- It’s important to pronounce the vowels with comma accent (Á, É, Í, Ó, Ő, Ú, Ű) longer than those without it
- It’s important that in case of A-Á and E-É not only the length is the difference, they are also pronounced different way. E (without accent) is pronounced just like the English E in let, get, met, while É (with accent) is pronounced just like the English A in take, make, lake, fake.
In case of A and Á we have to mention that Á (with accent) is the sound which equals to the A sound of most of the languages, while A (without accent) is pronounced a bit differently. Only Swedish language has this sound apart from Hungarian. It’s somewhere between Á and O.
- maybe it’s confusing but in Hungarian S is pronounced as SH and SZ is pronounced as S (just oppositely as in Polish)
- In Hungarian when two vowels follow each other, both of them have to be pronounced, which is usually hard for Slavic speakers, especially for Serbians
- Hungarian learners sometimes pronounce Ö or Ő just as O or Ó, and pronounce Ü or Ű just as U or Ú. The reason is the lack of these sound in native languages. The first step to improve this can be to consider that Ö is pronounced just like the English U in burn, turn, the English I in flirt.
- Double consonants have to be pronounced longer than the single consonants. e.g. ás, áss
see: Common mistakes made by beginner Hungarian learners I (grammar)
see: Pronounciation of the letters