Hungarian, as one of the world’s most difficult languages, can be a huge challenge for foreigners. Few may know that this is the only language in Europe that has little to no similarity with other languages. Despite all these factors, some Hollywood stars are so determined that even that could not deter them from mastering a few phrases.
Kate McKinnon is the absolute winner among Hungarian-speaking Hollywood stars. The American actress and comedian learned the full lyrics of a Hungarian rap song during her short visit. Allegedly, the actress, who had been filming in Budapest, got to know the complicated Hungarian song by her driver, and it quickly became her favourite Hungarian hit. Nothing proves this better than the fact that the actress also showed her Hungarian rap talent in an American TV show.
KISS fans may already know that Gene Simmons, one of the band’s founding members, is of Hungarian origin. The parents of the Israeli-born, American musician were both Hungarian. It is no coincidence that Simmons also speaks the language well, which we were able to see at his concert in Budapest this July.
Even today, goosebumps are guaranteed when you recall one of the greatest singers of the time, Freddie Mercury, singing to the audience the Hungarian children’s song “Spring Wind Floods Water” (Tavaszi szél vizet áraszt). One of the most memorable moments, for sure.
The German-born four-time Formula 1 world champion Sebastian Vettel has picked up a few Hungarian phrases for a Red Bull commercial. “Üdv a világomban, a Red Bull világában” (Welcome to my world, the world of Red Bull) is a very catchy slogan, and Vettel’s perfect pronounciation may have brought the audience even closer to the Hungarian language.
Jennifer Garner also learned some Hungarian phrases for a movie. According to the film section, all the files what the protagonist is looking for are in Hungarian. But Jennifer easily gets out of the situation. As she says: „Ez nem lesz probléma. Beszélek magyarul.” (It won’t be a problem. I speak Hungarian). The character also reveals that she was taught one of the most melodic languages in the world by her grandparents.
The star of Rocky learned a Hungarian phrase for the film F.I.S.T (1978). During an important meeting, the actor asks his partner, “Beszélsz magyarul?” (Do you speak Hungarian?) He says, “Jobban, mint angolul.” (Better than English). Perhaps the latter was a bit of an exaggeration, but with those few words Stallone has made it onto the list of Hollywood stars who know some Hungarian.
The singer was in Budapest during the shooting of her music hit Fireworks. Thanks to the clip, not only the most spectacular attractions of Budapest – Buda Castle, Chain Bridge – are on display worldwide, but curious ears can also catch a few words of Hungarian introduction as well.
The world-famous singer and actress filmed in the Hungarian capital in 2010, starring in the film Monte Carlo. In addition to several months of filming, the old streets of Budapest were also the location for her music video Round and Round. In an earlier interview, the actress said that she didn’t remember Hungary that well, but some Hungarian expressions are still etched in her memory. These are like one of the most beautiful Hungarian words “szeretlek” (I love you), and the phrase “Csendet, felvétel van” (Shut up, we’re shooting), which are some of the words the Hollywood star remembers with amusement.
For more Hollywood talent, check out the video of a German-British vlogger couple, thanks to which you can learn more about the behind-the-scenes secrets of the Hungarian-speaking talents in Hollywood.