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"Paprikást szeretnék kérni."

Translation:I would like to have a paprikás, please.

July 1, 2016



A literal translation of the phrases would help so much to learn the meaning of the Hungarian words. A literal translation should be an acceptable answer in addition to the English version that uses a different sentence structure. Literal translations would help to understand word order. Literal translations would help to understand how Hungarians organize their thoughts. Literal translations would help to understand the suffixes in Hungarian.

It seems that putting translations only in English structure adds a layer of confusion. I am trying to learn Hungarian. If Hungarians find meaning in "Paprikast I would like to ask for"...then so should I.

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We all know it is tough. Please keep asking those questions. This is sooo exciting that so many people are trying to learn this language. We are here to help!

Paprika - You know what that is, right?
Papriká-s - Now, that makes it an adjective meaning "with paprika". Like salt-salty, that would be só-sós. "Paprikás" is the name of a type of dish. Like stew.
Paprikás-t - That's putting it into the accusative.

Szeret - Like/love
Szeret-nék - first person singular conditional. I would like.

Kérni - this is the infinitive form of "to ask (for)". "Kér" is the root of the verb, "-ni" makes it an infinitive. And we always include "for" when translating it because "to ask a question" is a different word, although related: "kérdezni".

Best of luck to you!


"Paprikást kérek." literally you could translate "I ask Paprikás" while "Paprikást szeretnék kérni." is more polite, it is conditinal, just like in English, I think. so literally I'd translate it "I would like to ask Paprikás."


Is kérni a way to say "please?" Is "szeretnék kérni" a set phrase?


"kérni" is "to ask for something." The most likely thing a native English speaker would say in place of "szeretnék kérni" when ordering is "I would like to have a (anything), please."


I like to translate "kérek" as "I politely ask for", or "I please ask for". Please is included.


Is this a dish? or is it the vegetable? and how come some times the correct answer is "goulash" and how can i know the difference?


What is people's opinion on "I'd like a paprikas" as a translation? (Vs "I'd like paprikas".)


I resent getting an "Almost correct" on this when there is not an "a" with a diacritical mark available on my keyboard. Am I supposed to switch to a Hungarian keyboard?


Did you not see the buttons below the entry form? (Or on a Mac, you can do e.g. Alt-E follows by A for á. Probably similar on Windows. For e.g. ő, you'll need to switch to an Extended US keyboard on a Mac. Not sure on windows.)


Those butttons do not appear when I type the response in English. BTW: Windows provides many keyboards, a Hungarian is among them. Of course I can do that.

Thanks for your response.


If there's a "US International" or "US Extended" option, you might be happier with that. The keys are still in the same location as usual, but it should give (slightly inconvenient ways) of typing accents.

I'd missed that it was an English answer. It'd be reasonable to say that "paprikás" translates to "paprikas" or even "paprikash" in English, and that any of these should be marked correct. Report it when the question comes up!

(FWIW, and for purposes of good translations in the Duolingo system, in Hungarian restaurants in the US, "paprikás csirke" is usually listed as "chicken paprikash".)


Thank! My mom made a wonderful chicken paprikas--and so do I! :-)

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    Why is this not good? "I would like to have some peppery, please."


    Paprikás is the actual food here. It literally translates to "with bell pepper", but I would not write that as "peppery".


    isn't kérni = to order?


    Kér is "to ask for". Since English doesn't have a word properly expressing that concept in all situations, it's often translated as "would like to have". The German equivalent, if you're familiar, is "um etw. bitten".
    "To order", in the sense of asking for food in a restaurant, would be rendel.


    oh, klar! danke :)


    I would like to ask for isnot only the politer form, it is also the correct tranlation. Akarok means I want, kerek means I ask.


    ..., and ask for is even one if the translations that showy up when you press on kérni.


    "paprikás" is not in the English language. So why is it in the translation?

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