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|states=Hungary and areas of east Austria, Croatia, Poland, Romania, northern Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, western Ukraine.|ethnicity=Hungarians12.6|2}} million|date = 2002–2012|ref = e18|familycolor=UralicFinno-Ugric languages>Finno-Ugric (traditional grouping)Ugric languages>UgricLatin script>Latin (Hungarian alphabet){{br}}Hungarian Braille{{br}}Old Hungarian scriptHungary}}{{br}}{{flagEuropean Union}}''Romania}}{{br}}{{flagCroatia}}HTTPS://WWW.COE.INT/T/DG4/EDUCATION/MINLANG/REPORT/PERIODICALREPORTS/CROATIAPR5_HR.PDF > TITLE=PETO IZVJEšćE REPUBLIKE HRVATSKE O PRIMJENI EUROPSKE POVELJE O REGIONALNIM ILI MANJINSKIM JEZICIMA-FIFTH REPORT ON IMPLEMENTATION OF THE EUROPEAN CHARTER FOR REGIONAL AND MINORITY LANGUAGES AUTHOR=GOVERNMENT OF CROATIA COUNCIL OF EUROPE > PAGE=34-36 FORMAT=PDF Slovakia}}{{br}}{{flagPrekmurje){{br}}{{flag>Austria}} (in Burgenland){{br}}{{flagBerehove, Mukachevo, Vynohradiv and Uzhhorod districts of Transcarpathian region (Zakarpatska Oblast){{cn>date=January 2019}}Magyar Tudományos Akadémia Nyelvtudományi Intézete>Research Institute for Linguistics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences|iso1=hu|iso2=hun| lc1 = hun|ld1=Modern Hungarian| lc2 = ohu|ld2=Old Hungarian| linglist = ohu|lingname=Old Hungarian|lingua=41-BAA-a|map=Idioma húngaro.PNGCentral Europe where those whose native language is Hungarian represent a majority (dark blue) and a minority (light blue). Based on recent censuses and on the CIA World Factbook 2014HTTPS://WWW.CIA.GOV/LIBRARY/PUBLICATIONS/THE-WORLD-FACTBOOK/GEOS/HU.HTMLWEBSITE=CIA.GOV, 8 October 2017, |notice=IPA|glotto=hung1274|glottorefname=Hungarian}}{{Hungarian language}}Hungarian ({{audio|Hu-magyar_nyelv.ogg|magyar nyelv}}) is a Finno-Ugric language spoken in Hungary and parts of several neighbouring countries. It is the official language of Hungary and one of the 24 official languages of the European Union. Outside Hungary it is also spoken by communities of Hungarians in the countries that today make up Slovakia, western Ukraine (Subcarpathia), central and western Romania (Transylvania), northern Serbia (Vojvodina), northern Croatia and northern Slovenia (Mur region). It is also spoken by Hungarian diaspora communities worldwide, especially in North America (particularly the United States and Canada) and Israel. Like Finnish and Estonian, Hungarian belongs to the Uralic language family. With 13 million speakers, it is the family's largest member by number of speakers.

Classification

{{See also|Regular sound correspondences between Hungarian and other Uralic languages}}Hungarian is a member of the Uralic language family. Linguistic connections between Hungarian and other Uralic languages were noticed in the 1670s, and the family itself (then called Finno-Ugric) was established in 1717. Hungarian has traditionally been assigned to the Ugric branch within the Finno-Ugric group, along with the Mansi and Khanty languages of western Siberia (Khanty–Mansia region), but it is no longer clear that it is a valid group. When the Samoyed languages were determined to be part of the family, it was thought at first that Finnic and Ugric (Finno-Ugric) were closer to each other than to the Samoyed branch of the family, but that is now frequently questioned.Salminen, Tapani (2002): Problems in the taxonomy of the Uralic languages in the light of modern comparative studiesMichalove, Peter A. (2002) The Classification of the Uralic Languages: Lexical Evidence from Finno-Ugric. In: Finnisch-Ugrische Forschungen, vol. 57The name of Hungary could be a result of regular sound changes of Ungrian/Ugrian, and the fact that the Eastern Slavs referred to Hungarians as Ǫgry/Ǫgrove (sg. Ǫgrinŭ) seemed to confirm that.{{Citation | last = Lebedynsky | first = Iaroslav | language = French | title = Les Nomades: Les peuples nomades de la steppe des origines aux invasions mongoles |trans-title=The Nomads: the steppe nomad people from origins to Mongol invasions | page = 191}}. Current literature favors the hypothesis that it comes from the name of the Turkic tribe Onogur (which means "ten arrows" or "ten tribes").Sugar, P.F..A History of Hungary. University Press, 1996: p. 9Maxwell, A. Magyarization, Language Planning and Whorf: The word Uhor as a Case Study in Linguistic Relativism Multilingua 23: 319, 2004.Marcantonio, Angela. The Uralic Language Family: Facts, Myths and Statistics. Blackwell Publishing, 2002: p. 19There are numerous regular sound correspondences between Hungarian and the other Ugric languages. For example, Hungarian {{IPA|/aː/}} corresponds to Khanty {{IPA|/o/}} in certain positions, and Hungarian {{IPA|/h/}} corresponds to Khanty {{IPA|/x/}}, while Hungarian final {{IPA|/z/}} corresponds to Khanty final {{IPA|/t/}}. For example, Hungarian ház {{IPA-hu|haːz|}} "house" vs. Khanty xot {{IPA|[xot]}} "house", and Hungarian száz {{IPA|[saːz]}} "hundred" vs. Khanty sot {{IPA|[sot]}} "hundred". The distance between the Ugric and Finnic languages is greater, but the correspondences are also regular.

History

Prehistory

Scholarly consensus

The traditional view holds that the Hungarian language diverged from its Ugric relatives in the first half of the 1st millennium BC, in western Siberia east of the southern Urals.BOOK, The Uralic Languages, Abondolo, Daniel, Routledge, 1998, London, 1–42, Introduction, The Hungarians gradually changed their lifestyle from being settled hunters to being nomadic pastoralists, probably as a result of early contacts with Iranian nomads (Scythians and Sarmatians). In Hungarian, Iranian loanwords date back to the time immediately following the breakup of Ugric and probably span well over a millennium.BOOK, The Uralic Languages, Abondolo, Daniel, Routledge, 1998, London, 453, Hungarian, Among these include tehén ‘cow’ (cf. Avestan dhaénu); tíz ‘ten’ (cf. Avestan dasa); tej ‘milk’ (cf. Persian dáje ‘wet nurse’); and nád ‘reed’ (from late Middle Iranian; cf. Middle Persian nāy).Archaeological evidence from present day southern Bashkortostan confirms the existence of Hungarian settlements between the Volga River and the Ural Mountains.Attila Türk, A magyar Å‘störténet és a szaltovói régészeti kultúrkör. PhD, University of Szeged, 2011 weblink. The Onogurs (and Bulgars) later had a great influence on the language, especially between the 5th and 9th centuries. This layer of Turkic loans is large and varied (e.g. szó "word", from Turkic; and daru "crane", from the related Permic languages), and includes words borrowed from Oghur Turkic; e.g. borjú "calf" (cf. Chuvash păru, părăv vs. Turkish buzağı);András Róna-Tas & Árpád Berta, West Old Turkic: Turkic Loanwords in Hungarian. Part 1: Introduction, A-K (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2011), 151-2. dél ‘noon; south’ (cf. Chuvash tÄ•l vs. Turkish dial. düš).Róna-Tas & Berta, WOT 2011/1: 291-4. Many words related to agriculture,WEB, Hungary â€“ Early history,weblink Library of Congress (public domain), 2008-06-29, state administration and even family relationships show evidence of such backgrounds.{{citation needed|date=June 2018}} Hungarian syntax and grammar were not influenced in a similarly dramatic way over these three centuries.{{citation needed|date=June 2018}}File:Hu-funeral sermon and prayer OSZK.jpg|thumb|Funeral Sermon and PrayerFuneral Sermon and Prayer(File:Komjati sztpal.jpg|thumb|A page from the first book written completely in Hungarian, 1533)After the arrival of the Hungarians in the Carpathian Basin, the language came into contact with a variety of speech communities, among them Slavic, Turkic, and German. Turkic loans from this period come mainly from the Pechenegs and Cumanians, who settled in Hungary during the 12th and 13th centuries: e.g. koboz "cobza" (cf. Turkish kopuz ‘lute’); komondor "mop dog" (< *kumandur < Cuman). Hungarian borrowed many words from neighbouring Slavic languages: e.g. tégla ‘brick’; mák ‘poppy’; karácsony ‘Christmas’Gábor Zaicz, Etimológiai szótár: Magyar szavak és toldalékok eredete, s.v. “karácsony” (Tinta Könyvkiadó, 2006) weblink). These languages in turn borrowed words from Hungarian: e.g. Serbo-Croatian aÅ¡ov from Hungarian ásó ‘spade’. About 1.6 percent of the Romanian lexicon is of Hungarian origin.BOOK, Vocabularul reprezentativ al limbilor romanice, Sala, Marius, Editura ÅžtiinÅ£ifică ÅŸi Enciclopedică, 1988, Bucharest, Kim Schulte, "Loanwords in Romanian", Loanwords in the World's Languages: A Comparative Handbook (Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton, 2009), 239.

