How to teach children Hungarian

50 WAYS TO TEACH CHILDREN HUNGARIAN

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1 Get fairy tales and storybooks in Hungarian on Amazon or from your local library

Children love shared reading time and regardless of language acquisition they will always remember the time they spent with you reading books.Try to find books with good illustrations. Look at the pictures with your child, point to things they already know in Hungarian.

As you come across new words ask the child what they think it is. If it is illustrated, have them point it out on the page.Use different voices for different characters.If your child has a favorite Hungarian story encourage him/her to play different characters making up the words from memory. Help your child to use his/her imagination to change the story or change the ending.

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2 Use puppets or turn your child’s favorite plush toy into a puppet that talks in Hungarian

Kids love puppets and puppet play is great for motor skills. You can tell much loved stories through puppet play, either using the whole body or make a puppet theatre from a box and use hand or finger puppets. Finger puppets are also fun when singing songs.

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3 Go to the zoo and call the name of the animals together in Hungarian

If you have any, look at some animal books together, then go to the zoo for the day. Ask your child the names of the animals he/she has learned and point out the new ones. This is a great place to add in adjectives and colours. When you come home, encourage your child to draw pictures of what he/she saw and talk about them together using Hungarian.

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4 Play hide and seek by counting in Hungarian

Hide and seek is a great game for practicing numbers. You could start with 1 to 10 and gradually increase. When your child knows them well you could count down backwards. When ‘seeking’ your child it’s a good opportunity to repeat words without it sounding repetitive.

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5 Play board games in Hungarian e.g.: snakes and ladders, board games, family games

Dice games are always good for counting and also simple addition. Board games played with the whole family can be a time for relaxed learning. Just playing a simple board game such as snakes and ladders teaches a young child so much more than just language. They also learn rules of play, understanding goals and of course, that family games equal FUN!

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6 Play games by using flashcard games e.g.: Go fish, memory game

Flashcards are one of your most valuable resources in teaching language to young children. With multiples of the same cards you can play well-known games such as Go Fish or the ‘memory game’.

Very small children may struggle to hold too many cards, so play games that have the child match one card to another. Match a sound with a picture, or two cards that have the same sound, or two pictures that match, any way you choose.

Lay cards out on the floor or table and have your child touch the card as you call out words/sounds. Encourage your child to be the caller and you touch the cards. Keep it playful and fun.

 

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7 Have a progress chart that tracks the words and phrases your child mastered

A simple progress chart teaches your child clear goals and kids love stickers. Let your child know when he/she is approaching a goal, make a big deal of reaching the goals, be excited to getting the stickers out. Praise him/her for their achievement with a ‘great job’, a hug or a ‘high five’ (or all three).

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8 Listen to children’s songs in Hungarian together or reward your child for memorizing a short one

Listen to children’s songs in the 2nd language whenever and wherever you can. Keep CDs in the car or put a CD on quietly in the background when you are doing something else. Add actions to the songs, this helps kids remember the words. If it suits your child’s personality, encourage them to ‘perform’ songs for you. You could have a special ‘song night’.

Here is a playlist of Hungarian children’s songs

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9 Listen to pop songs in Hungarian together or reward your child for memorizing a short one

Teach your child some catchy pop songs that you both like. Something with suitable lyrics and a good chorus are easiest to remember. Sing it around the house as you do other things, when your child tries to join in, model the language and encourage them to sing with you.

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10 Find cartoons in the 2nd language on Youtube or Amazon

Cartoons are a great way to engage kids in the 2nd language. Kids can figure out the story visually without worrying about not understanding every word. It’s easy to buy DVDs from Amazon in almost any language or, alternatively, look for them on YouTube. Let your child guide you to which cartoons they like best. Watch them together and you will know which language to reinforce.

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11 Have an annual/monthly goal check list

Make a checklist of goals or ideas of where you want to be with the language learning over a year. Break it down into monthly mini-goals.

It will be help you stay focused on where you are going and also a great way to look back and see how far you and your child have come.

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12 Create youtube playlists or find playlists suitable for your child’s level

YouTube is a super resource. You can create playlists of Hungarian teaching videos, these days people post from all over the world.

