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Sziasztok. Hello and welcome to Hungarian Survival Phrases brought to you by HungarianPod101.com, this course is designed to equip you with the language skills and knowledge to enable you to get the most out of your visit to Hungary. You will be surprised at how far a little Hungarian will go.
Now, before we jump in, remember to stop by HungarianPod101.com and there, you will find the accompanying PDF and additional info in the post. If you stop by, be sure to leave us a comment.

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There is a wide variety of Hungarian dishes and your job as a visitor is to try as many different foods as possible! However, before you start eating, you have to get to the table! In today’s lesson, we'll cover getting to the table in a restaurant.
When entering a restaurant in Hungary, you will be greeted with Jó napot kívánok, which means "Good afternoon" or "Good day," or Jó estét kívánok, which is "Good evening."
When entering a restaurant, or what would more commonly be known as a étterem in Hungarian, one rarely gets seated by the waiter or waitress. The customers often have to find their own table. However, there are occasions where you will be asked the question "How many people in your party?" so practicing it will come in handy at some point.
"How many people are you" in Hungarian is: Hány fő?
Now let's hear it once again: Hány fő?
The first word, Hány means, "How many."
Let's break down this word and hear it one more time. Hány, hány.
Fő follows this, which in Hungarian means "head" or "people," but it must be noted that this word is only used when counting people in some way.
Hány fő?
Now let's go over how to answer.
In Hungarian, you would respond by telling the waiter or waitress Hárman vagyunk, which in English means "We are three."
Let's break down these words and hear them one more time: Hár-man va-gyunk
And, Hárman vagyunk.
Let's take a look at some of the numbers you might need here, from two to five. Remember, this form is only used when you're saying the number of people in your party.
Here it is, from two to five: ketten, hárman, négyen, öten.
You could also say, "We are four people," which in Hungarian is Négyen vagyunk.
Let's break it down by syllable: né-gyen va-gyunk.
Now let's hear it once again: Négyen vagyunk.
The first word, négyen means, "four (people)"
We follow this with vagyunk, which in Hungarian is "we are."
If you are just one person, the proper answer to the question is egyedül vagyok. In English, it means, "I am alone."
Let's breakdown these words and hear them one more time: Egyedül vagyok.
Egyedül vagyok.
The first word, egyedül means, "alone."
Let's break down this word and see it one more time: e-gye-dül, egyedül.
The second word, vagyok means, "I am."


Okay, to close out today's lesson, we'd like for you to practice what you've just learned. I'll provide you with the English equivalent of the phrase and you're responsible for shouting it aloud. You'll have a few seconds before I give you the answer; so, sok szerencsét, which means "good luck" in Hungarian.
"How many people are you?" - Hány fő?
Hány fő?
Hány fő?
"We're three." - Hárman vagyunk.
Hárman vagyunk.
Hárman vagyunk.
"We're four people." - Négyen vagyunk.
Négyen vagyunk.
Négyen vagyunk.
"Only one." - Egyedül vagyok.
Egyedül vagyok.
Egyedül vagyok.
All right. That’s is going to do it for today. Remember to stop by HungarianPod101.com and pick up the accompanying PDF. If you stop by, be sure to leave us a comment. Sziasztok!