This is quite different in England and the US, first floor is actually the ground floor... think about that for a second. Confusing for a Hungarian, I agree.
The floor at street level is ground floor in British English and first floor in American English.
To make it clear for anyone who learns Hungarian:
- The floor at street level = földszint
- The floor above = első emelet
I said the same thing. "in the US, first floor is actually the ground floor." You are correct, in British English that's the ground floor. So the correct solution to your question in American English would be: "I live on the second floor." Thanks for understanding!!
Not only in England, but all over Europe the ground floor is "zero meters above street level", while the first floor is "one floor higher than the street level". Many Europeans also say "floor minus one", "floor minus two" for floors below street level.
I immediately thought of the band Első Emelet when I heard this sentence.
The Hungarian word "emelet" comes from the verb "emel", which means "to raise/to elevate".
The "-et" is a suffix which makes a noun from the verb.
So "emel+et" already includes, that the floor is "elevated". It means that the first "emelet" necessarily is the one above the ground-floor.
It also means that the floors under the ground-floor should be called "szint" (just like in "földszint").
I don't want to confuse anybody, but if somebody is intrested:
"emelt" (emel+t) means either "he raised/elevated sth." or that something is "raised/elevated".
So it's a verb in past tense or an adjective.
(Most of the cases it is used with the "fel-" preffix).
Good luck ;)