Learn Hungarian 1×03 Making sentences (attachments to verbs)

Hello, I’m Chris and welcome to another exciting episode of learning hungarian. Maybe you’ve noticed the difference between the last background setup and this one. So yeah, that’s it, thank you. You’ve noticed it, I mentioned it. Everybody’s happy now.

Let’s move on with hungarian language.

These two words and these alternate versions of them.
The reason these exist, because of the Hungarian language’s unique abilities and stuff… So the unique ability of hungarian language, which is – attachments!

Attachments are very useful and these are the esense of our language. Now, we have so many attachments I can not even count them. However we only learn these today. So two words:


VARR – TO SEW, clothing and stuff

So… Knocking… Who’s there? Thank you. Anyway…


So I wrote personal pronouns here – I, YOU, HE/ SHE/IT, ME, YOU, THEY… This is the last time I tell you the meanings. So: ÉN, TE, Ő, MI, TI, ÖK.
Wich is very fine, now, when you put together MEGY and ÉN – This is meaningless! Just forget it!
because, although we understand this, it sounds really, really silly.

Now to make a real sentence we have to use attachments, like this:
If I pronounce this – MEGYEK, and it means I GO, then we have a sentence, don’t we?
Because of this attachment, which actually means or add the meaning of “I” to the word MEGY, we can make a sentence!

The same is with – VARR. Now remember, hungarian language is very complicated, however there are patterns everywhere. And this is a pattern! If I pronounce – megy, and – varr, you probably noticed that this is higher pitch sound and this is kind of lower.

Now, the trick is that if we draw two circles for two groups, one of them is for high pitch sounds, and one of them is for low , we have this little intersection and we’ll talk about it later… But now we can put MEGY – here and VAR – here.

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Now we have this two groups, and lets return here. We have this group and this group.

Now, we have, and this is probably going to surprise you, that for this two groups, we have two kind of attachments. And that’s it’ It’s kind of easy.
But, learning them is another trick. So let’s pronounce them:


Good job!

Now, let’s take a look at them again.

We recognize, because I highlighted them of course, but we recognize these attachments. Now, usually they go in the end of the word, but sometimes they are not.  Yeah, it’s bad luck, I’m sorry, I cant do anything about it. So, let’s see, we have: 


And basically if you understand the concept of these, making personal pronounce, a kind of personal pronounce appear in the end of the word, making them mean-
I sew
You saw
He/ She/ It saws

We saw
You saw
They saw 

Then actually you get the whole idea of these attachments! 
Because these are verbs, now, we have nouns and adjectives and other stuff and actually we have attachments for them as well. But more on that later…

I hope you understood the concept because this is the base of the hungarian language. This is the ground zero, if you like… 

So I believe this is it for today!

Don’t worry, well spend much time, too much time, explaining and  discovering this exciting attachments in hungarian language! However this is it for today. I have no further comment on the subject. Next time we’ll return to these words and try to use new ones with these attachments, and try to figure out if I was right about them, that there are only two groups of attachments. I will call them personal attachments, but that’s not the technical term, it’s not official, I said that, but I’m proud of it, so – personal attachments… 🙂 

That was it for today. Thank you very much for watching me again!


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P.S.: some of articles are edited and co-written by a mysterious person called Tatjana. But I take all the credit.

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