Greetings in Hungarian

It is always a good idea to learn some of the common greetings before visiting a foreign country. Hungarian is no different. Even if your knowledge of Hungarian isn’t very advanced, it can make your conversation a bit smoother to know some of these statements or questions of common courtesy.

In this lesson we’ll learn some of the most important Hungarian expressions to use when you meet someone or when you depart. Phrases in common use can be different with location and sometimes even with age or social status.

General Greeting Expressions

Greetings English equivalent Pronunciation
Jó reggelt! Good morning.
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Jó napot! Good day.
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Jó estét! Good evening.
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Jó éjszakát! Good night.
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In Hungary, we use “Jó napot” more often than English speakers the “Good day”. After about 9 a.m. you can use “Jó napot” until about 7 p.m. These greetings are also a bit formal so if you are in doubts, use these. However, you usually wouldn’t say “Jó napot” to a friend or a child.

How to greet friends?

There are a lot of ways to greet a friend, some you may be already familiar with.

Greetings English equivalent Pronunciation
Helló! this one probably require no explanation.
Cső! This one doesn’t have an English equivalent and it’s very informal.
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Szia! Hello/Hi.
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Mi újaság! What’s up?
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Children may say the following expression to older persons: ‘csókolom’ It doesn’t really have an English version. It sounds like this:

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Farewells

Greetings English equivalent Pronunciation
Viszlát! Goodbye/See you soon!
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Viszontlátásra! Goodbye/See you soon!
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