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Simone:Hi everyone and welcome to Lower Beginner, season 2, lesson 13, Spending the New Year in Hungary. I’m Simone.
Csaba:And I’m Csaba.
Simone:In this lesson we’re going to learn to make future tense sentences.
Csaba:The conversation takes place at a New Year’s Eve party.
Simone:It is between Anne and Balázs.
Csaba:They use the informal language.
Simone:let’s listen to the conversation.
Simone:Tell us about Hungarian New Year’s Eve.
Csaba:Pretty normal stuff. You drink a lot of champagne, stay up late, and eat a lot.
Simone:What do you eat?
Csaba:Normally a kind of a cooked sausage thing called virsli. It is very cheap and filling. The origin of the filling is said to be dubious though.
Simone:(laughs) That’s the same as every sausage I’ve ever heard of.
Csaba:Exactly. I don’t think we have to pay attention to everything we eat that carefully.
Simone:Good point. Anything you want to tell us about the first of January?
Csaba:Eat lentils because that means money and luck, but try to avoid poultry on the first day. Eating birds makes your luck fly away.
Simone:Good to know! Let’s go to the vocab.
Simone:What’s the first thing we want to learn?
Csaba:It is important to know what to scream at the top of your voice in Hungary on New Year’s Eve!
Simone:There were two phrases there...
Csaba:The longer, more formal way is to say: Boldog új évet!
Simone:Please say that again.
Csaba:Boldog új évet!
Simone:And the shorter one is?
Csaba:Buék! Buék! Buék, buék, buééék!
Simone:All right, all right, we got it!
Csaba. Sorry I got carried away. Anyway, you guys try it too.
Simone:Let’s move on now.
Csaba:The word fogad means two things: “bet” and “make a resolution.”
Simone:An example for “bet,” please.
Csaba:Fogadok, hogy nem tudod mindet megenni.
Simone:“I bet you can’t eat the whole thing.”
Csaba:Fogadok, hogy nem tudod mindet megenni.
Simone:All right. Now, we also had “Thank God!”
Csaba:Hála istennek!
Simone:“Thank God!”
Csaba:Hála istennek! You can also start a longer sentence with this. For example: Hála istennek nem esik.
Simone:“Thank God it doesn’t rain.” Can you repeat that please.
Csaba:Hála istennek nem esik.
Simone:All right, let’s wrap up the vocabulary section soon. What else do you have?
Csaba:Oftentimes “thank god” is abbreviated to Hál’ istennek.
Simone:That is not much of an abbreviation!
Csaba:Well, we lost one vowel. For some people that means a lot. I’ll repeat that Hál’ istennek.
Simone:All right, let’s go to the grammar now.
Simone:In this lesson we’re going to learn about future tense in Hungarian.
Csaba. The good news is that future tense is one of the easiest grammar points in the Hungarian language.
Simone:Well, that doesn’t mean much, really! But anyway, let’s get into it.
Csaba:To form future tense, you need to learn an auxiliary verb and its conjugation. The dictionary form is fog. You should remember that the dictionary form is also the third person form.
Simone:All right, let’s use third person in a sentence now.
Csaba:Inni fog.
Simone:“He’ll drink.”
Csaba:Inni fog. Inni is “to drink.” Basically, besides the conjugated form of the auxiliary, you need an infinitive verb in the sentence to explain what it is you actually “will” do.
Simone:The infinitive form is in the dictionary as well and remember, it always ends in -ni. All right, let’s go with a first person sentence now. “I will work tomorrow.”
Csaba:Holnap dolgozni fogok. Holnap is “tomorrow” and fogok is the first person form of the future tense auxiliary.
Simone:Second person?
Csaba:Fogsz. The example should be: Fogsz fürödni a medencében?
Simone:“Will you take a bath in the pool?”
Csaba:Fogsz fürödni a medencében?
Simone:All right, we started with the third person singular. So let’s go to first person plural now.
Csaba:First person plural is fogunk.
Simone:Use it in a simple sentence, please.
Csaba:Nem fogunk aludni.
Simone:“We’re not going to sleep tonight.”
Csaba:Nem fogunk aludni.
Simone:You are already thinking about New Year’s Eve, right.
Csaba:All the persons, and the rest of the conjugation, is in the table in our lesson notes. One more thing you might want to remember: In Hungarian, just like in English, you don’t always need future tense to refer to future actions. Here are some examples you should consider: Jövőre nem fogok dolgozni.
Simone:“I won’t work next year.”
Csaba:Jövőre nem fogok dolgozni. But you can also say Jövőre nem dolgozom.
Simone:In this sentence we lost the auxiliary, but it also refers to future. Repeat it please.
Csaba:Jövőre nem dolgozom.
Simone:All right. Well, you will, because we need you in this studio!


