Cultural Ignorance

Seasoned Expat Experiences When I looked around in the bus, I saw several of hostile faces, especially from elderly people. “Don’t talk so loud in German!”, I thought, while my two daughters were happily commenting on everything that passed by the window. My idea of Hungarians was that a huge proportion of them was racist, […]

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Relevant Imperatives

In a traditional language school, it will take you a while until you learn the imperativ. Once you start, you might spend half a year learning the multiple forms that different verbs take, with all the related rules and exceptions. However, the imperative and the conjunctive are widely used in Hungary, so you are likely […]

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Keeping Distance

Although scientists are quite clear about the importance of social distance and wearing the mask in order to prevent the Corona virus from spreading, and this is repeated by public entities, the reality looks different. Many people either don’t keep distance or wear the mask right under their nose (sorry, but that doesn’t look cool, […]

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First Words

Most expats are amazed when they come to Budapest. Such a beautiful, welcoming city! And then you enter a bakery and suddenly feel like an alien: How do you express yourself? Here are the most basic words you need to know: ✅ Szía – this word is used like the Italian ‘ciao’, for coming and […]

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Hungarian Wine

Have you tried to buy Hungarian wine in a German town of about 100,000 inhabitants? Our director tried to do so once, as a gift. How shocked was she when she realized that was almost impossible! Eventually, she did get two bottles in the second wine shop she went to, but it was not the […]

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Offended

This had never happened to me before. Every time I talk to Hungarians, they are happy that I speak to them in their mother tongue. It does not matter whether it is the vendor at the bakery, who really does not speak much English, the waiter in a restaurant who speaks English well, or my […]

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Sommer at Balaton

Chances are that you are not going to travel far this summer – and go to Balaton for vacation just like two-thirds of Budapest. Which expressions do you need to know? Fagylaltot szeretnék I would like an ice-cream. The long form is fagylalt – if you use the long form, it would be fagylaltot szeretnék. […]

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A Drone?

Seasoned Expat Experiences A DRONE? – Seasoned Expat Experiences With 10 million inhabitants, Hungary has a relatively small population. It’s even more impressive how many Nobel Prices Hungarians have won since 1905 (13!) or, more recently, how many good films Hungarian filmmakers have made (Eg. Oscar winning Mephisto and Son of Saul). In 1981, another […]

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How useful is Hungarian for Executives?

??? ?????? ?? ????????? ??? ??????????? ????????? ???? ???? ?. ??????, ??? ?? ??????? ??????? Sitting on the rooftop terrace of Siemens’ offices in Budapest, I asked President and CEO Dale A. Martin how useful it is for him as an executive that he speaks Hungarian. He should know, given that almost all of the […]

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Corona – Корона (RU)

We are trying to make Expat life more pleasant. That includes helping you in difficult situations. On the following pages we created a mini-dictionary with terms in Russian that you might need in the current Corona crisis. Some deal with everyday situations related to the coronavirus, asking for a face mask or searching for disinfectant. […]

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