases for beginners. They contain only a few words, and their pronunciation isn’t very difficult either. 

1 – Greetings

Szia! / Sziasztok!Hi!

Jó napot!Hello.
This simple Hungarian beginner phrase could literally be translated in English as “Good day.” However, unlike its English counterpart, you wouldn’t use this when saying goodbye to someone or exiting a shop; rather, you would use it when greeting someone or entering a shop. 

Also, keep in mind that this phrase is a more formal alternative to the one above. 

Jó reggelt!Good morning. 

Jó estét!Good evening.

Szép napot!Have a good day. 

Szép délutánt!Have a good afternoon. 

2 – Self-introductions

Péter vagyok.I’m Peter.

Péternek hívnak.My name is Peter.

Keep in mind that while both of the phrases above are grammatically correct, we use the first one more often in everyday life. 

Örülök, hogy megismertelek. / Örvendek.Nice to meet you. 

Hogy vagy?How are you? 

Jól vagyok. És te?I’m good. And you? 

Egy kicsit kedvetlen vagyok. És te?I’m feeling a bit blue. And you? 

We hope you’ll end up using the first answer more often, but we wanted to show you another way you might respond to “How are you?” Hungarians are known for often feeling a bit blue, so don’t be afraid to answer honestly. They will sympathize with you.

Hány éves vagy? / Milyen idős vagy?How old are you? 

Huszonegy éves vagyok.I’m 21 years old. 

Hová valósi vagy?Where are you from? 

Kanadából származom.I’m from Canada. 

Mit dolgozol?What do you do? 

Mérnök vagyok.I’m an engineer.

Tanuló vagyok.I’m a student. 

    → If you become closer with the person or need more conversation material, you can find words for describing personality traits here and here.
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2. Courtesy Phrases and Social Expressions

Courtesy phrases and social expressions are a crucial part of any culture. Being able to interact with locals the way they “expect” you to can go a long way. Use the following Hungarian phrases for beginners to come across as polite and to make Hungarians swoon at both your knowledge of their language and your social grace. 

Elnézést! / Bocsánat!Pardon.
You could use this basic Hungarian phrase when you bump into someone or want to ask for directions on the street, for example. 

Semmi baj. / Semmiség.That’s okay. 

Nem probléma. / Nem gond.No problem. 

(Nagyon szépen) köszönöm!Thank you (very much). 

(Nagyon) szívesen!You’re (very) welcome. 

(Annyira) sajnálom! / Bocsánat!I’m (so) sorry. 

Megkérdezhetem, hogy…?May I ask…?

Majd találkozunk! / Szia!See you. 

Vigyázz magadra!Take care. 
While the English translation of this phrase tends to be used more casually as a form of “goodbye,” the Hungarian version carries more meaning. Using it implies that you care deeply for the other person and worry over their wellbeing. We use it most often when parting ways with someone for a longer period of time, such as when they’re leaving for a vacation. 

Vigyázz!Watch out. 

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3. Dining and Shopping Phrases

There is some overlap between the Hungarian courtesy phrases we saw in the previous section and the most common phrases used for dining and shopping. In addition, you’ll find that some of these expressions could be used in other everyday conversations as well (such as: Elnézést kérek! – “Excuse me.”).


Elnézést kérek!Excuse me. 
This is definitely one of the essential Hungarian survival phrases for beginners, because you’ll be hearing and saying it a lot! You might say this to someone if you’d like a little more space on the bus, need assistance while at the grocery store, or would like the waiter at a restaurant to bring you the bill. 

Kaphatnék…?Can I get…?

Árulnak…?Do you sell…?

Kérem! / Kérlek!Please.
The first version (kérem) is formal, so you would use it with people you don’t know or those who are older than you. The second version (kérlek) is informal, so you would use it with family and friends. 

Mennyibe kerül a(z)…?How much is the…?

Tudok kártyával fizetni?Can I pay by card?

Elfogadnak készpénzt?Do you take cash? 

Elkérhetnénk az étlapot?Can we have the menu? 

Hol tudom lemérni?Where can I weigh it?
In many shops in Hungary, you have to weigh the vegetables or fruits you’d like to purchase yourself. There are scales placed around the fresh food area for this purpose. You could use this simple Hungarian beginner phrase to find them more easily. 

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4. Asking for Help

In this section, we’ll introduce you to the most crucial Hungarian survival phrases for beginners: those used to ask for help! If you get lost, need to overcome a language barrier, or fall ill, knowing these phrases and sentence patterns will help you out in a pinch. We recommend memorizing these simple Hungarian beginner phrases before arriving in Hungary. 

Hol van…?Where is…?

Hogy jutok el…?How can I get to…?

Beszél angolul? / Beszélsz angolul?Do you speak English?
The first version (with beszél) is a bit more formal, so you might want to use it with people who are much older than you. But the second version (with beszélsz) is more casual, and you can use it when approaching people closer to your age. 

Csak kicsit beszélek magyarul.I speak only a little bit of Hungarian. 

Hogy mondod, hogy … magyarul?How do you say … in Hungarian?
This Hungarian phrase can be used as an icebreaker when meeting new people or during small talk. It’s always a fun activity to try teaching a foreigner your mother tongue.

Meg tudnád ismételni?Could you repeat it?
Such an important Hungarian phrase that every beginner must know! When you’ve just started learning a language, it can be challenging to understand what locals are saying at native speed. You might need to ask them once or twice to repeat what they’ve just said so that you can fully understand what they’re saying. There is no shame in that! Hungarians will appreciate the effort you’re making to learn their language.

Nem hallottam rendesen.I couldn’t hear it properly. 

Nem értem.I don’t understand. 

Orvosra van szükségem.I need a doctor. 
We hope you won’t need to use this phrase, but it’s one of the most important ones for beginners to learn. In the same vein, we also recommend checking out our vocabulary lists of phrases for talking about injuries and speaking with a doctor

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5. How HungarianPod101.com Can Help You Reach Your Hungarian Learning Goals

If you’ve made it this far, congrats! Now you know the most common Hungarian words and phrases for beginners. We did our best to include everything you would need for everyday life in Hungary: greetings and introductions, courtesy phrases, expressions for shopping and dining, and even phrases for use in emergencies. But please let us know if we forgot any essential beginner phrases, and we’ll be sure to provide them for you. 

Don’t forget that practice makes perfect, so even though we’ve tried to keep it basic and easy, you need to make these Hungarian expressions stick. You could try writing them down on flashcards and occasionally reviewing them to see how much you remember. 

In addition, we recommend joining the HungarianPod101 family. This way, you’ll always be able to turn to fellow language learners (or our team of Hungarian teachers) for help and motivation. We provide our students with a variety of lessons and study materials, each one designed to make the learning process both fun and effective. We encourage you to never stop broadening your knowledge! 

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150+ Advanced Hungarian Words

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Have you read our articles on beginner and intermediate words already? If so, you should be well equipped with the essential words for your daily interactions in Hungary… But what if you don’t want to stop there? 

As promised, here is our article on advanced Hungarian words

Our aim is to familiarize you with the most common advanced Hungarian words in different categories. You’ll learn words and technical terms related to the academic and business worlds, the medical field, and the legal system. In addition, we have included a section dedicated to teaching you more sophisticated alternatives to common Hungarian words. 

As always, we would love to hear from you! Feel free to let us know in the comments if you think any important words are missing or if you have any questions about what we’re about to cover. You can also create a Premium PLUS account to access our MyTeacher service, which will connect you with your own personal Hungarian language tutor. 

If you’re ready to get started with the last installment of this miniseries, let’s jump right into it!

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  1. Advanced Academic Words
  2. Advanced Business Words
  3. Advanced Medical Words
  4. Advanced Legal Words
  5. Additional Words for Acing a Hungarian Language Exam
  6. How HungarianPod101.com Helps You Reach Your Hungarian Learning Goals

1. Advanced Academic Words

You will most definitely need a good number of academic words if, say, you want to study at a Hungarian university. What an adventure that would be! The following list of advanced Hungarian words will help you immensely not only when writing essays or taking tests, but also when composing your thesis at the end of your studies.

However, even if you don’t plan to pursue higher education in Hungary, knowing a few academic words will still come in handy. For example, it’s likely that you’ll bump into one or two of these advanced Hungarian words at your workplace in Hungary or in the local newspaper. 

What if you’re just learning Hungarian for fun as a hobby? Picking up the most common academic words will help you broaden your vocabulary, improve your overall language skills, and allow you to have more engaging conversations with native speakers. 

Let’s take a look! 

“Assessment” – Értékelés
Noun
“Overall” – Összességében
Adverb
“Required” – Szükséges
Adjective
“Debate” – Vita
Noun
“To demonstrate” – Demonstrálni 
Verb
“Controversy” – Viszály
Noun
“Considerable” – Jelentős 
Adjective
“Ambiguous” – Bizonytalan
Adjective

Example sentence:
“We’ve received a considerable number of complaints in connection with the assignment.”
Jelentős számú panaszt kaptunk a feladattal kapcsolatban.

“Academic” – Akadémiai
Adjective
“To eliminate” – Kiiktat
Verb
“Hereby” – Ezennel  
Adverb
“Finite” – Véges / Befejezett
Adjective
“Thus” – Tehát
Adverb
“To coincide” – Egybeesni / Egybevágni
Verb

Example sentence:
“Thus, we must improve our teaching methods.”
Tehát muszáj javítanunk a tanítási módunkon. 

“Preliminary” – Előkészítő
Adjective
“To attain” – Megszerezni
Verb
“Forthcoming” – Közeledő 
Adjective
“To denote” – Jelölni
Verb
“Sphere” – Szféra
Noun
“Whereby” – Miáltal
Adverb
“To undergo” – Keresztülmenni
Verb
“Inhibition” – Gátlás / Akadályozás
Noun
“So-called” – Úgynevezett 
Adjective
“To hinder” – Meggátolni / Akadályozni
Verb

Example sentence:
“Excessive partying hinders high performance in school.”
A mértéktelen bulizás akadályozza a magas iskolai teljesítményt. 

“Albeit” – Habár
Conjunction
Virtually” – Tulajdonképpen
Adverb
“Structure” – Struktúra
Noun
“Structure” – Struktúra
Noun
“Hypothesis” – Feltételezés / Feltevés
Noun
“Principle” – Alapelv
Noun

Want to learn even more essential vocabulary? Then visit our Vocab Builder for Academia!

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2. Advanced Business Words

No list of advanced Hungarian vocabulary words could be complete without some business words. Studying economics in Hungary? Great! You’ll love this list and will find your studies much easier once you have these business- and economics-related words down. Not to mention how your teachers will appreciate that you know such nuanced Hungarian words as a foreigner.

