"Igen vagy nem?"

Translation:Yes or no?

July 3, 2016



Why does vagy mean both "you are" and "or"? Any help?

July 3, 2016


I have many questions starting with why for hungarian :-P

July 7, 2016


And the answer may start with "why not". :)

July 13, 2016


Because of… history, maybe? Maybe it's just a coincidence. It also happens with vár (meaning both "to wait" and "castle")…

July 3, 2016


Are they homonyms?

July 5, 2016


Yes. There's no difference at all, just the meaning of course :)

July 7, 2016


"vagy" first meaning is "or" second meaning is "you are" in singular

July 7, 2016


I have played the audio on this many times, and it really sounds to me that this ''vagy'' is more of a VOI sound rather than "vadg" sound - am I imagining this? Or is this use of the word ''vagy'' pronounced differently than the other?

July 11, 2016


They should be exactly the same. And they sound exactly the same to the Hungarian ear. That is, the difference you are hearing is not significant in the Hungarian language. Yes, it is very soft in this audio but it has no significance. It is just how it came out of the speaker's mouth in this case.

July 13, 2016


The short "a" in Hungarian is fairly far back in the mouth, so it can sound a bit like an "o" in other languages. Also, the "gy" is palatal, so if you're not fully hearing the stop and release of the consonant, you still might be hearing the movement of the tongue to a palatal position, which is where /j/ is pronounced ... so hearing it as "voi" is actually pretty understandable.

September 4, 2016


"gy" is always pronounced the same way. Here it may sound 'softer' because it is followed by a consonant

July 12, 2016


I think of 'vagy' as an inquiry, so I just interpret the sentence as 'Igen vagy(?) Nem(?) or 'Yes? No?' or 'Yes or no?' Thinking of vagy as 'you are' or 'or' just confuses me.

December 20, 2017


In this case 'vagy' means 'or', and it is not used as a form of the english 'is'.

Think of 'Igen vagy nem' as a way of somebody pushing for an answer. "Do you want this ? Come on give me a straight answer. Yes or no?"

December 20, 2017


Why is the "yes or not" answer not correct?

November 7, 2016


The word "not" is a negative adverb. "Yes" is an interjection, as are "Wow!" or "Ouch! " So the word "no" in the question "No, or yes?" would be an interjection of negation, like "Ewwwww!" (in "my" English). Consider: "Hooray, or boooooo?" - "Igen, vagy nem? [And no! "nem" is not a negative quantifier in this context. (Or could it possibly be so by implication - "Magyarul"?]

I have a "grammar-contrary", but creative, friend who, regularly, does (or, at least, he tries to) perempt and pre-empt my proposed or continuing course of action with that obnoxious expression: "Not!" But no! I am not the oppositional one. Someone please correct me if I am wrong!

February 28, 2017


Duo must (please, please) offer a slow-speak version option (as they do every other language!). Beginners can not distinguish individual words otherwise!

April 4, 2019



November 4, 2016


I ynnn

March 11, 2017



March 11, 2017


Hbyoou. Hbluu jh

March 11, 2017


u yy

March 11, 2017
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