Words in Context

NUMBERS IN HUNGARIAN

 While travelling on tram 4 or 6 along the Nagykörút (Big Ring) in Pest you will come across this public sign referring to inexpensive socialising places (pubs). To solve the riddle of the endings – AS/- ES/- OS/-ÖS, here is the explanation. Numbers have three forms, the cardinal numbers ONE = EGY converted into ordinal […]

By |September 16th, 2015|Words in Context|0 Comments

Big Body Blood – Kinship Terms in Hungarian

The Hungarian version of Big Brother is ’Nagy Testvér’ i.e. sibling and not brother (test + vér = body + blood = either brother or sister). One of the nicest Hungarian words.

For Hungarian learners of English the typical Headway textbook question ’Do you have any brothers or sisters?” sounds overcomplicated. In Hungarian it would be: […]

By |May 21st, 2015|Words in Context|0 Comments