Should I learn German or Hungarian first?
Hi, I am a student who lives and studies in Hungary, even though I am not from Hungary, and I do not speak the language. I know a little bit of German, I can't even say that I know, it's like barely A1 level I guess, but right now I am thinking which one should I learn first. I think that German is more useful, but also I will be living in Hungary for two more years which will make it easier to learn the language I guess, so.. I can't really decide which one should I learn now. What do you think?
Normally I would encourage German over Hungarian but you have an unusual opportunity for Hungarian Immersion, so just for you, I would recommend Hungarian.
Hungarian is a challenge to say the least for the English speaker. It may be the most different language (alphabet aside) grammatically from English currently offered as a course on Duolingo.
I speak some German and I have been learnig Hungarian for a while. What I can say is :
Those are two languages that have absolutely nothing in common !
Many people find hungarian very difficult. I find it a very interesting, modular and logical language. Learning it gives me a lot of pleasure. Since you live in Hungary, you have a fantastic opportunity and I strongly recommend you to learn it. It will be a big plus for your career since few people speak it outside Hungary and the adjacent regions... which is not the case for German.
I wouldn't say, that they have absolutely nothing in common. Of course they are not related, but since German was used in Hungary (even its official language) for some time, there are a lot of words and expressions in Hungarian that came from German. When I learned German I found it relatively easy based on my Hungarian and English knowledge.