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Recommended Beginner's Books?

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Sziasztok,

Can anyone recommend....

1) ...a good "Hungarian for Beginners" book that I can use to reference offline? Right now, I am mostly trying to be conversational for a visit to Budapest in September, so something simple is probably all that's needed. Perhaps something like this? https://www.amazon.com/Hungarian-Start-Speaking-Basic-Hours/dp/1535587466/

2) ...some relatively easy Hungarian children's books? I have a Hungarian friend who is planning to send me Harry Potter és a bölcsek köve to practice with, and I am thinking some others might be a good idea too, haha.

Boldog vasárnap. :-)

1 year ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Joeintheory

I had the same idea, and I also bought a copy of Harry Potter és a bölcsek köve as well. I should point out that it is a relatively advanced book for us beginners to read (somewhat above the level Duo ends at). It's quite an exercise.

But if you want to start a reading group to work our way through the book together, let me know! I can only devote a few minutes to hungarian learning per day but maybe we can work our way through the book slowly :)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Garrett2015
Garrett2015
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Yay, I'm not the only one who goes the book route!

Ahhh, that was my suspicion regarding the proficiency level. Thanks for the heads-up. My hope (especially as someone who somehow hasn't yet read the original novel) is that the book- and story-lover in me provides the necessary push to go to the next level (with a dictionary in hand, no doubt).

Thanks for the offer! I'll be sure to pop you a message when I get around to it (I think I'd like to gain a good grasp of the Duo tree first). A learner's reading group is a fun idea. :-)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Joeintheory

I don't mean to scare you away from it. I think the challenge is mostly that, of course, it's written for native Hungarian speakers. So each sentence is going to throw the whole soup of rules at you. Here is the first line, to give you an idea:

“A Privet Drive 4. szám alatt lakó Dursley úr és neje büszkén állíthatták, hogy köszönik szépen, ők tökéletesen normálisak”

Duo actually does a pretty decent job setting us up vocab wise: the only truly new words are büszke (proud) and tökéletes (perfect). The rest you can figure out by word-building rules (though Duo doesn't teach all of the rules). The tricky one is állíthatták, which is actually built as: áll (stand) - állít (assert) - állíthat (might/could assert) - állíthatták (they might/could have asserted, definite conjugation)

Of course, you don't go very quickly when every sentence throws a derivation like this at you. But, since Duo doesn't really cover a lot of the rules anyway, there's not much other option than to just jump in.

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Garrett2015
Garrett2015
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Very helpful—thank you sir! Being only halfway through the course, the first sentence definitely threw me...but it does feel manageable. I reckon that at least two chapters in the experience becomes much more natural. There's only one way to find out! :-)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/laaszlo.n

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r4Ysped73qI I liked this book very much in my childhood

1 year ago

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Garrett2015
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Thanks a lot for sharing! I have added the book to my list. :-) (Hilariously, YouTube's auto-generated captions register the audio as Italian...)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/garpet
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Szervusz! :)

My ultimate favourite children book is a translation of Richard Scarry's Little Busy Town (actually it is What Do People Do All Day?) it's called TESZ-VESZ VÁROS. It's really easy and gives you a useful vocabulary. You can see it here in pdf: (http://documents.tips/documents/richard-scarry-tesz-vesz-varos.html)

Also translation, but very easy: Geronimo Stilton books. I loved reading them at the age of 10, but today they seem pretty bad to me. Here's on in pdf: (https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B2g3IzncBJc3Ym0zUUxUWXN4UFU)

You might try Micimackó. It's actually the hungarian version Winnie The Pooh. It is different from the original version as the man who "translated" it the brilliant poet and humorist Karinthy Frigyes re-wrote it. It's great and an amazing book to read even as an adult. It's not hard but (due to its translator) it uses a wide vocabulary. You'll find it in pdf here: (http://www.konyecski.com/konyvek/micimacko.pdf)

As a teen I loved reading Rejtő Jenő's funny works and still enjoy them as an adult. It's a most if you enjoyed Bud Spencer's movies :). They were written for public entertaitment therefore it's not hard to understand them, however they are full priced novels. Here a few picks:
Egy bolond száz bajt csinál (http://www.mek.oszk.hu/01000/01024/index.phtml) A young noble is locked into bedlam/asylum by his relatives, but he's not the one who would it give up easily
Az Elvszett cirkáló (http://mek.oszk.hu/01000/01028/) A group of merry out-laws want to help a young invetor who lost in action as a soldier to manage this they find the best of transportation is to steal a military battleship (a cruiser)
* Piszkos Fred a Kapitány (http://mek.oszk.hu/01000/01064/index.phtml) the follwo up to Az elveszett cirkáló, tells another story, the first discussion is brilliant, but it's not easy to read as the story is a bit wearisome

If you want to get an impression of hungarian literature and irony you should read Örkény's novels: (http://mek.oszk.hu/06300/06345/06345.htm) They are not really easy but quite short. I recommed A színész halála.

The Harry Potter series have brilliant hungarian translations and therefore I'm not sure they are really easy but they are definitely not hard at all.

P.s.: Boldog Vasárnapot (you need use accusative here as it is a whish it's the same in most of the laguages ;) )

1 year ago

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Ahh! A big and belated Thank You. :-) This is tremendously helpful and exactly what I was looking for.

My top favorite children's books when I was young were those by Richard Scarry, so that alone just made my day!

And whoops, good catch. I keep forgetting that tricky accusative t. Now it's "Boldog Hétfőt"? Happy Monday. :-)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/garpike
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I can recommend the Assimil course; it's quite expensive, however.

1 year ago

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Garrett2015
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Much appreciated. It's definitely higher up there than I was initially looking for, but I'll be sure to look into it. :-)

1 year ago