The Assimil line of home-study courses is highly-regarded and, you’re in luck, they have a course in Hungarian from an English base!. Assimil Hungarian With Ease – CDs. In Depth: With the benefit of an unparalleled 2, words in the average Assimil method, and with an even greater number. I started Assimil (Hungarian with Ease I think?) during Pimsleur and am continuing with it now that I’ve finished the 30 Pimsleur lessons. I really.

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Benny’s Top Resources for Learning Hungarian

I’ve just moved to Budapest, and I’m wondering if anyone is studying Hungarian. If so, do you have any favourite or recommended resources? I’m actually probably not going to make much of an effort to learn Hungarian as I’m going to be very busy, and I may only be here a few months, but I’d still like to know if anyone knows of any good beginner resources.

Also, if anyone knows of any good films or novels translated into Hungaeian, please let me know. If I found something I really liked in Hungarian, that might inspire me to study the language beyond basic greetings.

Oddly enough, I believe this is one of the very few “minority exotic” languages from Assimil’s range which is also available in an edition with English as the teaching language!

I have no idea with the Hungarian. I just want to say that I’m wishing you happiness in your new city: It’s about the genocide of Hungarian Jews, so not the most cheerful, but both excellent pieces. And since you already speak Japanese, Hungarian might come easily to you, similar post-position grammar systems.

I agree that knowing Japanese will give me something of an hungxrian with Hungarian, but there are so many other assmil that seem difficult – like vowel harmony. Anyway, I haven’t looked into the language really at all yet, so I’ll look through some beginner material and then make a judgement about whether to have a go at it or not.

I did a bit of light study for about 5 weeks last year, a few hours a week with FSI materials. Also vowel harmony isn’t tough, the words just rhyme a little at the end: Verbs can get quite hungraian, but again, pretty regular, I think it would be more about getting lots of vocab, rather than learning new mind-bending grammar for you.

Hungarians are usually happy and surprised to hear a few words from a foreigner and will want to hear more. There are a lot of Hungarian short adsimil here: Many have accompanying sound recordings, hungariam quite a few of them show up translated into other languages on the site for help understanding them.

I have no idea if the quality is good, as I don’t know Hungarian at all, but the quality of the French recordings I checked was fine. Quechua, Nahuatl, quite a few African languages, etc. It might not turn out to be much of an adventure, but we’ll see. There’s a chance I may move to Czech in September. If you are in Prague in October we could meet up. Awsimil I will not talk to you if you cannot speak Czech since I will be on my 5 days to fluency Czech only challenge.


We could drink beer together, though, and use sign language.

Steve, if I move to Czech, I’ll most likely be living in a small city about 1. But I’ll be commuting into Prague once or twice a week for a teaching course that I want to take. If I moved there, I’d be there for at least 9 months, so I’d make a serious effort to learn Czech.

I’d probably only be about a month into it when you got there, so unless you want to have extensive conversations about what my name is, and where I come from, and potentially what my hobby is, we’ll need a lot of sign language. Several times I have heard a rumour that Hungarian language sounds ugly for those who don’t understand it. Mainly because of the stress on the firs syllable of word.

Of assinil I can not judge it. I don’t personally find Hungarian ugly at all. I don’t find any languages ugly, come to think of it. Each has its different type of beauty.

Hungarian – Language Forum @ LingQ

I honestly think Hungarian is one of my favourite sounding languages. Very different from Indo-European languages, with interesting rythmes. Don’t listen to anyone who tells you it’s ugly: Good luck with the Hungarian advanture. Budapest is a beautiful city, I lived there long ago for nine months, and enjoyed it very much.

The Hungarian culture is rich, there are many beautiful things to visit. One good thing is I that the pronouciation of hungarian is quit straightforward, and very rythmic. I think it is not ugly at all. Vowel harmony is not difficult at all, just one thing to do that if it is a -a, -o, -u you have one type of endings and in the other case the other.

I don’t think Hungarian sounds ugly at all.

What strikes me is the “sh” sound. It seems like a very “shushy” language: I studied Hunagrian for the last 3 years But I keep on reading in Hungarian and my passive knowledge is solid, I read classic literature in Hungarian. Personally, I consider that the most difficult thing in hungarian is that they use a lot of different words for the same ideas.

They have many synonyms and all of them are used often in the language. Some words also have changes that are even very difficult to understand in their meaning for a non-Hungarian I remembered one day one of my Hungarian friends trying to explain to me why Hungarians have 3 words for “Dawn” depending on the light and so on It is sometimes frustrating because even if you learn a lot of words, they will use another one just for pleasure, and you’ll be confused.

Another element is also that the order of the words is very loose They will try to explain to you there are rules, but traveling there, I realized this order is different depending on the regions This leads to the fact that it’s very difficult to anticipate what is said.

In Hungarian, it is not like this and it’s quite complex However, there are some elements that are easier. For example, they have only 3 major tenses. So all happening in the past is said the same way, which is easy if you compare to how many tenses there are in French for the past. The pronunciation is also quite easy with strict rules and not so many exceptions.


There are also no genders, so easier to remembeer how to use words. I studied using the Assimil. Later I just started reading Hungarian books and newspaper. I didn’t find any other valuable source of teaching for Hungarian as it is a language that is not a favourite. After 3 years, I read very well and can aprticipate in normal conversations. However, I do not understand things such as TV news and other complicated speech.

As I am not practicing a lot in those days, my active knowledge is a bit hibernating right now Assimil is probably a good idea. A good resource on the web is www. There you can find a lot of written and spoken texts, colloquial Hungarian too, with grammatical explanations and exercises see bottom of their homepage.

The authors wrote 2 books bilingual Hungarian-English you can easily find in Budapest, where there is a bookshop on every street corner! In Budapest, I suggest you to attend some course at the Debrecen Summer School despite the name, they organize courses the whole year through! Two things are difficult in Hungarian: However she said that Spanish people are louder: Yeah thats suprising when foreign people speak Hungarian because who wants to learn Hungarian. It’s not a world language.

Difficult or not, I’d love to learn it in the future. There’s a rich literary tradition available that makes it more than worthwhile IMO. I watched a documentary on the Budapest uprising last night, and was reminded how cool and beautiful spoken Hungarian is.

I regret that, in the end, I didn’t study Hungarian while I was there. I was in Budapest for 6 months, but I was working on a project with other English-speakers, and I spoke to my girlfriend in Japanese, so there just wasn’t really an opportunity to fit Hungarian in.

If I get a chance to go back though, I’ll try to make a go of it. I really like the sound of Hungarian. I am currently learning Hungarian as well. These three resources are very good so far. They all incorporate different methods of learning, and I feel doing all 3 together is really strengthening my learning. Teach Yourself is a useful bok series: I also really like the sound and rhythm of Hungarian. It’s a unique and fascinating language from a linguistic perspective.

I definitely want to learn it in the near future. I haven’t thought that people want to learn Hungarian. Most of people don’t know where Hungary is: Why don’t you all Hungarian-lovers start gathering votes for Hungarian on the LingQ beta language poll?

This is the url: If you all get as active as I’ve been for Romanian in the last couple of months, Hungarian could become a new LingQ language pretty soon! You could do a translation of “who is she?