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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.

Lesson focus

In this lesson, we'll cover another extremely important phrase, "Can you speak English?" Using this phrase as opposed to speaking English at someone is important for many reasons. For one, if the party you're speaking to doesn't understand English, at least they'll be able to understand what you're asking. Furthermore, it shows a lot of respect on your part because you've made an effort to learn even a little bit of the language. For these reasons and many more, we're going to cover this very important phrase.
In Hungarian, "Can you speak English?" is Beszél angolul?
Let's break it down by syllable: Be-szél an-go-lul?
Now let's hear it once again: Beszél angolul?
The first word, Beszél means, "you speak."
Let's break down this word and hear it one more time: Beszél
Angolul, which means, "in English" in Hungarian follows this.
The phrase that we just learned is in the formal tense. This means you should always use the above phrase in situations with people you don't know, or elders.
When speaking to younger people, it's acceptable to use the informal tense. In that case, you will say in Hungarian Beszélsz angolul?
While the difference seems small, it is very significant.
Now we'll break it down by syllable. Be-szélsz an-go-lul?
Here it is once again. Beszélsz angolul?
Before we move on, please remember that Beszél followed by a word for a language is the formal way to ask if somebody speaks that language. Beszélsz, on the other hand, is the informal way to do the same. Beszélsz is more direct. Do not use it with people you don't know or with elders.
Now for a change, let's try a different language.
Let's try German. "Can you speak German?" (informal) is Beszélsz németül?
Beszélsz németül?
The word for "in German" is Németül.
Let's break down this word and see it one more time: Né-me-tül.
Here, just the word for the language changes, the rest is the same.
In this sentence, we used the informal verb again.


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.
"Do you speak English? (formal)" - Beszél angolul?
Beszél angolul?
Beszél angolul?
"Do you speak English?" - Beszélsz angolul?
Beszélsz angolul?
Beszélsz angolul?
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!