Hungarian

Language History

Although debatable by some, Hungarian is believed to belong to the Finno-Ugric branch of the Uralic language family. It famously became its “own language” over 3000 years ago, and in 500AD, it gained a lot of influence from the Turkic languages, developing several words related to agriculture. It was in 900AD when Hungarian was impacted by Slavic and Romance languages, after the Hungarian people migrated to the Carpathian Basin.

In 1000AD, the Kingdom of Hungary was formed and it was during this time when the Latin alphabet was adopted by Hungarian. The first Biblical translation into Hungarian occurred around 1430AD. Several crucial changes were made to the language in the 18th century by a group of writers who wanted to make it suitable for use by the scientific community, leading to form into the modern language that it is today.

According to The Culture Trip, Hungarian is spoken by approximately 13 million people worldwide.

Where is Hungarian Spoken?

Hungarian is the official language of Hungary, however it is also a popular language spoken in other countries such as Slovakia, Serbia, Slovenia, Ukraine, Croatia and Austria.

Hungarian language_map_inner page

FACT

Apparently, the word “Hungarian” derives from the word “Onogur”, which is the title given to a Turkish tribe, meaning “ten arrows”.

Did you Know?

The Hungarian alphabet has 44 letters. In fact, some of them have 2 or 3 parts. For example, ‘dzs’, pronounced as ‘j’, or ‘sz’, corresponds to ‘s’.

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“Hungarian is the oldest among all Euro-Asiatic languages.”

Hungarian Dialects

• Central Transdanubian  • North-eastern Hungarian • Palóc  • Southern Great Plains
• Southern Transdanubian  • Tisza–Körös  • Western Transdanubian  • Oberwart –
spoken in Austria  • Csángó – spoken in Romania

4 Easy Phrases in Amharic!

HungarianTranslationWrong Meaning
blokkreceiptblock
klozettoiletcloset
pasztapastepasta
ráció reason/rationalityratio

Population vs. Internet Penetration

Hungary Population:

9,655,361

Internet Users:

8,588,776

Penetration:

89.0%

As of 2019. Source:
www.internetworldstats.com

FACT!

Most people refer to Hungary’s language as “Hungarian”, but in actual fact, it has a proper name – “Magyar”, which also happens to refer to the Hungarian people.

Hungarian Translation Tips

• Remember! There is no grammatical gender in Hungarian. There aren’t even any separate words for ‘he’ and ‘she’.

• Don’t forget! Hungarian verbs have two conjugations – definite and indefinite.

• Bear in mind! Unlike English sentences which are structured with subject-verb-object, Hungarian is ordered by pragmatics – words are structured depending on how much emphasis the speaker would like to give each one.

Did you Know?

 

Hungarian is one of the only languages that stays true to its roots. It contains 68% of its original words (etymons). This drastically compares to the 4% retained in English language, or 5% in Hebrew.

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