Hungarian Pronunciation

A a, Á á, B b, C c, Cs cs, D d, Dz dz, Dzs dzs, E e, É é, F f, G g, Gy gy,
H h, I i, Í í, J j, K k, L l, Ly ly, M m, N n, Ny ny, O o, Ó ó, Ö ö, P p,
R r, S s, Sz sz, T t, Ty ty, U u, Ú ú, Ü ü, Ű ű, V v,
Z z, Zs zs

Hungarian is unlike the languages of Europe except for Finnish. They are both called Finno-Ugric, and originated from the Ural Mountains. Both sounds and rules of grammar are quite different.

Words are often distinguished only by vowel length. Short vowels have either no accent mark or the two dots over the letter (umlaut). Long vowels have a single or double accent marks

The first syllable in a word is always stressed, whether or not it has the accent.[1]

A good pronunciation guide with audio is here.


A, a  sounds like  – aw as in awe, law
Á, á   – a hot
E, e   – e pet, bed
É, é   – e say
I, i   – i seat, see
Í, í   – i seat, see or Sp “Si” (yes
O, o   – o oh
Ó, ó   – o hoe (longer oh sound)
Ö, ö   – e er, like father
Ő, ő   – eu but longer er, but held longer
U, u   – u oo sound, Luke
Ú, ú   – oo who, root, held longer


Ü, ü   – eu sound


mewed, or déjà vue
Ű, ű   – eu same, but longer
C, c   – tz sound; c France, tzar
Cs, cs   – ch church, child
Cz, cz   – ts sound; c France
Dz, dz   – ds adze, needs
Dzs, dzs   – j juice
G, g   – hard g go, give
Gy, gy   – dju d-yes run together
J, j   – y yes, yesterday
Ly, ly   – l is silent; yee sound
Ny, ny   – ny n-y run together
Q, q   – q or k
R, r   – slightly rolled
S, s   – sh sound short
Sz, sz   – s silo, sale
T, t   – t top
Ty, ty   – ty                                                                           t-y run together as in bet you


W, w   – veh sound vegetable
Y, y   – ee see
Zs, zs   – zh sound treasure
ai, aj, ay, or aly   – oy soy, toy
ái, áj, áy, ály   – i bike
oi, oj, oy, oly   – oy soy, toy
ee, ely   – ay gay, bay




Glattstein           sounds like                                        Glah-tt-stine


Ehrenfeld                                                                     Err-n-felled


Mór                                                                             More


Písta                                                                            Peesh-tah


Józsi                                                                            Yo-zhee


Magdus                                                                       Mug-doosh


Bözsi                                                                           Burr-zhee


Klari                                                                            Klah-ree


Kati                                                                             Cut-tee


Miklós                                                                        Meek-low-sh

Miki                                                                            Mee-key


Sanyi                                                                           Shun-yee


[1] Dick Oakes, “Hungarian Pronunciation Guide,” accessed March 16, 2019,


[2]Hungarian 103,” Hungarian Studies at the University of Kansas, accessed March 16, 2019,