Not studying in Hungary but want to impress your Hungarian boss? No problem! These advanced Hungarian words and phrases will come in handy not only when writing emails, but also in meetings and conferences with clients. You’ll be able to seal the deal on that long-desired promotion before you know it! 

“Strategy building” – Stratégiaépítés
Noun
“Fiscal year” – Költségvetési év
Noun

Example sentence:
“We have to get this done before the end of the current fiscal year.”
Ezt még a mostani költségvetési év vége előtt be kell fejeznünk. 

“Counteroffer” – Ellenajánlat
Noun
“Sum” – Összeg
Noun
“Conference” – Értekezlet
Noun
“License” – Engedély / Felhatalmazás
Noun
“Margin” – Árrés 
Noun
Stakeholder” – Részvényes
Noun

Example sentence:
“Let’s make sure that our stakeholders are satisfied with the project.”
Menjünk biztosra, hogy a részvényeseink elégedettek a projekttel. 

“Retainer” – Foglaló
Noun
“Feedback” – Visszacsatolás
Noun
“Expansion” – Terjeszkedés
Noun
“Expansion” – Terjeszkedés
Noun
“Merge” – Egyesülés
Noun
“Merge” – Egyesülés
Noun
“Entity” – Entitás
Noun
“Entity” – Entitás
Noun phrase
“Sustainable” – Fenntartható 
Adjective
“To monitor” – Figyelemmel kísérni
Verb

Example sentence:
“The sales department is supposed to monitor the revenue.”
Az értékesítési osztálynak kellene figyelemmel kísérnie a bevételt. 

“Pay raise” – Fizetésemelés
Noun
“Incorporated” – Egyesített
Adjective
“Incentive” – Ösztönző
Noun
“To access” – Elérni
Verb
“Revenue” – Árbevétel
Noun
“To modify” – Módosítani / Változtatni
Verb
“Commission” – Jutalék 
Noun
“Commission” – Jutalék 
Noun
“To assign” – Kiosztani
Verb
“Hierarchical” – Hierarchikus
Adjective

Visit our lesson Talking to a Supplier in Hungarian to listen to a sample business-related conversation.

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3. Advanced Medical Words

There are a couple of scenarios where you would definitely want to know some advanced Hungarian words related to medicine:

God forbid, but if anything were to happen to you, your travel buddy, or just a random pedestrian while you’re in Hungary, you’ll need to know some medical words. This will allow you to call an ambulance and explain the problem to them, and to know what the injured person’s condition is.

The other scenario is if you want to pursue medical studies. In this case, you would surely need to be familiar with the advanced Hungarian vocabulary list below in order to understand what they’re teaching in lectures and to write your academic essays.

“Acute” – Akut / Heven
Adjective
“Blood donor” – Véradó
Noun
Chickenpox” – Bárányhimlő
Noun
“Dementia” – Demencia / Elmebaj
Noun
“Deaf” – Süket / Siket
Adjective
“Immune system” – Immunrendszer
Noun
“Dehydration” – Kiszáradás 
Noun
“Operation” – Operáció / Műtét
Noun
“Fever” – Láz
Noun
“To eliminate” – Kiiktat
Verb
“Surgery” – Műtét
Noun
“Prescription” – Recept
Noun
“Mental health” – Mentálhigiénia
Noun
“Vein” – Ér
Noun

Example sentence:
“Mental health is just as important as physical health.”
A mentálhigiénia ugyanolyan fontos, mint a fizikai egészség. 

“Complication” – Szövődmény
Noun
“Numb” – Zsibbadt / Érzéstelen
Adjective
“Symptom” – Tünet
Noun
“Injury” – Sérülés
Noun
“X-ray” – Röntgen 
Noun
“Wound” – Seb
Noun

Example sentence:
“Let’s take an X-ray to see if there is a fracture.”
Csináltassunk röntgent, hogy lássuk, van-e törés. 

“Life-threatening” – Életveszélyes
Adjective
“Infection” – Fertőzés
Noun
“Fatal” – Halálos
Adjective
“Illness” – Betegség
Noun
“Cancer” – Rák
Noun
“Fracture” – Zúzódás
Noun
“Procedure” – Beavatkozás
Noun
“Lasting” – Maradandó
Adjective

Example sentence:
“Due to the accident, she has suffered lasting injuries.”
A baleset miatt maradandó sérüléseket szenvedett.

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4. Advanced Legal Words

Again, we hope this never happens, but if you get in trouble with the law while in Hungary—for example, if the police have to get involved—it can be life-saving to know one or two advanced Hungarian words related to the legal system. Of course, these words will also be extremely helpful should you wake up one day and decide to take up the challenge of entering law school. 

But make sure to give yourself a pat on the back, even if you’re just learning these words for fun!

“Convict” – Fegyenc
Noun
“Homicide” – Emberölés
Noun

Example sentence:
“They reported a homicide in our neighborhood.”
Emberölést jelentettek a környékünkön. 

“Judge” – Bíró 
Noun
“Murder” – Gyilkosság
Noun
“Jury” – Esküdtszék
Noun
“Shoplifting” – Bolti lopás
Noun
“Prison” – Börtön
Noun
“To sentence” – Elítél
Verb
“Attorney” – Jogász
Noun
“To sentence” – Elítél
Verb

Example sentence:
“The judge sentenced the accused to five years in prison.”
A bíró 5 év börtönre ítélte a vádlottat. 

“Defendant” – Vádlott
Noun
“Trial” – Kihallgatás
Noun
“To plead” – Kérelmezni
Verb
“Courtroom” – Bírósági tárgyalóterem
Noun phrase
“Verdict” – Ítélet
Noun
“To charge” – Vádolni
Verb
“Justice” – Igazságszolgáltatás
Noun
“To arrest” – Letartóztatni
Verb
“Prejudice” – Befolyásolás
Noun
“Allegation” – Vádaskodás
Noun
“Law” – Törvény
Noun
“Illegal” – Illegális / Törvényellenes
Adjective
“Contract” – Szerződés
Noun
“Plea” – Védőbeszéd
Noun
“Evidence” – Bizonyíték
Noun
“Warrant” – Parancs / Végzés
Noun

Example sentence:
“Based on the evidence in their possession, she is guilty.”
A birtokukban lévő bizonyíték alapján bűnös. 

“Consent” – Hozzájárulás / Beleegyezés
Noun
“Bias” – Elfogultság
Noun

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5. Additional Words for Acing a Hungarian Language Exam

Do you ever wonder how many words it takes to be considered advanced in Hungarian? Well, according to experts, that number is anywhere from 4,000 to 10,000. Not quite there yet? Don’t worry! 

The following list of advanced Hungarian words will be a big help to you when taking a Hungarian language exam or attending university in Hungary. 

“Approach” – Megközelítés 
Noun
“Estate” – Állam
Noun

Example sentence:
“This is an interesting approach regarding teaching.”
Ez egy érdekes megközelítés a tanítást illetően. 

“Significant” – Jelentős / Lényeges 
Adjective
“To clarify” – Tisztázni
Verb
“Concept” – Koncepció / Elképzelés
Verb
“Duration” – Időtartam
Noun
“To affect” – Hatással lenni
Verb
“Duration” – Időtartam
Noun

Example sentence:
“The duration of the exam is precisely three hours.”
A vizsga időtartama pontosan 3 óra. 

“In summary” – Összefoglalásképp
Adverb
“Economic” – Gazdasági
Adjective
“Obvious” – Nyilvánvaló
Adjective
“Unified” – Egyesített
Adjective
“Arbitrary” – Önkényes / Önhatalmú 
Adjective
“Exhibition” – Kiállítás
Noun
“Subordinate” – Alárendelt 
Adjective
“Contradiction” – Ellentmondás
Noun
“Restraint” – Korlát
Noun
“Crucial” – Életbevágó / Fontos
Adjective
“Inherent” – Velejáró
Adjective
“Incident” – Eset / Történés
Noun
“To cease” – Abbamaradni / Megszűnni
Verb
“Coincidence” – Véletlen
Noun
“Factor” – Tényező
Noun
“Conclusion” – Összefoglalás
Noun
“To ensure” – Biztosítani valamiről
Verb
“Instance” – Példa / Eset
Noun
“Sufficient” – Elegendő
Adjective
“Benefit” – Előny / Haszon
Noun

Example sentence:
“You have read a sufficient amount of books for the exam. Relax.”
Elegendő mennyiségű könyvet olvastál el a vizsgára. Nyugi. 

“Emphasis” – Hangsúly / Nyomaték
Noun
“Presumption” – Feltételezés / Sejtés
Noun
“Estimate” – Becslés / Becsült érték
Noun
“Consistency” – Következetesség
Noun
“Thorough” – Alapos
Adjective
“Established” – Bevezetett
Adjective
“To exceed” – Túllép / Túlszárnyal
Verb
“Source” – Forrás
Noun
“Discretion” – Diszkréció
Noun
“Particular” – Konkrét / Bizonyos
Adjective
“To imply” – Utalni valamire
Verb
“Labor” – Munkaerő
Noun

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6. How HungarianPod101.com Helps You Reach Your Hungarian Learning Goals

We are so happy that you came along with us on this journey of learning vocabulary words fit for every level of Hungarian, and we hope you’ll stick around. In this article, we introduced you to a variety of advanced Hungarian vocabulary words related to academia, business, medicine, and the legal system. 

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300 Intermediate Hungarian Words to Boost Your Vocab

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In a previous article, we covered the top Hungarian words for beginners in order to lay out a solid foundation for new learners. But if you’ve been learning with us for a while, you might be ready to push past the beginner stuff into new and exciting territory. 

To give you a headstart, HungarianPod101 has compiled this list of háromszáz (300) intermediate Hungarian words you can start practicing right away. This article is geared toward learners who already have a basic knowledge of Hungarian and who have become familiar with the most basic words. 

We’ve categorized our list based on the part of speech and theme. Keep in mind that most of these words are at the lower-intermediate level, though you might find a couple of more advanced words as well. 

Remember: If you find this article too challenging (or not challenging enough), you can explore HungarianPod101.com to find more suitable learning materials for your current level and preferences. Struggling to find the right fit? Feel free to reach out to our team, and we’d be glad to help you find the best lessons and materials for your goals. 

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  1. Larger Numbers
  2. Nouns
  3. Verbs
  4. Adjectives
  5. Adverbs
  6. Prepositions
  7. Conjunctions
  8. Auxiliary Words and Particles
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1. Larger Numbers

In our article on beginner words, you got to know the numbers 1-10 in Hungarian (“zero” is nulla, in case you’re wondering). Now it’s time for you to learn the larger numbers, starting from 11 and going up to the millions and billions! 

