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Simone: Hey, everyone. I’m Simone and welcome back to HungarianPod101.com. This is Basic Bootcamp Lesson 2. Talking nationality in Hungarian.
Csaba: Sziasztok! Csaba vagyok. This five part series will help you ease your way into Hungarian.
Simone: We’ll go over all the basics that will really help you understand Hungarian much quicker and easier.
Csaba: In this lesson, you will learn how to introduce yourself and tell people where you’re from.
Simone: Which is essential while traveling to Hungary because that will be the first question people might want to ask you.
Csaba: We’ll also go over the more formal way of introducing yourself and greeting people.
Simone: So whether you’re in a language class, in a new country or in your own city, in our small world, you can always find someone from somewhere else.
Csaba: And in this boot camp we’re talking about ethnicity.
Simone: So have a listen to these Hungarian students talk about where they’re from.
Csaba: Guessing the nationality just from listening to the Hungarian text isn’t very easy, but later you’ll pick the words up.
Simone: Let’s listen to the conversation.
Csaba: Jó napot kívánok! Kovács Csaba. Magyar vagyok.
Simone: Jó napot kívánok! Lauren Matthews. Angol vagyok.
Csaba: Jó napot kívánok! Kovács Csaba. Magyar vagyok.
Simone: Jó napot kívánok! Lauren Matthews. Angol vagyok.
Csaba: Jó napot kívánok! Kovács Csaba. Magyar vagyok.
Csaba: Good afternoon. My name is Csaba Kovács. I'm Hungarian.
Simone: Jó napot kívánok! Lauren Matthews. Angol vagyok.
Simone: Good afternoon. My name is Lauren Matthews. I'm English.
Csaba: You know, one of the fun things in Hungarian is that it was influenced by so many other languages that you’re bound to recognize stuff later.
Simone: Oh, really? Which languages?
Csaba: The history of the Hungarian language goes back to more than a millennium, and today you will find words that came from Latin, Slavic languages, German and even Turkish.
Simone: That means that almost no matter where you’re from, you’ll find something that you know already.
Csaba: Exactly. Ok, now let’s take a look at the words we used in these phrases, so all our learners will be able to share where they are from.
Simone: First we have…
Csaba: jó
Simone: Good.
Csaba: jó, jó
Csaba: nap
Simone: Day.
Csaba: nap, nap
Simone: And next.
Csaba: kívánni
Simone: To wish.
Csaba: kívánni, kívánni
Simone: And next.
Csaba: magyar
Simone: Hungarian nationality.
Csaba: magyar, magyar
Simone: Next.
Csaba: angol
Simone: English nationality.
Csaba: angol, angol
Simone: So let’s take a look at the phrases from this lesson, Csaba?
Csaba: Jó napot kívánok!
Simone: Good afternoon.
Csaba: Jó napot kívánok!
Simone: “Good afternoon”. So when do I use this one?
Csaba: You can use it any time of the day even though there are separate ones for morning and evening, you won’t seem out of place if you just say this one.
Simone: So I guess I only have to pay attention to whom I say it to, right?
Csaba: Yes. You should save this one for your boss or the elderly, or if you want to show huge amount of respect.
Simone: Got it. Let’s look at the nationalities now.
Csaba: The first one was magyar.
Simone: Hungarian.
Csaba: magyar
Simone: Hungarian.
Csaba: Then we had angol.
Simone: English.
Csaba: angol
Simone: English.
Csaba: Just combine either one of these with “vagyok” from our last lesson to form the sentence “I’m from”. For example, “magyar vagyok”.
Simone: I am Hungarian.
Csaba: Angol vagyok.
Simone: I’m English.

Lesson focus

Simone: Let’s take a look at this lesson’s grammar point.
Csaba: To say your nationality in Hungarian, you simply need a nationality, then “vagyok”, “I am”.
Simone: Just like English, you use the verb “to be” in the first person.
Csaba: Magyar vagyok.
Simone: Angol vagyok.
Csaba: Cool. We already learned the word “vagyok”, “I am”, in boot camp one.
Simone: Right.
Csaba: So now we move on to ethnicity.
Simone: Yours is more exotic than mine, Csaba, so let’s start with yours.
Csaba: magyar
Simone: So let’s take this word and boot camp it up a little. What do you say?
Csaba: Sure.
Simone: I'm not sure what boot camp it up really means, but we’re going to find out.
Csaba: Yes. “Magyar” is the word for “Hungarian”, but the important thing here is that unlike in English, you can’t use it in a sentence like “I speak Hungarian”.
Simone: So I can only say…
Csaba: Magyar vagyok. Remember, this is only in a context of saying your nationality or the origin of some object. The same goes for all the nationalities.
Simone: Which were?
Csaba: Let’s make a list now. magyar
Simone: Hungarian.
Csaba: orosz
Simone: Russian.
Csaba: amerikai
Simone: American.
Csaba: angol
Simone: English.
Csaba: japán
Simone: Japanese.
Csaba: kínai
Simone: Chinese.
Csaba: német
Simone: German.
Csaba: olasz
Simone: Italian.
Csaba: lengyel
Simone: “Polish”. Now, your nationality is Hungarian, right, Csaba? So how did you say that?
Csaba: Magyar vagyok. And you, Simone?
Simone: Well, I'm Australian. So how do you say “Australian”?
Csaba: ausztrál
Simone: Good. Now, listeners, try to make some simple sentences with your nationalities at home or while you’re driving your convertible.
Csaba: Give it your best shot.


Simone: So that’ll do it for this lesson. Thanks for listening.
Csaba: We hope everybody isn’t too tired after this boot camp.
Simone: Yeah, I think we’re pretty nice boot camp instructors. We don’t, like, yell at the listeners or anything like the boot camps I’ve seen.
Csaba: You’ve been to a lot then?
Simone: You can’t even begin to imagine.
Csaba: Ok, I might turn to yelling though now that they are lured in. Anyway, keep practicing and you’ll have these down in no time. Want a free way to build your Hungarian vocabulary?
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Csaba: Get these easy instructions at HungarianPod101.com/Hungarian-phrases.
Simone: See you next time.
Csaba: Sziasztok!