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HUNGARIAN

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HUNGARIAN
VOICES
English-Speaking Instructor . . . . . . . . . Ray Brown
Hungarian-Speaking Instructor . . . Gabor Szentpaly
Female Hungarian Speaker . . Gabriella Wortmann
Male Hungarian Speaker . . . . . . . . . . . Jozsef Dczi
COURSE WRITERS
Ibolya Latrn Dr. Ulrike S. Rettig
REVIEWERS
Krisztina Varga Eva Balogh
EDITORS
Elizabeth Horber Beverly D. Heinle
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Beverly D. Heinle
PRODUCER & DIRECTOR
Sarah H. McInnis
RECORDING ENGINEERS
Peter S. Turpin Kelly Saux
Simon & Schuster Studios, Concord, MA
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Reading Lessons
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Alphabet Chart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Unit Eleven . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Unit Twelve . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Unit Thirteen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Unit Fourteen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Unit Fifteen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Unit Sixteen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Unit Seventeen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Unit Eighteen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Unit Nineteen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Unit Twenty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Unit Twenty-One . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Unit Twenty-Two . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Unit Twenty-Three . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Unit Twenty-Four . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Unit Twenty-Five . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Unit Twenty-Six . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
Unit Twenty-Seven . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Unit Twenty-Eight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Unit Twenty-Nine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Unit Thirty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
HUNGARIAN
Hungarian belongs to the Finno-Ugric language
family, which also includes Finnish and Estonian. It
is not at all related to the Indo-European languages
which surround it and is very different both in vocab-
ulary and grammar. It is spoken in Hungary and
by the Hungarian minorities in seven neighboring
countries. The Hungarian name for the language
is magyar.
There are about 14 million native speakers, of
whom some 10 million live in modern-day Hungary.
Some two and a half million speakers live in areas
that were part of the Kingdom of Hungary before
World War I. Of these, the largest group lives in
Romania, where there are approximately 1.5 million
Hungarians. Hungarian speakers are also to be found
in Slovakia, Serbia, Ukraine, Croatia, Austria, and
Slovenia, as well as about a million people scattered
in other parts of the world, including over a hundred
thousand in the United States.
The different dialects of Hungarian can be
heard mostly in rural areas in Hungary and the
neighboring countries. These dialects are mutually
intelligible and differ mostly in the pronunciation
of their vowels. The standard Hungarian, which
you will hear in this course, is based on the North-
Eastern dialect and is spoken in the entire territory
of Hungary.
Introduction
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Introduction (continued)
Hungarian is an agglutinative language,
which means that grammatical relations (past tense,
possession, plural, ) are expressed by adding
suffixes and prefixes to words. The vowels of the
suffixes change according to the dominating vowels
of the word they are attached to. This important
feature of Hungarian is called vowel harmony. For
example, to determine the correct particle to use on a
word, you look at the dominant vowels in the word.
If the vowels are mostly:
a, , o, , u, use ban as in szllodban
e, , i, , , , , , use ben as in tteremben
Hungarian is written in the Roman-based
alphabet. The first known Hungarian text, a funeral
sermon and prayer, dates back to the 12
th
century.
In addition to the Roman characters, the Hungarian
alphabet contains several consonants made up of
two or three letters, and vowels with umlauts or
accent marks.
The modern Hungarian alphabet has a total of 44
letters: a complete listing follows, starting on page 4.
There are 14 vowels (listed in bold on the chart) and
25 consonants. However, one of these consonants
is counted twice, since it can be represented in two
different ways (j or ly). In addition to these 40 letters,
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Introduction (continued)
there are four more letters (q, w, x, and y) that are
only used in foreign words and in the spelling of old
Hungarian family names.
Both vowels and consonants can be short or
long. The long sounds are pronounced about
twice as long as the short ones. Long vowels are
marked by long accent marks. Long consonants
are doubled in writing; in the case of consonants
containing two letters, only the first letter is doubled.
Whenever possible, English equivalents are given in
the chart. You should use this for reference only,
however, as all the information you need to do the
readings is contained in the audio on which the
reading lessons appear.
There are twenty Hungarian reading lessons.
They are in the units, starting with Unit Eleven, and
are combined at the end of the program. You may
choose to do the Readings along with the lesson
units, starting with Unit Eleven, or you may wait
and do them all together, after completing the rest of
the course. Feel free to repeat the reading lessons
as often as needed for practice with the Hungarian
alphabet and its sounds. Instructions on how to
proceed with the Readings are contained in the
audio portion of the course.
