“Beszelni kicsi magyar…” A video about the difficulties of the Hungarian language

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Nehéznek találod az angolt? Magyarul megtanulni még sokkal nehezebb! Nézd meg ezt a vicces videót a magyarul tanuló külföldiekről!

It is a fact that Hungarian is one of the most complicated languages in the world and foreigners usually struggle with learning it. However, don’t be discouraged, you’re not alone; watch this video instead, it might brighten your day!

Our foods, habits can be strange for some people. Not to mention our language, which tops it all off. Many people experience how it is one of the world’s hardest languages to learn. And, let’s face it, this is completely true. We have so many types of conjugations, suffixes, synonyms that not many languages have. The Hungarian language is so colourful that we can hardly find a Hungarian word to describe it.

The following video stars foreigners who originally came to Hungary to study. They were given some words to pronounce and to read out loud. Let’s see how they did. They start with a little introduction, to warm up before facing some lovely Hungarian words and talk about the first words and expressions they learned in Hungarian. Then come the words they have to pronounce and these include felelősségvállalás, körömpörkölt (a traditional Hungarian dish), mennyezet, poggyász, önéletrajz, gyöngytyúk. They are also asked about their opinion of the Hungarian language. One of the women found it quite archaic when she first heard it on the metro, the young man simply describes it as complicated, while the other woman thinks that it’s similar to Japanese.

What do you think about our language?

source: dailynewshungary.com

Can you match the Hungarian words mentioned in the video with their English meaning?

1. felelősségvállalás

a. ceiling

2. mennyezet

b. CV

3. poggyász

c. taking responsibility

4. önéletrajz

d. guinea-fowl

5. gyöngytyúk

e. luggage

Key:

1. c.

2. a.

3. e.

4. b.

5. d.

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Vocabulary

complicated

bonyolult

to struggle

küzdeni

to be discouraged

elbátortalanodni, elkedvetlenedni

habit

szokás

not to mention

nem is beszélve arról, hogy…

it tops it all off

felteszi a koronát valamire, hab a tortán

Let’s face it.

Nézzünk vele szembe!

conjugation

igeragozás

suffix

toldalék, rag

hardly

alig

to pronounce

kiejteni

to read out loud

hangosan felolvasni

introduction

bemutatkozás

archaic

régies

similar to sg

valamihez hasonló

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