I'm a champion... apparently.

I've reached the end of the Hungarian course, although I still need to do a lot of levelling up which will take at least another month if I choose to do it. My level is stuck on 14. It seems that the vast majority of the course was spent getting to 12, 13 and 14, so I'm wondering if the levelling up will advance my level, which I was expecting to get to 25, but perhaps I'm wrong on that.

On the home stretch the last 10 or so categories are pretty quick and easy to get through. They are basically revision. I should clarify that I'm far from fluent and still feel like a beginner, especially when it comes to real life conversation. I found too much repetition of the same vocabulary (e.g. alma, óvónő) and not enough real world conversation. Sometimes the question setters seemed more interested in making annoying puzzles rather than helping us to learn the language.

I found a beneficial technique is to always repeat what the female voice says, repeating it many times as fast as I could so that my mouth becomes physically trained to create the words. Similarly, listening to the voice and only reading the text if necessary seems like a good learning method. I'd like to see this as a Duolingo feature where when there's a voice the question text only appears if the student clicks a button.

Whether the time spent on Duolingo could have been better spent on other methods of learning is very hard to say. The good feature is that it has some video game style motivation features that mean one spends more time on it that one may spend with other methods.

June 29, 2019


If your only resource is DL - and moreover you have only done level 1 - ie have not had to type a translation from scratch - you are still a long way off finishing "beginner" - which is A2 and DL doesn't even get there for Hungarian. Apart from needing heaps more vocab, you are also missing a vital mood - imperative which is used for more than just giving orders in Hungarian.

I suggest you get a few more levels so you can practice lots of translation into Hungarian and type-what-you-hear. But start looking for something to take you further into the language.

June 30, 2019

Did it not cover imperative? Then I must have learnt it from elsewhere. I also use the FSI course, which is great for on-the-go audio, and likewise 50 languages audio, in front of the TV I have Netflix and YouTube, and of course I have a notebook. I have to decide where my learning hours are best spent from now on, before I get to Budapest in November.

June 30, 2019

Sounds like you have some good resources. Good luck for November.

July 1, 2019

After level 25 you have the crowns, long way to go...

July 2, 2019

Definitely a test of endurance.

July 2, 2019

The course does not finish once you hit level 25 (30,000XP), you still have a long way to go to complete the tree. I am currently on 32,834XP and estimate I have another 12,000 to earn before I finish my tree.

It is definitely a test of endurance, with some of the topics the total amount of lessons to reach level 5 varies quite a lot with some as high as 60, 72, 84 and even 108!

I hope I have not put you off as it is definitely worth carrying on!

July 10, 2019


July 4, 2019

Thanks. I just had to tell somebody :-)

July 4, 2019

I made a table of how many XP it takes to finish each level. Here's how to read the table. "10 3000 750" means: To finish level 10, you need to get a total of 3000 XP. That's 750 XP from the previous level-up.

As you can see, the levels get longer and longer the farther you go.

1 60 60

2 120 60

3 200 80

4 300 100

5 450 150

6 750 300

7 1125 375

8 1650 525

9 2250 600

10 3000 750

11 3900 900

12 4900 1000

13 6000 1100

14 7500 1400

15 9000 1500

16 10500 1500

17 12000 1500

18 13500 1500

19 15000 1500

20 17000 2000

21 19000 2000

22 22500 3500

23 26000 3500

24 30000 4000

25 (never)

September 5, 2019

Duolingo is great for learning grammar, but I’d recommend supplementing with another program to expand vocabulary. I use Transparent Language which may be available through your work or local library.

July 10, 2019

Judith294350"minden lében kanál " - (predator) To give good advice to someone else you have to address your conscience (you have to be able to speak Hungarian fluently ... mmm) You can only speak one language (fluently) and that is your strong side in English! What else can you do: your advice is worthless !!!!! Keep it up until your Hungarian language is really mastered and then give advice An anonime

It is not related to ways "I have surplus" I learned: "If you don't want to learn, you just have to feel" As a good will, you wish all the best but without mastering the language you will never get further than now. But that you really learn Hungarian language (with success) is another story. With your opinion (perditor) you never learn the echete language. the stranger . I changed my mind ! Find yourself out of your way! "Minden Levesben Kanal" is everywhere. What am I worried about?

July 2, 2019

Elisabeth, you're incorrect in your assertion that only an expert is able to give advice. I shall now give you some advice: Learn about manners.

July 2, 2019

What's your problem, Elisabeth? There is no argument that DL's Hungarian course is about A1 - which is the start of beginner. My advice is from the point of view of an educator, language student outside of DL, and my experience within DL.

July 2, 2019

That was rude. Be kind.

July 4, 2019
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