Interactive English: Reception

Reading and Listening

Longer Listenings

on June 3, 2015

In the next class we will listen to an episode of the podcast called Budacast. It is a podcast made by an American man living in Budapest, Hungary. Check out the wikitravel website for Hungary HERE and in the comments tell us something interesting you find.

Also, these words will be important: a podcast, Budapest, Hungary, an eggplant


26 responses to “Longer Listenings

  1. Yuka Hattori(T4) says:

    I was attracted by a sentence which says “Despite its relatively small size, Hungary has numerous World Heritage Sights.” For example, Budapest, including the Barks of the Dunebe, and the Buda Castle Quarter, and then, Andrássy Avenue. I want to see them directly because I like to travel and encounter things I never have seen before. Especially, I was interested in a cave of Aggtelek Karst and Slovak Karst. This is because I have experienced going through a cave in Kouchi prefecture Japan. I would like to see nature in Hungary. I am so busy that I can not spend time on playing in the nature. .

  2. Takuto Kase(T4) says:

    I get interested in Hungarian education .
    On Wikipedia, it says “Hungarian universities are open to all foreign students . Many European exchange students come there . There are quite a lot students from Asia and the Middle East as well, particularly because despite the high standard of education, fees are still considerably lower than in the more developed Western European countries . ”
    I think Hungarian universities are exciting in that there are many foreign students .
    And more surprisingly, despite the good environment, fees are much lower than in other countries .
    Quite a few people, including myself, are those who can’t afford to go on to universities, so I think the less fees , the better .

  3. reina inoue T4 says:

    I watches the site about traditional dishes in Hungary. In hungary paprika is one of the most important food. There are many dishes that needs paprika in Hungary. I do not like paprika so I want to try Hungaruan foods to know if they are delisiouce or not… And there are some dishes like traditional dishes in other countrry. For example, “Gulasch” in Germany and “Schnitzel” in Austria. Germany and Austria is close to Hungary so their cultures are similer, I think!!

  4. Rio Sato says:

    I am interested in baths in Hungary. In Hungary there are 1000 thermal springs and many of which have been turned into baths and spas. Before knowing it, I thought that baths are the peculiar culture of Japan, so I was really surprised to establish baths as places of interest in other country. However considering the Roman era, I was able to understand the reason easily. I would like to visit Szechenyi baths, which are the most famous baths!

  5. T4 Yuki Yokomizo says:

    Hi, Matt! I’m Yuki.
    It was so exciting because I could know new aspects of Hungary. I only knew Hungary had been socialism. But now I felt it is allowed to be free. In Japan, we don’t have an opportunity to get information of Hungary very much. In fact, they have a lot of nature and historic buildings. I have three points regarding what I found interesting.
    First, there are many hot springs in Hungary. Because I had an image people in Europe don’t soak in the bath. I think that it is similar to Japanese culture. Also, it seems to be very cold during winter (ー39 degrees!) there, so I think hot springs could give them warmth.
    Second, Hungarian is a difficult language. It’s interesting they are the descendants of several tribes from Central Asia. However, to elder people we can’t easily make our English understood in stead of European country. I think this is a problem a little.
    Third, They have an uncommon custom not to clink with beer. When I understood the reason, I thought this was similar to German rule that they must not raise their hands. Old custom remains now still.
    I don’t have knowledge about Eastern Europe, so I want to know more!
    Thank you.

  6. Minami Shimoura(T4) says:

    How many World Heritage Sites Hungary has! I think that the history on this country is very interesting, I want to know about those heritages more. I’m amazed that fishes are common in this country. I think that the trade in Europe has developed very much. I really want to eat the pancake in Hungary!! It looks so delicious! I hear that there is a pancake whose contents is meat, this is different from pancakes in Japanese. I think it is a charm point that we can move other country relatively freely because I’m interested in the countries around Hungary.

  7. Emi Tanaka(T4) says:

    Although I have heard that the grammar of Hungarian is so different from other European languages because Hungarian belongs to a Uralic language or the Finno-Ugric languages, the fact that Hungarian doesn’t need to say “to have” and people in Hungary use the word “to be” is very interesting to me. It is one of the European countries. Nevertheless I find the diversity of culture in terms of language.
    And I learn that as Hungary is located in the next to Austria, Germany is more spoken than English.
    The custom of having to take off shoes when entering the house is similar to that of Japan.
    At last, I want to go to the thermal springs around the country. Japanese visitors will like the places. The cave baths sound so mysterious!

