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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 be grateful to people by saying köszönöm. In this lesson we’ll learn some of the most common greetings used in Hungary.
Készen álltok? Are you ready? Akkor kezdjük, so let’s start!
The most commonly used informal greeting is–Szia!
[slowly] Szia.
Szia means “hi,” “hello,” or "goodbye." We use it when we meet but also when we leave. We should only use this greeting with friends or relatives. If there are more people present, you should use Sziasztok, which basically means “hi guys”.
Now let’s continue by discussing the formal way to greet people.
Jó napot!
[slowly] Jó napot.
Literally, Jó napot means "good day".
In the morning we say Jó reggelt, which means “Good morning.”
[slowly]Jó reggelt.
During the evening we say:
Jó estét!
[slowly] Jó estét.
Este is Hungarian for “evening”, but when bidding “Good evening,” you have to say estét.
When saying goodbye in formal situations, Hungarian people use:
[slowly] Viszontlátásra.
Viszontlátásra means “good-bye.”
You can also use its shorter form, Viszlát, which is less formal. You can say this to a shop assistant, for example.
With your friends you should use Szia when saying it to one person, or Sziasztok, when there are more people present.
[slowly] Szia. Sziasztok.
Now you can greet people in many different ways in Hungarian!
Let’s review them all again.
When meeting older people, or someone we don’t know:
Jó napot!
When leaving in a formal situation, we say:
When leaving, in an informal situation, we can say Viszlát! or Szia!
It’s easy, isn’t it?
And now it’s time for Livia’s Tips.
In formal situations, Hungarian people commonly greet each other by shaking hands. Girls greet their friends, including their guy friends, with a kiss on both cheeks.
During the next lesson we’ll learn the meaning of the phrase Beszélsz angolul? Do you already know it? We'll be waiting to talk about it with you in our next Magyar nyelvleckék három percben. Sziasztok!


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Friday at 06:30 PM
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Hi everyone,

When did you say Hello in Hungarian for the very first time?

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Wednesday at 04:21 AM
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Szia Phozzonunnium,

Thank you for your question!

Yes, you can use it when arriving and when leaving!:wink:



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Sunday at 09:58 PM
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Hi !

Can sziasztok be used when leaving, too?!

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Monday at 10:44 PM
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Kedves Sergey,

Thank you for your comment!

When TV presenters greet viewers, they usually say "jó reggelt, jó napot, jó estét kívánok". Presenters can say "szervusz" to other presenters but will never use for addressing viewers.

"Szervusz" is still used in less formal relationships, but "Szia" is becoming the most widely used and at the same time the less formal amongst all.

If you have other questions, please don't hesitate to send a comment!

Good luck!


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Sunday at 04:32 AM
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So how does the one use 'szervusz'? I've heard it many times on Hungarian TV, especially during live reports on the news (while TV presenters greet viewers with more common 'jó estét kívánok'), but I hardly remember anyone saying 'szervusz' when I was in Hungary.

Thank you,


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Tuesday at 12:34 AM
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Szia Viola!

Thank you for your question!

Viszontlátásra literally means "see u soon" and this is the most formal and most often used. Thats why your friend thought you that.

We have other expressions to say good bye like

Minden jót! - All the best! formal, old style

Isten áldja! - Good bless you! formal, old style

Szia! - informal

Szevasz vagy Szervusz - informal

Remélem,tudtam segíteni!


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Monday at 01:47 AM
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In this lesson you tell that viszontlasara is a formal way is saying good buy. I don't understand that :eek: A friend of mine of mine used and thought me the word "viszontlátásra!" long ago, before I really got started on learning Hungarian, and told it means " see you soon", a few hours later, which is also what I have seen in the dictionary Sztaki Szótár. And that does not seem formal to me.?! Or is there a difference in the use of formality of this word "viszontlátásra!" In Hungary and in the Hungarian Transylvania?