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Hungarian, Magyar

Related languages Hungarian is part of the Ugrian subgroup of Uralic languages, and so is not part of the Indo-European family tree. Its nearest 'relatives' are Finnish and Estonian.
European speakers 14,500,000 speakers
Territories Hungarian is the official language in Hungary.
It is an officially recognized language in Serbia.
Home speakers live in Romania, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Serbia, Ukraine, and Austria.
Alphabet Hungarian uses the Latin alphabet, with diacritics on vowels, as in á, é, í, ó, ú, ö, ü, ő, ű.
First examples The first recorded Hungarian words are personal and place names quoted in foreign sources, including Arabic, Greek and Byzantine, from the 10th century. The first substantial piece of Hungarian text is the Halotti Beszéd (Funeral Oration) of 1200.
Other facts A Hungarian dictionary or phone directory can baffle a non-Hungarian reader, because its alphabet groups certain characters together and considers them as one, so that it runs:
a, á, b, c, cs, d, dz, dzs, e, é, f, g, gy, h, i, í, j, k, l, ly, m, n, ny, o, ó, ö, ő, p, q, r, s, sz, t, ty, u, ú, ü, ű, v, z, zs.
News in Hungarian BBC World Service in Hungarian.

Key Phrases
Igen.
Yes.
Nem.
No.
Üdvözlet!
Welcome!
Örvendek.
Pleased to meet you.
Jó napot.
Hello.
Viszontlátásra.
Goodbye.
Köszönöm.
Thank you.
A nevem ...
My name is ...
Beszél angolul?
Do you speak English?
Sajnos nem beszélek magyarul.
I'm sorry, I don't speak Hungarian.
Kérem, segítsen.
I need help.
Elnézést, hol van a vécé?
Where is the toilet, please?

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