Keep in mind that, in Hungary, our currency is the HUF (not the EUR). As such, it’s perfectly reasonable for the price of a pair of shoes, for example, to be in the tens of thousands of HUF—yes, you read that right. This makes larger numbers a crucial element to add to your intermediate Hungarian vocabulary, as you’ll likely need to know and use them on a regular basis. 

One important thing we should mention is that while English uses a hyphen for the numbers 21-99, Hungarian only uses them from 2,000 onwards. Let’s see how this works.

Numbers 11-20

“Eleven” – Tizenegy                                          “Sixteen” – Tizenhat

“Twelve” – Tizenkettő                                        “Seventeen” – Tizenhét

“Thirteen” – Tizenhárom                                   “Eighteen” – Tizennyolc

“Fourteen” – Tizennégy                                     “Nineteen” – Tizenkilenc

“Fifteen” – Tizenöt                                              “Twenty” – Húsz

Numbers 30-100

“Thirty” – Harminc                                              “Seventy” – Hetven

“Forty” – Negyven                                              “Eighty” – Nyolcvan

“Fifty” – Ötven                                                     “Ninety” – Kilencven

“Sixty” – Hatvan                                                  “Hundred” – Száz

Wondering how to form numbers like 21 and 45 in Hungarian? It’s simple! All you have to do is place the appropriate number from 1 to 9 after the appropriate “tens” word. For example:

  • “Twenty-one” – Huszonegy
  • “Forty-five” – Negyvenöt

Just like in English! 

The Hundreds

“Two hundred” – Kétszáz                                  “Eight hundred” – Nyolcszáz

“Six hundred” – Hatszáz                                    “Nine hundred” – Kilencszáz

Again, to form the numbers in-between the round hundreds, you just need to place the appropriate number 1-99 after the appropriate “hundreds” word. 

  • “Two hundred and four” – Kétszáznégy
  • “Two hundred and fourteen” – Kétszáztizennégy

Even Bigger Numbers

While English does not use hyphens above 99, Hungarian uses them for all numbers above 2,000 that are not round thousands (such as 3,000 or 10,000). See below.

“Thousand” – Ezer
“Seven thousand and seventy-nine” – Hétezer-hetvenkilenc (7,079)

“Ten thousand” – Tízezer
“Eighty thousand, two hundred and forty-three” – Nyolcvanezer-kétszáznegyvenhárom (80,243)

“One million” – Egymillió
“Seven million, four hundred and ninety thousand, five hundred and thirty” – Hétmillió-négyszázkilencvenezer-ötszázharminc (7,490,530)

“Twelve billion” – Tizenkétmilliárd
“Two billion, six hundred and eighty-five million, three hundred and twenty thousand, four hundred and two” – Kétmilliárd-hatszáznyolcvanötmillió-háromszázhúszezer-négyszázkettő (2,685,320,402)

Colorful Wooden Numbers on a Desk, Close Up

2. Nouns

Nouns are an essential component of every language because no sentence is complete without them. 

At this point in your language learning journey, you probably know a variety of beginner-level nouns and can comfortably use them in your daily conversations. But if you’re ready to branch out and begin talking about more complex topics than your morning routine or pets, you’ll need to learn some practical intermediate-level Hungarian nouns. 

We’ve tried to include a diverse selection of nouns for you to study, but you can also check out our Lower Intermediate course or reach out to your teacher if you’d like to learn more. 

Family

“Mother-in-law” – Anyós                                    “Stepsister” – Mostohatestvér (lány)

“Father-in-law” – Após                                       “Stepbrother” – Mostohatestvér (fiú)

“Daughter-in-law” – Meny                                  “Stepmother” – Mostohaanya

“Son-in-law” – Vő                                               “Stepfather” – Mostohaapa

“Niece” – Unokahúg                                           “Half-sister” – Féltestvér (lány)

“Nephew” – Unokaöccs                                     “Half-brother” – Féltestvér (fiú)

“Nuclear family” – Kiscsalád                             “Childhood” – Gyerekkor

“Extended family” – Nagycsalád                       “Adolescence” – Kamaszkor / Serdülőkor

“Foster family” – Nevelőcsalád                         “Adolescent” – Kamasz / Serdülő

“Single-parent family” – Csonkacsalád             “Adulthood” – Felnőttkor

Work

“Surgeon” – Sebész                                           “Resignation letter” – Felmondólevél

“Detective” – Nyomozó                                      “Contract” – Szerződés

“Accountant” – Könyvelő                                    “Interview” – Interjú

“Linguist” –Nyelvész                                           “Employee” – Alkalmazott / Munkavállaló

“Astronaut” –Asztronauta, űrhajós                      “Occupation” – Foglalkozás

In and Around the City

“City hall” – Városháza                                     “Railway station” – Vasútállomás

“Courthouse” – Bíróság                                     “Airport” – Repülőtér

“Penitentiary” – Javítóintézet                             “Taxi stand” – Taxiállomás

“Private clinic” – Magánklinika                           “Amusement park” – Vidámpark

“Hypermarket” – Hipermarket                            “Subway station” – Metróállomás

“Telephone box” – Telefonfülke                         “Sports center” – Sportközpont / Sportcenter

Cycle path” – Bicikliút                                       “Gas station” – Benzinkút

A Family Having Dinner; Granddaughter, Grandma, and Grandpa Are Seen Around the Table

Office Essentials

“Paper clip” – Gémkapocs                                “Scissors” – Olló

“Correction fluid” – Hibajavító                           “Hole punch” – Lyukasztó

“Envelope” – Boríték                                         “Wastebasket” – Szemeteskosár

“Pushpin” – Rajzszög                                        “Stamp” – Pecsét

“Calculator” – Számológép                                “Magnifier” – Nagyító

Animals

“Giraffe” – Zsiráf                                                 “Stallion” – Csődör

“Gazelle” – Gazella                                            “Sow” – Anyakoca / Anyasertés

“Elephant” – Elefánt                                           “Piglet” – Kismalac

“Lion” – Oroszlán                                                “Goat” – Bakkecske

“Hippopotamus” – Víziló                                     “Billygoat” – Bakkecske

“Blue whale” – Kékbálna                                    “Sheep” – Bárány

“Coyote” – Prérifarkas                                        “Ram” – Kos

“Ostrich” – Strucc                                               “Goose” – Lúd

“Tortoise” – Teknősbéka                                    “Rooster” – Kakas

“Polar bear” – Jegesmedve                               “Fox” – Róka

Fruits, Vegetables & More

“Apple” – Alma                                                   “Plum” – Szilva

“Green apple” – Zöldalma                                  “Passion fruit” – Maracuja

“Peach” – Őszibarack                                         “Cherry” – Cseresznye

“Blackberry” – Szeder                                         “Sour cherry” – Meggy

“Fig” – Füge                                                         “Melon” – Sárgadinnye

“Cauliflower” – Karfiol                                          “Spinach” – Spenót

“Zucchini” – Cukkini                                             “Arugula” – Rukkola

“Brussels sprouts” – Kelbimbó                            “Broccoli” – Brokkoli

“Asparagus” – Spárga                                         “Cucumber” – Uborka

“Sweet potato” – Édesburgonya                          “Mushroom” – Gomba

Image of Three Sheep in Nature, Two of Which Are Lying Down

3. Verbs

Like nouns, verbs are crucial in any language. Learning the intermediate Hungarian verbs listed below will allow you to build upon the vocabulary you learned in our beginner words article, and we’ve hand-picked those verbs you’re most likely to use on a regular basis. 

Work

Would you like to be able to tell your colleagues how you get to work? Check out our vocabulary list for means of transportation in Hungarian.

“To present” – Prezentálni                                “To manage” – Kezelni

“To operate” – Működtetni                                “To invest” – Befektetni

“To call” – Hívni                                                 “To reward” – Jutalmazni

“To arrange” –  Megszervezni                           “To contribute” – Hozzájárulni

“To type” – Gépelni                                            “To write” – Írni

“To manage” – Kezelni                                       “To join” – Csatlakozni

“To cancel” – Lemondani                                    “To burn out” – Kiégni

“To hand in” – Leadni                                          “To carry out” – Kivitelezni

“To take on” – Felvenni valakit                            “To create” – Készíteni

“To fill out” – Kitölteni                                           “To pay” – Fizetni

Emotions

“To love” – Szeretni                                           “To detest” – Gyűlölni

“To like” – Kedvelni                                            “To pity” – Sajnálni

“To admire” – Csodálni                                       “To crave” – Áhítozni

“To envy” – Irigyelni                                            “To desire” – Kívánni

“To hate” – Utálni                                                “To mourn” – Gyászolni

“To tire” – Fárasztani                                           “To bore” – Untatni

A Young Woman Smiling and Holding Flowers to Her Eyes

4. Adjectives

With adjectives, we’re able to describe the world around us. As an intermediate Hungarian learner, you are capable of learning and remembering more complex adjectives, which will allow you to describe objects and feelings more accurately. 

In the lists below, you’ll find intermediate Hungarian words on a range of topics, including patterns, personalities, and emotions.

Patterns

“Floral” – Virágos                                                “Spotted” – Foltos

“Checkered” – Pepita                                          “Dotted” – Pöttyös

“Striped” – Csíkos                                               “Plaid” – Kockás

“Wavy” – Hullámos                                              “Paisley” – Kasmírmintás

“Abstract” – Absztrakt                                         “Tartan” – Skótkockás

Describing Objects

“Wide” – Széles                                                 “Spiky” – Szúrós

“Narrow” – Keskeny                                           “Flat” – Tompa

“Rugged” – Érdes                                               “Oval” – Ovális

“Wooden” – Fa                                                    “Round” – Gömbölyű

“Metal” – Fém                                                      “Smooth” – Sima

Describing People

“Cold” – Rideg                                                    “Laidback” – Laza

“Optimistic” – Optimista                                      “Pessimistic” – Pesszimista

“Evil” – Gonosz                                                   “Shy” – Félénk

“Good-natured” – Jóindulatú                               “Pathetic” – Szánalmas

“Sweet” – Aranyos                                               “Humble” – Szerény

“Creative” – Kreatív                                             “Dramatic” – Drámai

“Hardworking” – Szorgalmas                              “Attractive” – Vonzó

“Honest” – Őszinte                                              “Caring” – Törődő

“Friendly” – Barátságos                                      “Discreet” – Diszkrét

“Calm” – Nyugodt                                                “Generous” – Nagyvonalú

Describing Emotions

As social creatures, we like expressing our emotions to others. This list of intermediate Hungarian words will get you started off on the right foot. 

