How does Hungarian sound like to you?

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How does Hungarian sound like to you?

Postby Dick Assman » 2013-04-28, 18:33

How does Hungarian sound like to you?

It always intrigued me how hungarian sounds like to foreigners.Which language does it resemble?Some people say its one of the ugliest language on the planet but an other huge group of people find it beautiful and think its a fascinating language and it sounds unique.Whats your opinion?Please be honest.

Here is a hungarian song:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWag1hmlNPo

Hungarian speech: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PT29zJXRNlU

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Re: How does Hungarian sound like to you?

Postby Levo » 2013-04-30, 12:06

Nice nickname you have...

Are you part of the Hungarian minority in Osijek?

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Re: How does Hungarian sound like to you?

Postby Levike » 2013-04-30, 13:22

I once heard a video made by some Hungarian TV channel
where they were speaking fake Hungarian.
I guess the purspose was to make us know how our language sounds.

It sounded like some TURKIC OR FINNIC LANGUAGE MIXED WITH SLAVIC.

To my ears it didn't sound pleasent or melodious.
My dad or mom heard it too and he/she told me that Hungarian is for speaking NOT for singing.
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Re: How does Hungarian sound like to you?

Postby mōdgethanc » 2013-04-30, 20:28

A hegyárésztyenszeztzélyameny el rösztenszáren györesszenyilyerésétye hogyárzsolten fárumentelen zsölyüberely szogentyárlyopen húgyesséret.

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Re: How does Hungarian sound like to you?

Postby Levo » 2013-05-02, 7:57

mōdgethanc wrote:A hegyárésztyenszeztzélyameny el rösztenszáren györesszenyilyerésétye hogyárzsolten fárumentelen zsölyüberely szogentyárlyopen húgyesséret.


I think my favourite word will be "zsölyüberely" from now on :)
And name my son Hogyárzsolten :):)

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Re: How does Hungarian sound like to you?

Postby Varislintu » 2013-05-03, 9:33

Hungarian sounds reasonably unique to me, although it has elements that resemble a lot of other languages as well. It feels strange to encounter a language with a similar rhythm and intonation as Finnish and Estonian in the middle of Europe. But of course its words and sounds are very different from the Finnic languages.

The Hungarian /a/ is very cute sounding, because in Finnish kids pronounce our own /a/ like that if they're pouting or being coy or cutesey (or pretending to be). On the other hand, /á/ is a loud vowel a bit in the same way as Finnish /ä/. It just... sounds loud. And expressive. When Hungarians say /á/ I kind of imagine them waving their hand like an Italian, emphasizing the syllable. :) So then when in speech these two vowels pop up after each other at steady intervals, I can hear it as a bit of an expressive roller coaster (if I switch off my filters). Cutsey, slightly aggressive, cutesey, slightly aggressive. Well, it's just something I entertain myself with when people speak Hungarian around me and I've lost all sense of what the topic is. :P

The "soft" /l/ in Hungarian also adds to the cuteness factor.

So my overall impression of Hungarian is that it sounds cute, in a positive sense. :)
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