https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Edie641479

Why I’m Learning Hungarian

During undergraduate I sang in a Hungarian choir for four years. I miss singing the folk songs and having the community to learn from.

My family is Hungarian, but I was not taught to speak it. I’m looking forward to becoming conversational and relearning folk songs!

June 15, 2019

14 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SophCamera

I'm trying to learn it because my family is from Hungary, my grandparents spoke it but they never taught their kids, thus ending our hungarian speaking bloodline :(

June 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Judit294350

My family is fond of folksongs too. I find they help with some vocab and phrases - but they also include some old fashioned dialect speech.

June 15, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Edie641479

Thank you so much! I hope that singing will also work with my pronunciation and annunciation!

June 15, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/n.k.zsuzsa

My youtube channel is full of hungarian folk songs with lyrics. I hope you will like it. :o)
https://www.youtube.com/user/nkzsuzsa/

June 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ValaMorg

I've been interested in learning Hungarian for quite some time (mainly because Hungary is a neighbouring country to mine + the languagei itself sounds interesting and lovely to me), but I read somewhere few weeks ago that the Duolingo course is not the best. Is this actually true or not?

June 15, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Judit294350

It is hard - mainly because of forcing Hungarian sentences into English - and they don't always fit - so you get some very odd English. Even when I know what they mean I cannot always guess the Hunglish required. However, they are active at adding more translations (I get about half a dozen suggestions accepted each week).

If you like a challenge - give it a go (it is certainly better than many book or audio courses I have tried). But a good grammar book would also help :-)

June 15, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HirundoPrima

Which country are you from?

June 16, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ValaMorg

I'm from Slovakia and to be specific, from the southwestern part of Slovakia.

June 16, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Priska89641

I am Hungarian and would like to learn Slovak. Unfortunately, there is no Slovak course in Duolingo, but there is a Czech course. What do you think I'm gonna do with the czech? Is it different from Slovak?

June 16, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ValaMorg

Czech is very similar to Slovak and you would be able to communicate in it with Slovaks without any problem. The languages are different of course, but also very similar in terms of grammar, vocabulary and many other aspects, too.

But if you are interested in learning Slovak instead, then I can recommend you these online pages:

  1. https://slovake.eu/hu

  2. https://www.e-slovak.sk/

Both of them are often praised by foreign learners interested in our language and I find them quite good. The first one is translated into different languages, though.

June 16, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Priska89641

D'akujem the two net pages. I've been watching slovanke.eu/hu. If I remember well, there is only a word program. Of course, more than anything. It would be good if the Duo had a Slovak course here. Ahoj

June 16, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Judit294350

Do you have Hungarian speaking relatives or neighbours?

June 16, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ValaMorg

Sadly, no. Few of my classmates have Hungarian parents, but they say that they (the classmates, to be clear) do not understand the language in terms of grammar rules, orthography, etc. Simply put, they know how to speak Hungarian, but they don't delve deeper into the language itself.

Apparently, this is widespread among Hungarians living in Slovakia. Many of them are also "slovakizing" and use Slovak in official communication and Hungarian in their private conversations with other ethnic Hungarians, but many of them are slowly switching to Slovak even in their private conversations.

I have noticed some time ago that Slovak Hungarians often speak in Hungarian with their elders who do not have a good grasp of Slovak language, but even then they sometimes put Slovak words into the sentences.

June 16, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Johnhenryeden5

Mainly because my grandmother (who was born in Slovakia), spoke Hungarian as a mother tongue, and I was always fascinated by this language, but it seemed so hard to learn so I didn't bother.

June 21, 2019
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