You’ve got to love Hungarian!


 [ˈiraːɲtyː] – compass
[Literally::: direction-needle]

Basically it is a needle, that shows you the direction (mostly where is North). “If a needle is rubbed on a lodestone or other magnet, the needle becomes magnetized. When it is inserted in a cork or piece of wood, and placed in a bowl of water it becomes a compass. Such devices were universally used as compass until the invention of the box-like compass with a ‘dry’ pivoting needle sometime around 1300.” ~ wiki

irány [ˈiraːɲ] – direction
[ˈtyː] – needle; pin



This word is used in the Hungarian slang to name any very strong (mainly) homemade pálinka (brandy). Literally it means “fence-apart-tearer”. It might come from the action of a young man, who after drinking some shots of this alcohol, gets so brave and strong, that he is able to tear apart a fence with his bare hands and use its rods in a fight. 😀

kerítés [ˈkɛriːteːʃ] – fence
kert [ˈkɛrt] – garden
keret [ˈkɛrɛt] – frame
szaggatni [ˈsɑgːɑtni] – to jag
szakítani [ˈsɑkiːtɑni]
1) to pluck; to break away
2) to break up (in a relationship) 

szétszakítani [ˈseːtsɑkiːtɑni] – to pull apart; to tear apart; to disrupt


[ˈhɑʃmɛneːʃ] – diarrhoea
[Literally::: belly-going]
hashajtó [ˈhɑʃhɑjtoː] – laxative
[Literally::: belly-starter]
has [ˈhɑʃhɑjtoː] – belly; stomach
gyomor [ˈɟomor] – stomach
menni [ˈmenːi] – to go
1) to fold; to bend
2) to herd; to drive (animals)
3) to move; to drive; to propel; to impel (e.g. a machine)
4) to beat (game in hunting)
5) to drive (a cart, carriage or a modern car)
6) to repeat over and over
7) to purge (laxative)


Velencében vagyok.
[ˈvɛlentseːbɛn vɑɟok]  – I am in Venice.
Velencén vagyok. [ˈvɛlentseːn vɑɟok] – I am in Velence.

Velence is a town in the county of Fejér, Hungary, on the shore of Lake Velence. Its name is the same in Hungarian as that of the Italian city of Venice. It’s said that in the middle ages some Italian craftsmen worked in the area on some buildings and it was them who might have given a name to the town.

Velence [ˈvɛlentsɛ]  – Venice
Velence [ˈvɛlentsɛ]  – Velence


[ˈɛlsigɛtelni] – to isolate
[Literally::: to away-island]

elszigetelt [ˈɛlsigɛtelt] – isolated
[Literally::: away-island-ed]

elszigeteltség [ˈɛlsigɛteltʃeːg] – isolation
[Literally::: away-island-ed-ness]

Actually, “elszigetelni” literally means something like “to away-he-isolates/insulates”. 🙂

el [ˈɛl] – away
sziget [ˈsigɛt] – island