Should I learn German or Hungarian?
I am elementary in German and I'm a beginner in Hungarian. However I noticed that Hungarians are a lot more responsive on language exchange apps and sites. I live in California but I have several friends who are Hungarian. I know that German is more useful but I don't know any Germans, Austrians or Swiss people in person.
What language should I learn?
The one you have most fun with, there can be plenty of different reasons to learn a language and you are going to feel more commited if you took your decision by analizing your own reasons rather than from a comment of a random stranger, nobody knows better your situation and needs than yourself.
Only you know which one you should learn.
Well, as a Hungarian native speaker who really likes German, I cannot tell you, which to learn. German is more useful, for sure, and even if it is not the easiest on available, it is still way more easier than Hungarian.
On the other hand, Hungarian is more fun, in my opinion. As a non-Indo-European language, it may gave you a whole new perspective on languages. And yeah, we are active on language exchange sites, because we speak a small language, and we love anyone, who tries to learn it.
Hungarian is a terrifying language. Every day, I practice Hungarian first and Chinese second, so that Chinese looks easy by comparison.
So if you have Hungarian friends, you'll have great fun complaining to them about how ridiculous the grammar is. What kind of language needs that many locative cases, anyway?
On the plus side: no "Der, Die, Das", single gender languages should be encouraged. :)
Seriously though, I echo many of the above comments. If you're learning a language to be "useful", more people would find more use from German... but if this is for academic fun- choose whichever you enjoy most. The great thing is, you can always learn one now and come back for the other later.
German might be more useful in learning additional languages later though. German shares a lot of commonalities with other Germanic languages, a little with some romance and Slavic languages.
Hungarian is... Hungarian, it's not really very similar to many other languages. Learning Hungarian would be more unique though. Not many people outside Hungarian communities speak Hungarian. Lots of people speak German. There is a certain extra fun-factor being amongst a relatively smaller crowd. Speaking Hungarian with your friends you wouldn't have to worry about being understood by people eavesdropping.
Having friends that speak the language can be a huge motivation.
I agree . having fun should be a major motivation
The Der Die Das would be so many times easier if the makers of language study books and courses and dictionaries would simply teach the nouns with the gender. Harrumph. Ha. I thought German was hard but now that I am attempting Polish, German seems like a treat.
I understand why many newcomers from Africa and the Middle and Far East are choosing Germany over Poland and Finnland and Hungary in terms of ease of language. That said, they also need to prove that they are at A2. or only advanced beginning, in order to stay.
That said, French and Italian are no less hard, their food and weather is mostly better...
Hi. Good question. I am also from California! I chose to learn German, even though I don't know any germans, except for those I've met on exchange apps. German is more provident in Europe, I think. It's your choice, but since learning German, i have had a great time. Hope that helps:)
German. It made me a better thinker and communicator, in the following ways:
Methodicalness: It made me a methodical thinker.
German is a language with clear-cut rules for practically everything. For starters, all nouns are segmented into 3 classes: der (masculine), die (feminine), or das (neuter). Taking it a step further, each noun will appear differently based on the role it plays in a sentence. This “role in the sentence” is referred to as a case. There are 4 cases in the German language. In short, nouns can assume a potential 16 different forms, based on noun class, case, and number. Let’s take the German word for “the dog” – “der Hund” and demonstrate how it would change based on which role it plays in the sentence:
As many of you may be familiar with, extremely long words are common in the German language. Why is this the case? Well, in German, what you see is what you get, as most words have a single meaning. This allows for stringing together practically any association of words to make up new ones. Take this word for instance: “Hauptbetriebswerkbauunterbeamtengesellschaft” = “Association for subordinate officials of the head office management.” Yes, I know it looks crazy at first. But once we break this up word for word, we reveal the method behind the madness.
Process-orientedness. It made me reason and make decisions with process in mind.
Due to the process-oriented nature of the language, there are a series of grammar rules that build on one another. Much like a “decision tree,” German always leaves you thinking “if U and V, then W” and “if X and Y, then Z.” Let me further my previous example of the 4 cases to prove this point. We will use the sentence “I have the happy dog”
1st question to ask is “what is the gender of the noun?” If masculine, like with the noun “the dog,” then use the article “der” – “der Hund – the dog.”
Next question is “what role is the noun playing in the sentence?” Since it is masculine and a direct object (accusative case), der Hund becomes den Hund.