Alternative views

Hungarian historian and archaeologist Gyula László claims that geological data from pollen analysis seems to contradict the placing of the ancient Hungarian homeland near the Urals.Laszlo Gyula, The Magyars: Their Life and Civilization, (1996). On p. 37 he states: “This seemed to be an impeccable conclusion until attention was paid to the actual testimony of tree-pollen analyses, and these showed that the linguists had failed to take into account changes in the vegetation zones over the millennia. After analysis of the plant pollens in the supposed homeland of the Magyars, which were preserved in the soil, it became clear to scientists that the taiga and deciduous forests were only in contact during the second millennium B.C.E., which is much too late to affect Finno-Ugrian history. So the territory sought by the linguists as the location of the putative ‘ancient homeland’ never existed. At 5,000-6,000 B.C.E., the period at which the Uralic era has been dated, the taiga was still thousands of kilometres away from the Ural mountains and the mixed deciduous forest had only just begun its northward advance.”There have been attempts to show that Hungarian is related to other languages, such as Hebrew, Hunnic, Sumerian, Egyptian, Etruscan, Basque, Persian, Pelasgian, Greek, Chinese, Sanskrit, English, Tibetan, Magar, Quechua, Armenian, Japanese, and at least 40 other languages.Miklós Zsirai: Őstörténeti csodabogarak. Budapest, 1943. Mainstream linguists dismiss these attempts as pseudoscientific comparisons with no merit.

Historical controversy over origins

Today the consensus among linguists is that Hungarian is a member of the Uralic family of languages.The classification of Hungarian as a Uralic/Finno-Ugric rather than a Turkic language continued to be a matter of impassioned political controversy throughout the 18th and into the 19th centuries. During the latter half of the 19th century, a competing hypothesis proposed a Turkic affinity of Hungarian, or, alternatively, that both the Uralic and the Turkic families formed part of a superfamily of Ural–Altaic languages. Following an academic debate known as Az ugor-török háború ("the Ugric-Turkic battle"), the Finno-Ugric hypothesis was concluded the sounder of the two, mainly based on work by the German linguist {{Interlanguage link multi|Josef Budenz|de}}.JOURNAL, Linguistica Uralica, 2/2001, Angela, Marcantonio, Pirjo, Nummenaho, Michela, Salvagni,weblink PDF, The "Ugric-Turkic Battle": A Critical Review, 8 October 2017, 2001, Hungarians did in fact absorb some Turkic influences during several centuries of cohabitation. For example, the Hungarians appear to have learned animal husbandry techniques from the Turkic Chuvash people, as a high proportion of words specific to agriculture and livestock are of Chuvash origin. A strong Chuvash influence was also apparent in Hungarian burial customs.

Old Hungarian

{{Unreferenced section|date=June 2018}}The first written accounts of Hungarian, mostly personal name and place names, date to the 10th century. No significant texts written in Old Hungarian script have survived, as wood, the medium of writing in use at the time, was perishable.{{citation needed|date=June 2018}}The Kingdom of Hungary was founded in 1000 by Stephen I. The country became a Western-styled Christian (Roman Catholic) state, with Latin script replacing Hungarian runes. The earliest remaining fragments of the language are found in the establishing charter of the abbey of Tihany from 1055, intermingled with Latin text. The first extant text fully written in Hungarian is the Funeral Sermon and Prayer, which dates to the 1190s. Although the orthography of these early texts differed considerably from that used today, contemporary Hungarians can still understand a great deal of the reconstructed spoken language, despite changes in grammar and vocabulary.{{citation needed|date=June 2018}}A more extensive body of Hungarian literature arose after 1300. The earliest known example of Hungarian religious poetry is the 14th-century Lamentations of Mary. The first Bible translation was the Hussite Bible in the 1430s.BOOK, Katalin É Kiss, The Evolution of Functional Left Peripheries in Hungarian Syntax,weblink 2014, Oxford University Press, 978-0-19-870985-5, 76, BOOK, Robert B. Kaplan, Richard B. Baldauf, Language Planning and Policy in Europe,weblink 2005, Multilingual Matters, 978-1-85359-811-1, 55, The standard language lost its diphthongs, and several postpositions transformed into suffixes, including reá "onto" (the phrase utu rea "onto the way" found in the 1055 text would later become útra). There were also changes in the system of vowel harmony. At one time, Hungarian used six verb tenses, while today only two or three are used.BOOK, Eric Mathieu, Robert Truswell, Micro-Change and Macro-Change in Diachronic Syntax,weblink 2017, Oxford University Press, 978-0-19-874784-0, 66–, The future is formed with an auxiliary verb and so is sometimes not counted as a separate tense. (See also: periphrasis.)

Modern Hungarian

File:Esztergom Jordánszky-kódex.JPG|thumb|The BibleBible{{Unreferenced section|date=June 2018}}In 1533, Kraków printer Benedek Komjáti published the first Hungarian-language book set in movable type, a translation of the letters of Saint Paul entitled Az zenth Paal leueley magyar nyeluen (modern orthography: Az Szent Pál levelei magyar nyelven).{{citation needed|date=June 2018}}By the 17th century, the language already closely resembled its present-day form, although two of the past tenses remained in use. German, Italian and French loans also began to appear. Further Turkish words were borrowed during the period of Ottoman rule (1541 to 1699).{{citation needed|date=June 2018}}In the 18th century a group of writers, most notably Ferenc Kazinczy, spearheaded a process of nyelvújítás (language revitalization). Some words were shortened (győzedelem > győzelem, 'triumph' or 'victory'); a number of dialectal words spread nationally (e.g., cselleng 'dawdle'); extinct words were reintroduced (dísz, 'décor'); a wide range of expressions were coined using the various derivative suffixes; and some other, less frequently used methods of expanding the language were utilized. This movement produced more than ten thousand words, most of which are used actively today.{{citation needed|date=June 2018}}The 19th and 20th centuries saw further standardization of the language, and differences between mutually comprehensible dialects gradually diminished.{{citation needed|date=June 2018}}In 1920, Hungary signed the Treaty of Trianon, losing 71 percent of its territory and one-third of the ethnic Hungarian population along with it.{{citation needed|date=June 2018}}Today the language holds official status nationally in Hungary and regionally in Romania, Slovakia, Serbia, Austria and Slovenia.{{citation needed|date=June 2018}}

Geographic distribution

File:Hungarian language in Transylvania.svg|thumb|upright=1.36|Areas of TransylvaniaTransylvania{|class="wikitable"!Country!!Speakers!!NotesHungary> 9,896,333 2011HTTP://WWW.KSH.HU/NEPSZAMLALAS/TABLAK_TERULETI_00>TITLE=KöZPONTI STATISZTIKAI HIVATALACCESSDATE=8 OCTOBER 2017, Romania (mainly Transylvania)> 1,268,444 2011HTTP://WWW.RECENSAMANTROMANIA.RO/WP-CONTENT/UPLOADS/2012/08/TS5.PDF>TITLE=ROMANIAN CENSUS 2011ACCESSDATE=8 OCTOBER 2017, SlovakiaThis number is a lower estimate, as 382,493 people (7.0% of the total population) did not specify their mother tongue.>458,467 2011Slovak census 2011 {{webarchiveweblink >date=2012-11-14 }}Serbia (mainly Vojvodina)>241,164 2011Languages of Vojvodina{{br}}{{Better sourcedate=January 2018}}Ukraine (mainly Zakarpattia Oblast>Zakarpattia)align="right"Ukrainian census 2001 {{webarchive >url=https://web.archive.org/web/20100820175518weblink |date=August 20, 2010 }}United States>117,973 2000HTTP://FACTFINDER.CENSUS.GOV/SERVLET/QTTABLE?_BM=Y&-GEO_ID=01000US&-QR_NAME=DEC_2000_SF3_U_QTP16&-DS_NAME=DEC_2000_SF3_U>TITLE=AMERICAN FACTFINDER - RESULTSLAST=BUREAUACCESSDATE=8 OCTOBER 2017, Canada>75,555 2001HTTP://WWW12.STATCAN.CA/ENGLISH/CENSUS01/PRODUCTS/STANDARD/THEMES/RETRIEVEPRODUCTTABLE.CFM?TEMPORAL=2001&PID=55670&APATH=3&GID=431515&METH=1&PTYPE=55430&THEME=41&FOCUS=0&AID=0&PLACENAME=0&PROVINCE=0&SEARCH=0&GC=0&GK=0&VID=0&FL=0&RL=0&FREE=0>TITLE=FILE NOT FOUNDACCESSDATE=8 OCTOBER 2017, Israel>70,000Austria (mainly Burgenland)>22,000Australia>20,8832011HTTP://WWW.SBS.COM.AU/CENSUSEXPLORER/>TITLE=SBS CENSUS EXPLORERACCESSDATE=8 OCTOBER 2017, Croatia>16,500Slovenia (mainly Prekmurje)>9,240!Total||12–13 million||
Source: National censuses, Ethnologue
Hungarian has about 13 millionWEB,weblink Hungarian, Ethnologue.com, 8 October 2017, BOOK,weblink Hungarian Practical Dictionary: Hungarian-English, English-Hungarian, Szabó, Éva, 2005, Hippocrene Books, New York, 9, en, BOOK,weblink Hungarian-English/English-Hungarian: Dictionary & Phrasebook, Ward, Judit Hajnal, 2002, Hippocrene Books, 1, native speakers, of whom more than 9.8 million live in Hungary. According to the 2011 Hungarian census 9,896,333 people (99.6% of the total population) speak Hungarian, of whom 9,827,875 people (98.9%) speak it as a first language, while 68,458 people (0.7%) speak it as a second language. About 2.2 million speakers live in other areas that were part of the Kingdom of Hungary before the Treaty of Trianon (1920). Of these, the largest group lives in Transylvania, the western half of present-day Romania, where there are approximately 1.25 million Hungarians. There are large Hungarian communities also in Slovakia, Serbia and Ukraine, and Hungarians can also be found in Austria, Croatia, and Slovenia, as well as about a million additional people scattered in other parts of the world. For example, there are more than one hundred thousand Hungarian speakers in the Hungarian American community and 1.5 million with Hungarian ancestryWEB,weblink American FactFinder - Search, U.S. Census, Bureau, factfinder.census.gov, 8 October 2017, in the United States.

