Unit 2

Cultural Points

Asking people in the street

Stopping and asking people in the street for help is acceptable and common in Hungary. Usually Hungarians are very happy to help. They especially like and are grateful if a foreigner says a few words in Hungarian. Since there are not many foreigners speaking Hungarian, Hungarians are not used to hearing Hungarian with an accent. They find foreigners’ Hungarian cute. Don’t feel uncomfortable if they smile; they appreciate your accent.

“Late Hungarians”?

Hungarians are said to be often late. There might be a grain of truth in it, though I would say, this has changed a lot in the 1990s and Hungarians have become more punctual.

Sunrise, sunset

On the longest days in June the sun rises at around 4:45 a.m. in Budapest and sets at around 8:45 p.m. On the shortest days in December the sun rises at around 7:30 a.m. and sets at around 4 p.m. (source: www.timeandate.com). Students of KU who have been to Budapest in the summer have noticed the difference between Lawrence and Budapest sunrise when they were waken up by the strong light in the morning.