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WILD GEESE FLOCK TO TATA

Hundreds if not thousands of enthusiastic birdwatchers make a pilgrimage to Tata, a scenic small town 80 kms north-west of Budapest every November to study the multitude of wild geese

 

who migrate at this time to the Öregtó (Old Lake) of Tata to survive the harsh winter they would find in their habitat in the far […]

By |November 25th, 2017|Cultural Trivia|0 Comments

THE GOOSE FESTIVAL

In early November Budapest restaurants’ special offers are goose dishes. The goose season is due Martin’s day on November 11. Márton (nickname form is Marci pronounced ’martsee’) is a fairly popular name in Hungary. What makes it prominent is that Saint Martin’s story with the geese provides an excellent opportunity to make the day or […]

By |November 9th, 2017|Cultural Trivia|0 Comments

THE RADIO OF FREEDOM

 

The siege of the Radio building in Bródy Sándor utca, District 8, in the late evening of 23rd October 1956 signaled the outbreak of the revolution. Following a bloody fight that lasted until early morning, the building was seized by the people and the national uprising against the oppressive Soviet-backed regime was launched.

The Radio was […]

By |October 22nd, 2017|Cultural Trivia|0 Comments

OLD WOMEN’S SUMMER

We are all enjoying the sunny and still warm weather in early October called VÉNASSZONYOK NYARA (vén=old asszony=woman –ok=plural nyár=summer –a=genitive), the Hungarian equivalent of Indian Summer.

However, you should be careful using the adjective VÉN in other context. There are three words meaning ’old’ when we refer to people: IDŐS – elderly, ÖREG – old, […]

By |October 15th, 2017|Cultural Trivia|0 Comments

A LOVE LETTER TO BUDAPEST

The Budapest-located Keep Swinging Association made this wonderful film, which they call a ”Love letter to the City and the Dances.” It depicts iconic Budapest sights from various photo angles. We thought that the photos that accompany the dance will provide an excellent musical supplement to various Fungarian sightseeing tours.


How many of these sights can […]

By |September 19th, 2017|Famous Hungarians|0 Comments

FAT, LARD OR BACON?

None. It’s SZALONNA in Hungarian and as it turns out, an unknown delicacy for foreign visitors.

Fungarian has had several third-generation American visitors of Hungarian origin and it’s always interesting to hear their stories about the strange habits of their Hungarian grandparents. Many of them were bemused to remember that their Grandma and Grandpa started the […]

By |September 8th, 2017|Hungarian Food|0 Comments

HUNGARIAN IS FUN

FUNGARIAN’s  presence at the 2017 Sziget Festival was a great success. To our surprise we had more than 800 happy people interested in learning survival Hungarian.

 

We hope that some of these young people will return to Budapest for an educational trip we developed for high school students:

See more at www.edtourshungary.com

 

 

By |August 20th, 2017|Memorable Classes|0 Comments

COLD FRUIT SOUP FROM HUNGARY

GYÜMÖLCSLEVES i.e. fruit soup is a summer delicacy. It can be made of any fruit of the season (sour cherry, peach, plum, strawberry, etc.) and it’s an ideal starter of a light lunch. Last month we wanted to be smart and treated our international school group with some chilled plum soup. It turned out to […]

By |August 13th, 2017|Hungarian Food|0 Comments

THE SZIGET FEELING

The Sziget Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. The Fungarian Team took the opportunity to participate through our social responsibility affiliate, the Intercultural Dialogue Foundation. Our volunteering Hungarian students and Fungarian teachers help the Sziget visitors to learn some Hungarian and do enjoyable quizzes about Hungary. The project is most successful, young people from […]

By |August 10th, 2017|Famous Hungarians|0 Comments

WHAT HAS FORMULA ONE GRAND PRIX TO DO WITH HAZELNUTS?

Every summer Mogyoród, this small town 20 kms east of Budapest hosts the Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix. This 11th century settlement derives its name from the Hungarian word MOGYORÓ meaning hazelnut since it was rich in hazelnut bushes. This fact is also commemorated in the coat of arms of the town.

This unique motorsport event was originally […]

By |July 28th, 2017|Cultural Trivia|0 Comments