Official status

(File:Vojvodina hungarian map.png|thumb|upright=1.36|Official usage of Hungarian language in Vojvodina, Serbia)Hungarian is the official language of Hungary, and thus an official language of the European Union. Hungarian is also one of the official languages of Vojvodina and an official language of three municipalities in Slovenia: Hodoš, Dobrovnik and Lendava, along with Slovene. Hungarian is officially recognized as a minority or regional language in Austria, Croatia, Romania, Zakarpattia in Ukraine, and Slovakia. In Romania it is a recognized minority language used at local level in communes, towns and municipalities with an ethnic Hungarian population of over 20%.WEB,weblink Romania: Law Allows Use Of Minority Languages In Public Administration, RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty, en, 2018-10-30,

Dialects

The dialects of Hungarian identified by Ethnologue are: Alföld, West Danube, Danube-Tisza, King's Pass Hungarian, Northeast Hungarian, Northwest Hungarian, Székely and West Hungarian. These dialects are, for the most part, mutually intelligible. The Hungarian Csángó dialect, which is mentioned but not listed separately by Ethnologue, is spoken primarily in Bacău County in eastern Romania. The Csángó Hungarian group has been largely isolated from other Hungarian people, and they therefore preserved features that closely resemble earlier forms of Hungarian.

Phonology

{{Unreferenced section|date=June 2018}}(File:Hungarian vowel chart with rounded short a.svg|right|thumb|upright=1.36|Hungarian vowels)Hungarian has 14 vowel phonemes and 25 consonant phonemes. The vowel phonemes can be grouped as pairs of short and long vowels such as o and ó. Most of the pairs have a similar pronunciation and vary significantly only in their duration. However, pairs a/á and e/é differ both in closedness and length.{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center;"Szende|1994|p=91}}! ! colspan="2" | Labial! colspan="2" | Alveolar! colspan="2" | Post-{{br}}alveolar! colspan="2" | Palatal! colspan="2" | Velar! colspan="2" | Glottal! Nasal style="border-left:0;" m}} style="border-left:0;" n̪|n}} style="border-left:0;" ɲ}} ! Stop {{IPAlink {{IPAlink|b}} {{IPAlink {{IPAlink|d}} {{IPAlink {{IPAlink|ɟ͡ʝ}} {{IPAlink {{IPAlink|ɡ}} ! Affricate {{IPAlink {{IPAlink|d͡z}} {{IPAlink {{IPAlink|d͡ʒ}} ! Fricative {{IPAlink {{IPAlink|v}} {{IPAlinks}} style="border-left:0;" z̪|z}} {{IPAlink {{IPAlink|ʒ}} {{IPAlink ! Trill style="border-left:0;" r̪|r}} ! Approximant style="border-left:0;" l̪|l}} style="border-left:0;" j}} Consonant length is also distinctive in Hungarian. Most consonant phonemes can occur as geminates.The sound voiced palatal plosive {{IPA|/ɟ/}}, written {{angle bracket|gy}}, sounds similar to 'd' in British English 'duty'. It occurs in the name of the country, "Magyarország" (Hungary), pronounced {{IPA|/ˈmɒɟɒrorsaːɡ/}}. It is one of three palatalised consonants, the others being {{angle bracket|ty}}, {{angle bracket|ny}}, and (historically) {{angle bracket|ly}}.A single 'r' is pronounced as an alveolar tap (akkora 'of that size'), but a double 'r' is pronounced as an alveolar trill (akkorra 'by that time'), like in Spanish.

Prosody

Primary stress is always on the first syllable of a word, as in Finnish and the neighbouring Slovak and Czech. There is a secondary stress on other syllables in compounds: viszontlátásra ("goodbye") is pronounced {{IPA|/ˈvisontˌlaːtaːʃrɒ/}}. Elongated vowels in non-initial syllables may seem to be stressed to an English-speaker, as length and stress correlate in English.

Grammar

{{Unreferenced section|date=June 2018}}Hungarian, an agglutinative language, uses various affixes, mainly suffixes but also some prefixes and a circumfix, to change a word's meaning and its grammatical function.

Vowel harmony

Hungarian uses vowel harmony to attach suffixes to words. That means that most suffixes have two or three different forms, and the choice between them depends on the vowels of the head word. There are some minor and unpredictable exceptions to the rule.

Nouns

Nouns have 18 cases,{{cn|reason=Some sources say really only 3 (because Hungarian is an agglutinative language) others say 17, or 18; others say up to 30. |date=February 2019}} which are formed regularly with suffixes. The nominative case is unmarked (az alma 'the apple') and, for example, the accusative is marked with the suffix –t (az almát '[I eat] the apple'). Half of the cases express a combination of the source-location-target and surface-inside-proximity ternary distinctions (three times three cases); there is a separate case ending –ból/–ből meaning a combination of source and insideness: 'from inside of'.Possession is expressed by a possessive suffix on the possessed object, rather than the possessor as in English (Peter's apple becomes Péter almája, literally 'Peter apple-his'). Noun plurals are formed with–k (az almák ‘the apples’), but after a numeral, the singular is used (két alma ‘two apples’, literally ‘two apple’; not *két almák).Unlike English, Hungarian uses case suffixes and nearly always postpositions instead of prepositions.There are two types of articles in Hungarian, definite and indefinite, which roughly correspond to the equivalents in English.

Adjectives

Adjectives precede nouns (a piros alma 'the red apple') and have three degrees: positive (piros 'red'), comparative (pirosabb 'redder') and superlative (a legpirosabb 'the reddest').If the noun takes the plural or a case, an attributive adjective is invariable: a piros almák 'the red apples'. However, a predicative adjective agrees with the noun: az almák pirosak 'the apples are red'. Adjectives by themselves can behave as nouns (and so can take case suffixes): Melyik almát kéred? â€“ A pirosat. 'Which apple would you like? â€“ The red one'.

Verbs

{{See also|Hungarian verbs}}Verbs are conjugated according to two tenses (past and present), three moods (indicative, conditional and imperative-subjunctive), two numbers (singular or plural), three persons (first, second and third) and definiteness.The last feature is most characteristic: the definite conjugation is used with a transitive verb whose (direct) object is definite (Péter eszi az almát. "Peter eats the apple".), but the indefinite conjugation either for a verb with an indefinite direct object (Péter eszik egy almát. "Peter eats an apple".) or for a verb without an object. (Péter eszik. "Peter eats".){{Clarify|date=March 2015|reason=Does Hungarian also have the concept of indirect objects (equating in English to prepositional phrases); and if so, into which class would fall the conjugation of a verb with an indirect, definite object? ("Peter watches for the apple.")}}Since conjugation expresses the person and number, personal pronouns are usually omitted except for emphasis.The present tense is unmarked, and the past is formed by using the suffix â€“t or –tt: hall 'hears'; hallott 'heard', past. Future may be expressed with the present tense (usually with a word defining the time of the event: holnap 'tomorrow') or by using the auxiliary verb fog (similar to the English 'will'), followed by the infinitive.The indicative mood and the conditional mood are used both in the present and the past tenses. The conditional past is expressed by using the conjugated past form and the auxiliary word volna (hallott volna 'would have heard'). The imperative mood is used only in the present tense.Verbs have verbal prefixes, which are also known as coverbs. Most of them define direction of movement: lemegy "goes down", felmegy "goes up". Some verbal prefixes give an aspect to the verb, such as the prefix meg-, which generally marks telicity.Vowel harmony also plays a major role in verb conjugations. All Hungarian verb conjugations (as well as postpositions and possessive suffixes, for that matter) can be thought of as 'templates' into which vowels are inserted. Based on the nature of a verb's infinitive, which always ends in '-ni', one can create a generic 'template', which has mostly consonants. The vowels are then inserted into the 'template' according to the rules of vowel harmony, based on the categorization of the vowel in the verb root (front, back, rounded, unrounded).

