Fluent in Events & Everyday Situations
Very Pleasant Surprise
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. | […]
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. […]
All About Relevance
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? […]
OF COURSE! WE WENT TO AUSTRIA!
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 […]
SHE DOESN’T SPEAK HUNGARIAN!
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), […]
Friday is Monday – Or Seriously Embarrassed
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 […]
One of the Hardest Languages?
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 […]
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 […]
NO BUTTER NO PROBLEM?
Seasoned Expat Experiences I put the muesli and the milk on the cash register. It was Sunday and I was at the Prima supermarket under Fény Piac (Fény Market), next to Mammut. The cashier looked at my two daughters, smiled and said somethings nice about them. Still smiling, she addressed me. And boom. The smile […]
Seasoned Expat Experiences When we practice a new language, we often say nonsense. This happened to me. The bus abruptly stopped, and a young woman bumped into me. “Bocsánat”, she said, “I am sorry.” “No problem, semmi vaj”, I replied smiling, proud to show off my Hungarian – or so I thought. For me, the […]