Goulash is guylas (pronounced the same) in Hungarian and means ‘herder’. It refers to stews or soups made by herders in the field whilst they tend their cows, etc. Goulash can refer to several types of soups or stews but most contain meat, vegetables and the quintessential Hungarian spice – paprika.
Hungarian is such an interesting language because, although it’s loosely related to Finnish, its origins are not clear. This happens with other languages such as Basque and Albanian. Languages that do not have any modern related language must have been related to older languages but those languages have been long extinct. Also, it’s interesting to see how geography plays a role as well. Albanians must have belonged to a tribe that constantly being chased until they reached the coast of the Adriatic. Basque was held up in the Pyrenees and the Hungarians, related to the Huns, just seemed to stop in the center of Europe. Hungary, not present-day, was a large area where the Huns just seemed to stop – right at the doorway of Western Europe.