  8. Annie(T4) says:

    Hi, Matt! I’m Annie in T4.
    After reading the introduction of Hungry, I found it’s a wonderful place for travel. Beautiful lakes, magnificent churches and peaceful society—–just like paradise. The only pity is that the country’s weather is quite unpredictable. It may be sunny this moment, but suddenly starts to rain the next moment. That’s really annoying to me.
    I’m interested in Hungary’s cuisine. The dishes look delicious and what important is that they’re spicy. You know, spicy food is my favorite. (^_^) Besides cuisine, I also want to try the country’s wine. I like sweet wine very much and Hungarian wine seems to suit my taste.
    That’s all, thank you.

  9. Ayumi Nakahara(T4) says:

    After I checked out this website, I feel that I want to travel Hungary someday. I’m interested in visiting World Heritage Sites in reality, so I decided to major in Italian. Therefore, Hungary, which has a lot of nature and World Heritage Sites, attracts me very much.
    The most important thing we have to care is whether the destination is safe or not. I’m secured that Hungary is a safety place. Peaceful is essential for us to live .
    I was surprised that German is spoken a lot in Hungary, sometimes more than English. I haven’t examined about Hungary before, so I didn’t know what language is spoken there. Of course the nation of Hungary speaks Hungarian the most and they are proud of their national language. I think that respecting our own country is a wonderful thing!

  10. Yu Kobashi(T4) says:

    It is very interesting for me that in Hungary , regardless the gender, it is not unusual that people kiss each other when they meet for the first time . It is unbelievable and unusual in Japan, because Japanese people often just bow , sometimes shake their hands , and maybe never kiss each other when they meet for the first time . It is one of the interesting cultural differences.
    If I go to Hungary without this knowledge , I would be very surprised when a big man approachs and suddenly kisses me. I would run away and call police . But now I can understand the culture.

  11. Mika Osada(T4) says:

    I did not know that Hungary was famous for thermal springs. Speaking of thermal springs, I recall baths in japan (onsen). Japan’s hot springs are often found in natare, among mountains or in narrow valleys. In onsen, we can see beautiful scenery reflecting the change of the seasons—cherry blossoms in spring, the green of new leaves in summer, colorful leaves in autumn and white snow in winter.
    I have no idea what baths in Hungary are like. I think baths in Hungary and those in Japan are very different in many ways. Bath in Hungary would be more gorgeous than in Japan.

  12. Ayaka Kishino(T4) says:

    It is so interesting for me that paprikas are important ingredients for Hungarian cuisine. It reminds me that,when I visited Hungary many years ago,I was surprised at the hotness of the Hungarian dishes and my mother bought paprika powder a lot as souvenir.
    Before I know about Hungarian dish,I only had imagined South America when I saw paprikas.
    I wondered why Hungary is famous for paprikas,so I searched for the reason.
    I report the result below.
    Paprika was introduced to western countries by Columbus. It became popular in Hungary,in the era of Ottoman Empire,as the substitute for pepper which was too expensive for ordinary people to buy.
    In the first place,paprika is improved in Hungary and its name cames from a Magyar language which means pepper.

  13. Aiko Narasaki (T4) says:

    Hungury is a cultually interesring country.
    It shares border with 7 countries!
    And it has beautiful nature, cities, safe food and water, safety, and nice climate.

    I was surprised. Hungurians, known as Magyars, are descendants of Asian nomadic people! They are believed to come to Central Europe in the 9th century.

    Also I was interested in its food.
    Hungurians prefer paprica as spice. Hungurian cuisine are tasty rather than healty. They use a lot of oil.

  14. Rika Morofuji(T4) says:

    Every thing in Hungary looks fascinating for me.

    Especially, horse riding seems to be a lot of fun. According to the passage, open countryside there has long tradition of riding horses, and this makes the country ideal place. Besides, it has good nature. It will be comfortable to ride horses in such a nice place.

    Also, I found that Budapest is an important railway hub. Trains from various countries, such as Austria,Germany, Russia, Switzerland ,Ukraine and so on, run through in Budapest. We can’t experience such a thing in Japan. It is interesting to connect with many countries by trains.

  15. Keisuke Koyama (Chankei) says:


    Checking out the wikitravel website for Hungary makes me interested in Hungary.
    Unexpectedly,Hungary seems to be really safe. Japan was likely to be recognized as one of the most safest countries, and if Hungary is as safe as Japan is, Japanese people, who haven’t ever visited foreign countries, can visit there, being relieved.
    According to the website, its foods seem to be good, too.
    But, they is likely to have lard or fried, so I don’t want to eat a lot of them if I have a opportunity to eat them.