They might be short tutorials, or craft ideas you can incorporate into your language learning, or children’s songs you can sing together. Look for playlists already put together by others with the same goal.

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13 Join online support groups (forums, facebook pages, twitter lists, multicultural blog groups etc.)

Join some online groups to exchange ideas and information. Support is invaluable too. Teaching Hungarian can hit some hurdles, it is important to be able to connect with people who are having the same difficulties or have successfully navigated these hurdles. Facebook and Twitter are great for immediate connections. Online chat groups or forums can give you a sense of community and common goals.

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14 Visit the website of Hungary’s ministry of culture

Have a look at the website and find interesting information about Hungary. Read about traditional food, dances and costumes. Look at statistics such as population. Find some fun facts about the climate, holidays and customs. Talk about them with your child and follow their lead on which parts they are interested in. You can also get all this information and more here

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15 Go to public libraries and check all the available resources in Hungarian

Libraries are an excellent resource. If they don’t have things things in Hungarian ask the librarian if it is possible to order them. Also check out the noticeboard and see if there are any kids groups speaking Hungarian in the area. You might make some new friends too.

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16 Make use of language learning DVDs for kids

Language DVDs come handy , especially fro busy parents, as they repeat useful words and phrases in a fun and interesting way Check them out, Look for something that is specifically for kids, that uses games and songs and has well-structured levels.

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17 Play CDs when driving your child to school

Always play CDs in Hungarian when you are in the car. It could be songs or a kids’ language learning CD, whatever your child likes. Do it consistently so your child comes to expect the 2nd language in the car.

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18 Play streaming radio in the background at home or make use of Spotify, Lastfm, etc.

Nowadays, there are a lot of resources that help you play streaming radio through personal electronic devices and laptops, etc. All you need is tuning into one of the local radio stations and have the radio or the song list play in the background all day long. Even if your child does not understand what has been spoken or the lyrics of the songs he/she will get used to the new sounds and intonation patterns.

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19 Make use of worksheets for beginners

There are a great many websites offering worksheets for beginners. Many are free and some you can pay monthly or a yearly fee. Kids love worksheets. Some may be simple coloring sheets (kids LOVE coloring), or sheets that help fine motor skills through pencil manipulation. Buy some stickers and put one on each sheet your child completes.

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20 Make use of Flashcards

There is no end to the fun to be had from playing games with flashcards even if you child is still too young to play a game that has structure and rules. You can make your own ‘games’ call out a card, have your child touch it/pick it up. ‘Hide’ the cards around the room and have your child find them and say what they are etc.

You can also put the flashcards up around the room. Change them each week in categories (animals/flowers/ fruit/etc. Look at them and say them often with your child. Ask them, “What’s this? / What’s that?”

Put them on your fridge with magnets or let your child do this.You call out the words and have them put them on.

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21 Get a picture dictionary to get started

A Children’s picture dictionary is a wonderful resource. Follow your child’s curiosity with it. Let him/her choose what he/she wants to know on any given day. Ask him/her more information about the words they do know. “What color is it?” “ Is it big or small? “ “Where does it live?” “What does it do?”

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22 Consider getting an alphabet book

Introduce your child to the shapes of letters with a simple alphabet book. This is especially useful if the Hungarian alphabet is different to that of the 1st language. For young learners, get a very simple, ‘starter’ book, also great for fine motor skills and pencil control.

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23 Think about kinesthetic learning (learning by doing). Coloring books, sketchbooks or DVDs that children watch and dance are great!

The research is in that kids learn best by doing (don’t we all?).

Anything that gets kids moving their bodies or their hands helps them to learn. Watch DVDs together, make up dances, put on ‘shows’, even dress up. Encourage your child’s inner artist with a sketchbook. Color, paint, draw, and talk about the colors and your child’s pictures in the 2nd language. Coloring in pictures is a very relaxing activity (you should do it too!) Kids tend to be very relaxed when they are coloring, a good time to make some general chitchat in Hungarian.

Mix paints and talk in Hungarian about how colors are made.

