OHWAD-Basic words





to cut;

to understand & to know (colloq.)




Memory hook:

The VAGabond was cutting the bread.


Example sentences:

Megvágtam az ujjamat főzés közben.

I cut my finger while I was cooking.

[Cut-I the finger-my cooking during.] (“Meg” tells us that the cutting itself was just a quick process of a few seconds; I didn’t keep cutting my finger for an ongoing time.)


Vágod, hogy esni fog? Vigyél esernyőt!

You know that it’s gonna rain, right? Take an umbrella!

[Know-you, that rain will? Take-you umbrella(acc.)]


Related terms:

kés – knife

olló – scissors

tud – to know (not colloq.)

ismer – to know so. / sth. (not colloq.)


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3 replies
  1. Sinisa Durkulic says:

    Tthanks a lot for this, very useful. The verb ‘vág’ meaning ‘to know’ as in your second example, is it slang…? I can’t find this meaning in the dictionary. Thank you!

  2. catchbudapest says:

    Hi Sinisa,

    thank you so much; glad you like our words! 🙂

    Indeed, that’s slang – that’s what the colloq. in the brackets means. It stands for “colloquial”:)

    Best, Juli


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