    I had some terrible things last weekend, so I hope your interesting class will cheer me up!

  16. Miki Kashiwa says:

    I was surprized by temperatures in Hungary.
    “Temperatures in Hungary vary from -20°C to 39°C through the year.”
    I can’t live there…
    However, if I get used to temperatures in Hungary ,I can live more comfortably in Japan!

  17. Chikako Tsuge(T4) says:

    I found it interesting that Budapest consists of Buda, the west area, and Pest the east area. And I didn’t know that Hungary is one of the 15 most popular tourist destinations in the world, so now I want to visit there! Also, this country shares borders with some countries, I cannot imagine what it is like because I live in an island country.

  18. Atsushi Igarashi(T4) says:

    I was surprised at the two facts that temperatures in Hungary vary from -20°C to 39°C through the year, and heavy storms are frequent after hot summer days, and rainfall is more frequent in the Autumn. This climate must do harm to people, traffic or agriculture in Hangary.I want to know how they deal with the annoying climate.

  19. Akari Yamada(T4) says:

    I was surprised at Hungarian meals because wikitravel says Hungarian spice is paprika. I said I don’t paprika because of it’s bitter taste before, so I can’t believe paprika has spicy taste. I also surprised their using lard. Most people usually don’t use it because lard is not healthy but they do so I guess that many Hungarian are fat. Except these 2 things, it seems I like Hungrian meals!

  20. Xiuzhong Niu says:

    Hello,it’s a good night.
    I’m interested in this country because of its fantastic landscape.It’s said that Hungary is one of the 15 most popular tourist destinations in the world.The most attractive thing ,for me,is the safe food and water,as well as good safety and a generally stable political climate.I seldom find news about Hungary.
    I am also attracted by the Hungarian cuisine,although most of them are tasty rather than healthy.In Budapest,there is a wide variety of restaurants to choose from.I guess in the podcast,the man would introduce this to us.
    Anyway,it seems that Hungary is a charming country.I wish I could travel to Hungary one day.

  21. Keishu Joi (T4) says:

    Good morning, Matt!

    I am interested in the languages Hungarian speak.
    In Hunggary, English is now compulsory in schools. However, because of Hungary’s history, the older generation had less access to foreign language tutition. And a minority of Hungarians speak Russian, which was compulsory in the Communist era.

    Every language speaked all over the world has its own history. For example, in the Philippines, they usually speak English, because the U.S.A had colonized them.
    I think it is interesting to examine the reason why a language is spoken in a counry.

    Thank you.

  22. Nishibori Hibiki(T4) says:

    I did not know that Hungary has a lot of attractive places and many people visit Hungary before I read this article. I am interested that we can expect to find safe food and water, good safety and Hungary keeps crime levels moderate. When we go abroad, we concern about safety firstly, so it is good.
    Each region has various characters so I think that Hungary is very interesting. After I read this article, I would like to go to Hungary.

  23. Ichiyo Shimizu says:

    I found Hungarian language very interesting. It is related to Finnish and Estonian although they don’t share any borders each other. I wonder how Hungarian language included Finnish and Estonian. Maybe it is concerned with the history. And Hungary accepted the alphabet in the year 1000. It’s late enough. I think changing the letter is not a easy thing so it is interesting that they took the trouble to do that.

  24. Natsumi Mizumura (T4) says:

    I was really enjoying to think about this week’s comment. Because I like traveling so much!
    I was so surprised that Hungary has many World Heritage Sites. I like to visit buildings(especially castle), so I’m interested in the castle,”Gödöllő”,it is the second largest Baroque castle.
    And, I want to go to Budapest to visit the Buda Castle Quater. Its picture is showed at the page, it is very beautiful and fantasy. I really want to see the sight on my own eyes.

  25. Ling(T4) says:

    Hi,matt!I’m Ling in T4.
    I think the most interesting one is that Hungary’s land is 92,340 km²,but it has 8 places that has been selected as World Heritage sites. The rank of its land area is just 107 in the world and 17 in the Europe.But there are 8 sites called World Heritage.I think it’s amazing.China’s land area is 9 million and 600 thousand km².It’s 9 times to the Hungary,but the World Heritage is just 47.So I’m surprised when I saw it.

  26. Kenji (T4) says:

    Hi, Matt!
    I heard that Hungary language has similar structure to Japanese, and I was very interested that Hungary has a lot of hot springs and spas and Hungry people love baths like Japanese do. I especially want to got in Miskolc which is cave bath. It must be special experiment to bathe myself in cave!

    Thank you.

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