Hungarian is an Ugric language with about 15 million
speakers in Hungary (Magyarország), Romania, Serbia, Ukraine and Slovakia. There are
also many people of Hungarian origin in the UK and other European countries,
the USA, Canada and Australia.
Hungarian is a highly inflected language in which nouns can have up
to 238 possible forms. It is related to Mansi, an Ob-Ugric language
with about 4,000 speakers who live in the eastern Urals, and Khanty
or Ostyak, the other Ob-Ugric language which is spoken by about 15,000
people in the Ob valley of western Siberia.
The earliest written text in Hungarian was a funeral oration (halotti
beszéd) written in 1196, and the first complete book to be printed in
Hungarian, Az zenth Paal leueley magyar nyeluen (The letters of
Saint Paul in the Hungarian language) by Benedek Komjáti, was published
in 1533 in Kraków in Poland. Hungarian literature flourished during the
18th and 19th centuries.
Hungarian alphabet (magyar ábécé) and pronunciation
Q (kú), W (dupla vé), X (iksz) and Y (ipszilon) are also used, but only in
Sample text in Hungarian
Minden emberi lény szabadon születik és egyenlő
méltósága és joga van. Az emberek, ésszel
és lelkiismerettel bírván, egymással szemben
testvéri szellemben kell hogy viseltessenek.
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They
are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another
in a spirit of brotherhood. (Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights)