Hungarians like to boast that their language ranks with Japanese and Arabic as among the world's most difficult to master. All languages are challenging for non-native speakers, but it is true: Hungarian is very difficult to learn well. However, this should not put you off attempting a few words and phrases.

Things are changing, and many millennials speak English, particularly in Budapest. Older generations tend to speak only Hungarian (and perhaps German). Attempt a few words in Hungarian (Magyar) and they will be impressed and be extremely encouraging.