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
DIPTHONGS:
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, http://www.phantomranch.net/folkdanc/alphabet/hungarian.htm

 

[2]Hungarian 103,” Hungarian Studies at the University of Kansas, accessed March 16, 2019, https://magyar.ku.edu/unit1/pronunciation.php.