Word order

The neutral word order is subject–verb–object (SVO). However, Hungarian, a topic-prominent language, has a word order that depends not only on syntax but also on the topic-comment structure of the sentence (for example, what aspect is assumed to be known and what is emphasized).A Hungarian sentence generally has the following order: topic, comment (or focus), verb and the rest.The topic shows that the proposition is only for that particular thing or aspect, and it implies that the proposition is not true for some others. For example, in "Az almát János látja". ('It is John who sees the apple'. Literally 'The apple John sees.'), the apple is in the topic, implying that other objects may be seen by not him but other people (the pear may be seen by Peter). The topic part may be empty.The focus shows the new information for the listeners that may not have been known or that their knowledge must be corrected. For example, "Én vagyok az apád". ('I am your father'. Literally, 'It is I who am your father'.), from the movie The Empire Strikes Back, the pronoun I (én) is in the focus and implies that it is new information, and the listener thought that someone else is his father.Although Hungarian is sometimes described as having free word order, different word orders are generally not interchangeable, and the neutral order is not always correct to use. Also, the intonation is also different with different topic-comment structures. The topic usually has a rising intonation, the focus having a falling intonation. In the following examples, the topic is marked with italics, and the focus (comment) is marked with boldface.
  • János látja az almát. - 'John sees the apple'. Neutral sentence.
  • János látja az almát. - 'John sees the apple'. (Peter may not see the apple.)
  • János látja az almát. - 'It is John who sees the apple'. (The listener may have thought that it is Peter.)
  • János az almát látja. - 'What John sees is the apple'. (It is the apple, not the pear, that John specifically sees. However, Peter may see the pear.)
  • Az almát látja János. - 'It is the apple that is seen by John'. (The pear may not be seen by John, but it may be smelled, for example.)
  • Az almát János látja. - 'It is by John that the apple is seen'. (It is not seen by Peter, but the pear may be seen by Peter, for example.)

Politeness

Hungarian has a four-tiered system for expressing levels of politeness. From highest to lowest:
  • Ön (önözés): Use of this form in speech shows respect towards the person addressed, but it is also the common way of speaking in official texts and business communications. Here "you", the second person, is grammatically addressed in the third person.
  • Maga (magázás, magázódás): Use of this form serves to show that the speakers wish to distance themselves from the person they address. A boss could also address a subordinate as maga. Aside from the different pronoun it is grammatically the same as "önözés".
  • Néni/bácsi (tetszikezés): This is a somewhat affectionate way of expressing politeness and is grammatically the same as "önözés" or "magázódás", but adds a certain verb in auxiliary role "tetszik" ("like") to support the main verb of the sentence. For example, children are supposed to address adults who are not parents, close friends or close relatives by using "tetszik" ("you like"): "Hogy vagy?" ("How are you?") here becomes "Hogy tetszik lenni?" ("How do you like to be?"). The elderly, especially women, are generally addressed this way, even by adults.
  • Te (tegezés, tegezÅ‘dés or pertu, per tu from Latin): Used generally, i.e. with persons with whom none of the above forms of politeness is required, and, in religious contexts, to address God. The highest rank, the king, was traditionally addressed "per tu" by all, peasants and noblemen alike, though with Hungary not having had any crowned king since 1918, this practice survives only in folk tales and children's stories. Use of "tegezés" in the media and advertisements has become more frequent since the early 1990s. It is informal and is normally used in families, among friends, colleagues, among young people, and by adults speaking to children; it can be compared to addressing somebody by their first name in English. Perhaps prompted by the widespread use of English (a language without T–V distinction in most contemporary dialects) on the Internet, "tegezés" is also becoming the standard way to address people over the Internet, regardless of politeness.
The four-tiered system has somewhat been eroded due to the recent expansion of "tegeződés".Some anomalies emerged with the arrival of multinational companies who have addressed their customers in the te (least polite) form right from the beginning of their presence in Hungary. A typical example is the Swedish furniture shop IKEA, whose web site and other publications address the customers in te form. When a news siteWEB,weblink Miért tegezik a magyarokat a multik? - Kanizsa Újság, Kanizsa, Ujsag, Kanizsaujsag.hu, 8 October 2017, asked IKEA—using the te form—why they address their customers this way, IKEA's PR Manager explained in his answer—using the ön form—that their way of communication reflects IKEA's open-mindedness and the Swedish culture. However IKEA in France uses the polite (vous) form. Another example is the communication of Telenor (a mobile network operator) towards its customers. Telenor chose to communicate towards business customers in the polite ön form while all other customers are addressed in the less polite te form.ad">

Vocabulary{| class"wikitable" style"float:right;"|+ Examples with ad

! Hungarian! English!colspan=2|Derived terms| ad| to give| adás| transmission| adó| tax or transmitter| adózik| to pay tax| adózó| taxpayer| adós| debtor| adósság| debt| adat| data| adakozik| to give (practise charity)| adalék| additive (ingredient)| adag| dose, portion| adomány| donation| adoma| anecdote!colspan=2|With verbal prefixes| átad| to hand over| bead| to hand in| elad| to sell| felad| to give up, to mail| hozzáad| to augment, to add to| kiad| to rent out, to publish, to extradite| lead| to lose weight, to deposit (an object)| megad| to repay (debt), to call (poker),{{br}}to grant (permission)| összead| to add (to do mathematical addition)During the first early phase of Hungarian language reforms (late 18th and early 19th centuries) more than ten thousand words were coined,Kálmán Szily presented approx. 10,000 words in his book A magyar nyelvújítás szótára ("Dictionary of Hungarian language reform", vol. 1–2: 1902 and 1908), without aiming to be comprehensive several thousand of which are still actively used today (see also Ferenc Kazinczy, the leading figure of the Hungarian language reforms.) Kazinczy's chief goal was to replace existing words of German and Latin origins with newly-created Hungarian words. As a result, Kazinczy and his later followers (the reformers) significantly reduced the formerly high ratio of words of Latin and German origins in the Hungarian language, which were related to social sciences, natural sciences, politics and economics, institutional names, fashion etc.Giving an accurate estimate for the total word count is difficult, since it is hard to define "a word" in agglutinating languages, due to the existence of affixed words and compound words. To obtain a meaningful definition of compound words, we have to exclude such compounds whose meaning is the mere sum of its elements. The largest dictionaries giving translations from Hungarian to another language contain 120,000 words and phrasesA nyelv és a nyelvek ("Language and languages"), edited by István Kenesei. Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest, 2004, {{ISBN|963-05-7959-6}}, p. 77) (but this may include redundant phrases as well, because of translation issues){{clarify|date=March 2019}}. The new desk lexicon of the Hungarian language contains 75,000 words and the Comprehensive Dictionary of Hungarian Language (to be published in 18 volumes in the next twenty years) is planned to contain 110,000 words.The first two volumes of the 20-volume series were introduced on 13 November, 2006, at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences {{Webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20080417043907weblink |date=2008-04-17 }} (in Hungarian) The default Hungarian lexicon is usually estimated to comprise 60,000 to 100,000 words."Hungarian is not difficult" (interview with Ádám Nádasdy) (Independently of specific languages, speakers actively use at most 10,000 to 20,000 words,A nyelv és a nyelvek ("Language and languages"), edited by István Kenesei. Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest, 2004, {{ISBN|963-05-7959-6}}, p. 86) with an average intellectual using 25,000 to 30,000 words.) However, all the Hungarian lexemes collected from technical texts, dialects etc. would total up to 1,000,000 words.A nyelv és a nyelvek ("Language and languages"), edited by István Kenesei. Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest, 2004, {{ISBN|963-05-7959-6}}, pp. 76 and 86)Parts of the lexicon can be organized using word-bushes. (See an example on the right.) The words in these bushes share a common root, are related through inflection, derivation and compounding, and are usually broadly related in meaning.The basic vocabulary shares some hundreds word roots with other Uralic languages like Finnish, Estonian, Mansi and Khanty. Examples are the verb él "live" (Finnish elääWEB, "Related words" in Finnish and Hungarian,weblink Helsinki University Bulletin, 2008-06-15, ), the numbers kettő (2), három (3), négy (4) (cf. Mansi китыг kitig, хурум khurum, нила nila, Finnish kaksi, kolme, neljä, Estonian kaks, kolm, neli, ), as well as víz 'water', kéz 'hand', vér 'blood', fej 'head' (cf. Finnish and Estonian vesi, käsi, veri, Finnish pää, Estonian pea or pää).Words for elementary kinship and nature are more Ugric, less r-Turkic and less Slavic. Agricultural words are about 50% r-Turkic and 50% Slavic; pastoral terms are more r-Turkic, less Ugric and less Slavic. Finally, Christian and state terminology is more Slavic and less r-Turkic. The Slavic is most probably proto-Slovakian and/or -Slovenian. This is easily understood in the Uralic paradigm, proto-Magyars were first similar to Ob-Ugors who were mainly hunters, fishers & gatherers, but with some horses, too. Then they accultured to Bulgarian r-Turks, so the older layer of agriculture words (wine, beer, wheat, barley &c.) are purely r-Turkic, and also lots of termini of statesmanship & religion were, too.WEB,weblink PROTO-MAGYAR TEXTS FROM THE MIDDLE OF 1st MILLENIUM?, Rmki.kfki.hu, 8 October 2017, {{bar box| width = 300pxA nyelv és a nyelvek ("Language and languages"), edited by István Kenesei. Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest, 2004, {{ISBN>963-05-7959-6}}, p. 134)| titlebar = #ddd| bars ={{bar percent|Uncertain|red|30}}{{bar percent|Uralic|green|21}}{{bar percent|Slavic|blue|20}}{{bar percent|German|lightgreen|11}}{{bar percent|Turkic|orange|9.5}}{{bar percent|Latin and Greek|yellow|6}}{{bar percent|Romance|purple|2.5}}{{bar percent|Other known|brown|1}}}}Except for a few Latin and Greek loan-words, these differences are unnoticed even by native speakers; the words have been entirely adopted into the Hungarian lexicon. There are an increasing number of English loan-words, especially in technical fields.Another sourceThe Structure and Development of the Finnish Language, The Uralic and Altaic Series: 1960–1993 V.1-150, By Denis Sinor, John R. Krueger, Lauri Hakulinen, Gustav Bayerle, Translated by John R. Krueger, Compiled by Gustav Bayerle, Contributor Denis Sinor, Published by Routledge, 1997{{ISBN|0-7007-0380-2}}, {{ISBN|978-0-7007-0380-7}}, 383 pages. p. 307 differs in that loanwords in Hungarian are held to constitute about 45% of bases in the language. Although the lexical percentage of native words in Hungarian is 55%, their use accounts for 88.4% of all words used (the percentage of loanwords used being just 11.6%). Therefore, the history of Hungarian has come, especially since the 19th century, to favor neologisms from original bases, whilst still having developed as many terms from neighboring languages in the lexicon.

