Although it is hard to imagine that a small language like Hungarian can have an influence on English, there are some cases when it is true. Take a look at the list of Hungarian words that are also used in English!
Probably the most common Hungarian word in English is goulash. This popular food is not only beloved in Hungary, but also among foreigners. Goulash (Hungarian: gulyás) is a soup or stew of meat, noodles and vegetables (especially potato), seasoned with paprika and other spices. The name originates from the Hungarian “gulyás” [ˈɡujaːʃ]. The word “gulya” means “herd of cattle” and “gulyás” means “herdsman”.
According to hungarianpod101.com, halászlé (fisherman’s soup) is another Hungarian word also used in English. The recipes of fisherman’s soup can differ. While in the Tisza region, fish are not sieved but simply stewed with onion and the soup is made strictly from carp, in Baja, first a broth is made from onion, paprika and fish offal, then it is sieved, and the fish steaks cut earlier are prepared in it.
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Czardas, the Hungarian folk dance
Czardas (or csárdás) is a traditional Hungarian folk dance. In this type of dance, the dancers start slowly and finish with a rapid whirl. The name comes from the word csárda, which means pub. It originates from Hungary and became popular with gypsy musicians in the surrounding areas in Vojvodina, Slovenia, Croatia, Transcarpathia.
Hussars and coaches
Although the word coach sounds like a very English-like word, it comes from Hungary. Kocsi means horse-drawn wagon and sounds very similar to its English equivalent.
Hussars on the other hand cannot be found in England. These typical Hungarian light cavalry soldiers are known for their colourful and decorated uniforms. Read more about the hussars here!
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Tokay, the famous Hungarian wine
Wine-lovers are probably familiar with this Hungarian expression. The famous tokay white wine is consumed all over the world an is pronounced “toe-kay”. According to winefolly.com, tokay wine was coveted by royal customers including noblemen Ferenc Rákóczi II, Peter the Great, King Louis XIV, Catherine the Great, and even Austrian composer Joseph Haydn.
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Source: hungarianpod101.com, winefolly.com
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