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24 Consider getting a reading pen

The very latest translation tool. A ‘reading pen’ scans and translates. The translated text appears on a small screen on the pen and can also provide audio pronunciation of words or full sentences.

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25 Find some talking or singing plush toys

There are so many talking toys on the market these days. Try one that says greetings in Hungarian (or multiple languages) or one that sings traditional songs/nursery rhymes from Hungary.

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26 Make use of culture books prepared for little kids

Ready made ‘culture books’ are great for learning about different countries. Read them together, ask questions and encourage your child to ask lots of questions too. After reading one, you could make a simple one together using pictures from magazines, or encourage your child to draw pictures too. Gather information together at the library or from the internet.

27 Decorate your child’s room with learning posters (colors, numbers) or pictures from Hungary (flag, the cities, etc.)

Get some large colorful posters to decorate your child’s room or the learning space you use. Point things out and ask questions, swap roles and have your child ask the questions too, this also helps model the pronunciation. Ask which is your child’s favorite poster and why?

Follow their lead on the things that interest them.

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28 Follow a simple syllabus prepared for kids

Use the simple syllabus prepared in your language learning system or make one yourself. Let your child know what it is so he/she can see what they will be doing. Children tend to do better when they know what is coming and what is expected of them.

29 Use stickers as rewards (stickers that say congratulations, wonderful, etc. in the 2nd language)

Kids love stickers! Use them liberally. Take praising your child as an opportunity to use the 2nd language. If you can find stickers with words of praise in the 2nd language use those and repeat the words a lot. Use a couple of words at first and add more as your child knows them.

30 Get some printed items related to the 2nd language: T-shirts, mugs, children’s silverware, etc.

If you have the opportunity to visit the 2nd language country buy goods with the language on. T-shirts, mugs and pens are useful as well as educational. Look for postcards, posters or bumper stickers with popular expressions on. Post these around your house.

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31 Arrange play dates or playgroups with other parents who want to teach their children Hungarian.

Try to find other parents encouraging their children to learn Hungarian, arrange to play together, go on picnics to the park or take a trip to a zoo or aquarium, great places to practice the language. Making new friends is of great benefit to you too!

 

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32 Video chat with friends and relatives who have a child that speaks Hungarian

Encourage video chat with other children you know, that speak Hungarian. It’s easy using Skype or Google Hangouts or something similar. Be nearby to help the conversation along. Be encouraging and resist the temptation to correct your child’s mistakes.

 

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33 Invite Grandma and Grandpa (who can speak Hungarian) to stay over

Spending time with grandparents is valuable to all parties anyway but spending time with grandparents who speak Hungarian is great for strengthening bonds and hearing natural language. Your child will come to associate Hungarian with feelings of love and security.

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34 Hire a short-term or full time nanny or caregiver that speaks Hungarian

If it is possible, consider hiring a nanny/caregiver/babysitter who speaks Hungarian. Even a few hours per week would make a difference (and give you a little free time!).

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35 Cook Hungarian recipes together with your child

Kids always want to be a ‘little helper’ in the kitchen. Cook some simple dishes from Hungary together. Us the 2nd language for instructions, wash, cut, wipe, mix…. Name the ingredients in a natural way as you cook. Here are some Hungarian recipes

36 Go to community centers, cultural centers and temples with your child

Local places of interest are stimulating for your child and cultural centers often have exhibitions or music/dance performances. Look out for anything from Hungary. Community centers are a great place to meet people, look at notice boards for anything from people interested or connected in some way to, Hungarian. You could even offer to do something yourself, give a talk about the country or a traditional dance etc.

37 Visit Hungarian supermarkets and Hungarian restaurants with your child

Go around a Hungarian supermarket and point out the foods from Hungary. If your child is unfamiliar with them, ask questions. “How do you think it tastes?” “ Do you think this is hard/soft/crunchy/sweet/etc.?” If possible eat in ethnic restaurants. Talk about the food, how it is prepared, where it comes from.

