Romanian Advertising Manager Roxana Tudor's amazing transformation triggered by the voice of a Hungarian singer

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Advertising Manager Roxana Tudor suffered a freak accident several years ago and she was cured by the voice of a Hungarian singer. Ever since, she has been fascinated with Hungarian culture that left her spellbound and as a result, she has decided to declare herself Hungarian.

"My heart is Hungarian / There is no question / Nothing is clearer / There is nothing else" - says Roxana in a poem she wrote about her transformation and Hungarian language and culture she fell in love with.

Singer Zámbó Jimmy. The Hungarian musician died several years ago in a freak shooting incident

Roxana Tudor grew up in Oltenia, southern Romania. "I moved to Bucharest eight years ago to work as an advertising manager and now, I am a business development manager at an advertising agency. Earlier, I did not sympathise with Hungarian culture at all and I did not even meet Hungarians" she said. But all this has changed after a freak accident happened to her in 2015.

The thirty-five year-old advertising manager's life was turned upside down when a bookshelf fell on her almost fracturing her spine.

As a result, "I was bed ridden, I barely ate, and I could scream out in pain every day. Meanwhile, a strange Hungarian music echoed in my ears, which I heard maybe a month before my accident happened. It was one of Zámbó Jimmy's song" said Roxana to

"The music seemed to me like some heavenly medicine that relieved my pain and comforted me. I was already recovering when I began to search for the song and the sweet language that was talking to me. I tried to learn Hungarian, especially with the help of the Internet, with little success. I still laugh at the fact that I tried to remember the name of a song I read a thousand times before and how to pronounce the word „csütörtök” (Thursday). Although my hobby is language learning - I speak English, French, Italian, some Bulgarian, Portuguese and Hebrew, and a little German, Spanish, Turkish and Farsi - Hungarian seemed an impossible undertaking" she recalls.

"Once, I almost gave it up, but it was too late: the language was already part of me. I believe that what once helped you survive will stay with you forever. So I bought books, and listen to Hungarian music - I still sing better Hungarian than speak."

Read the very interesting interview with Roxana Tudor in Hungarian at


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