Üdvözöljük to Hungarian, one of Europe’s most curious languages

Monday, December 23, 2013

"It’s like singing," says one fan who can’t speak a word of it
By James Thomson, for CNN

Arriving in Hungary one damp Easter Sunday a couple of years ago, I was greeted by a sign at the train station reading: “Üdvözöljük Miskolcon!”

Beneath it was the translation: “Welcome to Miskolc!”

Those were to be the last three recognizable words that I read or heard in the following 24 hours.

I quickly realized that the traveler's usual trick of listening out for familiar-sounding words wasn’t going to be very productive in Hungary.

Because while the Hungarian language does use Latin characters, that’s where its kinship to virtually any other European tongue ends.

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