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 Elizabeth (Sisi), Franz Joseph’s wife, after whom streets, churches or even parts of the city are named: Queen Elizabeth Statue in Döbrentei tér (at the foot of the Elizabeth Bridge Buda side), Erzsébet Bridge, Erzsébet Square, Erzsébetváros (District 7), Erzsébet körút (Ring) and Pesterzsébet, the 20th District of Budapest. No wonder she has still such a cult in Hungary. Her private rebellion against the rigorous rules of the Habsburgs at Hofburg in Vienna drove her to fraternise with the freedom-loving Hungarians. She is still held in high esteem in Hungary not only for being instrumental to frame the Compromise of 1867 between Austria and Hungary as a result of which the Austro-Hungarian Dual Monarchy established, but also for small personal things like devoting a lot of energy to learn Hungarian.
Conclusion: contrary to learners of widely spoken languages like English, French, German, Spanish or Russian, those who try to learn a bit of Hungarian will be rewarded by an adoration and appreciation of the local population. Try our Fungarian classes and see the result for yourselves.