Learn Hungarian 1×07 – The Object Mode


Krisz vagyok!

See what I did there?

I told you my name in Hungarian! I used – VAGYOK.

Have we learned that yet? Noooo… Well, that was a mistake, and with that mistake we have to carry on for a while.

Because, Hungarian versions of – TO BE, are kind of irregular.

So, today, we’ll just use our previous knowledge and first, please look at the fine conversation using words that we learned and maybe new ones as well. So here it is. The conversation :


Wow, did you like it, or what?
So, did you catch everything in that conversation? Or maybe, you heard some new words? Now, let’s look at the text!

Mit csinálsz?
Well this is an interesting question, let’s write it down!

Do you remember what makes this one a question? The question mark! Nothing else.
You must be familiar with this attachment and this verb – to do something. So this is kind of new ( mit ). Because this means: MIT = WHAT

It is very similar how you use – what, in English, so I would like to leave it that way, for a while at least.

Next thing is – ÍROK
Which is probably really familiar. As well as

Again because of the question mark , it is a question.

Then we say – NO
And then here it is again, with the attachment that expresses – I

There is a new word – ÉRTEM
Which means – I UNDERSTAND

Then here it is in a question – ÉRTED

Then – YES

And there is another new word – HISZEM
Wich means – I BELIEVE

Then, there is a word – BUT
Twice, no, three times…

And then here is ÉRTEM expressing – YOU.

And then, there is something new.

I told you before that we, Hungarians don’t really use personal pronounce in our sentences. But when we want to express importance, here the importance of you , then we can put it in our sentence.  

But something is wrong. Isn’t it? Something new is here. And you may thing I forgot to mention. Let me write it down for you.

I said – ERTEM. Which is quite new.

Let’s think about understanding a little, because , normally if you say – I UNDERSTAND, then most of the time you understand something. So understand doesn’t just hang in the air,  without anything. We need an object to understand.
For example a language, you understand a language or a phone, or a television program or something.

Now, like I’ve told you hungarian language uses attachments for everything.
We have two main groups of attachments.

One of them, what we have learned so far is the subject type attachment. When there is nothing after the verb. You don’t need an object to understand for example. You just run, you just play and so on. But when you watch, you probably watch something. And when you understand, you probably understand something.

And this is the case here!

Almost every verb that I used on this paper is equipt with the other type, the object type attachments.
This is a hard topic, what we are talking about.

First we learned two groups of attachments, and now we have to learn two groups in the other type. But today we are only going to learn attachments for the – UNDERSTAND word.

And here it is!

Do you remember – ÉRT? And if I want to equip it with attachments, I’m quite all right.
Because it’s – ÉRTEK

And there is something new. Something to help us to pronounce the word. Because if we had to pronounce – ÉRTSZ, then we would have a hard time doing it.

So sometimes we put the sounds E to help us. For now, please be satisfied with this answer.

new-bitmap-imageLet’s look at this column, because here I’ve put the other type of attachments at the end of the verb –ÉRT

Let’s just read them:


So in the conversation I used those two. 

Now let me tell you, we are going to learn Hungarian for a while, be sure of that. But when you are ready these two types will be the most important thing in the language.

As we are making progress, you will be able to see more and more things, which proves that we care about distinguishing objects and subjects very much.

As you can see, we will have to learn tons of attachments. Because like I told you, all of Hungarian language is about attachments. 
We do everything with attachments. This is the key to understand our language. If you understand attachments, you understand Hungarian language.

And like the irregular verbs in English, you have to learn them one by one. There is no exception.  There are no rules to help you on the way. 

Well I hope you enjoyed today’s lesson. Until next time, see you around!

Thank you!

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About the Author: Chris Kovacs

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Much like most people, I like to be all sorts of things.

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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