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 Following Robin Day's prototype Survival Korean for ESL Teachers



Survival Hungarian for ESL Teachers



Singular and plural informal forms can be used with children.
Formal forms can be used with adults, but only with phrases like 'please' or 'will you?'

Otherwise they are very impolite.











ülj le

üljetek le

üljön le

üljenek le

sit down

állj fel

álljatok fel

álljon fel

álljanak fel

stand up

gyere ide

gyertek ide

jöjjön ide

jöjjenek ide

come here

menj oda

menjetek oda

menjen oda

menjenek oda

go there

menj ki

menjetek ki

menjen ki

menjenek ki

go out

gyere be

gyertek be

jöjjön be

jöjjenek be

come in






hagyd abba

hagyjátok abba

hagyja abba

hagyják abba

stop doing that






töröld le

töröljétek le

törölje le

töröljék le

clean it (wipe it)







Other words and phrases










nagyon jó

very good










hi; bye-bye (singular informal)

jó reggelt

good morning

jó napot

good morning, good afternoon

jó éjszakát

good night






thank you













még egyszer

once more

Mi ez?

What's this?

Mit csinálsz?

What are you doing? (singular informal)

Kérek egy.fagylaltot

Can I have an ice-cream?



These are only some basic ideas how to pronounce various Hungarian sounds in the above examples:



something like 'i' in 'hit'


something like 'u' in 'put'


long, rounded 'o'


something like 'i' in 'bird', but short and rounded


similar to 'a' in 'day'


something like 'a' in 'hard', but much more open


like 'ü' in the German word 'fünf', or 'u' in 'rue' in French


like 'sh' in 'shop'


like 's' in 'sea'


like a soft 'd' if you make an affricate of it


like 'ch' in 'chicken'


like 'y' in 'yes'



Copyright 2004 The English Specialist


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