Often in Hungarian the object of a sentence is implied. For example, I could say "kersz kenyeret?" (do you want bread?) and a suitable response is "nem kerek," since it's already obvious we are talking about bread. A lot of hungarian is context, which you don't get from single sentences.
I'm not sure, but I think that would be "Nem kérem", in the definite conjugation (it's some tricky thing with verbs). With "it" you're talking about something already specified, like...
- "Do you want this pencil?" - "No, I don't want it."
- "Akarod ezt a ceruzát?" - "Nem, nem kérem."
Here you're talking about "this" pencil, not any other. Instead...
- "Do you want a pencil?" - "No, I don't want any."
- "Akarsz egy ceruzát?" - "Nem, nem kérek."
Here you're not talking about a specific pencil; it can be any.
Close! “I don't want it.” is indeed nem kérem. The verb form indicates whether there is a definite object or not, as Szaty has written. The examples are nearly there, but need accusative:
- “Do you want the pencil?" — “No, I don't want it.”
- “Kéred a ceruzát”? — “Nem, nem kérem.”
The same for the second example. Otherwise, spot on!
In Portugues you say Não Quero. think it might be the same word. Like you can say "Queria" [kree-ah] uma tosta de queijo: I'd like a cheese toast. Anyway it made a connection in my mind. In english maybe aswell: I'd care for a cheese toast. not an expert or anything so just a thought. So would "I don't care for any" be correct? Sort of more posh, old fashioned o polite english but I find using the word want is problematic since it is from Old Norse vanta to lack.
The literal translation doesn't make too much sense, in English. "I don't want any" is as close as it gets — as James947056 points out above, Hungarian simply often does not spell out the object to a sentence. "No, thank you" is not quite the same, but quite good, it's accepted now.
I suppose you're right as there really isn't an english equivalent and there isn't a whole lot of value in training people on the literal translation as it doesn't make much sense in english.
Of note, if "I would not like any" listed as an alternative? I think that may also come up as it would be another variation
I think I see what's going on now, I've had this happen to me many times as well.
It looks like you're doing a listening exercise, where you would hear the Hungarian phrase Nem kérek.
Your task then is to write what you hear without translating, so the answer should be Nem kérek. rather than I do not want any.
Does that do the trick?