Üdvözöljük to Hungarian, one of Europe’s most curious languages

2013. december 9. 11:51
James Thomson
CNN Travel
I quickly realized that the traveler's usual trick of listening out for familiar-sounding words wasn’t going to be very productive in Hungary.

„As a traveler, you know you have a problem when you can't even pronounce the name of the place you want to go to.
Budapest?

Looks straightforward – although in fact Hungarians pronounce the “s” as a “sh,” so it's actually something like “Buda-pesht.”
Alright, not too tough.

But Miskolc?

Hm.

Applying that first rule and another – that “c” is pronounced like “ts” – gives you “Mish-kolts.”

Excellent! You might actually end up at your destination.

But the city of Nyíregyháza?

And as for Székesfehérvár …

Hungarian is unrelated to any of its neighboring language groups – Germanic, Slavic or Romance – which between them encompass 95% of what the rest of Europe speaks.”

Az eredeti, teljes írást itt olvashatja el.
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