“Proud” – Büszke                                              “Surprised” – Meglepett

“Confused” – Zavarodott                                   “Confident” – Magabiztos

“Lonely” – Magányos                                         “Excited” – Izgatott

“Frightened” – Rémült                                        “Jealous” – Féltékeny

“Amused” – Szórakozott                                    “Bored” – Unott

Describing the Weather

“Snowy” – Havas                                                “Sleety” – Havas esős

“Bright” – Világos                                                “Showery” – Zivataros

“Misty” – Ködös                                                   “Hailing” – Jégesős

“Freezing” – Fagyos                                           “Gloomy” – Szomorkás

A Puddle Reflecting Buildings while It’s Still Raining

5. Adverbs

Adverbs are words that present additional information about a verb, adjective, or another adverb. These words may not be as vital to the language as nouns and verbs, for instance, but adding them to your intermediate Hungarian vocabulary bank will allow you to more aptly describe the context of actions, states of being, and more. 

Manner

“Thoroughly” – Alaposan                                  “Honestly” – Őszintén

“Thankfully” – Hálásan                                      “Clumsily” – Ügyetlenül

“Casually” – Átlagosan                                      “Cleverly” – Ügyesen

“Bravely” – Bátran                                             “Ruthlessly” – Könyörtelenül

“Loudly” – Hangosan                                         “Cruelly” – Gonoszan

“Angrily” – Haragosan                                       “Passionately” – Szenvedélyesen

“Easily” – Könnyedén                                        “Uncertainly” – Bizonytalanul

“Gently” – Gyengéden                                       “Quickly” – Gyorsan

“Happily” – Boldogan                                         “Dramatically” – Drámaian

“Sadly” – Szomorúan                                         “Playfully” – Játékosan

Time

“So far” – Eddig                                                 “Rarely” – Ritkán

“Lately” – Az utóbbi időben                               “Regularly” – Gyakran

“Recently” – Mostanában                                  “Yet” – Még / Már

“Annually” – Évente                                           “Seldom” – Néha

“Early” – Korán                                                  “Never” – Soha

“Usually” – Általában                                         “Constantly” – Folyamatosan

“Monthly” – Havonta                                          “Before” – Azelőtt

“Daily” – Naponta                                               “Soon” – Hamar(osan)

“Formerly” – Előzőleg                                        “Already” – Már

“Last” – Utoljára

Place

“Everywhere” – Mindenhol                               “East” – Keletre

“Nowhere” – Sehol                                           “Somewhere” – Valahol

“Here” – Itt                                                         “Along” – Végig

“There” – Ott                                                      “Next door” – A szomszédban

“Abroad” – Külföldön                                          “Upstairs” – Fent az emeleten

“Indoors” – Bent                                                  “Downstairs” – Lent a földszinten

“Outdoors” – Kint                                                 “Near” – Közel

“Down” – Lent                                                      “Towards” – Felé

“Right” – Jobbra                                                   “Back” – Hátul

“Left” – Balra                                                        “Front” – Elöl

A Woman in Front of a Gray Wall Holding Up an Alarm Clock and Pointing at It

6. Prepositions

Prepositions are words (or sometimes affixes, in the case of Hungarian) that express the relationship between two elements of a clause or sentence. Keep in mind that many of the prepositional prefixes listed below have a counterpart in English. 

“Around” – Körül                                                 “Through” – Át-

“In” – Be-                                                             “Out” – Ki-

“On” – Rá-                                                           “Above” – Felett

“Under” – Alatt                                                     “Up” – Fel-

“Behind” – Mögött                                               “Down” – Le-

“Next to” – Mellett                                               “Away” – El-

“Between” – Között                                             “Apart” – Szét-

“Opposite” – Szemben                                        “At” – -nál / -nél

“Below” – Alatt                                                     “With” – -val / -vel

“Into” – Bele-                                                       “Within” – Belül

7. Conjunctions

Conjunctions link together two words or phrases (and sometimes even sentences). In our beginner words article, we introduced you to a few of the simpler ones; this time, we’ll show you the most useful intermediate Hungarian conjunctions

“Accordingly” – Aszerint                                   “Consequently” – Következtetésképpen

“Actually” – Igazából                                        “For example” – Például

“Nevertheless” – Mindamellett                         “For this reason” – Ezen okból

“Nonetheless” – Mindazonáltal                        “From here on” – Innentől kezdve

“Moreover” – Sőt                                              “To begin with” – Először is

“However” – Habár                                           “With this in mind” – Ennek következtében

“Although” – Bár                                                “Such as” – Úgy mint

“Besides” – Emellett                                           “Similarly” – Hasonlóképpen

“Nor” – Sem                                                        “In contrast” – Ezzel szemben

“Therefore” – Ennélfogva                                    “Hence” – Így

“Third” – Harmadjára                                           “In conclusion” – Összefoglalásképp

“Thus” – Tehát                                                     “In the meantime” – Időközben

“Whereas” – Míg                                                  “To be specific” – Konkrétumként

“Yet” – Márpedig                                                  “To illustrate” – Szemléltetésképpen

“Further” – Továbbá                                             “As a result” – Eredményképp

“Afterwards” – Azontúl                                         “Equally important” – Hasonló fontossággal

A Man Studying and Taking Notes in the Library

8. Auxiliary Words and Particles

Lastly, let’s see some intermediate Hungarian auxiliary words

“Be” – Lenni                                                 “Would” – -ná/-né
“I am your mother.” –                          “Would you tell me?” –
Az édesanyád vagyok.                       Elmondanád nekem?

“Need” – Kell / Szükséges                           “Mustn’t” – Tilos
“I need to buy bread.” –                      “You mustn’t say yes.” –
Kenyeret kell vennem.                        Tilos igent mondanod.

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80 Hungarian Animal Words and a Few Fun Idioms

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Do you know which two animals ancient Hungarians most revered? The deer and the wolf! The former for its grace and gentle nature, and the latter for its strength and tendency toward predation. 

While we no longer regard animals with quite the same level of esteem, they still play a large role in our daily lives. As a Hungarian learner, you’ll greatly benefit from learning the names of common animals in Hungarian. Doing so will allow you to better understand native Hungarian speakers and strike up conversations with just about anyone—because who doesn’t like talking about their pets or their favorite wild creatures? 

In this article, you’ll learn the names of the most common Hungarian animals as well as those abroad. We’ll cover everything from pets to a variety of wildlife: mammals, reptiles, sea creatures, birds, and the list goes on. And the cherry on top? Toward the end of the article, we’ve also included the names of animal body parts and a handful of fun Hungarian idioms that mention animals. 

For maximum clarity, we’ve listed each animal with its name in both English and Hungarian. But if you still have any questions or concerns, you can reach out to us in the comments—we’d be glad to help! 

Ready to jump in?

A Group of Animals [Two Dogs, Parrot, Cat, Snake, Mouse] in Front of a White Background
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  1. At Home (Hungarian Pets / Magyar kiskedvencek)
  2. On the Farm (Hungarian Farm Animals / Magyar háziállatok)
  3. In the Wild / Forest / Safari (Hungarian Land Animals / Magyar szárazföldi állatok)
  4. In the Ocean (Hungarian Aquatic Animals / Magyar vízi állatok)
  5. Hungarian Bugs and Insects / Magyar bogarak és rovarok
  6. Hungarian Birds and Reptiles / Magyar madarak és hüllők
  7. Animal Body Parts
  8. Animal-Related Idioms and Slang Expressions in Hungarian
  9. How HungarianPod101.com Can Help You Get the Most out of Language Learning

1. At Home (Hungarian Pets / Magyar kiskedvencek)

This first category is probably everyone’s favorite, because who doesn’t like pets? Plus, the first Hungarian animal words you should learn are those you’re most likely to hear during a conversation. Pets are like this. Learning these words will allow you to talk about your own pets with a native Hungarian speaker, or even inquire about their favorite animals. Also, talking about your fur babies is a great ice-breaker when meeting new people.

  • “Dog” – Kutya
  • “Cat” – Macska
  • “Hamster” – Hörcsög
  • “Guinea pig” – Tengerimalac
  • “Parrot” – Papagáj
  • “Goldfish” – Aranyhal
  • “Rabbit” – Nyúl

We call baby rabbits “bunnies” in English, right? Well, there are special names for baby animals in Hungarian, too. You can learn what some of them are and hear their correct pronunciation in our lesson Baby Animals

  • Pond slider” – Ékszerteknős
  • “Chinchilla” – Csincsilla
  • “Mouse” – Egér

While mice are not usually considered pets, nothing is impossible! Nowadays, some people do own mice as pets—not to mention other strange animals, like snakes and tarantulas!

    → Would you like to hear the pronunciation of the most popular pets in Hungarian? Then visit our absolute beginner lesson Pets!

A Little Girl Smiling while Hugging Her Dog

2. On the Farm (Hungarian Farm Animals / Magyar háziállatok)

The next category we’ll cover is farm animals (háziállatok). Before we look at this list of animals in Hungarian, let’s break down the word for farm animals: 

Háziállatok is the plural form of háziállat, which refers to a single domestic animal. The word háziállat is composed of two separate words, which are házi (“related to the house”) and állat (“animal”). 

  • “Horse” –
  • “Cow” – Tehén
  • “Calf” – Borjú
  • “Duck” – Kacsa
  • “Donkey” – Szamár
  • “Goose” – Lúd
  • “Sheep” – Birka
  • “Cattle” – Szarvasmarha
  • “Chicken” – Csirke
  • “Turkey” – Pulyka
  • “Rooster” – Kakas
  • “Frog” – Béka
  • “Pig” – Sertés / Disznó / Malac
  • “Goat” – Kecske
  • “Yak” – Jak
  • “Fox” – Róka

While the fox is obviously not a domesticated animal, you can often find them lurking around roosts on farms in search of a nice meal.


Two Donkeys - a White One and a Brown One - Looking into the Camera

3. In the Wild / Forest / Safari (Hungarian Land Animals / Magyar szárazföldi állatok)

Now we’re getting to the interesting part. Wild animals are definitely some of the most fascinating creatures on the planet. And even though the “classic” wild or safari animals—which make up the majority of the following list—cannot be found in Hungary outside a zoo, Hungarian forests have their own captivating fauna. Wild animals in Hungary include bears, deer, and even wolves—but you definitely wouldn’t spot a lion outside a cage! 

In Hungarian, we call wild animals vadállatok. Make sure to watch the plural suffix (-k) and the linking vowel (o). The names of some wild animals in Hungarian, as you can see below, are similar to their English counterparts. 

