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Welcome to HungarianPod101.com’s “Magyar nyelvleckék három percben”. The fastest, easiest, and most fun way to learn Hungarian.
Sziasztok, Lívia vagyok. Hi, I’m Livia. Nice to meet you.
In this series, we’re going to learn basic Hungarian expressions. It’s super easy and it only takes three minutes!
In this lesson, you’re going to learn how to introduce yourself in Hungarian. There are only two sentences you need to do it, but first it is important to clarify that in Hungarian there is a difference between the formal and the informal language.
Let’s first see how Hungarian people introduce themselves in an *informal* situation.
Szia, Lívia vagyok. Örvendek. Hi, I’m Livia. Nice to meet you.
[slowly]
Szia, Lívia vagyok. Örvendek.
Start by saying:
Szia then, say your name and then vagyok.
Szia, Lívia vagyok. Finally, say Örvendek.
Szia, Lívia vagyok. Örvendek.
And now let’s see the same sentence in formal speech,
Jó napot kívánok, Szöllősi Lívia vagyok. Örvendek.
Good morning, I’m Livia Szöllősi. Nice to meet you.
[slowly] Jó napot kívánok, Szöllősi Lívia vagyok. Örvendek.
So, what has changed from the previous introduction?
Let’s take a look at close look at these together.
Szia has been substituted with the formal greeting Jó napot kívánok, Hungarian for "good day."
Lívia vagyok has not been changed; vagyok stands in both cases for "I am," however during a formal self introduction we also say our last name, so I said Szöllősi Lívia. Here, you would say your full name. Note that for Hungarian people family names come first, followed by the given name. However, you don’t have to reverse your name when introducing yourself.
You can say Örvendek in both situations.
One more time:
The informal way to introduce yourself in Hungarian is Szia, Lívia vagyok. Örvendek.
The formal way to introduce yourself is
Jó napot kívánok, Szöllősi Lívia vagyok. Örvendek.
And now it’s time for Livia’s Tips.
When you introduce yourself, it's a good habit to shake hands. Jó napot kívánok is a very formal expression – sometimes people just say “Jó napot” when greeting each other. Both are polite, so you don’t have to worry about making a mistake.
Do you know how we say “thank you” in Hungarian? You’ll learn how to say this and many other words in the next lesson. Legközelebb innen folytatjuk! See you then!

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HungarianPod101.com
Friday at 6:30 pm
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Hi everyone,

Can you introduce yourself in Hungarian?

HungarianPod101.com
Tuesday at 3:59 pm
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Szia Simon,

Nagyon örülök, hogy megismerhetlek.😎

Sok sikert!

Dorottya

Simon
Tuesday at 10:59 pm
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Sziasztok! Simon vagyok. Örvendek.😄

HungarianPod101.com
Tuesday at 5:55 am
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Szia Valerie!

Thank you very much for your message, we are very that you found our Hungarian course helpful!

To answer your question, there is only a small difference between “nagyon örülök” and “örvendek”. The latter is slightly more polite and is almost exclusively used for greetings. On the other hand, “nagyon örülök” can be used in other context, when you happy for some reason!

If you have other questions, please don’t hesitate to send us a comment!
Good luck for learning Hungarian!

Best,
Dorottya
Team HungarianPod101.com

Valerie Osbourn
Wednesday at 11:51 am
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Szia! Nagyon boldog vagyok to find a reliable resource for learning Hungarian online. I lived in Budapest for 2 years and fell in love with the language and people. I first learned “Nagyon örülök” to say to people you are just meeting for “nice to meet you”. Every Hungarian I tried this on was very impressed😄 Is there a difference in formality between “nagyon örülök” and “örvendek”? Köszönöm szépen!

Monday at 11:36 am
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Hi Amy,

We appreciate your comments and suggestions.
We will consider them.
Let us know if you need help with any of our lessons.

Sincerely,
Laura
Team HungarianPod101.com

Amy
Friday at 1:52 am
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That’s great, but you see I’ve been doing the audio lessons at the same time I do the video lessons. So by the time I reached this level, I had already learned basic things like numbers and introductions in the Basic Bootcamp series, then again in the Survival Phrases series, and again in the Absolute Beginner series. So this is really very, very basic for level 2.

Thursday at 5:20 pm
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Hi Amy,

Thank you for posting!
We are glad to hear that you like our video series as well 😁
The Absolute Beginner Videos were meant to expand your Hungarian vocabulary, and now you are ready to learn phrases such as these.
Feel free to ask and comment as often as you need.

Sincerely,
Laura
Team HungarianPod101.com

Amy
Wednesday at 5:43 am
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I love this series!! But I’m wondering why it is categorized as a level “2″? I didn’t even begin this until I had already finished all the absolute beginner lessons, so this is now too basic for me. I would have loved to start with this, if I had known about it!

Monday at 6:45 pm
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Hi Susana,

Thank you for commenting! :thumbsup:
We are glad that you enjoyed the lesson! If you ever have any questions, please let us know!
And don’t worry more videos are on the way with Livia!!😉

Szép napot!

Gergő
Team HungarianPod101.com

Susana
Wednesday at 12:29 pm
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Szia Livia! I love your lessons!❤️️ Do you only have 20 videos?