Then, to make sure we use the proper ending for the adjective “froh” – “happy,” we look to the noun gender and the case. Since it is a masculine noun and it is in the accusative case, then we will use the ending “-en”; so “froh” will become “frohen.”
And voila, there you have it: “I have the happy dog” — “Ich habe den frohen Hund.”
This is only a glimpse at how interconnected the German language is – hence, the “decision tree” analogy, where sentence construction requires starting from the top and progressing downward through a series of interrelated grammar principles.
Creativity. It expanded my creative mind.
Your creative thinking will improve particularly due to the flexibility in word order – in German, you can begin a sentence with practically any word other than the verb (unless it’s a question), leading to numerous possibilities to express oneself. As a point of comparison, English does not give you freedom to express thoughts or ideas in numerous ways. Let’s take the sentence, “I walk with my dog every Monday nearby the largest building in the city.” The only other way you can express this sentence would be starting with “every Monday.” So that it would read, “Every Monday, I walk with my dog nearby the largest building in the city.” And then, there’s German. At first, German word acrobatics can seem confusing and intimidating. However, once you familiarize yourself with the flexibility, not only will you realize the fun you can have with it, but you’ll also feel the freedom it brings to your expression. Using the same sentence as above, let’s translate it and walk through just a few possible variations:
“Ich laufe Montags mit meinem Hund neben das größte Gebäude der Stadt.” – literally translates to “I walk Mondays with my dog next to the largest building in the city.”
“Neben das größte Gebäude der Stadt laufe ich Montags mit meinem Hund.” – literally translates to “Next to the largest building in the city walk I with my dog on Mondays.”
“Mit meinem Hund laufe ich Montags neben das größte Gebäude der Stadt” – literally translates to “With my dog walk I Mondays next to the largest building in the city”
And these are the reasons I think German is a must-learn language!
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If you are going on usefulness German for two reasons. One, more people will speak it, two, I used to live in Budapest when I managed a humble cheese factory on the banks of the Danube and everyone under 40 speaks English.
In Budapest the conversation will go something like this:
You: "Jo napot! Hogy vogy!" Them: ??? You: "Yooh Na pote! Hodg Vodg!" Them: "Oh you're speaking Hungarian. Can we practice English please?"
<3 Hungary <3
Also the language is damn difficult to learn. But really just learn whatever you enjoy. And Hungarians do love talking about their country and language and are usually friendly people.
Whichever one will be more useful to you. Personally, I'm trying to learn German but it's slow going.
I saw an interesting piece on euronews a few months ago regarding Hungarian.
Whenever I think German is hard I am reminded of it.
"Hungarian is meant to be one of the hardest languages for English speakers to learn.
"Let's see how our journalists got on.
That supposedly means "Cheers" or "Bless You" and the video shows several people trying to pronounce it. I'm going to keep learning German before I even think about Hungarian.
"Koktélcseresznye" means "cocktail cherries". That almost makes sense to my English-speaking ears. Almost.
German is classed as a "Category 2" language while Hungarian is a "Category 3" language meaning it's harder to learn but if it would be more useful to you by all means learn it!
You'll get a lot of fans with that. :) It is not for me to comment either way since it's your own user avatar and it's not my business how you want to represent yourself, but just to be honest, I think some people might perceive it negatively. Germany is still widely seen as "the bad guys" in both World Wars, and while Germany has cleaned its image up a lot since then, you wouldn't use Germany's WWII flag, would you? A lot of people probably wouldn't notice the WWI flag since they won't know what it is, but people will probably develop a negative impression of its use if they understand what it is. Just a thought.
After years of struggling with which language to learn-- ( I'll learn Spanish! Because it's most useful! I like French...but French people aren't people I'd want to visit. I SHOULD learn Swahili because of trips to Tanzania... but I want to learn German because I like it...)... I bit the bullet and started learning German. So just do the one you like to practice, like to hear and watch, and it WILL become useful to you somehow. You'll seek out and notice when others are speaking it, and it could even inspire a trip to wherever it is! I'm heading to Germany next year, Lord willing! After you become conversationally fluent in the one you like most, then go for the other one.
Depends on the challenge you like to take on. Hungarian is a difficult language to learn. An English friend of mine who has lived in Hungary for over ten years now once told me that the only language more difficult than Hungarian is Mandarin - and I don't speak Mandarin. My mother, who married a Hungarian and who managed to learn Latin, Greek, Italian, French, English and some German - had a really hard time with Hungarian. So, if you like the challenge, pick Hungarian. If you want to play it safe, pick German.