120 days learning hungarian
Back in March, egy nagyon szép magyar lány dropped into my arms.
She'd just moved to Denmark and to encourage her to learn danish, I volunteered to support her by learning hungarian in turn.
Well, 120 days later and I have 52 Crowns so far, about 13% through the whole course and just now realizing that getting all 390 Crowns is going to take me around 3 years at this point.
At least I'm in the Emerald league and I'm having fun gamifying the whole experience.
Every few months we take a trip to Budapest and I can already see a difference in what I could understand between the first and second trip.
Your estimation is right ! I have been studying Hungarian on Duolingo (among other resources) for about 3 years now and i have
- 275 crown on the 390 to be won
- completed the tree twice (and almost finished the third time)
But, like you, I go to Budapest twice a year (unfortunately not in the arms of a szép lány), and everytime I notice that i have made some progress... and more friends !
So, good luck with your Hungarian studies and don't give up !
Thanks to both Opspin and Hubinou for the observation that comprehension of Hungarian irl really does improve after learning from Duolingo. I don't have the opportunity to go to Hungary as often and thus had no idea how useful this course really is going to be when I do get a chance to go back. Somehow the vocabulary focusing on óvónők, medvék, and padlások doesn't give me much confidence that I'll be able to make heads or tails of real conversations -- although I think I'll be able to pick out the right WC from "Nők" vs. "Férfiak", unlike the first time I went, back in the '80s! (I understood quite well the stern look I got from the attendant inside when I made the wrong choice....)
I've been at it a little over a year (granted I am also trying to learn German and Spanish and improve my Italian and keep up my French) I only have 92 crowns. But OH it is fun! I LOVE HUNGARIAN!!! Did you guys see this article? Does ANY OTHER language have not only a word to describe the beauty of the sun reflecting on the water, but A DIFFERENT word for the moon doing it??? Seriously???
Speaking of special words, I think the most delicious Hungarian word is "gatya", which in the ordinary sense means underpants and pants. It was originally a men's canvas dress, loose pants under the knees. It was worn by shepherds in the Great Plain. Here it is:
Glory to those who dared to take on this difficult language. But we know that not the language is so hard, but the poorly designed Hungarian course. Let the motivations be the beautiful Hungarian girls!
It is hard to learn as an adult that's for sure. I only lived with my dad who was Hungarian for the first eight years of my life, and my American mom only spoke English so he didn't see the need to teach me much Hungarian , other than a few words like, Alma, Piros, Fiu, Lany, Ferfi, No, but what he never taught me (and by the time I was really curious to learn he had passed away) was the difference in sentence structure between English and Hungarian I find it quite hard, I think this course will teach me some things though. Also some of the sentences I find to be quite odd, like teachers "flying" over students. Overall though I like the course and am doing my best.
the "awsome hungarian words" - site - is - really great! - but only as a speciality - you will never use these words - as a forigner - when yes - after a long-long time :)
Yes isn't it? My favorites are the sun or moon reflecting in the water.. WHAT A LANGUAGE!!!!
Ugyes vagy! A magyar nyelv tanulasa meg logikus gondolkoztatasra is kesztet.
i congratulate all, who are studiing hungarian by duolingo. I am a hungarian, but i (and not only ma) singned severel times to change the practice, that for beginners must translate long, long sentences with a lot of unuseble words.
I dont think so, that kindergarten teacher so important cpld be for a beginner. But they promised to revise the sentences.In any other languages what i choosed here - are much more simple and understandable and usfull than the hungarian. Once more - i congratulate learning here hungarian.
I think for us English speakers, particularly us North Americans, seeing how Hungarian works is more important than vocabulary. It is EASY to pick up vocabulary. It is much more difficult and more important to grasp what -ban and be- etc do to words, and to grasp the difference between FOCUS and subject. And Duolingo is doing this VERY well I think. Can I speak Hungarian? NO! (I have nobody to practice with) But do I grasp what "hungarian" is??? YES I DO!!!!
Hmm. Minds work in different ways, I guess. I find vocabulary relatively hard, and structure relatively easy. I'm hoping that vocabulary will become easier as I learn the short core words that other words are built from. For example, I just realized recently that különleges and különbözö (words that were difficult for me to remember because at first they seemed to be just long collections of letters) are related through kül and külön; and now külföldi makes complete sense too, since Duolingo had already introduced föld. But yes, I think Duolingo is doing a good job of setting out the general structure of the language in a methodical way; and perhaps the vocabulary is limited precisely because they want us to focus on structure rather than overwhelm us with new words. The discussions have been extremely helpful, and I really appreciate the time people have taken to explain distinctions there that weren't clear from the Duolingo tips.
Truly it would be impossible without the community of people who are helping us learn!
Thanks, and I congratulate you for all the languages you are studying, I can't study more than 2 at a time, and I really want to focus on Magyar, as I am going to visit my cousin Istvan in Budapest next year sometime, he knows pretty good English but I'd like to be able to speak to him in his native language.