"Szép napunk van ma."

Translation:It is a beautiful day today.

July 3, 2016



Hungarian is awesome!

September 26, 2016


Why is "Today is a beautiful day"not good? And where does the "We have" come from?

July 3, 2016


Hungarian doesn't have the verb "to have", but express it with "van" + object with some pronoun ending. For example:

  • Van macskám = "I have a cat" or, literally, "There's a cat-my"

There is "van" and the object ("macska") with an ending (-m is for "I"; -d is for "you", etc.) and a linking vowel that can change depending on the noun. So, in the sentence above:

  • Szép napunk van ma = maybe "there's a beautiful day-us today"

There's the "van" and "nap" with the personal ending for "we" (-nk/-unk/-ünk…)

I think that "Today is a beautiful day" translates to "Ma (egy) szép nap" but I'm not sure.

July 3, 2016


I find the "-unk" construction to be convenient to think of as "of ours". (This is one completely legitimate translation of it.) So "szép napunk van ma" would translate through this lens as "It is a nice day of ours today."

Similarly with the "-om" and other forms of the possessive.

September 5, 2016


Then I would translate it as

We have a nice day today

September 19, 2017


Nu not quite, because the verb is van, 3rd person, 'it is'. So it says more something like 'it is our beautiful day today'

January 15, 2019


Ah, that makes sense! Thank you very much :D

July 3, 2016


what's the difference between napunk and nap?

April 5, 2017


"nap" is day, napunk is "our day". If you want to learn more about how possession works in Hungarian take a look at this link: http://www.hungarianreference.com/Possession/SingleObjects.aspx

April 8, 2017


Thanks, that's helpful

February 14, 2018


You're welcome :)

February 14, 2018


We have a saying in English "Beautiful day we're (we are) having" maybe it's like that?

September 19, 2017


It is not impossible but very unusual to say it is a pretty day. Nice or beautiful far better

July 21, 2017


Normally we say " it's a nice day" not pretty

June 11, 2017


I've been known to exclaim, "What a pretty/lovely/gorgeous day," using any one of those descriptives.

July 11, 2017


Ok, the correct translation here is better than the one it was giving me...it told me "We've a nice day today." was the right reponse.

January 26, 2018


But that could be used as well. English and many other languages are not limited in the variety of their expressions as long as the grammar is correct.

May 7, 2018


Beautiful was rejected..

June 6, 2018


Why "napunk" is not reflected in the accepted translation? IMHO it shall be something like "we have a..." or "it's a ... day for us"

August 13, 2018


And can I say "Egy szép nap van ma."?

August 29, 2018


"It's a beautiful day" should be accepted. Putting "today" at the end of the sentence isn't really necessary in English.

January 8, 2019
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