Today is : Wednesday,16th Oct 2019

» Turning on the Stove
Suicide Prevention, does it have anything to do with the last of the old-style Hungarian gas stoves and why they were created the way they are? This author tells why he thinks Hungarian gas stoves lack in true functionality and purpose.
» Does Not Translate: Főzelék
Főzelék means a "vegetable dish" in Hungarian but it really means soup. Leves is the word for soup but it isn't used in all cases as the previous word broadens the category of what soup in Hungary really is.
» Hungarian is hard: Part one
Hungarian is a wonderful, crazy, flexible, bewildering, interesting, incomprehensible and perfectly learnable ... if you've got a few centuries.
» Does Not Translate: Lomtalanítás
One of the odder rituals in Hungary is something called "lomtalanítás," which looks like a garbage strike and may actually be a form of socialized refuse distribution...
» BKV
Budapest is well-known for its excellent public transportation, but controlling private company BKV leaves a little to be desired in its methodology and government fund-leeching.
» Does Not Translate: Csipa
What the hell is the word for that dried-out crusty stuff in your eyes when you wake up? An easy-to-say convenient term for it exists in Hungarian!
» Nyócker
Thoughts and meanderings centered on Budapest's 8th district, a.k.a. Jozsefváros, a.k.a. Nyócker. It's a bit of the most dangerous area of Hungary combined with Mayberry RFD. Except with more prostitutes...
» Szép-tember
The best month to visit Budapest? September is perfect: That's when all the trees are colorful, the weather is cool, the tourists are next to non-existent, and it's just generally gorgeous. (Problems with parlagfű pollen excepted, of course.)
» Unicum night!
"Das ist ein Unicum!" proclaimed Kaiser Joseph II and *the* Hungarian liqueur was christened. A tasty, vaguely Jagermeister-like drink, our Scott Savoie discovers it's also not bad with energy drinks...
» Service with a snarl: The service industry in post-communist Central Europe
Why is customer service so incredibly bad in Central Europe in general and Hungary in particular? Our man on the scene Scott Savoie advances his ideas.
» The Thin Red (Green and White) Line
At the intercity bus station, love the line, hate the scrum to fight for a seat.
» Holy Sitt, Batman, that word is almost the same!
In his continuing quest to understand the strange and exotic language Hungarian, resident expat Scott Savoie happens upon a word he quite likes: "Sitt," roughly meaning "useless stuff that results from refurbishing a flat."
» Hungary aches for football success
It's been a long time since Team Hungary achieved international success as a football power in the 1950s with Ferenc Puskas and the "Golden Team." But like all good Europeans straddled with a perpetual loser, Hungary keeps on yearning...
» Chinese sizes
Scott Savoie buys his underwear at Budapest's fantastic Chinese markets, and he's not afraid to admit he currently sports a size XXXXL -- but in a different sizing system.
» Language Schools in Budapest
Want to learn Hungarian? Whether you want a basic understanding of Hungarian or you to plow forward with gusto and learn it all, here are a few places in Budapest to start you on your quest to learn the Hungarian language.
» Under a Frog's Ass
I've never seen a frog's ass, but it sure doesn't sound like an inviting place to be. Nor does the phrase translate in English to anything that makes any real sense, but to the Hungarian, under a frog's ass is exactly the way Hungarians feel when they are 'down in the dumps' or 'gloomy'.
» Does Not Translate: Turo
When someone offers you a Turo Rudi candy bar and you ask "What is it?” and they tell you "It is cottage cheese and chocolate” and you say "Bleck! Cottage cheese and chocolate? That sounds disgusting!” (Which it does in English). Fear not, a Turo Rudi is in fact a tasty confection of cream cheese and chocolate.
» Szabadsag Ter: Freedom Square
Where I live and work in the fifth district of the city of Budapest there are a few particular details that have come to have meaning for me, specifically, the unique area in which I reside-Freedom Square.
» You Say Goodbye, I Say Hállo
What's weird about greetings in the Hungarian language as oppossed to the English? Let me tell you then what it's all about.
» August 20th in Hungary
What makes August 20th in Hungary a day of rest for the Hungarian people: Is it a holiday, a day to remember or is it merely an excuse to get the day off from work?

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