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Egy kis magyar etikett 2.




4. Ki nyújt előbb kezet?

Who should offer to shake hands?

(kezet nyújt – to give, offer your hands, literally: to strech your arms towards the other person)


Az nyújt előbb kezet (az ajánlja fel a kezét kézfogásra), akinek előre köszöntek.

That person offers his/her hand who is greeted first.

A nő nyújt előbb kezet a férfinak. The woman offers her hand to a man.

A felnőtt nyújt kezet a gyereknek. An adult offers his/her hand to a child.

Az idős nyújt kezet a fiatalnak. The older person offers his/her hand to the younger person.


A kézcsók már divatjamúlt. Kissing one’s hand is old-fashioned.



Természetesen a 3. és a 4. szabály nincs kőbe vésve. Ma már vannak olyan helyzetek, amelyekben erre nem figyelnek. Régen emiatt megsértődtek volna, ma már nem valószínű.

The 3rd and 4th rules are not set in a stone. Today there may be situations when one might not pay attention to this. In the olden days people would be offended, but today it is not likely.

See the 3rd rule in the previous post.



5. Ki megy előre?

Who goes in first?


Ki megy be először egy ismert vagy egy ismeretlen helyre?

Ez picit vita is szokott lenni.

Who goes in to a known or unknown place first? This question may serve as the reason of some arguments.


A nő mindig minden ismert helyre előbb megy be. A férfi előre engedi.

The woman is the first to enter every known place. The man gives way to her.


Azonban ha a nő nem akar előre menni, akkor a férfi megy előre. Vannak olyan helyzetek, amikor ez a nő számára kellemetlen, esetleg fél előre menni.

But if the woman does not want to be the first to go in, then the man has to. There may be situations when being the first to enter a place is unpleasant for the woman or she is afraid.


Minden ismeretlen helyre a férfinak illik bemenni. Mi van, ha a kocsmában éppen verekednek? A férfi megvédi a nőt azáltal, hogy ő megy be előbb! 🙂

The man enters every unknown place first. What if there is a fight in the pub? The man protects the woman by going in first.


Aki kisgyerekkel van, azt illik előre engedni.

Idős személyt illik előre engedni.

It is good manners to let those go first who are with small children or who are old.



6. Kérlek / kérem, légy szíves / legyen szíves

When you ask for something use these words… please (informal and formal)


Folytatása következik.

To be continued.


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