  • “Deer” – Szarvas
  • “Bear” – Medve
  • “Wolf” – Farkas
  • “Lion” – Oroszlán
  • “Elephant” – Elefánt
  • “Cheetah” – Párduc
  • “Rhinoceros” – Rinocérosz
  • “Ostrich” – Strucc

Did you know that the strucc is the largest bird in the world? Learn more fun facts about animals on our website.

  • “Zebra” – Zebra
  • “Giraffe” – Zsiráf
  • “Hippopotamus” – Víziló
  • “Tiger” – Tigris
  • “Gazelle” – Gazella
  • “Chimpanzee” – Csimpánz
  • “Meerkat” – Szurikáta
  • “Jaguar” – Jaguár
  • “Otter” – Vidra

Two Zebras in Their Natural Habitat, One Big and One Small

4. In the Ocean (Hungarian Aquatic Animals / Magyar vízi állatok)

The closest thing to an ocean you’ll find in Hungary is a big lake called Balaton, so you won’t be finding any octopus or jellyfish in Hungarian waters! Nonetheless, aquatic animals make for an interesting conversation topic, so it’s definitely worth learning their names in Hungarian.

  • “Dolphin” – Delfin
  • “Fish” – Hal
  • “Shark” – Cápa
  • “Whale” – Bálna
  • “Octopus” – Polip
  • “Jellyfish” – Medúza
  • “Lobster” – Homár
  • “Squid” – Tintahal
  • “Turtle” – Teknősbéka
  • “Eel” – Angolna
  • “Salmon” – Lazac
  • “Crab” – Rák
  • “Clownfish” – Bohóchal

Did someone say “Nemo”? In Hungarian, we translate the name of this fish quite literally: bohóc (“clown”) and hal (“fish”).

  • “Walrus” – Rozmár
  • “Seahorse” – Tengericsikó

This one is funny, as it also translates quite literally. Csikó means “foal” in English, while tengeri means
“marine.”

  • “Starfish” – Csillaghal

Many Fish and Sea Animals in the Ocean

5. Hungarian Bugs and Insects / Magyar bogarak és rovarok

Even though many people find bugs and insects unpleasant, they’re actually an important part of the ecosystem. It may be hard to believe, but there are many bug species in Hungary that are currently endangered. Considering their importance, it would be good for you to learn at least a few bugs by their Hungarian names! 

  • “Spider” – Pók
  • “Butterfly” – Pillangó
  • “Bee” – Méh
  • “Ant” – Hangya
  • “Fly” – Légy
  • “Caterpillar” – Hernyó
  • “Stag beetle” – Szarvasbogár
  • “Dragonfly” – Szitakötő
  • “Ladybug” – Katicabogár
  • “Cricket” – Tücsök
  • “Wasp” – Darázs
  • “Praying mantis” – Imádkozósáska
  • “Flea” – Bolha
  • “Earwig” – Fülbemászó
  • “Grasshopper” – Szöcske
  • Stink bug” – Poloska

Hungary has been battling with stink bugs for many years, as they tend to form giant swarms during the fall. And the most annoying thing—as you might have guessed from their name—is that if you kill one, it’ll be super stinky afterward.

6. Hungarian Birds and Reptiles / Magyar madarak és hüllők

We couldn’t leave birds and reptiles out of our list of basic animals in Hungarian, right? They’re a crucial part of the planet’s fauna, and there are some really interesting species in Hungary. So, make sure to keep an eye out for them during your stay in Hungary—you’ll be able to encounter most of them in cities, as well as in forests and in the country. 

  • “Snake” – Kígyó
  • “Aesculapian snake” – Sikló

Aesculapian snakes are very common in hilly settings.

  • “Crocodile” – Krokodil

There are two zoos in Hungary that have crocodiles: one in Budapest and one in Debrecen. 

The pond turtle is one of the endangered animals in Hungary, so you’d better watch out for them. If you harm one, you could be fined 50,000 HUF (which is approximately 135 EUR or 168 USD).

  • “Adder” – Vipera
  • “Eagle” – Sas
  • “Swan” – Hattyú
  • “White stork” – Fehér gólya
  • “Blackbird” – Fekete rigó
  • “Crow” – Varjú
  • “Swallow” – Fecske
  • “Tit” – Cinege
  • “Pigeon” – Galamb

Pigeons are common in cities, especially in the most famous squares. This is because some people like to feed them, which draws them in like a moth to a flame. 

And last but not least, let’s cross the border between natural and supernatural for a moment:

Even though this is a mythical bird of prey, we wanted to include it on our list of Hungarian animal words, as the turul is the national animal of Hungary.

A Large Group of Pigeons, Some of Which Are Out of Focus

7. Animal Body Parts

A word list of the most common animal words in the Hungarian language would not be complete without the names of animal body parts. Here are the most important ones: 

  • “Tail” – Farok
  • “Paw” – Mancs
  • “Hoof” – Pata
  • “Tentacle” – Csáp
  • “Beak” – Csőr
  • “Snout” – Ormány
  • “Udder” – Tőgy
  • “Crest” – Sörény
  • “Claw” – Karom
  • “Whisker” – Macskabajusz

Literally, the Hungarian word for “whisker” means “cat mustache.” Clever, eh? 

8. Animal-Related Idioms and Slang Expressions in Hungarian

Finally, let’s see some Hungarian idioms and slang expressions that mention some of the animals from our list. Some of these are pretty funny, so you might want your notebook handy to take some notes. 😉 

#1 “To kill two flies with one hit” – Két legyet üt egy csapásra

Original idiom: “To kill two birds with one stone”

#2 “Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth.” – Ajándék lónak ne nézd a fogát!

#3 “The smart one lets go; the donkey suffers.” – Okos enged, szamár szenved.

This idiom means that if you’re wise, you won’t get into a fight with someone (even if they’re wrong!). Otherwise, you’ll needlessly tire yourself out and lose the fight. 

#4 “Owl tells to the sparrow that it has a big head.” – Bagoly mondja verébnek, hogy nagyfejű.

Original idiom: “The pot calls the kettle black.”

#5 “Lots of geese defeat the pig.” – Sok lúd disznót győz.

This idiom means that the weak can defeat the strong if there’s enough of them.

Which of these animal-related idioms is your favorite?

A Group of Animals in Front of a White Background

9. How HungarianPod101.com Can Help You Get the Most out of Language Learning

How many Hungarian animal names do you still remember? Hopefully, you’ve gotten at least one or two safely tucked away already, but don’t forget to read through this article again and write down any words you’re struggling to remember. This will help store all of this new vocabulary in your long-term memory! 

Today, we introduced you to the Hungarian names of several different animals: 

  • Pets
  • Farm animals
  • Wild animals
  • Aquatic creatures
  • Bugs and insects
  • Birds and reptiles

We also provided a short list of animal body parts in Hungarian and introduced a few fun animal-related idioms. 

Did you enjoy studying about the animals native to Hungary and learning what to call the animals in your country? 

Before you go, let us know in the comments what your favorite animal is! Do you know its name in Hungarian?

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Learn the Most Practical Hungarian Phone Call Phrases

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Remember the time your mom handed you the phone, telling you to order the pizza yourself if you wanted it so much? You were shaking so badly that you ended up just eating leftovers from the fridge that night… 

For some, speaking on the phone can be challenging or even frightening. During a phone conversation, we cannot see the other person’s facial expressions or other body language cues that we normally rely on for effective communication. 

Now imagine trying to talk on the phone in a foreign language! 

As a language learner, you’ll benefit from learning Hungarian phone call phrases for different situations. Knowing the essential phrases and expressions by heart will allow you to speak on the phone with more confidence. You’ll be able to go over the conversation in your head (and in Hungarian!) as many times as you need to before picking up the phone.

In this article, we’ve compiled the most useful Hungarian phrases for a phone call and categorized them according to the normal progression of a phone conversation. If you feel like something is missing, however, don’t hesitate to reach out to us in the comments. We’d be glad to help!

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  1. Picking up the Phone
  2. Saying Who You Are
  3. Stating the Reason for the Call
  4. Asking to Speak to Someone
  5. Asking Someone to Wait
  6. Leaving a Message
  7. Asking for Clarification
  8. Ending the Phone Call
  9. Sample Phone Conversations
  10. How HungarianPod101.com Can Help You Reach Your Hungarian Learning Goals

1. Picking up the Phone

To start, how should you answer the phone in Hungarian? 

Most phone calls begin with a friendly greeting, so here are a couple of different ways you can greet the caller when picking up the phone: 

Haló?
“Hello?”

Tessék? / Igen?
“Yeah?” / “Yes?”

You can use these next three phone phrases in Hungarian whether you’re the caller or the receiver: 

Szia!
“Hi!”

Jónapot!
“Hello!” (Literally: “Good day.”)

Mondd!
“Tell me.”

That last phrase works kind of like “shoot” in English, like when you’re encouraging someone to say something. 

2. Saying Who You Are

When you make a call in Hungarian, it’s expected that you introduce yourself to the other person. 

Your introduction should include your name at the very least. If you’re making a formal or business call, you should also include the name of your company. 

Here are some common phone phrases in Hungarian for introducing yourself: 

Péter vagyok.
“I’m Peter.”

Péter beszél.
“This is Peter speaking.”

You could use that second phrase when making or receiving a call, though it’s most commonly used when answering a call from an unknown number.

Péter vagyok a HungarianPod101-től.
“I’m Peter from HungarianPod101.”

Note the Hungarian suffix used in the phrase above: -től. The suffix you attach to a word will depend on the vowels the word contains. When you’re calling from a company, the suffix will either be -tól or -től.


Someone Dialing a Phone Number on Their Work Phone

3. Stating the Reason for the Call

Once you’ve greeted the receiver and stated who you are (and possibly the name of your company), you should brief them regarding the subject of your call. 

A simple “Yo, what’s up with you?” (Na, mizu veled?) might suffice for a casual chat with one of your friends, but most other situations will require that you know some formal Hungarian phone phrases. Below, you’ll find some neutral phrases that you can adapt for either context. 

Azért hívom / hívlak, hogy (a lakásról) kérdezzek.
“I’m calling to ask you (about the apartment).”

You would use hívom in formal contexts and hívlak in casual contexts. Again, watch the suffixes (-ról and -ről).

Azért hívom / hívlak, hogy megerősítsem (az időpontot).
“I’m calling to confirm (the appointment).”

Here, we’re confirming a date or appointment. In both English and Hungarian, the noun is in the accusative case; in Hungarian, this means adding the suffix -ot / -et / -öt.

Szeretnék a menedzserrel / vezetővel beszélni (a kiszolgálásról).
“I’d like to speak to the manager (about the service).”

