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That awful hungarian language

Nagyon szép ország Magyarország. Hungary is a very pretty country. Hogyan tudott a kis Magyarország ennyi Nobel-díjast és nagy tudóst adni a világnak?

That awful hungarian language

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Budapest is a great and remarkable city, with many uniquely and singularly naff things. However, the author is well aware of the fact that over-using the word “naff” is naff in itself. A Budapest guest of his, a great Australian professor advised to drop the word “naff” altogether. Unfortunately, the author could not. A serious description of early 21st century Budapest needs that term.

How could little Hungary have given so many Nobel Prize winners and other great scientists to the world? (Most of them were Jewish Hungarians who emigrated to America because of the anti-Semitic and anti-intellectual climate in the 1920s.) A magyar boroknak alig van párja a világon. Hungarian wines have hardly any rivals anywhere in the world. (Unfortunately they do however. Wines from Chile and Australia are the most obvious ones.) Az 1920-as trianoni békeszerződés tényleg nagyon igazság­talan volt, de most, hogy bent vannak az Európai unióban, egész Európa az önöké lett, az összes tengerekkel. The Versailles Peace Treaty of 1920, which made Hungary much smaller, was really very unjust. But now you are in the Union, and all of Europe has become your own, with all of her seas. (Hungary in the Middle Ages was even bigger than it was in 1920. It is difficult for Hungarians to accept the small country status – even if her neighbours are getting smaller and smaller.) Fantasztikus, hogy Budapest megint a kávéházak városa lett! It is great that Budapest has become a city of cafés, again! (True, no doubt.) Szépek a magyar bankjegyek! How nice Hungarian banknotes are! (This is a downright lie. They are to disappear in the mid 2010s.)

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