The most satisfying first step of learning any language is
the basics such as hello, thanks,
how are you, etc.
This page teaches them without any grammar, but it is the only time I will give
Hungarian phonetic pronunciation. The grammar is contained in the rest of the site!
boldog születésnapot (kívánok)
(I wish you a) happy birthday bol-dog soo-leh-tesh-na-pot (kee-va-nok)
The above is a more modern approach that you may find used among younger people. A more traditional approach is given below.
Isten éltessen sokáig
may god make you live long, i.e. may god give a long life
Ish-ten airl-tesh-shen shock-ahh-ig
Here are some other greetings you might find useful
This page covers just happy birthday.
For the full list, please see the
list of Hungarian greetings page