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Alphabet Chart
Uppercase Lowercase Sound
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A a o as in bod
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a as baa
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B b b as in by
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C c ts as in tsunami
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Cs cs ch as in check
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D d d as in door
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Dz dz ds as in Hudson
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Dzs dzs j as in Jack
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E e similar to e in bed
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as in caf
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F f f as in father
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G g g as in go
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Gy gy du as in duke
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H h
h as in high; h as in
human; ch as in loch;
sometimes silent
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I i i as in thin
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ee as in reed
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J j y as in yes
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K k k as in key
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L l l as in long
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Ly ly ey as in hey
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M m m as in mom
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N n
n as in no; n as in
king (before k, g)
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Ny ny n as in new
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O o o as in for
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the long version of o
as in for
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Alphabet Chart (continued)
Uppercase Lowercase Sound
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[not used in English]
similar to ur in burn
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[not used in English]
long version of
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P p p as in plan
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(Q) (q)
[used only in foreign
words]
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R r rolling r
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S s sh as in shore
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Sz sz s as in song
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T t t as in ten
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Ty ty soft t as in stew
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U u
similar to oo as
in foot; [the short
version of the next
letter]
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oo as in pool
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[not used in English]
corresponds to u in
French tu
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[not used in English]
longer version of
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V v as in very
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(W) (w)
v as in very [used
only in foreign
words]
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(X) (x) x as in taxi
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(Y) (y)
[used in itself only
in some old family
names, in those
pronounced i as in
thin]
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Z z s as in desert
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Zs zs su as in measure
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ma
mama
ad
alma
fal
falat
falam
falamat
falak
a falak
un
tud
luk
Duna
Ubul
Lulu
rum
durum
radar
urna
Unit Eleven
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fut
futunk
utam
utunk
vas
vasat
suba
utas
satu
sarat
satura
abba
nulla
lassan
arra
fussak
amarra
urasan
saruban
a saruban
Unit Twelve
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untat
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uram
falu
fal
frunk
hsunk
huzat
hzat
Garam
garat
ugat
gla
rg
aggat
agara
faggat
ugrat
kra
Unit Thirteen
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Kati
Mari
ugrik
ri
taxi
alibi
illan
addigi
hv
r
hvnak
gurt
irat
rat
utast
hamist
kitakart
zdt
fik
rattak
Unit Fourteen
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akar
r
gi
dm
pvt
prs
harap
arat
rt
kanl
bnat
rads
az rads
lls
utazs
prilis
rs
rsban
brt
alrs
Unit Fifteen
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sr
szv
szrt
suba
asztal
szl
sl
asz
sztats
Pisti
lass
issza
sszal
vadszik
tavasszal
virgos
srssal
halszfalu
hsz tska
lassan isszk
Unit Sixteen
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eper
fele
kerestem
szexi
elviszem
Budapest
Eszem valamit.
Mit eszik ma?
Kivel eszik este?
Nem eszem semmit.
Hat utn szeretne enni.
Merre van a Parlament?
A Parlament messze van.
Elveszett az tlevelem.
Ez az t Budapestre vezet.
A busz az t mellett ll.
Ebben a hzban lakik.
Ki lakik itt?
Ki lakik ebben a hzban?
Mit tant Eszter?
Unit Seventeen
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n
szp
krs
keres
kevs
des let
elnzst
tterem
Mit kr?
Ht rtest krek.
Kt kvt krek.
Kr valamit?
Megnzhetem a kpet?
Nem krek semmit.
Pter va mellett ll.
Budapesten ltem.
Februrban kszen lesz.
Ez az r ismer tged.
Msz a vrba pnteken?
dm tz ht mlva indul.
Unit Eighteen
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cl
acl
crna
arc
kacat
cica
picikk
vicces
cucc
cuccaim
Ezek az n cuccaim.
utca
az utcban
a Vci utcban
Az tterem a Vci utcban van?
tetszik
Nekem tetszenek.
Ebben az utcban ltl?
A tanr r mindig viccel.
Ceclia kerek arc.
Unit Nineteen
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hol
ott
Hol van?
Hol van a Vci utca?
Mikor tallkoztok?
Tudod a cmt?
Megmondod a telefonszmt?
Sok bolt van ebben a vrosban.
pohr bort
Holnap utazom oda.
pl
ckmk
kstol
fotalbum
Ht rakor.
Tz rakor tallkozunk.
Otthon van most Nra?
Beszl angolul s oroszul.
Oktber szp hnap.
A kv tl forr.
Unit Twenty
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garzs
zsirf
zsia
szpen
Szlok a pincrnek.
Zsros ez a hs.
nizs van a szszban.
Zska szereti
Zsolt nem eszik semmit.
Sok pnz van a zsebben?
zsebemben
nizzsal
garzzs
Mi van a zskodban?
Ez a zsinr elg hossz.
Hov msz Balzzsal?
nizzsal ksztem a tet.
Mivel issza a kvt?
Volt mr zsiban?
Van sznes zsinrunk.
Unit Twenty-One
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jl
jtk
ajndk
sajnos
bajjal jr
Jzsi fekete haj.
Ez az j hajja?
Vajjal kri a zsemljt?