Ha minden igaz, volt Öntől / tőled egy nem fogadott hívásom. Ezért hívom / hívlak.
“If I’m not mistaken, I have an unreceived call from you. That’s why I’m calling now.”

Öntől is the formal version of “from you,” and tőled is the informal version.

4. Asking to Speak to Someone

This step will come in handy when you’re calling an office or company, as the person who picks up may not be who you’re looking for. You might also need to ask if a friend is home should you call them on their landline. Most of these Hungarian phone phrases can be used in both formal and informal contexts. 

Szeretnék Katával beszélni.
“I’d like to speak to Kate.”

Beszélhetnék Katával?
“May I speak to Kate?”

Kata ott van?
“Is Kate there?”

Keep in mind that the phrase ott van is much too casual for use in business calls or other formal situations. Only use it when calling friends or family members. 

Oda tudná / tudnád adni Katának a telefont?
“Could you put Kate on the phone?”

This is another informal phrase, though using the tudná (Ön) conjugation makes it a bit more formal.

A Blond Secretary Wearing Glasses Is Speaking on the Phone in an Office

5. Asking Someone to Wait

We’ve all been there. Where, you ask? Talking on the phone with our friend, only to be interrupted when our parents barge in to tell us the least important thing ever that apparently could not have waited. 

Well, there are a million other reasons why you might have to ask someone to wait a little bit. Here are some useful Hungarian phone call phrases you can use in these situations: 

Csak egy pillanat, megnézem.
“Just a moment, I’ll check.”

Tartaná egy percig, kérem?
“Would you hold for a minute, please?”

Below is a very formal phrase you should save for business contexts (avoid using it with friends or family unless you want to joke around): 

Hadd irányítsam át egy kollégámhoz! Kérem, maradjon vonalban!
“Let me direct you to one of my colleagues. Stay on the line, please.”

This next phone phrase, on the other hand, is quite informal. Refrain from using it with business partners.

Várj csak egy kicsit!
“Just wait a bit.”

6. Leaving a Message

Although it can happen in friendlier atmospheres, you’ll most likely have to leave a message when making a formal/business call. For instance, perhaps the person you’re trying to reach is unavailable, but their assistant would be happy to take a message. (Or maybe you’re the assistant offering to take a message for your boss.) 

In either case, we have just the perfect Hungarian phone call phrases for you. (Mind the formal / informal conjugations of words.)

Most nem tud a telefonhoz jönni. Szeretne / szeretnél neki üzenetet hagyni?
“S/he can’t come to the phone right now. Would you like to leave a message?”

Milyen üzenetet szeretne / szeretnél hagyni?
“What message would you like to leave?”

Hagyhatok üzenetet?
“Can I leave a message?”

Megmondaná / megmondanád neki, kérem, hogy hívjon vissza a […] telefonszámon?
“Can you please tell him/her to call me back at [phone number]?”

7. Asking for Clarification

Asking for clarification is a crucial part of any phone call in Hungarian, especially if you’re a beginner or lack confidence in your listening comprehension skills. While it might be a bit embarrassing, wouldn’t it be even worse if you failed to deliver what you were asked because you didn’t understand? 

If you’re uncertain about what someone has said, don’t be afraid to ask. Hungarians will appreciate that you want to pay close attention.

Here are some common phone phrases in Hungarian you might use when asking for clarification:

Elnézést, de nehezen hallom / hallak. Szerintem rossz a vonal. Megismételné / megismételnéd, kérem / kérlek?
“I’m sorry, but I’m having a hard time hearing you. I think there’s a bad connection. Could you repeat that, please?”

Lebetűzné / lebetűznéd a nevét / nevedet, kérem / kérlek? Nem értettem jól.
“Could you spell your name, please? I didn’t understand it well.”

Csak hogy biztosra menjek, hogy jól hallottam / hallottalak…
“Just to make sure I heard you correctly…”

Mit mondtál?
“What did you say?”

That last one is an informal way of asking what the other person said if you didn’t hear them clearly.

A Man in a Blue Shirt Wearing Glasses is on a Landline Phone and Taking Notes in an Office

8. Ending the Phone Call

At the end of each call, we say goodbye to the other party and hang up, right? Right. So, here are a few simple Hungarian phone call phrases for ending a call:

Tudok még valamiben segíteni (Önnek / neked)?
“Can I help you with anything else?”

Önnek (formal “to you”) or neked (the informal version) are not necessary in this Hungarian phone call phrase. You could choose to include one of them, but the sentence is grammatically correct without them. 

Sokat segített / segítettél. Köszönöm!
“You’ve helped a lot. Thank you.”

Akkor szombat nyolckor találkozunk.
“See you at eight o’clock on Saturday, then.”

Legyen szép napja / napod!
“Have a nice day.”

9. Sample Phone Conversations

Now that you have some useful phrases up your sleeve, it’s time to see how a typical phone call in Hungary might sound. Below, you’ll find two sample phone conversations: one casual and one formal. 

Informal conversation

This informal Hungarian phone call is a casual conversation between two friends who are setting up a time to meet for brunch on a weekend.

A:
Haló?
“Hello?”

B:
Szia, Kata! Áron vagyok. Hogy vagy?
“Hi, Kate. This is Aron. How are you?”

A:
Jól vagyok, köszi. És te? Olyan jó hallani felőled!
“I’m good, thanks. And you? It’s so good to hear from you.”

B:
Én is jól vagyok. Arra gondoltam, elmehetnénk villásreggelizni valamikor. Mit gondolsz?
“I’m good, too. I was thinking we could have brunch some day. What do you think?”

A:
Királyul hangzik! Mondjuk a Best Bistroba?
“That sounds awesome. How about Best Bistro?”

B:
Persze. Ráérsz most szombaton, mondjuk délelőtt tizenegykor?
“Sure. Are you free this Saturday, let’s say at eleven a.m?”

A:
Igen, menjünk!
“Yes, let’s go.”

B:
Remek! Foglalok asztalt. Akkor majd találkozunk!
“Great. I’ll make the reservation. See you then.”

A:
Tökéletes! Rendben, majd találkozunk!
“Perfect. Alright, see you.”


A Man Is Sitting on the Couch Making a Phone Call

Formal conversation

After they’ve set the time and place, one of the friends calls the restaurant to reserve a table.

A:
Jónapot! Best Bistro étterem. Miben segíthetek?
“Hello, this is the Best Bistro restaurant. How may I help you?”

B:
Jónapot! Két főre szeretnék asztalt foglalni, Kovács Áron névre.
“Hello, I’d like to make a table reservation for two under the name of Aron Smith.”

A:
Természetesen. Mikor számíthatunk Önökre?
“Of course, sir. When can we expect you?”

B:
Most szombaton, délelőtt 11 órakor, ha lehetséges.
“This Saturday, at eleven a.m. if it’s possible.”

A:
Persze, vannak szabad asztalaink arra az időpontra. Szeretné, ha billiárdasztalt is foglalnék Önöknek?
“Sure, we have free tables at that time. Would you like me to reserve one of our pool tables for you, too?”

B:
Nem, köszönöm!
“No, thank you.”

A:
Rendben. Segíthetek még valamiben?
“Alright. Is there anything else I can help you with?”

B:
Nem, köszönöm, ez minden!
“No, thank you, that’d be all.”

A:
Rendben. Szép napot, uram!
“Alright. Have a nice day, sir.”

B:
Köszönöm, Önnek is!
“Thank you, you too.”


A Couple Having a Date in a Fancy Restaurant with Palm Trees in the Background

10. How HungarianPod101.com Can Help You Reach Your Hungarian Learning Goals

So, do phone calls in Hungarian still seem scary? Or do you feel more confident and prepared now?

We hope this article will help you in the long run and that you’ll be able to handle any future phone calls with ease. You now know the most practical phrases for answering the phone, stating your purpose for calling, getting to the right person, leaving a message, and ending the phone call. You’ve also seen how these phrases might sound in the context of real-life phone calls. 

If you still feel a bit shy about making phone calls in Hungarian, remember that practice makes perfect. There’s no shame in going over the conversation in your head before making the call. Plus, if you need any help with grammar, expressions, or anything else, the HungarianPod101 team will always be there for you. Never forget that.

Before you go: What are the different ways to introduce yourself when answering the phone in Hungarian? Write at least one way below in the comments.

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200+ Basic Hungarian Words for Beginners

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So, you’ve just started learning Hungarian. Congratulations! 

Are you feeling excited? Confident? Or maybe a bit nervous and overwhelmed?

That would be entirely understandable. When you decide to pick up a foreign language, it can be difficult to know where you should start. 

But luckily for you, HungarianPod101.com has your back! 

In this article, you’ll find 200+ basic Hungarian words for beginners. Memorizing these words will give you a solid vocabulary base to build upon, which will be super-important once you start trying to form sentences. 

We’ve collected only the most common Hungarian words for beginners, so you won’t have to bother with words that are too advanced or not very useful. We’ve even categorized them to make your studying process even smoother. Below, you’ll find all of the Hungarian vocabulary basics: pronouns, numbers, nouns, adjectives, and conjunctions. 

Let’s get right to it, then!

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  1. Pronouns
  2. Numbers
  3. Nouns
  4. Verbs
  5. Adjectives
  6. Conjunctions
  7. Other Hungarian Beginner Words
  8. How HungarianPod101.com Helps You Reach Your Hungarian Learning Goals

1. Pronouns

The first set of Hungarian beginner words you should study are the pronouns. You’ll need these little words in order to form just about any sentence, so let’s kick off our list with these essential Hungarian words.

Pronouns can be used to represent a subject or an object within a sentence, and different types of pronouns are used for different purposes. Here, we’re going to introduce the personal (nominative + accusative), demonstrative, and interrogative pronouns.


Personal Pronouns (Nominative)

EnglishHungarian
IÉn
You [singular]Te
He / She / ItŐ / Az
WeMi
You [plural]Ti
TheyŐk

Example:

  • Mi sosem alszunk. – “We never sleep.”

Personal Pronouns (Accusative)

EnglishHungarian
MeEngem
You [singular]Téged
Him / Her / ItŐt / Azt
UsMinket / Bennünket
You [plural]Titeket / Benneteket
ThemŐket

Example:

  • Szeretném (őt) randira hívni. – “I would like to ask her on a date.”

Demonstrative Pronouns

EnglishHungarian
ThisEz
ThatAz
TheseEzek
ThoseAzok

Example:

  • Azok a macskák nagyon aranyosak. – “Those cats are really cute.”

Interrogative Pronouns / Question Words

EnglishHungarian
WhatMi
WhoKi
To whomKinek
WhyMiért
WhereHol
WhenMikor
For whatMinek

Example:

  • Ki mondta ezt neked? – “Who told you this?”
Colorful Subject and Object Pronouns in English against a Blue Background

2. Numbers

Another important aspect of the Hungarian language for beginners to grasp is the number system. Thankfully, numbers in Hungarian are not as difficult as those in French, for example, where eighty is expressed as “four times twenty.”

We’ve listed the numbers 1-10 in Hungarian below. If you want to learn even more numbers along with their pronunciation, you can check out our Numbers vocabulary list. 

“One” – Egy                                                              “Six” – Hat

“Two” – Kettő                                                             “Seven” – Hét

“Three” – Három                                                        “Eight” – Nyolc

“Four” – Négy                                                            “Nine” – Kilenc

“Five” – Öt                                                                  “Ten” – Tíz

Numbers on the Keyboard of a Laptop

3. Nouns

Once you have the pronouns and numbers down, you should focus your attention on memorizing as many nouns as possible. Below, we’ve listed several Hungarian nouns for beginners and categorized them according to topic; you’ll find frequently used words for family, work, and more! Learning these will give you a strong vocabulary base and prepare you to start forming basic sentences. 

Family

“Mom” – Anya                                                               “Grandparent” – Nagyszülő

“Dad” – Apa                                                                   “Grandma” – Nagymama / Nagyi

“Sibling” – Testvér                                                          “Grandpa” – Nagypapa / Papó

“Sister” – Lánytestvér                                                     “Uncle” – Nagybácsi

“Little sister” – Húg

“Big sister” – Nővér

“Brother” – Fiútestvér

“Little brother” – Öccs

“Big brother” – Báty                                                          “Aunt” – Nagynéni

“Cousin” – Unokatestvér                                                   “Godparent” – Keresztszülő

Occupations

“Police officer” – Rendőr                                                    “Teacher” – Tanár

“Fireman” – Tűzoltó                                                           “Translator” – Fordító

“Cook” – Szakács                                                              “Interpreter” – Tolmács

“Engineer” – Mérnök                                                          “Locksmith” – Lakatos

“Doctor” – Orvos / Doktor                                                    “Painter” – Festő

Men and Women of Different Occupations are Standing in a Line with Arms Crossed in Front of a Blue Background

Places Around Town

“Hospital” – Kórház                                                         “Hair salon” – Fodrászat

“School” – Iskola                                                             “Beauty salon” – Kozmetika

“Kindergarten” – Óvoda                                                   “Bank” – Bank

“Library” – Könyvtár                                                         “Pharmacy” – Gyógyszertár

“Supermarket” – Szupermarket                                        “Market” – Piac

“Bakery” – Pékség                                                           “Restaurant” – Étterem

“Bus station” – Buszállomás                                            “Police station” – Rendőrség

School/Office Essentials

“Pen” – Toll                                                                      “Rubber” – Radír

“Pencil” – Ceruza                                                            “Sharpener” – Hegyező

“Paper” – Papír                                                                “Ruler” – Vonalzó

“Stapler” – Tűzőgép                                                         “Glue” – Ragasztó

“Notebook” – Jegyzetfüzet                                               “Sellotape” – Cellux (szalag)

“Folder” – Dosszié                                                           “Computer” – Számítógép

“Student book” – Tankönyv                                              “Laptop” – Laptop

“Exercise book” – Munkafüzet                                         “Printer” – Nyomtató

“Pencil case” – Tolltartó                                                   “File cabinet” – Iratszekrény

“Highlighter” – Szövegkiemelő                                         “Paper shredder” – Iratmegsemmisítő

Body Parts

“Head” – Fej                                                                     “Eye” – Szem

“Neck” – Nyak                                                                  “Eyebrow” – Szemöldök

“Body” – Test                                                                    “Eyelash” – Szempilla

“Torso” – Törzs                                                                 “Nose” – Orr

“Leg” – Láb                                                                       “Mouth” – Száj

“Arm” – Kar                                                                      “Tooth” – Fog

“Hand” – Kéz                                                                    “Lip” – Ajak

“Finger” – Ujj                                                                    “Chin” – Áll

“Toe” – Lábujj                                                                    “Ear” – Fül

And a couple of cheeky ones:

“Butt” – Fenék                                                                   “Boob” – Mell

Food

“Vegetable” – Zöldség                                                        “Fruit” – Gyümölcs

“Carrot” – Répa                                                                  “Blueberry” – Áfonya

“Tomato” – Paradicsom                                                      “Strawberry” – Eper

“Potato” – Krumpli / Burgonya                                             “Orange” – Narancs

“Salad” – Saláta                                                                  “Lemon” – Citrom

“Cabbage” – Káposzta                                                         “Banana” – Banán

“Milk” – Tej                                                                           “Egg” – Tojás

“Tea” – Tea                                                                          “Yogurt” – Joghurt

“Water” – Víz                                                                       “Cheese” – Sajt

“Cocoa” – Kakaó                                                                 “Oat” – Zab

“Chicken” – Csirke                                                              “Pork” – Sertés

“Lamb” – Bárány                                                                 “Duck” – Kacsa

“Beef” – Marha                                                                   “Fish” – Hal

“Salmon” – Lazac                                                               “Shrimp” – Garnéla(rák)

Image of Different Foods: Strawberries, Shrimps, Kiwis, Eggs, Milk, Chocolate, etc.

4. Verbs

Verbs are another essential set of Hungarian beginner words to pick up early on. They serve a vital function in sentences, so we’ve made sure to include only the most useful verbs on our list. Below, the verbs are divided into two categories: 1) verbs you might use to describe your daily routine, and 2) other common verbs you should learn as a beginner in Hungarian. 

Daily Routine

“Wake up” – Felébredni                                                         “Work” – Dolgozni

“Get up” – Felkelni                                                                 “Study” – Tanulni

“Brush teeth” – Fogat mosni                                                  “Drive” – Vezetni

Have breakfast” – Reggelizni                                                “Travel” – Utazni

“Have lunch” – Ebédelni                                                         “Wash hands” – Kezet mosni

“Have dinner” – Vacsorázni                                                     “Commute” – Ingázni

“Get ready” – Elkészülni                                                          “Pay” – Fizetni

“Get dressed” – Felöltözni                                                       “Buy” – Vásárolni / Venni

“Eat” – Enni                                                                              “Greet” – Üdvözölni

“Drink” – Inni                                                                             “Talk” – Beszélni

“Go” – Menni                                                                            “Have a conversation” – Beszélgetni

“Come” – Jönni                                                                        “Shake hands” – Kezetrázni

Other Common Verbs

“Give” – Adni                                                                             “Speak” – Beszélni

“Get” / “Receive” – Kapni                                                           “Cry” – Sírni

“Do” – Csinálni                                                                           “Bake” – Sütni

“Make” – Készíteni                                                                     “Cook” – Főzni

“Let” – Hagyni                                                                             “Learn” – Tanulni

“Ask” – Kérdezni                                                                          “Wait” – Várni

“Answer” – Válaszolni                                                                 “Queue” – Sorban állni

“Search” – Keresni                                                                      “Wave” – Integetni

“Find” – Találni                                                                             “Nod” – Bólintani

“Smile” – Mosolyogni                                                                   “Love” – Imádni

“Laugh” – Nevetni                                                                        “Like” – Szeretni

“Laugh out loud” – Röhögni                                                           “Hate” – Utálni

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5. Adjectives

Even though adjectives are not required in a sentence, grammatically speaking, it’s nice to know some of them in case you ever want to describe something.

For example, let’s say you meet a beautiful girl or a handsome guy at a bar in Hungary. Well, what would you say to them if you had no adjectives to fall back on? Tough question, right? Well, no need to worry, because we have got you covered.

Below, you’ll find the most practical adjectives in Hungarian for beginners. These words are commonly used amongst Hungarians and are rather simple to pick up, so you’ll have little problem composing basic sentences. Who knows? Maybe you’ll even make that person you laid eyes on swoon. 😉 

Describing Objects

“Big” – Nagy                                                                    “Thick” – Vastag

“Small” – Kicsi                                                                 “Thin” – Vékony

“Long” – Hosszú                                                              “Sharp” – Éles

“Short” – Rövid                                                                “Hard” – Kemény

“Medium” – Közepes                                                        “Soft” – Puha

Describing People

“Pretty” – Csinos                                                                “Slim” – Vékony

“Handsome” – Helyes / Jóképű                                          “Obese” – Túlsúlyos

“Stylish” – Divatos                                                               “Kind” – Kedves

“Tall” – Magas                                                                      “Smart” – Okos

“Short” – Alacsony                                                                “Silly” – Buta

Describing Emotions

“Happy” – Boldog                                                                 “Scared” – Ijedt

“Sad” – Szomorú                                                                  “Tired” – Fáradt

“Excited” – Izgatott                                                                “Longing” – Vágyakozó

“Indifferent” – Közömbös                                                        “Hopeful” – Reménykedő

“Angry” – Mérges                                                                    “Disgusted” – Undorodó

Describing the Weather

“Sunny” – Napos                                                                       “Windy” – Szeles

“Rainy” – Esős                                                                          “Cloudy” – Felhős

“Hot” – Forró                                                                              “Foggy” – Ködös

“Warm” – Meleg                                                                        “Stormy” – Viharos

“Cold” – Hideg                                                                           “Clear” – Tiszta

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6. Conjunctions

Conjunctions are a crucial part of any language, serving to connect two or more words, phrases, or sentences (both grammatically and logically). These essential Hungarian beginner words will help the listener better comprehend your message by allowing them to see the connections between different points. 

“And” – És                                                                                   “So” – Szóval

“But” – De                                                                                   “After” – Miután

“Although” – Ám / Azonban                                                         “Even though” – Habár

“Then” – Aztán                                                                             “Lest” – Nehogy

“Because” – Mert                                                                          “Nor” – Sem

7. Other Hungarian Beginner Words

Last but not least, auxiliaries are another key set of words that Hungarian beginners should learn early on. See the examples below for a better idea of what they are and how they’re used. 

“Will” – Fog ➤ “I will tell you.” – El fogom mondani neked.

“Dare” – Mer ➤ “I dare to tell you.” – El merem mondani neked.

“May” – Szabad ➤ “I may tell you.” – El szabad mondanom neked.

“Have to” – Kell ➤ “I have to tell you.” – El kell mondanom neked.

“Can” – Tud ➤ “I can tell you.” – El tudom mondani neked.

“Manage” – Sikerül ➤ “I managed to tell you.” – El sikerült mondanom neked.

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  • how to count to (at least) ten.
  • …the most basic nouns, verbs, and adjectives in a variety of categories. 
  • …the most important conjunctions and auxiliaries for conversations. 