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38 Have a word of the day activity

Pick a ‘word of the day’, you or your child could choose it, or have your child pick it at random from a pile of word cards. If the word is a noun, look for it around the house and when you go outside. Talk about where it might be found. If it is a verb, find ways to do the action either really or mime it, see if you can spot other people doing it? Or use adverbs and spend some time doing everything in the manner of the adverb, slowly/quickly/happily/etc.

39 Play Hungarian online language games (memory, click&tell, etc.) with your child

There are plenty of free online interactive language games for children. Find one that appeals to your child and encourage them to do a little every day. You can check out 3 different kinds of free Hungarian online language learning games here

 

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40 Try Skype lessons for children (may not be advised for infants and toddlers)

Many teachers are offering language lessons via Skype. Ask around and see if anyone can recommend a teacher to you. Sit in on the lesson too so you know what language to reinforce between lessons.

 

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41 Read bedtime stories in Hungarian to your child

Books, books, books. Kids love books and stories. Read stories in Hungarian before bed. Often when kids have heard a favorite story many times they know the words. Encourage your child to help tell the story.

42 Play Hungarian children’s games

Many children’s games are the same the world over, play kids games your child already knows in their 1st language but play it in the 2nd language. Paper, rock, scissors has many variations; play it in the 2nd language. Hopscotch, skipping games, clapping games etc. can all be played in any language. For more ideas have a look at the games in the different ‘countries and cultures’ at Dino Lingo (to the right of this post).

43 Get comic books & children’s magazines from Hungary

Ask if a friend or relative overseas can send you comics or children’s magazines in Hungarian. Children’s magazines usually have lots of fun facts in them that you can talk about and further research. They also have quizzes and puzzles that are lots of fun to do.

44 Go to a national parade of the target culture

You could try to find where there is a large community of people from the target culture. They will no doubt have special events to celebrate the holidays of their country of origin. Take your child to their parades and festivals.

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45 Have a personalized notebook specially used for learning the2nd language(Don’t forget to use it to have your child draw whatever you say in the 2nd language

Let your child choose the notebook at the shop and decorate it anyway they want to make it special. Say words in Hungarian and have them draw pictures, or even write the word or the first letter, depending on what level they are at. Go back over the pictures every few days. Talk about the pictures and praise your child’s drawing skills.

46 Do local crafts

If you are a native speaker of Hungarian think about the crafts you did as a child and do them with your child (think also about how happy you were doing this activity with your own mother/father or your friends). Don’t worry if you have forgotten how, look on the Internet to refresh your memory. Perhaps you could send something your child makes to grandparents or relatives overseas.

47 Use chatting apps (WhatsApp, Line, etc.) to talk with friends and family who have same-aged children

Chatting apps are mobile and easy to use. Chat with friends in the 2nd who have children about the same age. Encourage your child to chat with them and their kids too. Ask their kids about themselves, their day etc. and encourage your child to talk about themselves.

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48 Sing lullabies in the 2nd language to put your baby asleep

Lullabies are so soothing for baby and parent. Sing some Hungarian lullabies to help your baby sleep. You can buy wind-up crib music at a baby store. Play the music and sing in the Hungarian. Establish is as a routine and enjoy the time holding your baby and knowing you are soothing him/her.

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49 Consider homeschooling by getting an online curriculum

More and more people are turning to homeschooling these days and there are plenty of resources online. Do some research and find something that suits you and your child. Depending on the school hours where you live, it may be possible for your child to attend the local school and follow a homeschooling curriculum.

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50 Send your child to a summer camp where he/she can study Hungarian in a short time.

Summer camp is a great experience for children. It is often their first extended time away from home and a chance to make lots of new friends and try a variety of activities for the first time. ‘Language’ camps for kids usually incorporate study with lots of games/crafts/activities related to the 2nd language culture. Look online or on the notice board in community centers and other public buildings.

 Hungarian children’s books

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Getting Dressed in Hungary

Hungarian traditional clothing

The old home-made garments were made of durable material to serve several generations. Nowadays these clothing can only be seen during festivals, celebrations and in some parts of the county.  You can meet people wearing them in Transylvania, around Hollókő and Kalocsa.

