Hungarian is a challenging but not impossible language. The pronunciation, in particular, is a massive challenge for learners, and for some strange reason, the internet (including us) loves hearing non-natives speak Hungarian. YouTube is already full of videos, and the trend is continuing on TikTok.
Hungarian is one of the most difficult languages in the world, even according to the American government’s Foreign Service Insitute (FSI) responsible for the language training of diplomats. It is definitely a unique and complicated language, which causes the most trouble for language learners all over the world.
Why is the language so difficult?
Hungarian is difficult because it does not have many related languages, unlike Germanic or Latin languages, so the words and the rules will be entirely new for most learners. The difference between subjective and objective conjugation, the unique use of verb prefixes and all those different suffixed forms do not make it any easier either. There are at least 18 cases (like dative, instrumental and terminative), and there is no specific word order. If something stands at the beginning of a sentence, it tends to be emphasised. Furthermore, there are 14 vowels and 30 consonants in the Hungarian language.
Hungarian on TikTok
There are many videos on TikTok of people attempting to learn or just read out loud in foreign languages. For some reason, the internet particularly loves hearing people trying to speak Hungarian on the app.
Here is a collection of some decent attempts.
Jan Samayoa @jansamayoa
She made a video of her trying to pronounce Hungarian words she thinks are impossible to pronounce, including ásványvíz (mineral water), diákigazolvány (student ID), and gyógyszertár (pharmacy).
She even attempted to conquer the longest Hungarian word ever: megszentségteleníthetetlenségeskedéseitekért. Respect.
She summarizes her struggles with the language in a funny clip below:
Aleja Tello @alejatello
ValeriaB CabinCrew @valeriabragarenco8
Argyll C-Rice @argyllcrice
We at Daily News Hungary think that the girls did a fantastic job speaking Hungarian. Keep the videos coming.