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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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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Fluent in Events & Everyday Situations

Fluent in Events & Everyday Situations Interview with Klaus Windheuser, outgoing CEO of Commerzbank Zrt. | How long have you lived in Budapest? | By the end of March, we will have lived for almost five years in Budapest. We moved here with my family in August 2015, I first visited in May 2015. | […]

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Very Pleasant Surprise

Seasoned Expat Experiences During my first year in Budapest, I was taken by surprise not only once, but twice. The first surprise was the beautiful Christmas markets. Having grown up in Germany, I do know and like Christmas markets. But those in Budapest are particularly beautiful I find. The second surprise were the ice rinks. […]

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Come Sweetie!

Seasoned Expat Experiences When you are out and about, you pick up certain expressions. “Gyere ide” was one of those. You can hear it regularly on the playground, but also on public transport. Now I knew quite early on what ‘gyere’ means: ‘Come!’ But ‘ide’? Well, what do you do when you have no idea? […]

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All About Relevance

Seasoned Expat Experiences There are few situations where I know more Hungarian than Hungarian native speakers. But this time, I did. We were with our friend Lászlo*, when my younger daughter shouted in excitement: “Bodobács!” A few meters away from us, she pointed to some bug on the ground. “Bodobács?”, Lászlo asked. “Mi ez?” He […]

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OF COURSE! WE WENT TO AUSTRIA!

Seasoned Expat Experiences One day, I met with my friend Luca*. We talked in German as we always do, and I was curious where Luca learned to speak German so well. Sure, she makes a grammatical mistake here and there, or she uses the wrong word. But even specialized words such as “Autowaschanlage” (car wash), […]

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SHE DOESN’T SPEAK HUNGARIAN!

Seasoned Expat Experiences Dring! I picked up the receiver for the door and said “Hello?” “Hejdalhfejlsahjsköhjs könyv hifedkslhödkolsohifjedlak”, I heard. Könyv, book, is the only word I understood. The man from the library again? A couple of months ago, someone had come to collect books for the library. I opened. When the young man came […]

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Friday is Monday – Or Seriously Embarrassed

Seasoned Expat Experiences I pushed the door open to the small hairsalon. “Tessék?”, a lady said, turning from making a client’s hair to face me. In that moment, I realized that I had no idea how to say that I wanted a haircut – but then, isn’t that obvious in a hair salon? “Egy rendelöt […]

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One of the Hardest Languages?

Seasoned Expat Experiences For the last 1.5 years, I’ve been learning the hardest language I ever learned, and I can still not speak or understand it. You think I mean Hungarian? No. The language is called Sophiesh. Sophie is my younger daughter. And entrepreneurial as she is, at 2 years and 4 months she speaks […]

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