Language Scientific’s Hungarian Translation Services

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Hungarian Language Statistics/Facts

Hungarian, also sometimes called Magyar, is the official language in Hungary and one of the official languages of the European Union. Hungarian has approximately 13 million native speakers, of which 9.8 million are residents of Hungary and about 2 million live in the neighboring countries (Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Ukraine, Croatia, Austria and Slovenia). Other, smaller Hungarian-speaking communities can be found in the United States, Israel and Canada.

Hungarian belongs to the Finno-Ugric language family and is the most widely spoken member thereof. At the same time, Hungarian is also the most used non-Indo-European language in Europe. Its closest relative languages are Mansi and Khanty, languages spoken in Western Siberia by about a few thousand native speakers in total. In Europe, only Finnish and Estonian are related to Hungarian, but since they separated at an early stage and developed very differently and the traces of the common heritage extend to a some phonological correspondences only.

Hungarian is an agglutinative language. This means that grammatical functions are attached to the word as suffixes rather than expressed as separate words. Most of these suffixes have two or three related forms, depending on the vowels of the base word they are added to.

Hungarian dialects are for the most part mutually intelligible and show variations in phonetics and vocabulary only. The only exception is the Moldavian dialect which, due to its isolation, preserved archaic features of the language and incorporated many Romanian words too.

Dialects of Hungarian

Dialect Region
Western Transdanubia Western Hungary and Austria
Central Transdanubia – Little Hungarian Plain Western Hungary
Southern Transdanubia South-Western Hungary
Southern Great Plain Southern Hungary and Serbia
Tisza-Kőrösi Eastern Hungary
North-Western North-Western Hungary and Ukraine
Palóc Northern Hungary and Slovakia
Transylvanian Plain Eastern Romania
Székely Central Romania
Moldavian (Csángó) Archaic dialect spoken in Eastern Romania

Countries Where Hungarian Is Spoken

  • Hungary
  • Czech Republic
  • Serbia
  • Ukraine
  • Austria
  • Israel
  • Slovakia
  • United Stated
  • Canada
  • Romania
  • Slovenia
  • Vojvodina
  • Croatia

Hungarian-Speaking Country Data

Country: Hungary

Capital: Budapest
Population: 9,850,845
Parliamentary Republic: President János Áder
Currency: Hungarian Forint
GDP (ppp): $27,500
Unemployment: 6.6%
Government Type: Parliamentary Republic
Industries: Agriculture, mining, metallurgy, construction materials, processed foods, textiles, chemicals (especially pharmaceuticals), motor vehicles, precision and measuring equipment

Country: Romania

Capital: Bucharest
Population: 21,529,967
Semi-Presidential Republic: President Klaus Lohannis
Currency: Romanian Leu
GDP (ppp): $22,300
Unemployment: 6.7%
Government Type: Semi-Presidential Republic
Industries: Textiles and footwear, light machinery and auto assembly, mining, timber, construction materials, metallurgy, chemicals, food processing, petroleum refining, agriculture

Country: Slovakia

Capital: Bratislava
Population: 5,445,829
Parliamentary Republic: President Andrej Kiska and Prime Minister Robert Fico
Currency: Euro
GDP (ppp): $31,300
Unemployment: 8.8%
Government Type: Parliamentary Republic
Industries: Cement, ceramics, chemicals, fertilizers, forestry, machinery, oil and gas refining, ornaments, paper products, sheet glass, textiles, transport equipment

Country: Serbia

Capital: Belgrade
Population:  7,111,024
Parliamentary Republic: President Aleksandar Vucic
Currency: Serbian Dinar
GDP (ppp): $14,500
Unemployment: 13.8%
Government Type: Parliamentary Republic
Industries: Base metals, furniture, food processing, machinery, chemicals, sugar, tires, clothes, pharmaceuticals

Country: Ukraine

Capital: Kiev
Population: 44,033,874
Semi-Presidential Republic: President Petro Poroshenko and Prime Minisyer Volodymyr Groysman
Currency: Ukrainian Hryvnia (UAH)
GDP (ppp): $8,300
Unemployment: 10%
Government Type: Semi-Presidential Republic
Industries: Coal, electric power, ferrous and nonferrous metals, machinery and transport equipment, food products

Hungarian Language History

The history of Hungarian can be traced back to the 10th-11th century BC, when the tribes of the Ural area changed their lifestyle from hunter-gatherer to nomadic herder, as a result of contact with Iranian nomads. Some words associated with the keeping of animals, as well as the infinitive form dates back to this era. Throughout the 5th to 9th centuries, the Hungarian language witnessed an influx of Turkic vocabulary related to agriculture, government and family relations. In contrast, the cultural-linguistic exchange barely affected Hungarian grammar. The migration of Hungarian tribes into the Carpathian Basin completed around 895 and, thus, began a new period of continuing interaction with the surrounding Slavic languages, again, mostly on the level of lexicon.

In 1000, the first king of Hungary, Stephen adopted Christianity and the Latin alphabet, which meant not only a political and cultural alliance with Western Europe, but the adoption of new customs and institutions as well. Accordingly, the first surviving written Hungarian texts are of religious a nature (Funeral Sermon and Prayer, circa 1190; Old Hungarian Lamentations of Mary, 13th century).

The expansion of the Ottoman Empire reached Hungary in the 16th century and marked the beginning of 150 years of military occupation, during which Hungary was split into three parts: the North-Western region under Austrian control, the central region occupied by Turks and the independent principality of Transylvania (present day Romania). This period is hallmarked by a second wave of Turkic loanwords as well as an increasing influence of German. After the Austrian Habsburg army recaptured the capital and Hungary became part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, cultural and scientific life was dominated by German and Latin. With the onset of the Enlightenment and the Age of Reason (18th century), Hungarian intellectuals led by Ferenc Kazinczy initiated a profound language reform in order to amend the shortcomings of Hungarian and to enable its use for academic and literary purposes. Around ten thousand new words were coined, several thousand of which are still commonly used today. The ensuing standardization and unification of Hungarian made much of the dialectic differences disappear.

After the First World War, the Austro-Hungarian Empire collapsed, and Hungary lost two thirds of its territory. As a consequence, Hungarian became a significant minority language in the neighboring countries. During the 20th century, the influence of German gradually waned and was transitionally replaced by a politically motivated Russian exposure. However, with the termination of the Russian occupation in 1989, English came to be the major factor in shaping the Hungarian language, primarily in technical areas and in IT. However, loanwords are accommodated to the phonemic writing system of Hungarian, which, in many cases, obscures the origin of the word. For example, fájl (file), menedzser (manager), dzsessz (jazz), lézer (laser), szoftver (software).

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