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


Family names                                                  English equivalent

Glattstein                          sounds like  - Glah-tt-stine
Ehrenfeld Err-n-felled
Mór More
Pista Steven Peesh-tah
Józsi Joe Yo-zhee
Magdus Maggie Mug-doosh
Bözsi Betty Burr-zhee
Klari Clara Klah-ree
Kati Kitty Cut-ee
Miklós Nicholas Meek-low-sh
Miki Micky Mee-key
Sanyi Alex 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,