Alternatives to Duolingo for Hungarian?
Dear fellow Hungarian learners, As I am sure you are aware, the Duolingo Hungarian course has been in Beta for a while. Overall, I have found it unhelpful and not 100% correct. As such, I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations as to alternative methods of learning Hungarian than Duolingo. I tried www.HungarianReference.com , but, as stated on the site, it is not meant as an Hungarian course. If anyone has any ideas as to other (free) courses, it would be very much appreciated. Hungarian seems like an amazing and interesting language to me, especially as someone who loves grammar. Thank you for all of your answers!
P.S. This is not meant to in any way knock Duolingo, I very much appreciate all that they are doing and have done. I find their services quite helpful and effective. Thank you!
Try the English for Hungarians course, here on the Duolingo. It is very good with 4,3 M learners. That course goes live since 2 years. There are insignificant mistakes. And that course is simpler with short sentences. It is great for a beginner. And than, if the Hungarian for English speakers will go live, you can use that.
If I do that can I keep Hungarian for English keres as well? Will it keep track of both or will I lose where I am now in ENG -> HU?
I'd recommend HungarianPod101. Have a look at there free videos on youtube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eclJk_1TCxY&list=PLg-t-TEm7Jmptj7J2boJnQCGuk1geX1XF
I don't recommend giving them any card details as it's very easy to start sending them money, but not actually use their product much. But I would recommend signing up for free as they have more videos on their website. If you sign up, go to lessons at the top -> Click "Video Lesson Library" -> And go to "Learn Hungarian in Three Minutes. Hope that was useful.
I'm not very dedicated about learning my Hungarian (I've spent probably 5 hours total) but I was using this book called colloquial Hungarian. It's been quite a while since it came out though, especially evident since it has a tape casset connected with it. But again I'm not an experienced learner and my probably isn't worth the pixels it's written on.
I, unfortunately, find myself on the same boat. However, I am looking to be more active in my Hungarian education. This sounds like a good resource. My one question would be is it still applicable? If I used that book, could I carry on a fluent Hungarian conversation in Hungary? Thank you for the recommendation!
Well, I believe it was written around 20 years ago, and I can't imagine that the language could have changed that much in a couple decades, but it's really hard for me to say, since I don't know that much about Hungarian. There is quite possibly a better resource, that's just one that I had.
The Teach Yourself course for Hungarian is excellent, and it's generally quite cheap.
If you want a similar experience to Duolingo, you can also check out Memrise. It's also a learning app! Look up some "courses" there for Hungarian (vocabulary, but also grammar is available I think).
I am doing the ones which are linked to the book 'Magyar-ok" (magyar-ok.hu), because I'm working (self-teaching) with that book :).
Yes, I did. However, the comment said that those were not for beginners. I would not say that my Hungarian is anywhere near the level necessary to use those resources. Additionally, I would be ideally looking for online resources, but all recommendations are appreciated. Thank you for the help though!
Well, you said you loved grammar. And, arguably, grammar is not necessarily for beginners. :) Some of those things are downloadable, you may find something that fits your needs, even if the whole book may be way too advanced. Anyway, good luck learning Hungarian!
Wow, thanks. That's really thorough! I will definitely look at a lot of those.
I have lived in Hungary for two years. Hungarian is a very difficult language. I have been taking courses from native Hungarian speakers/teachers for 18 months. I can carry on a very basic conversation and understand 40-60% of what I hear depending on speed of speach. This course is very basic. The part I have found useful is learning to hear and spell. You will not have a level of fluency in Huingarian from this course ( at level 6 now). There are endless prefixes and endings. A prefix can change the meaning, spelling and pronunciation of a word. This does not even scratch the surface of the complexities of Hungarian. NEM ADOM FEL
i have found that some of the words were not correct,it is helpful to have a dictionary in hungerian as well ,it is a difficult languge i used to speak it fluenltly but have forgotten since living in england for60 years