I happened upon a curious website with free short Hungarian-language mp3 downloads that are designed to be uploaded to your cell phone to inform you when something happens. Your friends and family will certainly be impressed with your dedication to Hungarian when they hear them!
I always enjoy taking the train if I can. I even love taking Hungarian trains and the Hungarian Railway System (MÁV – Magyar Államvasutak), which is actually pretty good, despite what some people might tell you!
In any case, we might have to take the train to get around Hungary, whether we want to or not! We can hear many different types of recordings over the loudspeaker at the train station, but what do they mean? Here’s one very common phrase that you’re likely to hear:
What it is trying to tell us though? Test yourself below with your best guess! After clicking “Submit,” you can see the answer and a word-by-word breakdown of the phrase.
If you visit Budapest or live here, and if you take public transportation with any frequency, then you’re sure to hear recorded notices in Hungarian over the loudspeaker while riding the Metro system.
And if you’re like me, you may even hear these every day!
Of course, to get the meaning you could just listen to the English version that usually follows the Hungarian, recorded by local resident Rachel Appleby. But at Let’s Learn Hungarian we’re here to learn Hungarian! And I found a fantastic site that lists all of the recordings from the Metro in one place.
They even write down the Hungarian text for each recording. But what do these mean in English??
Let’s take the two easiest recordings on this site, which are anyway very similar to each other, and examine them:
“Tessék vigyázni, az ajtók záródnak.”
“Szíveskedjenek vigyázni, az ajtók záródnak.”