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? You come up with an explanation yourself. So for a couple of months, I was sure that ‘ide’ was a nickname, such as ‘honey’ or ‘sweetie’. It made sense to me: ‘Come, sweetie!’
But that’s not quite the meaning, as I found out later. ‘Ide’ actually means ‘here’ when somebody or something comes to that place. It is related to ‘itt’, which you use to describe somebody or something is here: ‘Itt van’ means ‘It is here.’ So ‘gyere ide’ simply means ‘come here’.
To be fair though, Hungarians do have plenty of nicknames for their kids. You might hear ‘drágám’ (‘my precious one’), ‘cica’ or ‘cicám’ (‘cat’ or ‘my cat’) or ‘kedveském’ (‘my dear’). There are plenty more. But not ‘ide’.
Hungarian phrases in this blog post might not be correct – after all, the author is still learning herself. Hungarian for Expats Classes are given by native speakers.