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About Miklós Molnár

I have had a versatile professional career: college teacher, tour guide, interpreter, translator and even journalist. Originally a linguist, what I still enjoy most is describing culture through language. That's how I developed a mission for myself: sharing the best of Hungarian culture through highlighting the beauty of our language combined with themed sightseeing tours.

HUNGARIAN HISTORICAL FLAGS

The city is covered by a new flag to celebrate March 15 this year. However, it’s anything but new. It’s the 1849 cavalry flag used mainly by Bem’s Transylvanian army with the Kossuth coat-of-arms in it without the crown to commemorate the dethronement of the Habsburgs in April 1849.

Hungarian history could be well related by […]

By |March 14th, 2017|Cultural Trivia|0 Comments

Matthias, the Ice-breaker

 

February 24 is Mátyás’s (Matthias) nameday in the Hungarian calendar.  According to Hungarian folklore weather forecasting Apostle Matthias’s day is remembered as JÉGTÖRŐ MÁTYÁS (’ice-breaking’ – jég + tör + ő) who cracks the ice with his axe and thus breaks the power of winter. For sure, spring is in the air.

Although not the most […]

By |February 24th, 2017|Famous Hungarians|0 Comments

A FACE OF FUNGARIAN

Disclaimer

By courtesy of BudapestLocal we were invited to be part of their Faces of Budapest series: http://budapestlocal.com/video-faces-of-budapest-miklos-molnar/

Reluctantly, I conceded to be the ’Face of Fungarian’, although any of my colleagues, Balázs, Emese, Edit or others would have been an equally good choice.

We hope that this clip made by Jason Leung (http://infinitumlimited.com/) will contribute to familiarising Fungarian’s future guests […]

By |February 4th, 2017|About Hungarian|0 Comments

PIROSKA

January 18 is Piroska’s nameday in the Hungarian calendar.  It is one of the most beautiful sounding names in Hungarian. Its association only with Little Red Riding Hood is misleading tough. While the Grimm’s tale heroine got her name in translation because of her red hood, the name Piroska actually originates from the Latin Prisca meaning […]

By |January 18th, 2017|Cultural Trivia|0 Comments

God’s Leg

 

The word ISTEN – that is ‘God’ – is frequently used outside religious context in Hungarian. A graphic example is the saying MEGFOGTA AZ ISTEN LÁBÁT, meaning ‘He/she has caught God by the leg.’ The phrase is used in situations when someone is lucky. He/she has found the way to succeed. E.g. someone got a […]

By |January 15th, 2017|Language Matters|0 Comments

LUCK BRINGING LENTIL

Like it or not, you must eat LENCSEFŐZELÉK on New Year’s Day. Lentils symbolise prosperity, wealth and luck for the new year.

Although it’s an international dish and so is the new year custom to start the year with lentil soup, but the Hungarian recipe contains a few new elements, in line with the general principles […]

By |December 31st, 2016|Hungarian Food|0 Comments

Frédi és Béni – Kovakövi Karácsony

The headline is meant to be a riddle. The original English is HOW THE FLINSTONES SAVED CHRISTMAS. A most perplexing, though hilarious experience for foreigners in this country is to watch American movies with Hungarian voices. The dubbed version of the Flinstones was a huge success mainly due to renowned playwright József Romhányi, who rewrote […]

By |December 26th, 2016|Cultural Trivia|0 Comments

WHAT’S THIS MAGPIE DOING?

Can you guess the meaning of this Hungarian proverb:

The magpie wants too much but its tail is too weak to carry it away. In Hungarian:

SOKAT AKAR A SZARKA, DE NEM BÍRJA A FARKA.

Meaning in Hungarian cultural context:

Someone who undertakes a task that exceeds her/his capacity. Someone wants to do too many things but fails in […]

By |December 18th, 2016|Language Matters|0 Comments

Great Grandma’s Hungarian Kitchen

 

”One and a half million of our people staggered out to America” – lamented Attila József* in his great poem Hazám (My Homeland). The great wave of emigration he refers to was in the first decade of the 20th century and now the grandchildren are coming back to discover their cultural roots.

In the small village […]

By |November 21st, 2016|Memorable Classes|0 Comments

THE CITY OF ELIZABETH

Elizabeth, in Hungarian Erzsébet, Erzsi, Erzsike is a prestigious name-day in the Hungarian calendar, November 19. You may come across the name a lot when rambling in the city. In Hungarian history there were two exceptional women called Erzsébet: Saint Elizabeth of Hungary, after whom the beautiful church at Rózsák tere is named, and Queen […]

By |November 19th, 2016|Special Days|0 Comments