Why are you learning magyar
some people say that is better to learn languages with a huge number of speakers, but i never learned a language thinking about that. I like hungarian for being a language that only a few people dare to learn, for being beautiful and from a completely different family. Comment your reasons too, let's motivate each other.
former exchange student to Budapest :) I like the uniqueness of the Hungarian language; sometimes I get bored of the "too much" similarities among Italic and Germanic languages>< Also, I heard they have a high (the highest?) number of nobel prize recipients per capita (and of divorce and suicide...), keeping me interested in their culture along with the great food <3
Look, the huge number of speakers is relative. There are about 7000 languages on the world and the Hungarian is the 62nd largest language on this list with about 17 million speakers. But nobody knows exactly how many people speak Hungarian on the world because there are Hungarian diaspores everywhere on the world, and there are lot of people with Hungarian ancestors.
For example in the USA, 1% of the population is Hungarian. There are areas in the USA where 10% of the population is Hungarian in the official statistics. But most of the Hungarian origin families assimilated, and now they are native English speakers who describe themselves as american.
And it is similar everywhere in Europe too.
Before the first World War the population of Hungary was 21 million, and about 80% of the population were native or fluent Hungarian speakers. It is the reason why around Hungary most of the people has Hungarian or Hungarian speaker ancestors. For example I have Slovak and Romanian friends who speak Hungarian because their grandparents were Hungarians. Of course they dont speak fluently and they have strong accents because they dont use the language but they understand what I say and they are able to communicate. Oh, and they are not in any statistics as a Hungarian speaker :)
So the really number of the Hungarian origin people and Hungarian speakers are higher than in the statistics.
Started for reasons that make no sense to speak of. Kept at it such as I have b/c something about the language has an appeal I can't quite wrap my mind around: Highly appealing phonetics + the great audio quality? I go gaga over the double acute accents and digraphs? I'm highly intrigued by the notion of a language besides my native one without grammatical gender? It's an amazing feeling to gradually make some sense out of what initially was impenetrable?
I am from Czechia. When I travel around in Hungary, everything looks very familiar, except the language. For example when I walked through Sopron it was like walking through Prague but my Czech and Slovak skills would be of no use there. So I would love to master all the Central European languages in future. Furthermore, Hungarian is a beautiful language and I just don't believe that it's as hard as some people claim it is. I just finished the skill tree for Hungarian and during the course I spotted many verb constructions and conjugations which were far more regular and logical than their Czech counterparts! So the main challenges are that you need to learn the whole vocabulary from scratch and that you need to understand how the modularity of the language works. But Hungarian grammar is generally so well-behaved it makes Czech look ridiculous.
I lived in a szekler town in Transylvania, Romania for 4 years where everyone speaks Hungarian, except maybe the police. I started to learn out of frustration of not being able to understand and communicate.
Learning the Romanian language would have been a lot easier and I'd have preferred that, but even though it's being teached at school a lot of people don't speak it properly in that part of Romania.
I learned the basics by being teached the alphabet by a local and then just try and and talk every day and using memrise a bit for the vocabulary. I'm really enjoying this course now because I finally start to really understand grammar basics and can put what I know on a solid basis.
I've been able to grasp languages pretty quickly and I set a goal to see if it was possible to spend one year learned 8 languages. I didn't want all of them to be Indo-European languages because I already had six so I decided to pick two non-Indo-European languages.
My choices were between Hungarian, Turkish, Vietnamese and Hebrew. Since I'm not keen on tonal languages, Vietnamese was out. Hebrew would've been nice but considering it jumps you in with very little understanding of the writing system, I opted out. That left Turkish and Hungarian which honestly worked pretty fine.
Plus Hungarian has fascinated me for a while with it being so different from all its languages around it. The fact it doesn't have as many speakers as prompted me to learn it over the other non-Indo European languages.
I lived in Szeged for 1.5 years back in the early 1990s and got to a pretty good level of understanding/speaking the language, but couldn't read/write it very well. Would like to get back to Szeged someday and having my language skills back to where they were...or better...would be really useful!