Jnos megijesztett.
Jr busz a Jkai utcban?
beszljen
talljak
ismtelje
Mikor keljek fel?
tojshj
Tejjel issza a kvt?
Janurban jrtam Tokajban.
Feleljen a krdsre.
Ne fjjon a feje.
Jl beszl japnul.
Unit Twenty-Two
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t
t sr
ksznm
A bartom trk.
sszesen tszz
Jnnek a grgk?
k
szl
femls
Ez kbl van.
a fnkm.
Hol van a Vrsmarty tr?
Srkzy Ernvel szeretnk beszlni.
A rendr a Toldy Ferenc ---
utcban vrt.
srt iszik?
Jen nem nz ember.
t zet lttunk az erdben.
tkor kezdett esni az es.
Brbl van ez a brnd?
Unit Twenty-Three
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Hov kltzl?
l
stnk
Hov lnk?
res az veg.
klns
Replvel jn.
nem rlt a hrnek.
tz
remekm
kisfl
A fben ltnk.
nnek van fsje?
A kvettl jobbra ltem.
Nem rltem meg.
A st mkdik.
Tkn ltnk.
sszel kltznk.
Tbe fzm a crnt.
zenet jtt tlk.
Unit Twenty-Four
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cs
bocsnat
csrg
csrdngl
Mit csinl cstrtkn?
Az ccse rendr.
Elkezddtt a meccs?
bagoly
Nincs itt Jancsi.
Jjjn ibolyt szedni.
Kroly a kocsit javtotta.
esllyel
Csilla Mihllyal jr.
Hellyel knltk Csabt.
Lyuk van a csr faln.
Milyen blyeget kr?
A mhely csdbe ment.
Melyik tteremben vacsorzunk?
Ezen a helyen volt a kulcsom.
Ki csinlta az estlyi ruht?
Unit Twenty-Five
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rtse meg.
Tartsa meg.
tantson.
Hajtstok ki.
magyar
Hogy van?
Hogy vagy?
Hov megy a gyerek?
Eltnt a gyrm.
Meggyet krek.
Egynk valamit.
Igyunk egy kvt egytt.
Eggyel elg lesz.
maradjunk
Fradjon be.
Adjon egy srt, legyen szves.
Gyrben gyrtanak kocsit?
Milyen gyakran jr ide?
Tudja, hol van a Vrsmarty utca?
A hegyekbe megynk.
Unit Twenty-Six
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nyelv
nyron
Milyen nyelven beszl?
Mennyi pnze van?
Arnylag knny nyelv.
Ne legyl nygs.
Annyira nyugtalan vagyok.
Hny rakor tallkozunk?
Nyolckor a Nyugati eltt.
menjenek
Kenjen egy szelet kenyeret.
Mit kvnjak?
Ne nyavalyogj annyit.
dzsungel
Elveszett a dzsekim.
Hny dzsmi van Magyarorszgon?
Nyron majd fznk dzsemet.
A lnyod mg tindzser?
Menjek vagy ne menjek?
A kertben nylnak a rzsk.
Unit Twenty-Seven
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tyk
atya
krtya
patyolat
hatty
A pttys szoknyt veszem fel.
Az ltny a Patyolatban van.
Lepottyant a frl.
tja
ltja
Szp a kabtja.
Hogy hvjk a bartjt?
A kulcs a zrban fityeg.
bodza
madzag
Az edzs holnap este lesz.
Mi rotyog a fazkban?
Ez meg se kottyan.
Az ra ketyeg a falon.
Ktysak a vros tjai.
Unit Twenty-Eight
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Hall, tessk!
J estt kvnok!
Bill Jones vagyok.
Pataki Drval ---
szeretnk beszlni.
Pataki Dra vagyok.
, Dra, n az!
J estt, Bill!
Hogy van?
Ksznm, jl.
Dra, szeretne velem ---
vacsorzni holnap este?
Szeretnk. Hnykor?
Hat rakor j nnek?
Az nem j nekem.
Akkor htkor.
Az j.
Rendben.
Akkor viszlt ---
holnap este htkor.
Unit Twenty-Nine
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Nagy Pl vagyok.
Budapesten lek a felesgemmel.
Holnap New Yorkba megyek.
Nhny htig ott dolgozom.
Aztn Washingtonba megyek.
Bartaim vannak Washingtonban.
Megltogatom a bartaimat.
t vagy hat napig leszek ott.
Ngy ht mlva jvk vissza Magyarorszgra.
A felesgem is jn velem.
A fiunk nem jn.
mr nagy.
Budapesten dolgozik.
Neki van csaldja.
Egy kislnya s kisfia van.
Ma vsrolni megyek a Vci utcba.
Egy szp knyvet akarok venni.
Tegnap is vsroltam.
Vettem hrom j CD-t.
Egy j tterembe mentem.
Unit Thirty
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