Hungarians are understandably proud of their thousand year old language, which they call “Magyar.” Magyar is substantially different from the Slavic languages of its neighbors and is most closely (though still distantly) related to Uralic languages like Finnish and Estonian. This linguistic barrier sets Hungary apart in Europe, which is a matter of pride for Hungarians and a matter of confusion for most everyone who passes through. Almost 95% of Hungarians speak Magyar and almost all the rest of Hungarians understand it.

In class we say hello and goodbye in Hungarian:
Hello: Jó napot
Goodbye: Viszlát

We’re specifically not going to say the longest naturally occurring word in the Hungarian language: megszentségteleníthetetlenségeskedéseitekér, which means, “for your repeated pretending to be unable to be desecrated.”

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