Hungarian survival Vocablurary with pronunciation 


As most of you surely know Hungarian language is not among the easiest languages in the world. Moreover according to scientist Hungarian is among the hardest languages.

Hence now we share with you a short survival vocabulary, which could be useful if you want to learn a few useful expressions. Sometimes its could be really funny and exciting! :)

Test your language learning skills:

1. Hello - A common one 

When you meet middle aged or older people you don’t know it is best to use simple formal greeting like

2. Jó napot (yoh nu-pot): Good day!

Younger people will be comfortable with Hello. We also use Szia (see-yah) in Hungarian, which, unlike the similar sounding See yo, is used for both greeting somebody and saying farewell. Then there are loads of slangish versions – also used in two-ways – like Csá (tshaa). But unless you are not feeling the urge for giving a high-five and sharing your earphones, the best is to stick to Hello or Szia.

3. Goodbye

To unknown adults (30+) you can say farewell with a simple (‘See you’) Viszlát! (vis-laat) or the longer version of the same thing, if you don’t mind twisting your tongue: Viszontlátásra (vee-sont-laa-taash-raa). The meaning is See you again, just like with Viszlát.

4. Wine, beer, coke, tea, coffee, water etc.

Wine is bor (bhor), red wine is vörös bor (verresh bhor) and white wine is fehér bor (fae-hayr bhor). Sör (shir) is the Hungarian equivalent of beer and you will find several Hungarian shirs to choose from. Juice is juice, coke is kóla (kho-la), water is víz (veeze), tea is tea (theh-ah), coffee is kávé (kah-vay). Két sört kérek (kate shirt kay-reck) means Two beers please. Két bort kérek (kate bhort kay-reck) means Two wines please.

5. Nice to meet you

If you want to save time, and be natural, just smile and keep eye contact, usually that’s enough. If you want to be polite and more formal, you can say:

Örülök, hogy megismertem (errel-oek hodge megh-ish-merh-them)

6. Thank you

Thank you is Köszönöm in Hungarian. Say something like khoe-se-noem or kher-ser-nerm. The letter "ö" stands for a sound that is similar to the er in her, or the e inthe French petit or the ø in Danish Søren Kierkegaard. Hope this helps. 

7. Street, Road, Square, Boulevard

Street names in Budapest are usually the names of famous people or – less frequently – any characteristic word of that street e.g. the names of flowers, jobs, etc. The word ‘street’ is ‘utca’ (oot-tsah) in Hungarian. Road is ‘út’ (oot) Square translates as ‘tér’ (tehr), and boulevard as ‘körút’ (kerr-oot)

8. Please

Please can be more formally kérem (khay-rem) or legyen szíves (le-gen see-vesh), less formally, said to young adults légyszi (ledge-see)


Ticket is jegy (yedge) and you must show your ticket to the ticket inspectors (especially frequent at metro stations), who are almost always on the alert. So you should always validate your ticket or tickets if you change lines to avoid embarrassing or unpleasant experiences and pricey fines in Hungary.


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