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"A magas munkás sétál."

Translation:The tall worker is walking.

July 6, 2016



"Sétálni" actually means "to stroll" (to take a walk) in English. "To walk" is simply "to move on foot", it does not imply the speed, aim or determination.
"Sétálni" is to walk slowly, taking in the scenery, enjoying the fresh air. There is no generally valid translation for "to walk". It could be any one of:

menni - to go - without specifying the means

sétálni - to walk slowly, to stroll

gyalogolni - to go on foot - as a sport, or when emphasizing the mode of transportation, as in "let's not take the car, let's walk". And it has another version: "gyalog menni".

So, please keep this in mind. In real life, "menni" would be the closest translation of "to walk".


As you pointed out, "menni" doesn't specify any means of travelling. This is a huge difference compared to "to walk". "Menni" has the emphasis on the fact you are in the process of getting from one place to another, it's rarely considered an activity on its own. "To walk" has the emphasis you use your feet to move, no matter whether you are going somewhere specifically or just hanging around.

(By the way, according to Cambridge Dictionary, the most obvious meaning of "to walk" is, exactly, "to move along by putting one foot in front of the other, allowing each foot to touch the ground before lifting the next". That is, "sétál". Not "fut" or something.)


munkás cannot be translated employee?


"Munkás" is mostly used for physical laborers. Not even necessarily employees. "Employee" is a much wider category. The best translation for "employee" is "alkalmazott", and sometimes "dolgozó".

So I guess "munkás"is used in a narrower sense than "worker" is. Maybe "worker" and "dolgozó" are closer in their usage. Maybe this is the best pairing of these words:

laborer - munkás
worker - dolgozó
employee - alkalmazott

But this is not set in stone, there is much overlap.


The tall worker walks.Why is not correct this translation? My mother language is Hungarian.


A tall man is walking in hungarian spelt correctly was deemed wrong!


Andy: instead of "man" use "worker" since they asked for that word. Otherwise, you're good.


“Magas” really sounds like “Mogas.”


Really? Not for me


Why is this translated as "the tall worker is walking" rather than "the tall worker walks?" I feel like I have definitely seen similarly structured sentences where "walks/stands/waits" is acceptable.


"The tall worker walks" is accepted - it's just only one translation can appear as reverse translation. That doesn't make it exclusive.

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