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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 the phrase mennyibe kerül? How much is it? In this lesson let’s see how we could answer that question by counting forints in Hungarian. In Hungary the currency is called the FORINT.
Please pay attention to this word's pronunciation.
Let’s try to say prices in Hungarian. Start by trying to say "ninety-five forint"
Kilencvenöt forint. [slowly]
Kilencvenöt forint.
Forints don't have any smaller denominations, so you don’t have to worry about cents or anything like that.
Let’s try another example, “seventy forint”.
Hetven forint.
[slowly] Hetven forint
It’s not that hard, is it? The smallest value in Hungarian currency is a five forint coin. We don’t have one and two forint coins anymore.
Bills that you can see in Hungary are -
ötszáz forint, 500 forint
ezer forint, 1000 forint,
kétezer forint, 2000 forint
ötezer forint, 5000 forint
tízezer forint, 10,000 forint
húszezer forint, 20,000 forint
Hungary joined the European Union in 2004 and every member should eventually adopt the euro. However, we are not ready to join the Eurozone quite yet. So for the time being you have no choice but to get familiar with the Hungarian forint!
Now it’s time for Livia’s Tips.
Even if something costs, say, five hundred and fifty forints, you can just say “five fifty”, and omit the word hundred or even forint!
Öt-ötven. “Five-fifty.”
You should ask your friends in Hungary if they want to go shopping with you to practice these phrases! But first you’ll have to check if they have other plans or not. Do you know how to ask that in Hungarian? If not, I’ll see you in the next Magyar nyelvleckék három percben lesson!