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Sziasztok, Lívia vagyok! Hi everybody! I’m Livia.
Welcome to HungarianPod101.com’s “Magyar nyelvleckék három percben”. The fastest, easiest, and most fun way to learn Hungarian.
In the last lesson we learned how to count forints, Hungarian currency. Did you practice at home?
In this lesson, we're going to learn other useful tips to talk about your schedule - for example, if a friend asks you "What are you doing this weekend?"
Let’s start!
To ask a friend or someone you already know, you say -
Mit csinálsz a hétvégén?
[slowly] Mit csinálsz a hétvégén?
Let’s break it down.
Mit means"what" in the accusative.
csinál is the verb, meaning “to do”. In Hungarian, we indicate the active person with the conjugation of the verb, so to say “you are doing”, you have to conjugate the verb as csinálsz.
hétvége means “weekend”. In Hungarian you have to say “at the weekend”, so the word becomes hétvégén.
Don’t forget to add the definite article. It’s very important in Hungarian. Since hétvégén starts with a consonant, you have to use a.
Mit csinálsz a hétvégén?
If you want to ask the same question in a formal way, you only have to change the verb conjugation from csinálsz to csinál.
Mit csinál a hétvégén?
[slowly] Mit csinál a hétvégén?
What if you’re not interested in this weekend?
Asking about a different time period is as easy as replacing hétvégén.
“Tomorrow” is holnap. So you can also say Mit csinálsz holnap? which is “What are you doing tomorrow?” Or, you could also put in a weekday, like hétfőn, meaning "on Monday" or vasárnap, which is "Sunday".
Mit csinálsz hétfőn?
Mit csinálsz vasárnap?
So now, if someone asks *you* Mit csinálsz holnap?, or "What are you doing tomorrow?", how can you answer?
Here's an example - Munkába megyek. "I'm going to work." Megyek means "I'm going",
and munkába means “to work”.
[slowly] Munkába megyek.
Now it’s time for Livia’s Tips.
Mit csinálsz? can only be used to describe an activity the person is doing. We don’t use this word to ask someone about their job. If you want to know about the other person’s occupation, you should ask -
Mit dolgozol?
"What is your job?"
This is a really common question you can ask, or that you might be asked the first time you meet someone.
In this lesson we learned how to talk about your schedule. Can you ask someone about where they are from? Next time, we are going to learn how to use the verb van, "to be" and also talk about how to tell people your nationality.
I'll be waiting for you in our next Magyar nyelvleckék három percben lesson.