Those clothers are fine achivements in thetextile art. They vary from region to region. Flowers and leaves, a bird, are the most common decorative themes. The most frequent ornament is a flower with a centerpiece resembling the eye of a peacock’s feather.

Matyóföld, Kalocsa and Kalotaszeg are famous for their textile needleworks. When visiting a Hungarian home you will notice the many Hungarian textile arts, folk art.

Famous Places of Hungary- Hungarian Culture for Kids

Famous places beside Budapest

Hollókő – The village of Hollóko is one of the most charming spots in Hungary hidden in the north eastern hills. This is an UNESCO World Heritage Site. They live like 100 years ago. They have been able to preserve many of their folkways.
Herend – There is a 185 year old porcelain manufacture in Herend. The porcelains are beautiful and all handmade.They are perfect wedding gifts. Many famous people from different countries have bought wazes, cups or statues made here.

Sziget – The Sziget festival on the Obudai Island is one of the largest music and cultural festivals in Europe. More than 1,000 performances take place each year.

Hungarian Culture; Communication, Values, and Fun Facts. Hungarian Culture for Kids

Communication

Both men and women greet by shaking hands, although a man should usually wait for the women to extend her hand. The older generation may still bow to woman. Friends kiss one another lightly on both cheeks.

Hungarians prefer face-to-face meetings.  They like to invite others for dinners.

Values

The family is in the centre in Hungary. Generations of the family often live together. The grandparents help to raise the grandchildren. The family gives emotional and financial support to its members.

Fun facts

The official language is the Hungarian originated from the Finno-Ugric tribe languages.  It is one of the hardest languages to learn.

Hungary went through the worst inflation ever recorded. It is when everything becomes more expensive. In the end of the 40’ there were days when a man got his salary and next day he could buy an egg for that money. One of the banknotes was 1,000,000,000,000,000,000. pengő.

Only five more countries won more summer Olympic medals than Hungary in history. Hungary reached the 9th position out of 211 nations in total.

Hungarians are good at mathematics and technologies. They study it hard and enjoy it. Did you know that the famous puzzle game called Rubik’s cube was invented by a Hungarian?

Hungary like Austria, has a long tradition of classical music. it is often blended with folkloric elements. Composers Béla bartok, Zoltán Kodály or Franz Liszt were all Hungarians.

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Children’s Game

Many Hungarian games for children are combined with folk songs and dance. Forfeits is an increasing-decreasing game played with a large group. The children sing and create a moving circle. They hold hands and move in the same direction. A leader counts out, or calls out, moves. In Forfeits, a child who is leading the circle during their turn and makes a mistake, such as moving the wrong direction or tripping, forfeits his turn and falls out of the circle. The child is allowed back into the circle at the end of the game for the last round.

Festivals, Holidays, and the Origination of Hungary- Hungarian Culture for Kids

Festivals, holidays, Celebrations

Carnival Season – Farsang – Costume parties and carnivals take place all month long to mark the end of winter, especially on the last Saturday in February. City festivities usually include carnival, parade and open-air music concert. A great celebration is held in Mohács called the ’Busójárás’. People dress up as scary animals, burn the winter away and dance. This tradition is similar to the Bulgarian tradicion called Kukiri and aims to scare away the bad spirits.

15th of March 1848 Revolution Day – The “Hungarian spring” – a fight for freedom against Habsburg domination which later led to war against Austria and its allies. Each year on March 15, the Hungarian tricolors of red, white, and green are prominently displayed all over the country.
20th of August St. Stephen’s Day – In the year of 1000, Hungary’s first king, the St Stephen, was crowned this day, and the Hungarian state was founded.  Parades and music are among the festivities, and an impressive fireworks show is launched over the Danube at night.

 

23th of October 1956 Uprising Memorial Day This national holiday commemorates the outbreak of the people’s uprising against Soviet domination in 1956.

 

The origin of Hungarians

A king had two sons: Hunor and Magor. They both had hundreds of lads to escort them. One day on hunting they saw a beautiful wonderdeer. They chased it for many-many days. The wonderdeer led them to a country where the forests were full of prey and the water was full of fish. It disappeared in a lake. Next day they were woken up by hundreds of fairies singing. The land’s king’s two daughters were dancing there. Hunor and Magor felt in love with the princesses. They married them and their lads married the fairies. The descendant of Hunor and his lads are the Huns, the descendants of Magor are the Magyars (Hungarians).

