https://www.duolingo.com/KaiChiu1

Finally completed the tree!

After about a year I finally have that golden owl! I am very happy that I persisted with this beautiful language. Throughout the middle of the tree, I gave up so many times and my confidence was low. Today, I just sat there and went through the last few lessons while barely needing to look at the hints on the words. I'm still not sure I'm confident enough to go to Hungary yet but I think that I'll get there in good time.

I've set myself the following targets:

  1. To attempt the reverse tree

  2. To revisit the lessons that I found most difficult

  3. To try to listen to native speakers more. Since there aren't any native speakers where I live, as far as I know, I am mainly watching YouTubers. Unfortunately, they never have subtitles so it's very hard to understand what they are on about.

  4. To keep drinking pálinka until I can stand it!

I wish you all the very best on your Hungarian journeys. Óvónők, óvónők mindenhol!

August 30, 2018

36 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/-SamanthaHiver-

Gratulálok ! Good job, Hungarian is a beautiful language. And good luck to you for your journey.

August 30, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/KaiChiu1

Thank you! Yes it is very beautiful indeed!

August 31, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/KaiChiu1

I know that this wouldn't have been possible without all of the people helping in the discussion forums! Thank you all! You know who you are!

August 31, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/J_Tchaikovsky

Well done

August 31, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/KaiChiu1

I've got some way to go before I can be a polyglot like you! Someday, maybe, someday...

August 31, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/P-Code

Congratulations on being one of the few people who has managed to finish the tree! :)

August 31, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/KaiChiu1

Thanks! I had no idea that it was such an exclusive club!

August 31, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Rewjeo
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Congratulations! As a suggestion for listening, "Easy Languages" on Youtube has some videos (not many, unfortunately) for Hungarian, and it's native speakers speaking with subtitles in both English and Hungarian. If you tackle another language (you seem interested based on those flags), there's a good chance they'll have videos for that, too.

August 31, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/KaiChiu1

Easy Languages videos are great! It's such a shame that they are so few. I would happily pay money for them to make more.

August 31, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/vvsey

You can also listen to music. The lyrics is often readily available, if not on or under the video, then on some other site. You just search for the title and there is a good chance you will find it. Good luck! And congratulations!

September 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Plazation

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

August 31, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/KaiChiu1

Thanks! It means something coming from a Duo legend. :)

August 31, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/peter.kristof.hu

My suggestions for your items:

  1. Reverse tree: It’s a good idea. Unfortunately the Hungarian for English course has been made overcomplicated.
  2. To revisit the lessons: It’s ok.
  3. Listening: Because there are few videos with Hungarian subtitles (besides the “"Easy Languages" on Youtube), I suggest Hungarian videos and the same texts in Hungarian together, for example, here is a poem click and it’s text click. Do not listen to ordinary people's speech because they are difficult to understand.
  4. Pálinka: I like pálinka but be careful with it :)
September 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/KaiChiu1

Thanks for your feedback, I appreciate it. With regards to Petőfi Sándor, is his Hungarian quite old fashioned or are most of the words still in regular use?

September 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/peter.kristof.hu

You all are right, it is sometimes an old-fashioned language. Nevertheless the text is suitable for practicing pronunciation and intonation. Otherwise for listening without subtitle I propose some Hungarian TV and radio channels on mediaklikk for advanced student.

September 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/BrandedBastard

His Hungarian is completely useless for language learning.

September 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/BrandedBastard

His words

"Ott voltam én A nagy csatán, A zászlót én Lobogtatám."

-> Ott voltam én A nagy csatáBAN, A zászlót én LobogtaTTAM.

His words

"Ha elrablák a szabadságot tőle, Hadd gondolkozzék legalább felőle;"

-> Ha elrabOLTÁK a szabadságot tőle, Hadd gondolkozZON legalább felőle/ARRÓL;

September 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/jzsuzsi

He knew the 19th century grammar well, but these verb tenses (lobogtatám, elrablák) have fallen out of use since then.

September 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/BrandedBastard

I know, i know. My Grandpa's grammar was very bad too, because of the change of the language.

September 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/BrandedBastard

Gratulálok! A fordított fa jó ötlet, a páninkával viszont csak óvatosan. :)

August 31, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/KaiChiu1

Thanks! Reading (and the subsequent need to use a translator for) your response has made me realise that I am only at the beginning of my Hungarian journey!

August 31, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/BrandedBastard

"a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step" :)

August 31, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/CTMcKeown

Level 25?

August 31, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/KaiChiu1

How long would that take?! Bear in mind it took me over a year to get where I am now.

August 31, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/CTMcKeown

For me it was 629 days to level 25, but I did it lesson-by-lesson instead of using the jump feature. I'm now using the jump to bring each lesson to crown level 5.

August 31, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/King2E4

Translate this for me: "The cat jumps over the dog".

Oh, and well done for your great achievement! Hungarian is one of my all-time favourite languages (it is very beautiful).

August 31, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/KaiChiu1

I actually have no idea! My guess would be something like "a macska ugrik át a kutyát" or "a macska a kutyát ugrik át" or is it 'átugrik', yeah I'm still at the stage where I'm just repeating phrases like a parrot and don't have the full comprehension.

September 1, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/King2E4

That's okay. You'll soon get there. You just need to set yourself some homework by giving yourself some basic sentences to translate. You'll soon be translating more complex ones.

September 1, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/peter.kristof.hu

The sentence The cat jumps over the dog is translated as A macska átugorja a kutyát correctly.

átugorja = jumps over
át is a prefix, means over, across, ...
ugorja ( the infinitive: ugrik), in the third person singular, with definite conjugation, because there is a direct object in the sentence.
"kutyát" (direct object) in accusative case

September 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/KaiChiu1

Off the top of my head, I do not remember this coming up so this is useful, thanks.

Out of interest, what would "the cat jumps over to the dog" be? Would it still use átugorja?

September 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/jzsuzsi

"A macska átugrik a kutyán" is also good solution.

September 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/peter.kristof.hu

Szívből gratulálok! Good job!

September 1, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/tant57al

Nagyszerű teljesítmény! Emelem kalapom!!!

You can try these tests:

http://magyarnyelvtanfolyam.blogspot.com/p/szintek-szerint-a1-kezdo-gyumolcsok.html

(downloadable, in PDF format)

September 3, 2018
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