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The charts below show the way in which the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) represents Hungarian language pronunciations in resource articles. For a guide to adding IPA characters to resource articles, see {{IPA-hu}}, {{IPAc-hu}} and Resource: Manual of Style/Pronunciation § Entering IPA characters.

See Hungarian phonology for a more thorough look at the sounds of Hungarian.

IPA Examples English approximation
b bot, képzés boat
c tyúk, ágytól,
roughly like RP stew
d dob, hétb?l duck
d?z madzag, ketrecben lads
d dzsessz, ácsból jug
f fa, szívtam fast
? gép, zsákból go
h hó happy
j jó, lyuk yes
? gyár, pintyb?l, adja, nagy roughly like RP due
k kép, fogtam scat
l ló lip
m ma, színpad man
n nem nap
? munka bank
? nyár, pinty canyon
p pipa, dobtam spun
r ró, balra rolled r
s szó, mézt?l sun
? só, rúzstól, község ship
t toll, adhat, átnyúl stone
t?s cél, edzhet cats
t csak, bridzst?l, segítség chop
v vág, széfben vat
z zöld, mészb?l zipper
? zseb, hasba rouge
IPA Examples English approximation
? hat RP hot
a: vár AuE father
? ez bet
e: él pay (without the final y-sound as in diphthongs)[1]
i visz happy
i: víz knee
o ok hole (GA)
o: tó north AuE
ø öl Somewhat like nurse
ø: l? Somewhat like purr
u ujj put
u: út school
y üt Somewhat like cute (but without the initial 'y' sound)
y: t?z Somewhat like cue (but without the initial 'y' sound)
Marginal vowels
?: A RP nod
a kalcium, Svájc AuE but
?: E bad
' Stress falls on the first syllable of a word

Sound changes

Intercluster elision

  • /d/ and /t/ in the middle of clusters of three or more consonants may be omitted, depending on speed and articulation of speech.


  1. ^ Rounds, Carol H. (2009). Hungarian An Essential Grammar. Routledge: Routledge. p. 8. ISBN 978-0415777377.


  • Szende, Tamás (1994), "Illustrations of the IPA: Hungarian", Journal of the International Phonetic Association, 24 (2): 91-94, doi:10.1017/s0025100300005090

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