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The 10 Most Common Hungarian Filler Words

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Have you ever been lost for words or needed extra time to think about what to say? We’ve all been there. 

Those natural pauses in conversation can easily become awkward or uncomfortable, though, which is where filler words come in. These are small words, expressions, or sounds that we use to “fill” those pauses in order to keep the conversation flowing and veil our momentary lapse. 

Each spoken language has its own unique filler words. You’re probably familiar with fillers like “well,” “you know,” and “ehm” in English, but did you know that learning Hungarian filler words can greatly enhance your conversation skills as a student of the language? 

In this article, HungarianPod101 will discuss fillers in more detail, introduce you to the top 10 Hungarian filler words, and teach you how to use them correctly. 

Ehm, like, shall we get started then?

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  1. What are filler words and why do we use them?
  2. The Top 10 Hungarian Fillers
  3. Pros and Cons of Hungarian Filler Words
  4. How HungarianPod101.com Can Help You Reach Your Learning Goals

1. What are filler words and why do we use them?

Filler words are short, meaningless words or sounds we use in spoken language to fill in the silence during our conversations or speeches.

The most common linguistic function of filler words—also called “hesitation markers”—is to signal that we’re not done speaking yet. This is useful for when we need to pause and think about what to say next, as it lets the other person know not to interrupt. 

You can find filler words in writing as well, though they tend to serve different functions. This is because, in writing, you are the only “speaker” and no one will cut you off. You simply keep writing. Fillers used in writing are more likely to serve as connecting, transitioning, or “softening” words. Here are some examples: 

  • alapvetően – “basically” 
  • igazából – “actually” 
  • említenem sem kell, hogy… – “needless to say that…” [Lit. “I don’t even have to mention it…”]

Expanding upon what we’ve covered so far, there are six main uses for filler words

1) Pausing to give the speaker time to gather their thoughts
2) Speaking more indirectly in order to be polite
3) Approaching delicate/awkward topics gently
4) Emphasizing ideas
5) Providing clues about emotions or behaviors
6) Communicating uncertainty

Another note: 

Be careful not to mix filler words with unprofessional expressions such as “thingamajig” or “whatshisface,” as this can cause you to lose credibility in others’ eyes. 

Now that you know what filler words are, you’re ready to start learning and practicing Hungarian filler words.

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2. The Top 10 Hungarian Fillers

In Hungarian, a “filler word” is called töltelékszó. Broken down:

  • töltelék – “filler”
  • szó – “word”

Easy peasy.

Now, let’s dive in. 

#1 Ööö(m) – “Uhm” / “Uhh”

This is one of the most common Hungarian conversation filler words. The elongated ö sound is pronounced similarly to the English filler “uhh” (or “uhm” when the m sound is produced). Keep in mind that it’s important for the Hungarian version to be elongated; a short ö sound would be interpreted as meaning the letter itself. 

Ööö is most commonly used during school or work presentations, during which the speaker must continue for some time. This requires a structured train of thought, but it’s easy to get so caught up in your own presentation that you get carried away and need time to think about your next point. In this case, the filler ööö could be used to link two parts of your presentation together. 

Of course, you can also use this Hungarian filler in your day-to-day conversations. 

The most important thing in any context is not to overuse it! Your audience may become distracted—or even annoyed—if they hear you using it every five seconds. 

A: Tudod hova megyek ezen a hétvégén? – “Do you know where I’m going this weekend?”
B: Ööö, a Kanári-szigetekre? – “Ehm, to the Canary Islands?”
  • ez – “this”
  • hétvége – “weekend”
  • Kanári-szigetek – “Canary Islands”

#2 Hát / Nos – “Well”

In English, the word “well” is often used as a filler at the beginning of a sentence. It can denote hesitation or serve as a transition from one topic to another. The Hungarian filler words hát and nos are used in much the same way. 

Hát literally means “back” in English (yes, as in the body part). It’s normally used to indicate that the speaker is about to share their decision about something, especially if their answer is “no.” It’s often elongated to hááát in this case. 

A: Jössz a ma esti buliba? – “Are you coming to the party tonight?
B: Hááát, elég sok dolgom van. Szerintem most kihagyom. – “Well, I have a lot of work to do. I think I’ll skip it this time.”
  • jönni – “to come”
  • buli – “party”
  • ma este – “tonight”
  • sok – “a lot of”
  • munka / dolog – “work”
  • kihagyni – “to skip”

The Hungarian filler word nos has a slightly different nuance. As we said above, hát is used to introduce a decision; nos can be used when you haven’t decided yet.

A: Jössz a ma esti buliba? – “Are you coming to the party tonight?”
B: Nos, még nem volt időm gondolkodni rajta. Még átgondolom. – “Well, I haven’t had time to think about it. I’ll consider it.”
  • átgondolni – “to consider”

#3 Izé / Úgy értem – “I mean”

Izé literally means “thingy” in English, while úgy értem is the literal translation of “I mean.”

These Hungarian filler words—especially the very informal izé—are used mostly in common speech as explanatory phrases. Here’s what we mean:

Nem mondtam neki semmit. Úgy értem, akartam volna, de túl szégyenlős voltam. “I didn’t say anything to him. I mean, I wanted to but I was too shy.”
  • mondani – “to say”
  • semmi – “anything”
  • akarni – “to want”
  • túl – “too”
  • Szégyenlős / félénk – “shy”

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Nem hiszem, hogy olyan jól áll neked ez a szín. *rosszalló pillantást kap* Izé, káprázatosan nézel ki! “I don’t think that color suits you that much. *gets death look* I mean, you look gorgeous.”
  • szín – “color”
  • állni – “to suit”
  • rosszalló pillantás – “death look”
  • kinézni – “to look”
  • káprázatos – “gorgeous”

Psst! Make sure to see our lesson Giving Your Opinion in Hungarian to learn the most useful phrases and expressions for doing so politely. 

#4 Szóval – “So”

The Hungarian filler word szóval is normally used at the beginning of a sentence, though it’s not uncommon to encounter it in the middle instead. When used in the middle of a sentence, it links together two clauses or lines of thought.

A: Szóval, hova szeretnél enni menni? – “So, where would you like to go eat?”
B: Nem tudom, szóval mi lenne, ha te döntenél? – “I don’t know, so…how about you decide?”
  • hova – “where”
  • menni – “to go”
  • enni – “to eat”
  • tudni – “to know”
  • dönteni – “to decide”

Now that we’ve covered a few useful Hungarian filler words, let’s look at some that have very little linguistic value… 

#5 Azt mondja, hogy… – “It says that…”

This filler does not have an exact equivalent in English, so we’ve just included the mirror translation.

This expression has literally zero meaning or value. We use it to gain time, like when we’re searching through an encyclopedia or phone book for someone, and it’s taking us a while to find what we need. 

A: Mikor tudunk együtt ebédelni? – “When can we have lunch together?”
B: Hadd nézzem meg a naptáram! Azt mondja, hogy… kedden szabad vagyok. Az jó lehet? – “Let me check my calendar. It says… I’m free on Tuesday. Could that work?”
  • ebéd – “lunch”
  • együtt – “together”
  • megnézni / ellenőrizni – “to check”
  • kedd – “Tuesday”
  • működni – “to work”

Learn all about Talking About Days in Hungarian and Talking About Your Plans!

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#6 Ha úgy tetszik – “If you like”

This Hungarian filler is quite basic and adds no actual meaning to your core message. It’s just used for emphasis. 

Ha úgy tetszik, elmehetünk nyaralni idén nyáron.
“We could go on a vacation this summer if you like.”
  • nyaralás – “vacation”
  • idén nyár – “this summer”

As you can see, it would be adequate to use this sentence without the filler.

Elhívhatod megint randira, ha úgy tetszik, de nemet fog mondani. Barátja van.
“You can ask her out again if you like, but she is going to say no. She has a boyfriend.”
randira hívni – “to ask out”
barát / pasi – “boyfriend”

#7 Mármint – “Like”

This Hungarian filler word probably has even less value than the previous one (just like its counterpart in English, to be fair).

Its one redeeming factor is that it can help with sentence flow; using it allows you to pause and think for a second without your speech being interrupted. But honestly, most people just use it out of habit so that they have something to say mid-sentence. 

Nem tetszett a könyv, amit adtál. Mármint, nem hiszem, hogy ez a műfaj nekem való.“I didn’t like the book you gave me. Like, I don’t think this genre is for me.”

tetszeni – “to like”könyv – “book”adni – “to give”műfaj – “genre”

#8 Úgymond – “So to speak”

Yet another Hungarian filler used only to literally fill (either the silence or your sentence).

Ezzel a hidratálókrémmel úgymond újjászületik a bőröd.“With this moisturizer, your skin is reborn, so to speak.”

hidratálókrém – “moisturizer”újjászületni – “to be reborn”

#9 Tulajdonképpen – “Actually” 

Tulajdonképpen én már hallottam erről a filmről. Azt mondják, jó.“Actually, I have heard of this movie. They say it’s good.”

hallani – “to hear”film – “movie” – “good”

#10 Végül is – “After all”

Végül is will be the perfect conclusion to our list of filler words in Hungarian. This filler functions like the English phrase “after all” but means something closer to “in the end.”

A: Használhatom ezt a gépet? – “Can I use this machine?”

B: Persze, végül is már befejeztem az edzésemet. – “Sure, after all, I’ve already finished my training.”

használni – “to use”
gép – “machine”
persze – “sure”
befejezni – “to finish”
edzés – “training”
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3. Pros and Cons of Hungarian Filler Words

PROS:

  • They help you keep your train of thought.
  • They help your speech sound more fluent.
  • They make you appear more laid-back and down-to-earth.

CONS:

  • They are colloquial.
  • Their overuse can annoy others or distract from your message. 
  • They might make you seem dishonest.

4. How HungarianPod101.com Can Help You Reach Your Learning Goals 

So, how do you feel now? Relieved? 

We hope you’re feeling ready to take on some Hungarian conversations! Instead of stressing over what to say next, you can throw in one of the Hungarian fillers you’ve learned today

However, bear in mind that using them is rather colloquial. Whenever you can, try to avoid them. They should only be used to help you keep your line of thought and to make your speech more fluent. Still, it’s better to be prepared than scared. 

Also, don’t forget that you can turn to us with any questions or suggestions, because HungarianPod101 is a big family of language learners and professional teachers helping each other out. You can get started by checking out our vocabulary lists and other free materials, but it’s best to join our community and gain access to our language lessons. We provide content ranging from Absolute Beginner to Advanced in order to maximize your Hungarian learning potential.

Before you go, don’t forget to comment below with your favorite Hungarian filler word. 

Happy Hungarian language learning!

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