 

Hungarian Food- Edible Eats, Hungarian Culture for Kids

Hungarian cuisine

 

Hungarian food is often spicy, due to the common use of hot paprika. Sweet paprika is also common. Additionally, the combination of paprika, lard and red onions is typical of Hungarian cuisine, and the use of the thick sour cream called tejföl.

Hungarians are very proud of their sausages and winter salami. They are very spicy and tasty and they use them for many dishes.

There are many variations of the same dish, like the Hungarian hot fish soup called Fisherman’s Soup or halászlé, cooked differently on the banks of Hungary’s two main rivers: the Danube and the Tisza. Many times people gather to have competitions to decide who has the most delicious Fisherman’s Soup.

In Hungary you should try the famous goulash soup. It is made of meat, noodles, vegetables paprika and other spices. It is one of the symbols of the country. Foreigners sometimes mistake it with beef stew. Beef soup or pörkölt is made of les water and vegetables. It is a heavier dish.

For dessert grandmothers usually make stuffed pancakes or palacsinta. The country’s favorite sweet is called Somlói Galuska. It is a sponge cake with chocolate sauce decorated with whipped cream.

Hungarian Culture; Food, Fun, Festivals, Language and More!!! Hungarian Culture for Kids

Hungarian cuisine

 

Hungarian food is often spicy, due to the common use of hot paprika. Sweet paprika is also common. Additionally, the combination of paprika, lard and red onions is typical of Hungarian cuisine, and the use of the thick sour cream called tejföl.

Hungarians are very proud of their sausages and winter salami. They are very spicy and tasty and they use them for many dishes.

There are many variations of the same dish, like the Hungarian hot fish soup called Fisherman’s Soup or halászlé, cooked differently on the banks of Hungary’s two main rivers: the Danube and the Tisza. Many times people gather to have competitions to decide who has the most delicious Fisherman’s Soup.

In Hungary you should try the famous goulash soup. It is made of meat, noodles, vegetables paprika and other spices. It is one of the symbols of the country. Foreigners sometimes mistake it with beef stew. Beef soup or pörkölt is made of les water and vegetables. It is a heavier dish.

For dessert grandmothers usually make stuffed pancakes or palacsinta. The country’s favorite sweet is called Somlói Galuska. It is a sponge cake with chocolate sauce decorated with whipped cream.

Hungarian traditional clothing

The old home-made garments were made of durable material to serve several generations. Nowadays these clothing can only be seen during festivals, celebrations and in some parts of the county.  You can meet people wearing them in Transylvania, around Hollókő and Kalocsa.

Those clothers are fine achivements in thetextile art. They vary from region to region. Flowers and leaves, a bird, are the most common decorative themes. The most frequent ornament is a flower with a centerpiece resembling the eye of a peacock’s feather.

Matyóföld, Kalocsa and Kalotaszeg are famous for their textile needleworks. When visiting a Hungarian home you will notice the many Hungarian textile arts, folk art.

Festivals, holidays, Celebrations

Carnival Season – Farsang – Costume parties and carnivals take place all month long to mark the end of winter, especially on the last Saturday in February. City festivities usually include carnival, parade and open-air music concert. A great celebration is held in Mohács called the ’Busójárás’. People dress up as scary animals, burn the winter away and dance. This tradition is similar to the Bulgarian tradicion called Kukiri and aims to scare away the bad spirits.

15th of March 1848 Revolution Day – The “Hungarian spring” – a fight for freedom against Habsburg domination which later led to war against Austria and its allies. Each year on March 15, the Hungarian tricolors of red, white, and green are prominently displayed all over the country.

20th of August St. Stephen’s Day – In the year of 1000, Hungary’s first king, the St Stephen, was crowned this day, and the Hungarian state was founded.  Parades and music are among the festivities, and an impressive fireworks show is launched over the Danube at night.

