With about 15 million primary or secondary language speakers, Hungarian is among Europe’s most common languages. There are Hungarian speakers in different parts of the world as well, including the United States, Croatia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Serbia, Austria, the Czech Republic, and Romania. As the populations of Hungarian speakers in these areas continues to grow, estimates say that more than 20 million Hungarian speakers will live in all parts of the world in the next few years.

Like most other world languages, Hungarian can be divided into a few main dialects, each with sub-dialects. According to Wikipedia, these dialects include the following:

  • Afold
  • West Danube
  • Danube-Tisza
  • King’s Pass Hungarian
  • Northeast
  • Northwest
  • Szekely
  • West Hungarian
  • Csango (sometimes called a separate native language)

For the most part, each dialect of the Hungarian language is interchangeable with others, making it possible for people all over the nation to communicate quiet easily. While some words and phrases may be different from one region to the next, they are understandable and someone fluent in one Hungarian dialect is probably fluent in at least several others.

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