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Magyar, as the Hungarians call their language, is spoken by the approximately 11 million inhabitants of Hungary, along with  another 4 million people in neighboring countries and a million others around the world. It belongs to the Finno-Ugric language family, which includes Finnish and Estonian, but its closest relatives are several obscure languages spoken in Siberia. Hungarian is not at all related to the Indo-European languages which surround it (Serbian, Slovokian, Croatian, Ukranian, etc) and is very different both in vocabulary and in grammar.

Hungarian and the Livemocha Community

Learn to speak Hungarian with others

  • Hungarians on Livemocha are learning English over 3x more than any other language.
  • The top 5 countries with people learning Hungarian on Livemocha are the United States, Hungary, Brazil, Germany, and the UK.
  • Livemocha speakers of Hungarian live primarily in Hungary, but also in Romania, the US, the UK, and Slovokia.

Hungarian Fun Facts

BudapestThe name of Hungary’s capital city, “Budapest” is the combination of “Buda” and “Pest,” since they were originally two cities united (together with Óbuda) to become a single city in 1873.
listeningHungarian can sound strange to European ears, since it is not part of the Indo-European family of languages: it belongs to the Finno-Ugric group. Its only relatives in Europe are Finnish and Estonian, and its only other relatives are languages and dialects in Siberia and Central Asia.

 

sheet musicBéla Bartók (1881-1945) was one of the great composers of the 20th century. Together with Zoltán Kodály, he collected and studied the folk music of Hungary and neighboring countries, helping to found the discipline of ethnomusicology.

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