Living in Budapest
Replies: 20 - Last Post: May 11, 2013 2:22 PM Last Post By: Jakareh75
Nov 29, 2008 2:17 PM
15pseker - you mentioned a lack of immigrants. That's certainly true; sometimes I wish Budapest was a bit more cosmopolitan, though I think this has slowly changed in the last few years.
Dec 3, 2008 1:02 PM
16Oh, pszeker, I can tell you’re Hungarian just from how you describe Budapest (and I mean that as a compliment.)
Yes, drivers can be a little aggressive. They like to shout at each other sometimes.
Yes, there’s still a fair amount of decay and even old bullet holes, but really the looks of the city have been improving over the last five years in my opinion. As for safety, I have to agree, I don’t think it’s as safe as even a few years ago, but probably London, being a larger city, is more dangerous.
As for the language, foreigners say it’s difficult as an excuse for not learning. In three months I knew enough Hungarian to find and rent a flat on my own using no other language and I didn’t even take lessons. I had an Aussie acquaintance who learned just as fast without lessons, too. It’s a wonderful language—very clear and logical. Your vocab will grow fast because the way words are build makes it easy to guess the meanings once you have a basic vocab. Don’t let Russian speakers scare you with this stuff about cases. They call post-positions (like prepositions such as “in” or “with,” but placed at the end of the word) cases.
Anyway, BigBego, if you’ve already lived abroad I don’t think you have anything to worry about. As pszeker said, try a visit and see.
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Feb 12, 2009 3:13 PM
17I've been living in Budapest for some time now and I have only positive things to say. I was living in Spian last year without any sufficent knoweledge of Spanish and I had much more problems in daily life than I have in Budapest due to language barrier, because almost everyone I had contact with in Budapest(90% of people) spoke English and were really helpful.
The city itself is amazing, it has it's special appeal and I feel very safe. I live in a very nice neighbourhood and I don't even pay that much. The exchange rate of Forint is also making everything more affordable. There are also quite a lot foreign people so you meet friends quite easily(at least I have no problems).
I only started with hungarian language course so it's hard to say how hard it really is because everything is hard at the beginning but I am sure that it's not impossible(almost nothing is, actually:).
I think you don't need to worry and just come with a positive attitude and everything will be allright!
If you have any specific questions, feel free to contact me.
Mar 17, 2012 6:10 AM
I m thinking of sending my son to Budapest to study Veterinary Medicine, all comments & thoughts will be most appreciated.
Thanks in advance.
Mar 25, 2013 11:26 PM
19Interesting to see the mix of opinions about Budapest and the Hungarian language.
To the dude who wants to go to Vet school - there is an English program.
For a foreigner, the language is impossible to learn perfectly. My poor (departed) mom lived among Hungarians for 40 years and you could spot her as non-Hungarian born (she was from Basarabia/Moldova) even if all she said is "hello." like her, you will never be able to say - Ülj le - sit down - without giving away that you are a non-native. You can practice is for 10 hours a day for 10 years and will never get it.
Want to see what you are dealing with, Wikipedia has superb articles on the topic:
English speaker, especially Americans (a classless society) will have trouble with the issue how to address another person. Hungarian has a four-tiered system for expressing levels of politeness
How are you?
hogy vagy - per tu - tegezes
hogy van maga - magazas, magazodas
hogy van On - onozes
hogy tetszik lenni - tetszikezes
Hungarian is an agglutinative language. It uses various affixes, including suffixes, prefixes and a circumfix to define a word's meaning and grammatical function. Unlike English, Hungarian has no prepositions, only postpositions.
Here is an extreme: megszentségteleníthetetlenségeskedéseitekért
There are no Q, W, X, Y letters, unless the word is foreign. Yet, the alphabet has 44 letters.
So relax. Go with the flow. Learn as much as you can. Hungarians from Budapest are more sophisticated than those in the countryside, so many will be delighted to practice their English on you. Many speak German... at least they used to. Communism has kinda killed some of the old ways, but Hungarians are still very polite and deferential.
Budapest, the city is marvelous. If you bother to get into its belly, you will find thermal baths that are over 2,000 old and bullets in buildings (going back to 1956). The culture is rich, varied, and infinitely entertaining. Some of the best art rock bands come from Hungary. Hungarians are proud of their heritage and they have reasons to: 14 Nobel Prize winners... not bad for a country of less than 10 million people. Y'all will be surprised to see who are of Hungarian origin here: http://www.famoushungarians.com/ So, they are accomplished, smart, and argumentative. You will never be bored in Hungary. I think Vienna is boring, albeit beautiful. Budapest is exciting.
I have NEVER heard of anybody who visited Budapest coming back with anything but raving about his/her experience.
A caveat: may want to have you stuff shipped there...you may never come back. :-D
May 11, 2013 2:22 PM
20It's probably true that Hungarians can tell a foreigner from a native just from the way the person says, "Ülj le," but then again, so can a sharp-eared American when you say, "Sit down." or a Brazilian when you say "Sente-se." (Especially so in the latter case, since a native Brazilian would use "incorrect" Portuguese and say "Senta!" or "Senta aí!" or "Pode se sentar.")
I've recently begun learning Hungarian (Assimil course) and I'm enjoying it. It's very foreign, but it's not devilishly difficult. When I get to Budapest, I'll probably be the first Brazilian anyone ever met who could say intelligible sentences in Hungarian. It'll be cool!
For a different perspective on Hungarian, check this out: http://www.fluentin3months.com/hungarian-is-easy/
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