The system marked me wrong for translating this as "Are you looking for lángos here?" Is there any real difference between "lángos" and "a lángos" in this case? (I reported it, FYI.)
I think this should be reported. In my experience, with my Hungarian friends we generally don't say a lángos.
I keep seeing them and they look so overwhelming, but I want to try one! Tomorrow is our last day in Hungary, though :/
It is very difficult to distinguish the audio difference between te itt lángost keresel and te egy lángost keresel. Do any native speakers have any advice on what to listen for to tell these two apart?
My oppinion is: "itt" means "here", "egy" means "a". Te itt lángost keresel: are you looking for lángos here, but Te egy lángost keresel: are you looking for a lángos
Meaning-wise, I'm fine. :) It's the audio that threw me, as I couldn't distinguish which was being said.
The vowels are different, but for an English speaker it might be a bit troublesome. Itt sounds like a short "eat", and egy more like "edge".
You'll get used to it with time.
Honestly... I'm a native speaker and in this sentence I said "egy" too. That's the problem with text-to-speech... Hungarians pronounce every letter, it's a phonetic language, we rarely have silent letters or words where a letter combination is pronounced in a different way ("tudja" for example is pronounce "tuggya", same goes for other words with the "dj" letters).... and in this case "itt" has a double consonant too (which you would have to pronounce twice), so it should sound quite different from "egy" which does not have a double consonant.
Basically there is no potato in the lángos.This is the most common one that you can buy everywhere. But indeed there is a sub-category: krumplis lángos, that has potato in the dough, but this is not the common one.
Why don’t they accept the English translations “scone” or “frybread” here? Lángos is only uniquely Hungarian in its ubiquity, not its recipe (unless you include the toppings; smothering everything in sour cream is definitely Hungarian! :D )
A "scone" is something very different, at least. "Frybread" should be accepted.
I did a little more research and discovered that the frybread I refer to as “scones” is only called such in the Mountain West of the United States. Apparently in most of the world “scones” are more like what I know as biscuits or Hungarian pogácsa.
Pogácsák are savoury, but scones are (slightly) sweet. They are little round cakes, sometimes with fruit in them. But yes, the Wikipedia tells me that a non-sweet scone is called "biscuit" in the US.