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The charts below show the way in which the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) represents Hungarian language pronunciations in Wikipedia articles. For a guide to adding IPA characters to Wikipedia articles, see ((IPA)), ((IPAc-hu)), and Wikipedia: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, hétből duck
d͡z madzag, ketrecben lads
d͡ʒ dzsessz, ácsból jug
f fa, szívtam fast
ɡ gép, zsákból go
h hó happy
j jó, lyuk yes
ɟ gyár, pintyből, adja, nagy roughly like RP due
k kép, fogtam scat
l ló lip
m ma, színpad man
n nem nap
ŋ munka bank
ɲ nyár, pinty canyon
p pipa, dobtam spun
r ró, balra trilled r, like in Spanish
s szó, méztől sun
ʃ só, rúzstól, község ship
t toll, adhat, átnyúl stone
t͡s cél, edzhet cats
t͡ʃ csak, bridzstől, segítség chop
v vág, széfben vat
z zöld, mészből zipper
ʒ zseb, hasba rouge
IPA Examples English approximation
ɒ hat conservative RP hot
vár AuE father
ɛ ez bet
él pay (without the final y-sound as in diphthongs)[1]
i visz happy
víz knee
o ok hole (GA)
tó story
ø öl Somewhat like nurse
øː lő Somewhat like purr
u ujj put
út school
y üt Somewhat like cute (but without the initial 'y' sound)
tűz Somewhat like cue (but without the initial 'y' sound)
Marginal vowels
ɒː A conservative RP nod
a kalcium, Svájc AuE but
ɛː E bad
ˈ Stress falls on the first syllable of a word


  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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