"The Hungarian people have no lesser calling than to represent their own flourished particularities hiding in Asian cradle..." -Széchenyi István
”A magyar népnek nincs csekélyebb hivatása, mint képviselni ázsiai bölcsőjében rejtező, eddigilé sehol ki nem fejtett, sehol érettségre nem virult sajátságit...” -Széchenyi István
Hungary lies in Central Europe bordered by Austria, Slovakia, Ukraine, Romania, Serbia, Croatian and Slovenia. Its capital, Budapest, is one of the most beautiful capitals in the world with two different city parts on the banks of the Danube.
The Kingdom of Hungary was a monarchy in Central Europe that existed from the Middle Ages into the twentieth century. The Principality of Hungary emerged as a Christian kingdom upon the coronation of the first king Stephen I at Esztergom in the year 1000 ( his family, the Árpád dynasty) led the monarchy for 300 years. By the 12th century, the kingdom became a European middle power within the Western world.So the history of the Hungarian state until today has existed for more than 1000 years, while other European or non-European countries only take around 300-400 years.
Hungary is a parliamentary democracy and it's been member of the European Union since May 2004.
Hungary's climate is continental usually with long hot summers and cold, humid winters. The average yearly temperature is 8-12 °C.
Hungary's population is around 10 million but unfortunately it's decreasing, the amjority of the population live in Budapest around 1,8 million people.
The official language is Hungarian which is part of the Finno-Ugrian language familiy and said to be one of the most difficult languages in the world. Although the vast majority of the population is Hungarian, numerous ethnic minorities - Gypsies, Croats, Slovacs, Germans - live throughout the country who spoke their native language and do a lot to preserve their traditions.
The currency of Hungary is forint (HUF), the abbreviation of the forint you'll seen on price tags is "Ft".
"In Hungary all native music, in its origin, is divided naturally into melody destined for song or melody for the dance." -Franz Liszt
The cultural traditions of Hungary are unique in the world. There exist only a handful of countries where folk music and dances are being practiced at such a high artistic level. In Hungary, these art forms are treated as an indispensable part of the country’s heritage. It’s easy to see that Hungary's culture is based on music and movement, which are not only part of the country’s culture; they are part of the Hungarian lives as well. One of the best ways of getting acquainted with the Hungarian experience is attending a traditional folk dance performance.
Hungarian fokldance may varie region to region. The most famous dance style is the "csárdás". The development of the csárdás may be traced back to the Renaissance, "however the present form of the dance appeared in the first half of the 19th century...2 The dance became popular throughout the country because it was hoped to be established as the national dance of the Hungarians."
The csárdás music is closely related to the verbunk. The Slow csárdás has the even rhythmic pattern explained and the Quick csárdás is played with an esztam (oom-pah) beat. There are numerous variations to this dance. Each one is characteristic to the locality in which it is found. Always danced with a partner, improvised, first slowly, then in an increasingly faster tempo, climaxing the táncciklus (dance cycle).
Tell people you’re trying to learn Hungarian and you may well get a shocked expression, even from the locals. They will urgently (or proudly?) try and discourage you by telling you it’s the hardest language in the world.
Something’s difficulty is subjective, but why has Hungarian in particular got itself this reputation? Mainly it’s because it’s completely different from all its European neighbours. While most European languages belong to the Indo-European language family, Hungarian is a Uralic language. This means that apart from modern loan words, it has no similarity to any languages outside this family.
Is Hungarian related to Estonian and Finnish?
Estonian and Finnish are the two other European languages that are part of the Uralic family, so it’s correct to say they share a linguistic history. However as modern languages, while Estonian and Finnish grew up together, Hungarian has followed a very different path and now shares almost no similarity to its cousins. That is to say that, if you are familiar with Estonian or Finnish, it’s not going to help you learn Hungarian.
Hungarian has a lot of words that mean roughly the same thing (doesn’t mean they use them all though!) and word are constructed by sticking other words together and sticking further bits on the end. This can be intimidating for some people but really it’s just all those prepositions and possessives getting stuck on the end. Locals may try and scare you by giving you the example of the longest word in Hungarian: megszentségteleníthetetlenségeskedéseitekért, however the meaning of said word is so ridiculously obscure, most Hungarians can’t even explain it properly.
The Hungarian alphabet is composed with 40 letters, many of the can be teh union fo even 2 or 3 letters. This is one of the facts because of hungarian is so hard and unique.
Example of a hungarian sentence:
Örülök hogy megismerhetem önt a kedves családjával együtt!
I'm glad to meet you with your nice family!
WHERE TO FIND US
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In Los Cristianos centre in I.E.S Ichasagua on 10/March/2017 we will celebrating a special HUNGARIAN DAY.
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We offer full-service Hungarian study groups to learn more about the hungarian culture and to have fun in our dance classes.
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