Word formation

Words can be compounds or derived. Most derivation is with suffixes, but there is a small set of derivational prefixes as well.

Compounds

Compounds have been present in the language since the Proto-Uralic era. Numerous ancient compounds transformed to base words during the centuries. Today, compounds play an important role in vocabulary.A good example is the word arc:
orr (nose) + száj (mouth) → orca (face) (colloquial until the end of the 19th century and still in use in some dialects) > arc (face)WEB,weblink It's written in chapter Testrészek, Nemzetismeret.hu, 2010-01-31,
Compounds are made up of two base words: the first is the prefix, the latter is the suffix. A compound can be subordinative: the prefix is in logical connection with the suffix. If the prefix is the subject of the suffix, the compound is generally classified as a subjective one. There are objective, determinative, and adjunctive compounds as well. Some examples are given below:
Subjective:
menny (heaven) + dörög (rumble) → mennydörög (thundering) Nap (Sun) + sütötte (lit by) → napsütötte (sunlit)
Objective:
fa (tree, wood) + vágó (cutter) → favágó (lumberjack, literally "woodcutter")
Determinative:
új (new) + já (modification of -vá, -vé a suffix meaning "making it to something") + építés (construction) → újjáépítés (reconstruction, literally "making something to be new by construction")
Adjunctive:
sárga (yellow) + réz (copper) → sárgaréz (brass)
According to current orthographic rules, a subordinative compound word has to be written as a single word, without spaces; however, if the length of a compound of three or more words (not counting one-syllable verbal prefixes) is seven or more syllables long (not counting case suffixes), a hyphen must be inserted at the appropriate boundary to ease the determination of word boundaries for the reader.Other compound words are coordinatives: there is no concrete relation between the prefix and the suffix. Subcategories include reduplication (to emphasise the meaning; olykor-olykor'really occasionally'), twin words (where a base word and a distorted form of it makes up a compound: gizgaz, where the suffix 'gaz' means 'weed' and the prefix giz is the distorted form; the compound itself means 'inconsiderable weed'), and such compounds which have meanings, but neither their prefixes, nor their suffixes make sense (for example, hercehurca 'complex, obsolete procedures').A compound also can be made up by multiple (i.e., more than two) base words: in this case, at least one word element, or even both the prefix and the suffix is a compound. Some examples:
elme [mind; standalone base] + (gyógy [medical] + intézet [institute]) → elmegyógyintézet (asylum) (hadi [militarian] + fogoly [prisoner]) + (munka [work] + tábor [camp]) → hadifogoly-munkatábor (work camp of prisoners of war)

Noteworthy lexical items

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Points of the compass

Hungarian words for the points of the compass are directly derived from the position of the Sun during the day in the Northern hemisphere.
  • North = észak (from "éj(szaka)", 'night'), as the Sun never shines from the North
  • South = dél ('noon'), as the Sun shines from the South at noon
  • East = kelet ('rise'), as the Sun rises in the East
  • West = nyugat ('set'), as the Sun sets in the West

Two words for "red"

There are two basic words for "red" in Hungarian: "piros" and "vörös" (variant: "veres"; compare with Estonian "verev" or Finnish "punainen"). (They are basic in the sense that one is not a sub-type of the other, as the English "scarlet" is of "red".) The word "vörös" is related to "vér", meaning "blood" (Finnish and Estonian "veri"). When they refer to an actual difference in colour (as on a colour chart), "vörös" usually refers to the deeper (darker and/or more red and less orange) hue of red. In English similar differences exist between "scarlet" and "red". While many languages have multiple names for this colour, often Hungarian scholars assume this is unique in recognizing two shades of red as separate and distinct "folk colours".Berlin, B and Kay, P (1969). "Basic Color Terms." Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California PressHowever, the two words are also used independently of the above in collocations. "Piros" is learned by children first, as it is generally used to describe inanimate, artificial things, or things seen as cheerful or neutral, while "vörös" typically refers to animate or natural things (biological, geological, physical and astronomical objects), as well as serious or emotionally charged subjects.When the rules outlined above are in contradiction, typical collocations usually prevail. In some cases where a typical collocation does not exist, the use of either of the two words may be equally adequate.Examples:
  • Expressions where "red" typically translates to "piros": a red road sign, red traffic lights, the red line of Budapest Metro, red (now called express) bus lines in Budapest, a holiday shown in red in the calendar, ruddy complexion, the red nose of a clown, some red flowers (those of a neutral nature, e.g. tulips), red peppers and paprika, red card suits (hearts and diamonds), red stripes on a flag (but the red flag and its variants translate to "vörös"), etc.
  • Expressions where "red" typically translates to "vörös": Red Sea, Red Square, Red Army, Red Baron, Erik the Red, red wine, red carpet (for receiving important guests), red hair or beard, red lion (the mythical animal), the Red Cross, the novel The Red and the Black, redshift, red giant, red blood cells, red oak, some red flowers (those with passionate connotations, e.g. roses), red fox, names of ferric and other red minerals, red copper, rust, red phosphorus, the colour of blushing with anger or shame, the red nose of an alcoholic (in contrast with that of a clown, see above), the red posterior of a baboon, red meat, regular onion (not the red onion, which is "lila"), litmus paper (in acid), cities, countries, or other political entities associated with leftist movements (e.g. Red Vienna, Red Russia), etc.

