"A fiatal tanár az iskola előtt sétál."

Translation:The young teacher is walking in front of the school.

July 14, 2016

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I thought it was ‘the young schoolteacher is walking in front’.


"Előtt" is a postposition, it is always after the word it refers to, so "az iskola előtt" is "in front of the school". "In front" would be "elöl".


Köszönöm =)


Sorry, actually, "in front", is "elöl", with a short "ö".
The word "elől", with a long "ő", means "from in front of". As in "(move the obstruction) from in front of the train". "A vonat elől".

And "tanár" and "iskola" are in no relation whatsoever in this sentence.

Who? - "A fiatal tanár"
Where? - "az iskola előtt"
Is doing what? - "sétál"

"Schoolteacher" is "iskolai tanár". But it would be used with some kind of a qualifier:
"általános iskolai tanár" - "elementary school teacher"
"középiskolai tanár" - "secondary school teacher"


thanks, I corrected my comment


Are you getting your Welsh mixed into your Hungarian? :)

tanár az iskola for "the schoolteacher" would make perfect sense in Welsh, probably also in Arabic.

But it doesn't work like that in Hungarian :)


Translated literally the first part of the sentence is ‘the teacher of the school’, innit? I was just going by the dictionary.


It would be "the teacher of the school" in Welsh or Arabic, yes.

In Hungarian, I think you'd get something along the lines of az iskola tanára. (Similar to Turkish okul öğretmeni in that the possessor comes first and the possessed thing has a possessive ending on it.)

But you don't get an "of" relationship in Hungarian simply by sticking two nouns next to each other (with no possessive suffixes around), to my knowledge.


There are various possibilities for the "okul öğretmeni" type of relationship in Hungarian. My feeling is that it is not necessarily a possessor-possessed relationship, but rather a "belongs to" kind of fixed construction, like a compound structure.
Schoolteacher would be "iskolai tanár". So, there is a suffix on "iskola". But Hungarian loves glueing words together into a single word, in which case there may not be anything extra, like a suffix, in the mix. I think that depends on the types of words glued together. A few examples: cipőtalp, kabátgomb, fogkefe, diákszálló, könyvhét, etc.
"Iskolatanár" as a word does not exist, but there is "iskolaudvar", "iskolaév", "iskolakezdés", "iskolaköpeny" and many others, for your enjoyment. :)


What does fogkefe mean? I've heard it in a song. Is it "toothbrush? Also do I guess this right, "iskolaudvar" is school yard?


Tanár means teacher and professor, why is not correct my answer when i write professor?


Professor is 'professzor' and teacher is 'tanár'.


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