Csaba:I’ll be back next time. Until then, sziasztok.
Simone:All right everyone, go and check out our lesson notes and we’ll catch you next time. Bye!


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Monday at 06:30 PM
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Tell us something special that people in your country do for New Years.

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Friday at 04:34 PM
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Hi Efrat,

Thank you for your kind words! We hope you enjoy your studies!

As for your question you can say various things with the same structure as the one you used in your example.

You could say "Holnap hozom el a laptopomat" or "Holnap fogom elhozni a laptopomat" and both would be correct and they would both imply the same thing; I'm going to get my laptop tomorrow.

You can use the same structure with hard plans or making plans as well.

"Szerda nem jó, orvoshoz megyek" means Wednesday is not good, I'm going to the doctor.

I hope this help!

Best regards,


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Thursday at 10:03 AM
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Szia Azita,

Thank you so much for your positive message! 😇❤️️

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

We wish you good luck with your language studies.



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Monday at 03:47 AM
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I learn Hungarian in my car when I commute between work and home. That is the only free time I have and lessons' sizes are perfect for me! I listen to them over and over until I feel comfortable with them. I love how they are structured and I can feel my improvement after each lesson.

I feel like I already know Csaba!



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May I please ask for some more examples regarding present tense verbs that refer to future actions?

More specifically, examples that show the same principle as this:

Jövőre nem fogok dolgozni = Jövőre nem dolgozom.

PS. I very much agree with Adrianne's comment below.

As I see it, this program is very professional. Great material, creative dialogues, rich vocab, and not too much grammar at once - brilliantly structured!!!!

All personnel, very nice and kind! I'm really glad to study here!

Csak így tovább!!

Best regards!


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Wednesday at 04:41 PM
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Hi Adrianne!

Your comment is very much appreciated! Thank you! :heart:

It makes us very happy to heart that you like our lessons! We do put lots of work in to them.

I hope you will continue to enjoy learning Hungarian with us!!


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Tuesday at 11:23 AM
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Hi, all, I just want to say that, contra the commenter below, I am always struck by how much thought and care has gone into the content and production of the lessons. I'm a beginner and don't think I could handle more material on each lesson because I'm trying to memorize it. The next lesson builds on the prior material and the language starts to sink in for me.

Please keep up the wonderful work you do on the scripts and the vocabulary and grammar and the verb tables and the humor (Csaba's dry wit!) and know you're very much appreciated.

All best,


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Friday at 07:30 PM
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Hi Lisa,

It does sound like a google translate result :)


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Thursday at 12:08 AM
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on New Year's Eve, it is Summer in Australia. people who live in Sydney sometimes camp out in tents overnight, near the harbour-side, to ensure they will have a good view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge fireworks :smile:

(& thanks to Google translate):

"A szilveszteri, akkor Summer Ausztráliában. emberek, akik élnek Sydney néha táborozzanak sátorban egyik napról a másikra, közel a kikötő mellett, annak érdekében, hogy lesz egy jó kilátás a Sydney Harbour Bridge tűzijáték"

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Tuesday at 11:17 AM
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Hi Thomas,

Thank you for your comment! :wink:

As you can see this is the lower beginner season...

I am sure if you listen to the to the advanced seasons, you will find lessons with more new and more difficult materials.

Szép napot!


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Thomas Carothers
Tuesday at 05:01 AM
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It's striking how little content is in these lessons. By the time you strip away the music, the chatty back and forth that has no instructional value, and the promotional material at the end there is not more than a few minutes of real material in any one lessons.