There's no doubt that the Hungarian language is incredibly hard to learn, but these 10 sentences are probably the most important to master while in Budapest. Not only that, trying to speak a few words to a local in Hungarian might help get a better answer out of them, or a smile at the very least. There are some information on exactly how to use your new Hungarian words.
How to pronounce it: See-yaw What it means: Basically it means "hi!"
but it can also mean goodbye. Double it up for a friendly "szia-szia" when you're leaving friends.
- Hogy vagy?
How to pronounce it: Haw-j Vah-j (j as in joke) What it means: Literally "how are you?" Make sure you ask this only if you really want to know how the other person is as this question is likely to elicit a long, detailed explanation of everything happening in their life - good or bad.
- Mi újság?
How to pronounce it: Me ooh-y-shaarg? (y as in yolk) What it means: Basically this means "what's news?" It generally gets a much simpler response than "hogy vagy?" A typical response is "minden ok," which means "everything's ok." If your Hungarian lessons are progressing well you can even just ask "mizu?" (pronounced: me-zoo), which is slang for "mi újság?" If you're using "mizu?" then ten gold stars for you!
- Kérek egy sört / bort / pálinkát.
How to pronounce it: Keh-rack a-j (a as in apple, j as in joke) cher-t (Cher as in the singer) / bore-t / pah-lin-cart What it means: "I'd like a beer / wine / pálinka." And that brings us to what is possibly THE most important word in the Hungarian language: pálinka. This is a Hungarian fruit brandy that comes in flavours like plum, honey, cherry, apricot etc. It's a potent spirit that you'll either love or hate, but no matter what you must try it at least once while in Budapest.
How to pronounce it: Ag-esh-sheg-ad-reh What it means: "Cheers!" Make sure you clink glasses and say this before taking the first sip of your alcoholic beverage. And make sure you look the person in the eye! It's considered rude not to in Hungary.
- Jó étvágyat!
How to pronounce it: Yoh-ehrt-vah-jot (y as in yolk, j as in joke) What it means: "Bon appetit!" Waiters often say this when placing meals on the table, and if you're eating a meal with a Hungarian they'll definitely say this before starting to eat.
- Mennyibe kerül?
How to pronounce it: Men-yee-beh ker-ool What it means: "How much is it?"
- Csinos vagy.
How to pronounce it: Chee-nosh vah-j (j as in joke) What it means: "You're pretty." You would normally say this to a girl. Spread the love! If you see a pretty girl, let her know.
- Jóképű vagy.
How to pronounce it: Yoh cap-ooh vah-j (j as in joke) What it means: "You're good looking." You would normally say this to a boy. He'll be very flattered.
- Találkozzunk egy kávéra.
How to pronounce it: Ta-lahl-cozz-oonk eh-j kah-veh-ra (j as in joke) What it means: "Let's meet for a coffee." Good luck with your studies!:)