Kazakhstan - Hungary: historical kinship - Kazakh TV

Magyars and Cumans are related. Philologist Katja Sebestyen believes that Kazakhstan and Hungary share a common past. She says that both languages are similar. She conducted special studies on the etymology of many Hungarian words and came to the conclusion that her native Hungarian has Turkic origins.

KATJA SEBESTYEN, HUNGARIAN SINGER, PHILOLOGIST:

There is a theory that Hungarians and Kazakhs share common origins. Hungarians know that there are identical or similar words such as “sol – soyly”, “orus – orys”, “kish - kish”, “alma - alma” or “balta- balta.” Kazakh words “ata” becomes “atya” in Hungarian, and “ana” translates into “anya.” A lot of basic words have common roots and are absolutely identical inboth languages. Hungarians feel that they are close to Kazakhs, and there exist some villages whose inhabitants live in yurts. My son visited such camps all summer, where people live in yurts. There again we become aware of our affinity."Aksakal" means "old beard" in Hungarian.

According to scientists, in the 9th century Magyars were divided into two groups. While one migrated westward towards where modern Hungary is today, the other entered the tribal unions of Argyns and Kipchaks on the lands of modern-day Kazakhstan. Scientists name them “Magyars-Argyns” and “Magyars-Kipchaks.” Katja Sebestyen believes that the linguistic and historical affinities between Kazakhs and Hungarians bring both cultures closer. Today, the descendant of the legendary Atilla sings Kazakh songs easily, as if it was her native language.

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