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Simone: All about Lesson 13. Top 5 Hungarian Phrases Your Teacher Will Never Teach You.
Csaba: In this lesson, you will learn five phrases your Hungarian teacher might never teach you.
Simone: No, no don’t get the wrong idea. We are not going to teach you to say any swear words or anything. More like some gritty, real Hungarian.
Csaba: I think I might be able to guarantee that you could use each of these phrases every single day if you were in Hungary.
Simone: Yeah very high frequency. Everything from how to have road rage in Hungarian which in itself is very high frequency to how to shout in glee which happens too.
Csaba: So what you are going to get in this lesson is what I think is the most versatile word in the Hungarian language good for all occasions. You will also learn how to express joy and awesomeness in Hungarian, get rid of unwanted peddlers and tell someone to let bygones be bygones.

Lesson focus

Simone: Okay we are all dying to be up on this lingo. So let’s get started Csaba.
Csaba: The top 5 phrases your teacher might never teach you are király
Simone: Excellent.
Csaba: Király. Király.
Simone: And next.
Csaba: Te hülye!
Simone: You are an idiot.
Csaba: Te hülye! Te hülye!
Simone: Next.
Csaba: Hagyd a fenébe!
Simone: Never mind, don’t worry about it.
Csaba: Hagyd a fenébe! Hagyd a fenébe!
Simone: And next.
Csaba: Hagyjon békén!
Simone: Leave me alone.
Csaba: Hagyjon békén! Hagyjon békén!
Simone: And finally
Csaba: A francba!
Simone: Done.
Csaba: A francba! A francba!
Simone: If you don’t know these yet, you are going to be hearing them everywhere now. Okay, so we are starting with the word I still can’t stop using. In fact, I’ve noticed that everyone who lives in Hungary for some period of time can’t stop saying this.
Csaba: Oh really!
Simone: It’s almost become like a speech tic. I can’t stop saying it and everyone thinks I am crazy. It’s the király.
Csaba: Király.
Simone: Király I can’t stop saying király. It’s like a terrible habit now.
Csaba: All right but since this word means awesome, excellent, you should put more emotion into it király. It’s like saying something is excellent but this word actually means king.
Simone: Ah I see but in normal meaning, there is less emotion I guess.
Csaba: Sure.
Simone: It’s kind of like one of those exclamations you can generally use for anything from small to outrageous. When there is nothing to be said but you just need to exclaim.
Csaba: Yes I usually use it for food.
Simone: Yes an excellent phrase for excellent food.
Csaba: But unfortunately not everything is excellent.
Simone: So Csaba what do we say when we want to tell someone he is an idiot or out of his mind or something to that effect.
Csaba: Oh we have the perfect phrase Te hülye!
Simone: You idiot. Oh yes I remember the first time someone said that to me. Brings back memories.
Csaba: Basically it means you idiot. So you are calling someone crazy or stupid.
Simone: Okay good. Now we are going to turn from rage for a minute.
Csaba: Yes let’s teach them some nicer words.
Simone: Yes nice words are important too and use this phrase when you want to tell someone that it doesn’t matter or to let bygones be bygones and the phrase is
Csaba: Hagyd a fenébe!
Simone: Hagyd a fenébe!
Csaba: Hagyd a fenébe! You can use whenever you want to say never mind to someone.
Simone: It literally means leave it to die or something like this.
Csaba: Yes. Use it if your friend wants to pay for something, give you back your change you don’t need or wants to carry your bags for you.
Simone: Okay. Here is another phrase that will prove invaluable because it could save you some hassle.
Csaba: Oh yes, the essential self-defense term.
Simone: Now of course there are many tactics you can try to get rid of people you don’t want to talk to. Not all of them verbal.
Csaba: I usually find that walking away helps.
Simone: Yes perhaps that’s the most effective method.
Csaba: Well here is a safe phrase to try if you are not walking away. Hagyjon békén!
Simone: Okay let’s break that down.
Csaba: Hagyjon békén!
Simone: I hope you won’t have to use this sentence because it means leave me alone. Usually if anyone is trying to sell you something or somebody in the bar tries to get you drunk, just saying no thanks is enough.
Csaba: And that is Nem, köszönöm. but this one is one step above, very unfriendly yet polite. Hopefully won’t be needed.
Simone: Okay so what’s the last one?
Csaba: Now my poor old Hungarian literature teacher would be angry with me. It’s A francba!
Simone: Why?
Csaba: I am exaggerating. Actually it’s relatively tame. Say this when you are mildly annoyed like when missing the train or something.
Simone: Yes your Hungarian friends will be happy to hear. I am sure.
Csaba: Oh yes, never in front of your boss though.


Simone: Okay. I would say this is all really handy Hungarian to know. Sometimes I think textbooks are too formal. So you don’t end up learning these things till you are ready to start hanging around with Hungarian people.
Csaba: Yeah you can probably say each of these phrases every day if you like.
Simone: Perfect.