I had fun writing my observations about Poland and relating it to language (especially when I mentioned about German cleaning products), so I believe Hungary should get its own post about something that called my attention while being there. By the way, due to the greater amount of work and responsibilities I’ve got this year, I haven’t been to continue with Hungarian as fast as I can, but I’m determined to reach a basic conversational level soon and simply, enjoy learning.
If you’d ever ask me if there’s something that quickly caught my attention in Hungary… it was this:
Despite that the word looks similar to table, it is a word also used for a picture a graduating high school class takes, and here comes the fun and interesting part: they are usually hanged in shops, shopping centres, supermarkets, local stores and high schools as well. I am not 100% sure why they are located there. I’ve heard that long time ago, being able to graduate from high school was a big step and something worth being proud of, thus everyone had to know about it. Locating these graduation pictures next to a local shop or important meeting poing was a way to let know that Sándor passed his exams and he can either look for a grown-up job or start further studies.
In any way, these recent years have become very important for these pictures. If before they were mostly traditional graduation photos, with the graduates in formal dress and their school teachers and staff… advanced photo editing skills and worldwide trends to personalize everything have turned a regular tabló into… TABLÓVERSENY (verseny = competition, race… so it is a competition about tabló!). What class will use the most pop culture reference or the best photo editing skills? People there are yet to know, but you can use Instagram to vote for your favourite ones (yes, there is a contest to vote on your favourite ones, so the graduating class can win a big prize). One of the thing that surprises me for the best is how teachers are willing to join their students in these pictures. I bet only 2-3 of the teachers I’ve ever had in High School would have joined us if we wanted such photos.
Naturally, like any photo competition, you may find excellent ones like a version of The Last Supper, one related to World of Warcraft or… Game of Thrones (I’m not fan of the latter, but if it were like that picture… I’d totally watch it).
And naturally… there are some of them who… might need to think it twice, because I’m not sure I’d love a Math teacher gulyás, read the magazine from that classmate I didn’t like or… that photo that tells you who are close to each other and who aren’t.
In any way, I’m not here to judge (I mean, there are customs over here that may shock anyone), yet I have yet to see such things over here. Plus, I really wanted to talk about something original about Hungary (there are plenty of blogposts about Túró, gulyás and other yummy things or good inventions from Hungarian origin).
Are there any interesting things that remember you of Hungary? Or any interesting customs for your country or place where your target language is spoken? Share them on the comments!