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Recommend anything for listening practice?

The title says most of it, really. Learning a new language require lots of exposure to hearing it spoken, especially to get a feel for the speed at which it's spoken.

I just watched this video and barely understood anything, although I was quite pleased with the few words I could pick out: , rossz, amerikai, Magyarország, Anglia, újsag, politikus and even the whole short phrase Az nem igaz. And it sounds as if there's a word like szerintem that means "I think"?

Anyway... recommend anything else? Other videos, broadcasts, etc.?

September 13, 2016



I expect this advice to be rather unpopular among Hungarians, but a bunch of Hollywood films get dubbed. When learning English, I found it useful to watch stuff I knew, so I only had to figure out the language, not the plot.

Certain things might be mistranslated, though, so be careful. The most obvious mistake that comes to my mind was in The Force Awakens (ne aggódj, Finn majd csinál valamit [turns to Finn] mi a neved?), but those are rare.


Synchronisation issues are not as noticable on animations. For example, I've seen Shark Tales (google: "Cápamese teljes") a few times ;)


You're right, there's a word "szerintem". It means something like "I think", or "In my opition" (literally "according to me").

I think this video is not the best choice for learners, because there are many complicated, long words, and lots of them are unnecessary (such as "rezsicsökkentés", "kormánypártok", or "értelmiségiek"). I don't really know, what level are you at, but I can recommend videos and material primarily aimed at Hungarian children, because they generally use a more simple version of the language. One idea is to do a search on youtube for "magyar népmesék", meaning "Hungarian folk tales". It was a series of folk tales made for children television channels, and lots of its episodes are available online. It must be mentioned, however, that this series was made in a very authentic way, so the narrator speaks in an almost exaggerated countryside accent.

You should also have a look at this channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/KerekMese/videos Only few of their videos have subtitles, and since they're mostly songs, you can't really feel the speed of real speech.

If you'd like to watch and listen to real Hungarian television programmes, you can take a look at the news of the Hungarian Television, found here: http://www.hirado.hu/video/hirmusorok/ As I see, they don't have subtitles, and the information is usually extremely one-sided, but it could be suitable for language learning.


I'll check out that second link, thanks for that! I'm actually not all that far along in learning Hungarian - maybe 70% of the way through the tree, give or take 5-10% - and so just about everything flies by me, but I'm happy if I can pick out even a couple words, especially case endings, given the speed at which they speak. In the first video I've so far picked out Oroszország, húszonnégyszáz második, érkeznek, and others. I do enjoy reading the scrolling newsfeed at the bottom - I managed to pick out "On Monday a cold front something something fall back something something something something something".


You're welcome/nagyon szívesen! I think you're pretty good at Hungarian, if you can pick out such long words at that speed. However, the word "húszonnégyszáz" doesn't exsist, so it could be two separate words, which were probably spoken really quickly. If you read the scrolling newsfeed, you can look up the unknown words in an online dictionary (even in Google Translate), so you can get a hint on word order or case endings in real Hungarian texts.


I find cooking shows can be pretty good. It's usually talk about food (where you get visual cues) and chitchat which isn't too hard to follow. There are lot of episodes of a Hungarian cooking shows called "Hal a tortán" up on Youtube, with various Hungarian celebs making dinner. If one of them is hard to understand, just switch episode :)


If you're a fan of podcasts and have a good app for streaming them on your smartphone, you might enjoy the Hungarian101.com podcasts. (called: Learn Hungarian Hungarian Pod101.com) I personnally enjoy listening to them over and over again while commuting. They have really short lessons (3-6 minutes long) that teach you a few words regrouped into different topics. Lessons are also conceived for different levels of learning.

It is not really like the video that you posted, but hopefully, it can help you!


Here's a pretty good, humorous story with audio (4 minutes long). Literature is different from conversation obviously but the reader is good, and you can either follow along in the text or just test your listening skills. It's a pretty funny little story, almost more of a long joke than a story. It reminds me of something Mark Twain might have written. The sentences are actually not very complex, but the grammar and vocab go beyond Duo, and there are a few old-fashioned words in there.



I gave it a listen and only understood perhaps every twentieth word, but it was amusing nonetheless just because of the narration.

It might be appropriate to open a new discussion about this, but would you know where to learn extra vocabulary beyond what Duolingo teaches?


The FSI Graded Reader at the bottom of the page here:

is a pretty rich source of vocabulary. There are vocabulary lists and usage examples for every reading; you can practice them in SuperMemo or Anki if that's your thing. The recordings show their age a little, but now that I think of it, they probably fit your listening needs pretty well too.


Excellent site! Thanks for linking this.


OK, here's some more literary listening. These are some of my favorite things I've read, mostly famous things, also early 20th century or earlier, nothing modern.

A Pál Utcai Fiúk:
(The very first sentence in the book is monstrously long but after that, it's much simpler. And reading this book is sufficient justification for learning the language, IMO).

Tanár Úr Kérem - a collection of humorous short stories about school days.

Egri Csillagok - Historical adventure (a big novel, but broken up in chapters.)

Esti Kornél - Short stories comparable to Hemmingway's Nick Adams stories.

You can browse all the audio books in the library here:

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