Magyar, as Hungarians call their mother tongue, is spoken by the state's approximately 11 million inhabitants, as well as another 4 million people in its neighbouring countries (especially in Romania, which is home to the largest Hungarian diaspora).
Hungarian belongs to the Finno-Ugric language family, but its closest relatives are several languages spoken by only few in Siberia. Maybe, once upon a time, the Hungarians decided to emigrate from those cold northern places in order to warm up their limbs in the Hungarian spa oasis (the country counts 1,500 thermal springs).
“megszentségteleníthetetlenségeskedéseitekért” is one of the longest Hungarian words and means “because of your continuous pretending to be indesecratable”. But the language also knows shorter important words – at least for ERSTE Foundation – such as “méh” [meː] for “bee”.
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