Hungarian Songs

Music makes an impression — even when we don’t know what the words mean!

Do you recall your parents or grandparents singing certain songs in Hungarian? There may be several Hungarian songs are a part of the oral tradition in your family. Maybe you remember singing them as a child but have forgotten the words or the melodies. Let’s talk about those songs!

We are excited to team up with Zina Bozzay to create several opportunities that will explore several of the Hungarian songs that are more well-known to American Hungarians. We’ll learn what is a folk song and what isn’t. We’ll listen to the songs, discover the meaning behind the words, and then we will sing them! It will be fun to explore Hungarian language in a new way and solve the mystery about what our parents and grandparents were singing about! If you have a song you want to learn more about, now is a good time to mention it in the comments, even if you aren’t sure of the title but only remember a phrase or two!

We already have a couple classes planned. And, as soon as the dates are set, we’ll let you know the details. For starters, we have our eyes on a December date where we will explore two well known Hungarian Christmas songs! Be sure to let me know via email if you are interested — message me at and be sure to put Hungarian Songs in the subject line.

Zina Bozzay is an active performer, collector, arranger, and teacher of Hungarian folk songs in the US and Hungary. She has taught these songs to Hungarian speakers and non-speakers for over a decade, and is known for her accessible teaching style, academic rigor, and contagious enthusiasm. Zina’s website!

If you would like to learn Hungarian, we’d love to help! CLICK HERE to see our opportunities to strengthen your at a variety of levels! Whether you are a complete beginner or an advanced speaker, we would love to help you grow in your confidence and knowledge with our various options!

9 People have left comments on this post

» Mary Lou Magiske said: { Nov 1, 2020 - 11:11:44 }

(l.) My Dad Pécsi Lajos taught us “Horthy Miklos” growing up in the early 1940s. I was phonetically able to sing most of this in Hungarian
when we traveled to Rust, Austria pince. This was prior to 1989 and it was forbidden to sing this song, but the Prima did and the younger
musicians were able to pick up on the tune. Is there a record or DVD of this song? Or perhaps lyrics? Sadly, our 78 record is broken in two.
(2.) This is not a Folk Song per se, but Julia Oros used to sing it years ago when McKeesport, PA had a Hungarian radio station, produced
by Dr. Victor Molnar. Nincs Senki Oljan Jol? It is a Hallgato. Any recordings DVD’s, lyrics?

» Dr. Catherine Bukovitz said: { Nov 1, 2020 - 11:11:16 }

Thank you for keeping our Magyar Spirit alive.

» BARBARA BERNARD said: { Nov 1, 2020 - 12:11:36 }

I attended 4 Hungarian Heritage Experiences; that got me back into the language with which I grew up. I am working on Duolingo which is increasing my vocabulary. At the camps, I very much enjoyed the music and dancing. I would love to be able to sing Magyar ének!

» Liz said: { Nov 24, 2020 - 06:11:33 }

Hi Barbara! We hope to bring you an opportunity in January!

» Ronald Brandich said: { Nov 1, 2020 - 02:11:31 }

This man, Zámbó Jimmy, I first heard two years ago was this song,, and I GOT GOOSED BUMPS at once!!
Probably the BEST Singer I’ve ever heard……YES even maybe would BEAT Elvis!!
I have him playing now……..Goose Bumps all over my arms!
In my opinion~~~He is the Best!
OK…I’ve had 2 “small” shots of Unicum too, so I MIGHT be a little Bias!
Jó Magyar!!!

» Liz said: { Nov 24, 2020 - 06:11:04 }

I have heard of Jimmy Zambo! I think I will check out some of his music today!

» Ronald Brandich said: { Nov 1, 2020 - 02:11:39 }

Listen to this one~~~Midnight Lady in ENGLISH!!!

» Patricia Soltesz said: { Nov 1, 2020 - 07:11:50 }

Az a Sep
Gimbelum Gombulum a Cobatum
Are two songs I remember singing as a child at Holy Cross Hungarian School.

» Nelson (Szucs) Tamas said: { Nov 3, 2020 - 09:11:41 }

Zámbó Jimmy was fantastic, and yes, probably superior to Elvis and many others. Go online and download Jojj Istenem, it is magnificent!. Sadly he never recovered from the death of his son, and, I think, died of a broken heart.