"Az ügyvédek figyelik a bírókat, és mi figyeljük az ügyvédeket."

Translation:The lawyers are watching the judges, and we are watching the lawyers.

July 3, 2016

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to my knowledge, 'figyelni' means 'paying attention to'. very confusing if 'nézni' is used as well, in the same lesson..


Yep, same. So what is the difference between the two ? I'd much rather use nézni :)


Oh, I am watching you. Now that would be "figyelni". To pay special attention, in order to find out something about you. When you watch tv, that is just "nézni". But when you keep an eye on the tv to catch the weather forecast, that is "figyelni".

There is an important difference between "figyelni valakiRE" and "figyelni valakiT". This is for people. For objects, the difference is not as important.

"Az ügyvéd figyeli a bírót" - "The lawyer is watching the judge". - This is a little unnerving if he has bad intentions.

"Az ügyvéd (oda)figyel a bíróra" - "The lawyer is paying attention to the judge". - That is very smart of him.

So, those people up there in the sentence are not paying attention to what the others are saying. No, they are keeping an eye on them.

"Figyelni" can also be "to observe". Especially "megfigyelni".

"Watch and learn" - "Figyelj és tanulj"
"We are observing your Earth" - "Megfigyeljük az önök Földjét"
"The Observer" - "A (meg)figyelő"
"I observe these animals" - "Megfigyelem ezeket az állatokat"


Thanks, that explanation helps a lot. It was a good question.


I can't understand the difference about figyelni and nézni. Maybe in some other language it has two different equivalents?


"Figyelni" is not necessarily with your eyes. You can pay attention to what I am saying. You can pay attention to what you are doing.
"Attention!" is "Figyelem!", a derivative of the verb.
Anyway, "figyelni" is to observe/watch/listen/surveil/(do) with (careful) attention.


figyelni -> vigilance?


"We are observing your Earth" - "Megfigyeljük az önök Földjét"

I notice the alien in your icon. You've been here at least 3 years I see. So are you storming Area 51 today? Were you part of organizing this event?


Now I am observing you ...


"paying attention to the judges" would be "az ügyvédek figyelnek a bírókra"


Nézni is to look not pay attention to, like scrutinizing


So do graphems j, ly and lj all sound the same?


"J" and "ly" are letters of the Hungarian alphabet. They do sound the same. "Lj" are just two letters that happened to be next to each other in a word. You are welcome to try to properly pronounce them until your tongue gets the cramps. But here they want to morph into "jj". They are better pronounced in other words, for example, in "feljön".
I can compare this to what happens to "n" in an "ng" situation. DuoliNGo, baNG, oNGoing. It is just the natural laziness of our speech organs.


Well, it might be dependent of each speaker's native language, but I don't feel uncomfortable to pronounce LJ as two different sound, one after the other. In my native Ukrainian figyeljük sounds фідєльюк :) Therefore, such an aspect is a clue to correct Hungarian pronounciation.


There was a Hungarian politician who famously spelled out the individual sounds in such situations. That was his style. Maybe it was also a clue to his roots, I don't know.
Anyway, these morphings just happen naturally. And I am sure you are right: what happens naturally to you depends on your native language.

And I think most people are not aware of the fact that these morphings happen when they speak. So if you ask them if there is such a rule, they will be surprised. So, maybe the best option is to listen and pay attention (figyelni) to how the natives speak and try to get as close as you can with your own pronunciation.


So why not - "the lawyers are watching the referees and we are watching the lawyers."


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i think if one types here 'listen' for 'figelni'.. (the lawyers listen to the judges' (as opposed to 'watch') it should not be deemed incorrect..


It might be wrong given the context of the rest of the sentence


And who is policing the police?


Does she read LJ just like J?


Just like JJ. I would say 99% so. Maybe it is just my imagination, maybe it is just my brain telling me: "there is an L in that word, therefore you ARE hearing it".


Simply - jj - but I had a teacher once who insisted both sounds were modified to something between the two with a mid-tongue position - but I couldn't hear it (she was also a singer and musician).


Yes, that is probably that 1% difference. If you can closely observe what your tongue is doing while pronouncing those letters, you may notice a slight difference. And a singer/musician might be able to hear that difference.


Could it be "figyelek"? Ők = ek, am I wrong? Tysm!


"Figyelek" is first person singular.


"figyelek" is "I watch" - first person singular indefinite conjugation.

This needs definite conjugation - "figyelik" (and indefinite would have been "figyelnek")


I wrote the answer exactly as your correct solution, and it marked me wrong.


A typical Hungarian sense, I love it!


observing... should also be accepted, not just "watching"


the lawyers watch the judges and we watch the judges- why is this bad?


Because at the end of the sentence the "judges" (bírók) should be "lawyers" (ügyvédek).

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