23th of October 1956 Uprising Memorial Day This national holiday commemorates the outbreak of the people’s uprising against Soviet domination in 1956.

The origin of Hungarians

A king had two sons: Hunor and Magor. They both had hundreds of lads to escort them. One day on hunting they saw a beautiful wonderdeer. They chased it for many-many days. The wonderdeer led them to a country where the forests were full of prey and the water was full of fish. It disappeared in a lake. Next day they were woken up by hundreds of fairies singing. The land’s king’s two daughters were dancing there. Hunor and Magor felt in love with the princesses. They married them and their lads married the fairies. The descendant of Hunor and his lads are the Huns, the descendants of Magor are the Magyars (Hungarians).

 

Children’s Game

Many Hungarian games for children are combined with folk songs and dance. Forfeits is an increasing-decreasing game played with a large group. The children sing and create a moving circle. They hold hands and move in the same direction. A leader counts out, or calls out, moves. In Forfeits, a child who is leading the circle during their turn and makes a mistake, such as moving the wrong direction or tripping, forfeits his turn and falls out of the circle. The child is allowed back into the circle at the end of the game for the last round.

Communication

Both men and women greet by shaking hands, although a man should usually wait for the women to extend her hand. The older generation may still bow to woman. Friends kiss one another lightly on both cheeks.

Hungarians prefer face-to-face meetings.  They like to invite others for dinners.

Values

The family is in the centre in Hungary. Generations of the family often live together. The grandparents help to raise the grandchildren. The family gives emotional and financial support to its members.

Fun facts

The official language is the Hungarian originated from the Finno-Ugric tribe languages.  It is one of the hardest languages to learn.

Hungary went through the worst inflation ever recorded. It is when everything becomes more expensive. In the end of the 40’ there were days when a man got his salary and next day he could buy an egg for that money. One of the banknotes was 1,000,000,000,000,000,000. pengő.

Only five more countries won more summer Olympic medals than Hungary in history. Hungary reached the 9th position out of 211 nations in total.

Hungarians are good at mathematics and technologies. They study it hard and enjoy it. Did you know that the famous puzzle game called Rubik’s cube was invented by a Hungarian?

Hungary like Austria, has a long tradition of classical music. it is often blended with folkloric elements. Composers Béla bartok, Zoltán Kodály or Franz Liszt were all Hungarians.

Famous places beside Budapest

Hollókő – The village of Hollóko is one of the most charming spots in Hungary hidden in the north eastern hills. This is an UNESCO World Heritage Site. They live like 100 years ago. They have been able to preserve many of their folkways.
Herend – There is a 185 year old porcelain manufacture in Herend. The porcelains are beautiful and all handmade.They are perfect wedding gifts. Many famous people from different countries have bought wazes, cups or statues made here.

Sziget – The Sziget festival on the Obudai Island is one of the largest music and cultural festivals in Europe. More than 1,000 performances take place each year.

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Hopp Juliska Hopp Mariska Hungary song Hopp Juliska Hopp Mariska Hungary Songs for children
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Boci boci tarka gyerekdal Boginak Hungary song Boci boci tarka gyerekdal Boginak Hungary Songs for children
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Bújj, bújj, zöld ág! Hungary song Bújj, bújj, zöld ág! Hungary Songs for children
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Cifra palota Hungary song Cifra palota Hungary Songs for children
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Mókuska, mókuska, felmászott a fára Hungary song Mókuska, mókuska, felmászott a fára Hungary Songs for children
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Cirmos cica haj ! Hungary song Cirmos cica haj ! Hungary Songs for children
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Bóbita Bóbita táncol Hungary song Bóbita Bóbita táncol Hungary Songs for children
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One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Once I caught a fish alive Hungary song One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Once I caught a fish alive Hungary Songs for children
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Körben áll egy kislányka, lássuk ki lesz a párja.. Hungary song Körben áll egy kislányka, lássuk ki lesz a párja.. Hungary Songs for children
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Csip-csip csóka Hungary song Csip-csip csóka Hungary Songs for children
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Icipici Kis Mese Hungary song Icipici Kis Mese Hungary Songs for children
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