Kinship terms

{{Unreferenced section|date=June 2018}}The Hungarian words for brothers and sisters are differentiated based upon relative age. There is also a general word for "sibling": testvér, from test "body" and vér "blood"; i.e., originating from the same body and blood.{| class="wikitable"|unspecified{{br}}relative ageöcs>báty>|fivér or{{br}}fiútestvérhúg>nővér>|nővér or{{br}}lánytestvérkistestvér >(nagytestvér) >|testvér(There used to be a separate word for "elder sister", néne, but it has become obsolete [except to mean "aunt" in some dialects] and has been replaced by the generic word for "sister".)In addition, there are separate prefixes for several ancestors and descendants:{| class="wikitable"|great-great-great-{{br}}grandparent|great-great-great-great-grandparentszülőnagyszülődéd(nagy)szülőük(nagy)szülőszép(nagy)szülő{{br}}(OR ük-ük(nagy)szülő)|ó(nagy)szülő(OR ük-ük-ük(nagy)szülő)|great-great-great-{{br}}grandchild|great-great-great-great-{{br}}grandchildgyerek>unoka>dédunoka>ükunoka>|szépunoka{{br}}(OR ük-ükunoka)|óunoka{{br}}(OR ük-ük-ükunoka)The words for "boy" and "girl" are applied with possessive suffixes. Nevertheless, the terms are differentiated with different declension or lexemes:{| class="wikitable"|(his/her){{br}}lover, partnerfiú>fia>|fiúja/barátjalány>lánya>|barátnőjeFia is only used in this, irregular possessive form; it has no nominative on its own (see inalienable possession). However, the word fiú can also take the regular suffix, in which case the resulting word (fiúja) will refer to a lover or partner (boyfriend), rather than a male offspring.The word fiú (boy) is also often noted as an extreme example of the ability of the language to add suffixes to a word, by forming fiaiéi, adding vowel-form suffixes only, where the result is quite a frequently used word:{|class="wikitable"| boy| his/her son| his/her sons| his/her son's (singular object)| his/her son's (plural object)| his/her sons' (singular object)| his/her sons' (plural object)

Extremely long words

  • megszentségteleníthetetlenségeskedéseitekért


Partition to root and suffixes with explanations:{|class="wikitable"| verb prefix; in this case, it means "completed"
| holy (the word root)| like English "-ness", as in "holiness"| variant of "-tlen", noun suffix expressing the lack of something; like English "-less", as in "useless"| constitutes a transitive verb from an adjective| expresses possibility; somewhat similar to the English modal verbs "may" or "can"| another variant of "-tlen"| (see above)| constitutes an adjective from a noun; like English "-y" as in "witty"| attached to an adjective (e.g. "strong"), produces the verb "to pretend to be (strong)" | constitutes a noun from a verb; there are various ways this is done in English, e.g. "-ance" in "acceptance"| plural possessive suffix, second-person plural (e.g. "apple" → "your apples", where "your" refers to multiple people)| approximately translates to "because of", or in this case simply "for"
Translation: "for your [plural] repeated pretending to be indesecrable"
The above word is often considered to be the longest word in Hungarian, although there are longer words like:
  • legeslegmegszentségteleníttethetetlenebbjeitekként


leges-leg-meg-szent-ség-telen-ít-tet-het-etlen-ebb-je-i-tek-ként "like those of you that are the very least possible to get desecrated"
Words of such length are not used in practice, but when spoken they are easily understood by natives. They were invented to show, in a somewhat facetious way, the ability of the language to form long words (see agglutinative language). They are not compound words—they are formed by adding a series of one and two-syllable suffixes (and a few prefixes) to a simple root ("szent", saint or holy).There is virtually no limit for the length of words, but when too many suffixes are added, the meaning of the word becomes less clear, and the word becomes hard to understand, and will work like a riddle even for native speakers.

Hungarian words in English

The English word best known as being of Hungarian origin is probably paprika, from Serbo-Croatian papar "pepper" and the Hungarian diminutive -ka. The most common however is coach, from kocsi, originally kocsi szekér "car from/in the style of Kocs". Others are:
  • shako, from csákó, from csákósüveg "peaked cap"
  • sabre, from szablya
  • (wikt:heyduck|heyduck), from hajdúk, plural of hajdú "brigand"
  • tolpatch, from talpas "foot-soldier", apparently derived from talp "sole".

Writing system

{{Unreferenced section|date=June 2018}}File:Tihany 1055.PNG|thumb|The oldest surviving words written in Hungarian, from the founding declaration of the Benedictine Abbey of Tihany, 1055. {{br}} It reads "feheruuaru rea meneh hodu utu rea" (in modern Hungarian "Fehérvárra menő hadi útra", meaning "to the military road going to Fehérvár")]](File:A 4-es táblája.jpg|thumb|Hungarian language road sign)File:Codex of munchen - bible in hungarian.jpg|thumb|Medieval Hungarian book (a copy of the Hussite BibleHussite BibleThe Hungarian language was originally written in right-to-left Old Hungarian runes, superficially similar in appearance to the better-known futhark runes but unrelated. When Stephen I of Hungary established the Kingdom of Hungary in the year 1000, the old system was gradually discarded in favour of the Latin alphabet and left-to-right order. Although now not used at all in everyday life, the old script is still known and practised by some enthusiasts.Modern Hungarian is written using an expanded Latin alphabet, and has a phonemic orthography, i.e. pronunciation can generally be predicted from the written language. In addition to the standard letters of the Latin alphabet, Hungarian uses several modified Latin characters to represent the additional vowel sounds of the language. These include letters with acute accents (á, é, í, ó, ú) to represent long vowels, and umlauts (ö and ü) and their long counterparts ő and ű to represent front vowels. Sometimes (usually as a result of a technical glitch on a computer) {{angle bracket|ô}} or {{angle bracket|õ}} is used for {{angle bracket|ő}}, and {{angle bracket|û}} for {{angle bracket|ű}}. This is often due to the limitations of the Latin-1 / ISO-8859-1 code page. These letters are not part of the Hungarian language, and are considered misprints. Hungarian can be properly represented with the Latin-2 / ISO-8859-2 code page, but this code page is not always available. (Hungarian is the only language using both {{angle bracket|ő}} and {{angle bracket|ű}}.) Unicode includes them, and so they can be used on the Internet.Additionally, the letter pairs {{angle bracket|ny}}, {{angle bracket|ty}}, and {{angle bracket|gy}} represent the palatal consonants {{IPA|/ɲ/}}, {{IPA|/c/}}, and {{IPA|/ɟ/}} (a little like the "d+y" sounds in British "duke" or American "would you")—a bit like saying "d" with the tongue pointing to the palate.Hungarian uses {{angle bracket|s}} for {{IPA|/ʃ/}} and {{angle bracket|sz}} for {{IPA|/s/}}, which is the reverse of Polish usage. The letter {{angle bracket|zs}} is {{IPA|/ʒ/}} and {{angle bracket|cs}} is {{IPA|/t͡ʃ/}}. These digraphs are considered single letters in the alphabet. The letter {{angle bracket|ly}} is also a "single letter digraph", but is pronounced like {{IPA|/j/}} (English {{angle bracket|y}}), and appears mostly in old words. The letters {{angle bracket|dz}} and {{angle bracket|dzs}} {{IPA|/d͡ʒ/}} are exotic remnants and are hard to find even in longer texts. Some examples still in common use are madzag ("string"), edzeni ("to train (athletically)") and dzsungel ("jungle").Sometimes additional information is required for partitioning words with digraphs: házszám ("street number") = ház ("house") + szám ("number"), not an unintelligible házs + zám.Hungarian distinguishes between long and short vowels, with long vowels written with acutes. It also distinguishes between long and short consonants, with long consonants being doubled. For example, lenni ("to be"), hozzászólás ("comment"). The digraphs, when doubled, become trigraphs: {{angle bracket|sz}} + {{angle bracket|sz}} = {{angbr|ssz}}, e.g. művésszel ("with an artist"). But when the digraph occurs at the end of a line, all of the letters are written out. For example, ("with a bus"):
... busz- szal...
When the first lexeme of a compound ends in a digraph and the second lexeme starts with the same digraph, both digraphs are written out: jegy + gyűrű = jegygyűrű ("engagement/wedding ring", jegy means "sign", "mark". The term jegyben lenni/járni means "to be engaged"; gyűrű means "ring").Usually a trigraph is a double digraph, but there are a few exceptions: tizennyolc ("eighteen") is a concatenation of tizen + nyolc. There are doubling minimal pairs: tol ("push") vs. toll ("feather" or "pen").While to English speakers they may seem unusual at first, once the new orthography and pronunciation are learned, written Hungarian is almost completely phonemic (except for etymological spellings and "ly, j" representing {{IPA|/j/}}).

Word order

{{Unreferenced section|date=June 2018}}The word order is basically from general to specific. This is a typical analytical approach and is used generally in Hungarian.

Name order

The Hungarian language uses the so-called eastern name order, in which the surname (general, deriving from the family) comes first and the given name comes last. If a second given name is used, this follows the first given name.

