https://www.duolingo.com/Hubinou

Back from Budapest and a bit proud of my Hungarian skills.

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Well, to be honest, I am very, very far from being fluent in Hungarian.

But two or three times a year, I fly to Budapest, to spend a long week end in this city I like very much ; and every time I have the pleasure to read and understand a few more signs, ask a few more questions in Hungarian and (the most difficult challenge) better understand the answers.

Now, when I ask a question in Hungarian, people don't look at me quizzically anymore. They answer in Hungarian ! (Unfortunately, in most cases I must quickly add : Bocsánat, nem jol értem, csak egy kicsit beszélek magyarul !)

Even the cab driver now brings me to the right destination when I tell him (in Hungarian) where I want to go or what I want to see.

All Hungarians I have met are very pleased when they hear a stranger trying to speak their language, they are very friendly, patient and eager to help and moreover, they complimented me for my good accent.

This little but regular progression in the language is highly motivating and makes me happy.

Thanks to Doulingo (and other resources too).

Now my piece of advice : Don't wait to be fluent to speak with others, don't even expect to be fluent one day. Simply enjoy the little progress you make every time you read the title of a newspaper, meet a local or watch a movie in Hungarian... and be happy.

EDIT :

A funny thing is that after they realized that I'm a French speaking Belgian trying to speak Hungarian, many people began to greet me with the few French words they remember from school or elsewhere : Bonjour, merci, au revoir ...

I found this very charming.

So, speaking a foreign language you encourage others to also speak a foreign language.

7 months ago

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Now my piece of advice : Don't wait to be fluent to speak with others, don't even expect to be fluent one day. Simply enjoy the little progress you make every time you read the title of a newspaper, meet a local or watch a movie in Hungarian... and be happy.

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This, this, this!

I read the book "Fluent in Three Months" a few years back and this was basically the whole premise of the book. And it's true. The faster you start using language, the quicker the process. I hate that I am still VERY timid using what few language skills I have acquired in certain languages. Flying through France recently I managed to utter one sentence in French, despite being able to read it at a decent level. We just need to get over the fear of "looking stupid" and realize that people will understand if something is not your native language.

Now that I re-read that, I mean that they will understand you are not speaking your natural language, NOT that they will necessarily understand what you are saying :D

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hubinou
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According to my experience, in France, and in Paris in particular, some people might become arrogant if you don't speak a perfect French. It's not the case in other regions or French speaking countries. Be warned but don't be afraid and go on.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WaltQO
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That's really great!!! Congrats!!! Must feel pretty nice to get around in Magyarország and be understood and understand :) One day I'll try my luck!!!

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hubinou
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It is, indeed. Thanks. Don't wait too long to go there, it's worth the trip ;-)

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/vvsey
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I hope you warned them of the coming invasion of flying kindergarten teachers!

Speaking a foreign language without really knowing it is so much fun. My favorite proven way of gaining that initial confidence to open my mouth is having some audio lessons. My choice of lessons is pure audio only, no grammar at all, and it gives you those most commonly used words and sentences you need to starting to talk immediately. And it starts from absolute zero knowledge. I have tried it with a few languages that I knew absolutely nothing about, and it worked. I was able to say a few basic sentences, ask a few questions, and, sometimes, even understand the answers! And I carried no phrase books, notes or such. Of course, I was not capable of any meaningful conversation yet, but it showed that I made the effort, and that can open a lot of hearts. Of course, having English as a fall-back is very useful.

Once you have that initial insight into a language, it becomes really exciting. And Duolingo is a really good logical next step. Having that few hours of native audio experience can give you a tiny sense of the language you would not have thought possible. And now it's time to start packing on some new words and, alas, those dreaded rules.

If you can, do not rely on Duolingo alone. It does not teach you to speak. Find someone to talk to, and start having a conversation, as soon as you can. Speak, speak, speak. It does not matter if it is incorrect. But speak. And listen to yourself speak. That is also very important. Even if you are doing your lessons without audio exercises, read everything aloud. Listen to your own voice as you speak.

Good luck to you on all your upcoming trips to Hungary!

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hubinou
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Hi vvsey ! Unfortunately I saw no flying kindergarten teachers in the hungarian skies. Maybe it's not the season !

About learning, that's exactly how I proceed !

I began Hungarian about two years ago with "Loecsen" (www.loecsen.com) for some useful phrases, then for one year with the wonderful free podcasts of "Let's learn hungarian" (www.letslearnhungarian.net) and the very good approach of grammar from "Le hongrois avec András" (hongroisavecandras.blog4ever.com. Sorry, in french only). After that, I discovered "Duolingo" and the "hungarian TV" (www.mediaklikk.hu) (I like the excellent diction of the actors dubbing the german or austrian series like Rex felügyelő or Tappancs, a mesterdetektív and now A hegyi doktor and the games like Honfoglalo).

Now I even have friends in Budapest (being an active argentine tango dancer helps a lot to make friends ,-) )

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Good one, keep it up! :)

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"csak egy kicsit beszélek magyarul" i might use that phrase. looks useful. i actually love the challenge Hungarian has to offer. i love Hungarian songs too so learning the language is very encouraging

6 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JasmijnDeV1

I've started learning Hungarian about 10 months ago with Duolingo so I would be able to communicate with my SO's Hungarian family a little better. I was so happy to find, last week when being in Hungary, that I was able to slightly communicate with them. Especially being able to slightly speak with nieces and nephews of 9years old and younger was great. Very encouraging :)

I was also able to impress everyone with my '100 kindergarten teachers are flying above the city' sentence. So that was hilarious xD

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Hubinou
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I can imagine your pleasure. Good job !

5 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JasmijnDeV1

thank you :) you too!

5 months ago

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Congratulations! I think the most important thing is that your attitude is very appropriate.

7 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/polygloter7

I've started learning Hungarian a few months ago and I enjoy it a lot. Very challenging but very interesting too!

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https://www.duolingo.com/TltsiLszl

That's good! The hungarian is not easy but good language.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Hubinou
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Go for it ! You won't regret it.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Hercegn18

Wow, nice! Congatulations! :)

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https://www.duolingo.com/Hubinou
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Thanks !

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https://www.duolingo.com/sunnydays163

Congratulations! I'm a native speaker, but this language can be difficult for me as well. :D I think you should visit other places around the country, there are other beautiful landmarks and places. Keep going! :)

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https://www.duolingo.com/Hubinou
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Don't worry, I did and will do ! I crossed Hungary from west to east and to the south. Among other things, the Balaton lake is wonderful (more on the north side than on the south one) and the wine region around Eger is ... delicious.

7 months ago

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By the way, the wines! You should taste the tokaji aszú (the king of wines, the wine of kings) and somlói juhfark if you haven't done it yet.

6 months ago
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