Hungarian

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

DECORATED EGGS FOR LAZY GIRLS

Egg decoration (not simply painting) is an ancient art form typical in Eastern European countries. Hungarian decorated eggs can easily be recognized by the folk motives they use like dividing lines encircling the egg, half circles, intertwined loops and flower motifs, the symbolism of which lies in the Shamanistic heritage of nomadic Hungarians.

Traditionally, the girls […]

By |April 16th, 2017|Cultural Trivia|0 Comments

CORVIN

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 […]

By |July 23rd, 2016|Cultural Trivia|0 Comments

EVERYBODY IS HUNGARIAN

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 […]

By |July 8th, 2016|Famous Hungarians|0 Comments

DISCOVER YOUR CULTURAL ROOTS

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 […]

By |June 12th, 2016|Cultural Trivia|0 Comments

HEART SENDS TO HEART HEARTILY

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 […]

By |May 23rd, 2016|Language Matters|0 Comments

I DON’T THANK YOU

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 […]

By |May 2nd, 2016|Language Matters|0 Comments

WHAT’S THE MEANING OF EVANGELICAL IN HUNGARIAN?

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 […]

By |April 1st, 2016|Visitors asked|0 Comments

Robert Capa

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 […]

By |March 24th, 2015|Famous Hungarians|0 Comments