Hungarian names in foreign languages

For clarity, in foreign languages Hungarian names are usually represented in the western name order. Sometimes, however, especially in the neighbouring countries of Hungary â€“ where there is a significant Hungarian population â€“ the Hungarian name order is retained, as it causes less confusion there.For an example of foreign use, the birth name of the Hungarian-born physicist, the "father of the hydrogen bomb" was Teller Ede, but he immigrated to the United States in the 1930s and thus became known as Edward Teller. Prior to the mid-20th century, given names were usually translated along with the name order; this is no longer as common. For example, the pianist uses András Schiff when abroad, not Andrew Schiff (in Hungarian Schiff András). If a second given name is present, it becomes a middle name and is usually written out in full, rather than truncated to an initial.

Foreign names in Hungarian

In modern usage, foreign names retain their order when used in Hungarian. Therefore:
  • Amikor Kiss János Los Angelesben volt, látta John Travoltát. (means: When János Kiss was in Los Angeles he saw John Travolta.)


The Hungarian name Kiss János is in the Hungarian name order (János is equivalent to John), but the foreign name John Travolta remains in the western name order.
Before the 20th century, not only was it common to reverse the order of foreign personalities, they were also "Hungarianised": Goethe János Farkas (originally Johann Wolfgang Goethe). This usage sounds odd today, when only a few well-known personalities are referred to using their Hungarianised names, including Verne Gyula (Jules Verne), Marx Károly (Karl Marx), Kolumbusz Kristóf (Christopher Columbus; note that the last of these is also translated in English from the original Italian or possibly Ligurian).Some native speakers disapprove of this usage; the names of certain historical religious personalities (including popes), however, are always Hungarianised by practically all speakers, such as Luther Márton (Martin Luther), Husz János (Jan Hus), Kálvin János (John Calvin); just like the names of monarchs, for example the king of Spain, Juan Carlos I is referred to as I. János Károly or the queen of the UK, Elizabeth II is referred to as II. Erzsébet.Japanese names, which are usually written in western order in the rest of Europe, retain their original order in Hungarian, e. g. Kuroszava Akira instead of Akira Kurosawa.

Date and time

The Hungarian convention for date and time is to go from the generic to the specific: 1. year, 2. month, 3. day, 4. hour, 5. minute, (6. second)The year and day are always written in Arabic numerals, followed by a full stop. The month can be written by its full name or can be abbreviated, or even denoted by Roman or Arabic numerals. Except for the first case (month written by its full name), the month is followed by a full stop. Usually, when the month is written in letters, there is no leading zero before the day. On the other hand, when the month is written in Arabic numerals, a leading zero is common, but not obligatory. Except at the beginning of a sentence, the name of the month always begins with a lower-case letter.Hours, minutes, and seconds are separated by a colon (H:m:s). Fractions of a second are separated by a full stop from the rest of the time. Hungary generally uses the 24-hour clock format, but in verbal (and written) communication 12-hour clock format can also be used. See below for usage examples.Date and time may be separated by a comma or simply written one after the other.
  • 2008. február 9. 16:23:42 or 2008. február 9., 16:23:42
  • 2008. febr. 9.
  • 2008. 02. 09. or 2008. 2. 9. (rarely)
  • 2008. II. 9.
Date separated by hyphen is also spreading, especially on datestamps. Here â€“ just like the version separated by full stops â€“ leading zeros are in use.
  • 2008-02-09
When only hours and minutes are written in a sentence (so not only "displaying" time), these parts can be separated by a full stop (e.g. "Találkozzunk 10.35-kor." â€“ "Let's meet at 10.35."), or it is also regular to write hours in normal size, and minutes put in superscript (and not necessarily) underlined (e.g. "A találkozó 1035-kor kezdÅ‘dik." or "A találkozó 1035-kor kezdÅ‘dik." â€“ "The meeting begins at 10.35.").Also, in verbal and written communication it is common to use "délelÅ‘tt" (literally "before noon") and "délután" (lit. "after noon") abbreviated as "de." and "du." respectively. DélelÅ‘tt and délután is said or written before the time, e.g. "Délután 4 óra van." â€“ "It's 4 p.m.". However e.g. "délelÅ‘tt 5 óra" (should mean "5 a.m.") or "délután 10 óra" (should mean "10 p.m.") are never used, because at these times the sun is not up, instead "hajnal" ("dawn"), "reggel" ("morning"), "este" ("evening") and "éjjel" ("night") is used, however there are no exact rules for the use of these, as everybody uses them according to their habits (e.g. somebody may have woken up at 5 a.m. so he/she says "Reggel 6-kor ettem." â€“ "I had food at *morning 6.", and somebody woke up at 11 a.m. so he/she says "Hajnali 6-kor még aludtam." â€“ "I was still sleeping at *dawn 6."). Roughly, these expressions mean these times:{|class="wikitable"!Expression!!Approximate time|4–6 a.m.|6–9 a.m.|9 a.m. â€“ 12 p.m.|=12 p.m. (="noon")|12–6 p.m.|6–11 p.m.|11 p.m. â€“ 4 a.m.|=12 a.m. (="midnight")
  • "Dél" and "éjfél" mean these exact times, so using time after them is incorrect. So there is no "Éjfél 0-kor még buliztunk" ("We were still partying at midnight 0.") or "Dél 12-kor süt a nap." ("The sun shines at noon 12."). Instead "Éjfélkor még buliztunk." and "Délben süt a nap." is correct. (More confusingly, one can say "Déli 12-kor süt a nap.", meaning "The sun shines at 12 of noon.", i.e. "The sun shines at 12, which is the 12 of daytime.") "Délen süt a nap" on the other hand means "The sun shines in the south", as Dél means both noon and south.

Addresses

Although address formatting is increasingly being influenced by standard European conventions, the traditional Hungarian style is:Budapest, Deák Ferenc tér 1. 1052So the order is: 1) settlement (most general), 2) street/square/etc. (more specific), 3) house number (most specific) 4)(HU-)postcode. The house number may be followed by the storey and door numbers. The HU- part before the postcode is only for incoming postal traffic from foreign countries. Addresses on envelopes and postal parcels should be formatted and placed on the right side as follows:Name of the recipientSettlementStreet address (up to door number if necessary)(HU-)postcode

Vocabulary examples

Note: The stress is always placed on the first syllable of each word. The remaining syllables all receive an equal, lesser stress. All syllables are pronounced clearly and evenly, even at the end of a sentence, unlike in English.

Numbers

Source: WiktionaryWEB,weblink Category:Hungarian cardinal numbers - Wiktionary, en.wiktionary.org, 8 October 2017, {{col-begin}}{{col-break}}{| class="wikitable"! English || Hungarian || IPAnulla >/ˈnulːɒ/}}egy >/ˈɛɟː/}}kettő >/ˈkɛtːøː/}}három >/ˈhaːrom/}}négy >/ˈneːɟ/}}öt >/ˈøt/}}hat >/ˈhɒt/}}hét >/ˈheːt/}}nyolc >/ˈɲolt͡s/}}kilenc >/ˈkilɛnt͡s/}}tíz >/ˈtiːz/}}{{col-break}}{| class="wikitable"! English || Hungarian || IPAtizenegy >/ˈtizɛnɛɟː/}}tizenkettő >/ˈtizɛŋkɛtːøː/}}tizenhárom >/ˈtizɛnɦaːrom/}}tizennégy >/ˈtizɛnːeːɟ/}}tizenöt >/ˈtizɛnøt/}}tizenhat >/ˈtizɛnɦɒt/}}tizenhét >/ˈtizɛnɦeːt/}}tizennyolc >/ˈtizɛɲːolt͡s/}}tizenkilenc >/ˈtizɛŋkilɛnt͡s/}}húsz >/ˈhuːs/}}{{col-break}}{| class="wikitable"! English || Hungarian || IPAhuszonegy >/ˈhusonɛɟː/}}huszonkettő >/ˈhusoŋkɛtːøː/}}huszonhárom >/ˈhusonɦaːrom/}}huszonnégy >/ˈhusonːeːɟ/}}huszonöt >/ˈhusonøt/}}huszonhat >/ˈhusonɦɒt/}}huszonhét >/ˈhusonɦeːt/}}huszonnyolc >/ˈhusoɲːolt͡s/}}huszonkilenc >/ˈhusoŋkilɛnt͡s/}}harminc >/ˈhɒrmint͡s/}}{{col-end}}{| class="wikitable"! English || Hungarian || IPA/ˈsaːz/}}/ˈɛzɛr/}}/ˈkeːtɛzɛr/}} {{br}}({{IPA|/ˈkettøːɛzɛr/}})/ˈkeːtɛzɛrtizɛɲːolt͡s/}} {{br}}({{IPA|/ˈkettøːɛzɛrtizɛɲːolt͡s/}})| /ˈɛɟmilːiʲoː/| /ˈɛɟmilːiʲaːrd/

