Place names in Budapest may confuse not only foreigners but locals as well, just take CORVIN: We have CORVIN KÖZ (crescent) including CORVIN MOZI (cinema) and CORVIN PLAZA at the CORVIN NEGYED (quarter) metro station, CORVIN TÉR (square) in Buda near Fő utca and CORVIN ÁRUHÁZ (Department Store) in Blaha Lujza tér, not to mention […]
Take it with a pinch of salt. George Mikes, Hungarian-born English writer’s bon mot to satirize Hungarians’ obsession to brag with being Hungarian sounds like this in its full context:
”Everybody is Hungarian, and if he isn’t, then his father or his grandmother was.”
Mikes – who made fame as a popular English writer by […]
The Fungarian Team decided to launch a program called DISCOVER YOUR CULTURAL ROOTS including a series of FB posts with a purpose to approach second and third generation Hungarians who lost the language but interested in the cultural heritage their ancestors took with them. We would like to share fun facts about the best of […]
Could you guess what the headline stands for? In Hungarian it’s SZÍV KÜLDI SZÍVNEK SZÍVESEN and evokes a popular radio program of the MAGYAR RÁDIÓ which started back in 1951 when family, friends and lovers could send a song to their beloved accompanied with a personal message. The genre became so popular that it is […]
No, thank you equals NEM, KÖSZÖNÖM according to Google Translator. However, when you say that, Hungarians will hear the statement as NEM KÖSZÖNÖM, which –according to the rule of making a sentence negative – will mean I DON’T THANK YOU. Consequently, if you want to be polite and refuse something, the correct form is KÖSZÖNÖM, NEM.
There is an […]
The Hungarianized form of ’evangelical’ is EVANGÉLIKUS and as an adjective denominates the members of the Hungarian Lutheran Church (Magyar Evangélikus Egyház) established in the 16th century. The most prominent Lutheran Church is the one in the city center at Deák tér built in 1808 (see photo).
Another term that often confuses overseas visitors is the Hungarianized form of […]
A Pacifist, an Eye-witness to Five Wars
Robert Capa died holding his camera in his left hand minutes after stepping on a landmine. He was finding the right angle to make a perfect shot of retreating French soldiers in the paddy fields at Thai-Binh, North Vietnam, on May 24, 1954. He was the first American journalist killed […]