Hungarian Creature Advent Calendar
Remember when you were at school, and they had pictures of animals on the walls with their names spelled out? Well I thought I'd do something similar for helping me learn a bit of Hungarian.
I drew a creature for each day of December, and labelled it with the Hungarian word for that creature.
Click on the link below to see the full set of drawings. Each drawing has a link to forvo, so you can check your pronunciation. (I still haven't conquered my pronunciation yet!)
I've tried my best to get the correct words, but if any Hungarians out there spot any mistakes, let me know.
Arf! "That's no ordinary rabbit!"
The rabbit is a very specifically British joke. If you want to know the reason I drew it like that, this short clip from a famous British comedy film explains. :D
As for the drawings, I mostly did 3 at once, every 3 days. Which took an hour or so I think.
I wanted to include creatures specific to Hungarian Mythology (hence the lidérc and the táltos) but being unfamiliar with Hungarian history and myth it was a bit nerve wracking as I had to scrabble about on (English) wikipedia and hope for the best. I actually stumbled across the word táltos while hunting for inspiration for drawing a Boszorkány.
The Táltos or the táltosok (plural) were our shamans and healers while we were following our old pagan religion (Tengri). They were gifted, talented and respected. Some of them had hunger for power, too. They helped the chieftans, made profecies, predicted the future and they were said to be able to shapeshift into animal forms like cranes, wolves, eagles, etc. In addition they did the sacrifices (animals). To become a táltos one had to be born with some specific mark on his (only males) body (like be born with teeth or with plus fingers, etc.) or do a miracle or those were considered táltos' too who had epilepsy. After adopting Christianity they were converted, captured, executed, banished or they had to hide (like völvas in Sweden).
I love your artwork. I tried to give you 25 lingots but it kept jumping back to 7 or 8 so I stopped at 10 - you already had 2. So now you can try to get rid of them. Actually other than some very good advice about duolingo and learning Hungarian there hasn't been anything to spend lingots on! Welcome here!
Thank you. Alas my learning of Hungarian has been put on hold while I focus on languages from countries where I am job hunting. I would like to come back to it eventually, but that might have to wait until I am retired and have considerably more free time - Hungarian is very difficult for me!