Time{| class"wikitable"|+ Days of the week

! English || Hungarian || IPAhétfő >/ˈheːtføː/}}kedd >/ˈkɛdː/}}szerda >/ˈsɛrdɒ/}}csütörtök >/ˈt͡ʃytørtøk/}}péntek >/ˈpeːntɛk/}}szombat >/ˈsombɒt/}}vasárnap >/ˈvɒʃaːrnɒp/}}Source: WiktionaryWEB,weblink Category:hu:Days of the week, Wiktionary, 8 October 2017, {{Unreliable source?|date=October 2017}}{| class="wikitable"|+ Months of the year! English || Hungarian || IPAjanuár >/ˈjɒnuaːr/}}február >/ˈfɛbruaːr/}}március >/ˈmaːrt͡siʲuʃ/}}április >/ˈaːpriliʃ/}}május >/ˈmaːjuʃ/}}június >/ˈjuːniʲuʃ/}}július >/ˈjuːliʲuʃ/}}augusztus >/ˈɒuɡustuʃ/}}szeptember >/ˈsɛptɛmbɛr/}}október >/ˈoktoːbɛr/}}november >/ˈnovɛmbɛr/}}december >/ˈdɛt͡sɛmbɛr/}}Source:WiktionaryWEB,weblink Category:hu:Months, Wiktionary, 8 October 2017, {{Unreliable source?|date=October 2017}}

Conversation

  • Hungarian (person, language): magyar {{IPA|[mÉ’ÉŸÉ’r]}}
  • Hello!:
    • Formal, when addressing a stranger: "Good day!": Jó napot (kívánok)! {{IPA|[joːnÉ’pot ki:vaːnok].}}
    • Informal, when addressing a close acquaintance: Szia! {{IPA|[siÉ’]}}
  • Good-bye!: Viszontlátásra! {{IPA|[visontlaːtaːʃrÉ’]}} (formal) (see above), Viszlát! {{IPA|[vislaːt]}} (semi-informal), Szia! (informal: same stylistic remark as for "Hello!" )
  • Excuse me: Elnézést! {{IPA|[É›lneːzeːʃt]}}
  • Please:
    • Kérem (szépen) {{IPA|[keːrÉ›m seːpÉ›n]}} (This literally means "I'm asking (it/you) nicely", as in German Bitte schön. See next for a more common form of the polite request.)
    • Legyen szíves! {{IPA|[lɛɟɛn sivɛʃ]}} (literally: "Be (so) kind!")
  • I would like ____, please: Szeretnék ____ {{IPA|[sÉ›rÉ›tneːk]}} (this example illustrates the use of the conditional tense, as a common form of a polite request; it literally means "I would like".)
  • Sorry!: Bocsánat! {{IPA|[botʃaːnÉ’t]}}
  • Thank you: Köszönöm {{IPA|[køsønøm]}}
  • that/this: az {{IPA|[É’z]}}, ez {{IPA|[É›z]}}
  • How much?: Mennyi? {{IPA|[mɛɲːi]}}
  • How much does it cost?: Mennyibe kerül? {{IPA|[mɛɲːibÉ› kÉ›ryl]}}
  • Yes: Igen {{IPA|[iÉ¡É›n]}}
  • No: Nem {{IPA|[nÉ›m]}}
  • I do not understand: Nem értem {{IPA|[nÉ›m eːrtÉ›m]}}
  • I do not know: Nem tudom {{IPA|[nÉ›m tudom]}}
  • Where's the toilet?:
    • Hol (van) a vécé? {{IPA|[hol vÉ’n É’ veːtseː]}} (vécé/veːtseː is the Hungarian pronunciation of the English abbreviation of "Water Closet")
    • Hol (van) a mosdó? {{IPA|[hol vÉ’n É’ moÊ’doː]}} â€“ more polite (and word-for-word) version
  • generic toast: Egészségünkre! {{IPA|[ɛɡeːʃːeːɡyÅ‹krÉ›]}} (literally: "To our health!")
  • juice: gyümölcslé {{IPA|[ÉŸymøltʃleː]}}
  • water: víz {{IPA|[viːz]}}
  • wine: bor {{IPA|[bor]}}
  • beer: sör {{IPA|[ʃør]}}
  • tea: tea {{IPA|[tɛɒ]}}
  • milk: tej {{IPA|[tÉ›j]}}
  • Do you speak English?: Beszél(sz) angolul? {{IPA|[bÉ›seːl / bÉ›seːls É’Å‹É¡olul]}} Note that the fact of asking is only shown by the proper intonation: continually rising until the penultimate syllable, then falling for the last one.
  • I love you: Szeretlek {{IPA|[sÉ›rÉ›tlÉ›k]}}
  • Help!: Segítség! {{IPA|[ʃɛɡiːtʃeːɡ]}}
  • It is needed: kell
  • I need to go: Mennem kell

See also

Bibliography

Courses

  • MagyarOK â€“ Text book and exercise book for beginners. Szita, Szilvia; Pelcz, Katalin (2013). Pécs; Pécsi Tudományegyetem. MagyarOK website {{ISBN|978-963-7178-68-9}}.
  • Colloquial Hungarian â€“ The complete course for beginners. Rounds, Carol H.; Sólyom, Erika (2002). London; New York: Routledge. {{ISBN|0-415-24258-4}}.


This book gives an introduction to the Hungarian language in 15 chapters. The dialogues are available on CDs.
  • Teach Yourself Hungarian â€“ A complete course for beginners. Pontifex, Zsuzsa (1993). London: Hodder & Stoughton. Chicago: NTC/Contemporary Publishing. {{ISBN|0-340-56286-2}}.


This is a complete course in spoken and written Hungarian. The course consists of 21 chapters with dialogues, culture notes, grammar and exercises. The dialogues are available on cassette.
  • Hungarolingua 1 â€“ Magyar nyelvkönyv. Hoffmann, István; et al. (1996). Debreceni Nyári Egyetem. {{ISBN|963-472-083-8}}
  • Hungarolingua 2 â€“ Magyar nyelvkönyv. Hlavacska, Edit; et al. (2001). Debreceni Nyári Egyetem. {{ISBN|963-03-6698-3}}
  • Hungarolingua 3 â€“ Magyar nyelvkönyv. Hlavacska, Edit; et al. (1999). Debreceni Nyári Egyetem. {{ISBN|963-472-083-8}}


These course books were developed by the University of Debrecen Summer School program for teaching Hungarian to foreigners. The books are written completely in Hungarian and therefore unsuitable for self study. There is an accompanying 'dictionary' with translations of the Hungarian vocabulary into English, German, and French for the words used in the first two books.
  • "NTC's Hungarian and English Dictionary" by Magay and Kiss. {{ISBN|0-8442-4968-8}} (You may be able to find a newer edition also. This one is 1996.)

Grammars

  • Gyakorló magyar nyelvtan / A Practical Hungarian grammar (2009, 2010). Szita Szilvia, Görbe Tamás. Budapest: Akadémiai Kiadó. 978 963 05 8703 7.
  • A practical Hungarian grammar (3rd, rev. ed.). Keresztes, László (1999). Debrecen: Debreceni Nyári Egyetem. {{ISBN|963-472-300-4}}.
  • s:Simplified Grammar of the Hungarian Language|Simplified Grammar of the Hungarian Language]] (1882). Ignatius Singer. London: Trübner & Co.
  • Practical Hungarian grammar: [a compact guide to the basics of Hungarian grammar]. Törkenczy, Miklós (2002). Budapest: Corvina. {{ISBN|963-13-5131-9}}.
  • Hungarian verbs and essentials of grammar: a practical guide to the mastery of Hungarian (2nd ed.). Törkenczy, Miklós (1999). Budapest: Corvina; Lincolnwood, [Ill.]: Passport Books. {{ISBN|963-13-4778-8}}.
  • Hungarian: an essential grammar (2nd ed.). Rounds, Carol (2009). London; New York: Routledge. {{ISBN|0-415-77737-2}}.
  • Hungarian: Descriptive grammar. Kenesei, István, Robert M. Vago, and Anna Fenyvesi (1998). London; New York: Routledge. {{ISBN|0-415-02139-1}}.
  • Hungarian Language Learning References (including the short reviews of three of the above books)
  • Noun Declension Tables â€“ HUNGARIAN. Budapest: Pons. weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20070928153213weblink">Klett. {{ISBN|978-963-9641-04-4}}
  • Verb Conjugation Tables â€“ HUNGARIAN. Budapest: Pons. weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20070928153159weblink">Klett. {{ISBN|978-963-9641-03-7}}

Others

  • Abondolo, Daniel Mario: Hungarian Inflectional Morphology. Akadémiai publishing. Budapest, 1988. {{ISBN|9630546302}}
  • Balázs, Géza: The Story of Hungarian. A Guide to the Language. Translated by Thomas J. DeKornfeld. Corvina publishing. Budapest, 1997. {{ISBN|9631343626}}
  • Stephanides, Éva H. (ed.): Contrasting English with Hungarian. Akadémiai publishing. Budapest, 1986. {{ISBN|9630539500}}

Notes

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References

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