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RobGood1634
8/27/2018 12:53 EST

I have enjoyed every trip to Hungary but have always been flummoxed by the language. I have studied German, Russian, French and now Spanish, so I keep listening for cognates and they aren’t there. There also seems to be complex verb tenses.
Realistically, in country, moderate intelligence older guy, how long to get 2-4000 word vocabulary, 200 verbs with simple past, simple future tenses, 150 stock phrases for weather, toilet, food and yes sir/ no sir?
Does the government have anything like Germany’s Goethe Institutes?

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cameronaj
9/3/2018 03:24 EST

Hi Rob,
I'm in the same boat as you, having been living here permanently for six months. I haven't come across any government-sponsored programs, so have been teaching myself and practising on the locals. Someone did suggest asking the English teacher at the local school if they'd be interested in giving lessons, but the "local" school is 25 km away, so that's not an option. The best book I've found for learning the basics is "Ungarisch: Bausteine" by Ildiko-Melinda Ciorba (available from Amazon). Dict:cc also has a reasonable Hungarian - English dictionary you can download and cart around on your iPad. Unfortunately, it doesn't have many phrases. As you say, the verbs are fiendish. I just pick the common ones I'm going to need and recite the present, past and future (easy) over and over until I remember them. I think I'm looking at a good year before I can conduct more than a baby-level conversation. Good luck.

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Mirin123
9/3/2018 04:09 EST

http://www.fsi-language-courses.net/fsi-hungarian-basic-course/

This course was free when I used it. I found it to be the best indepth and of course affordible. Nothing beats a good teacher though.

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Iceprincess
10/20/2018 11:57 EST

Hello,

I recently purchased Pimsleur's Hungarian 1 to teach myself the Hungarian language; I am Hungarian but relatives "forgot the language" as they say, so I was never taught.

For basic communication this program does work if you do what it tells you. Hope this helps!

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Showaddywaddy
10/20/2018 12:37 EST

Thanks very much for that recommendation.

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Crashcage
2/19/2019 07:45 EST

I have started with Duolingo,it helps.
Hungarian is the hardest language i have ever tried to learn.
Doulingo is free and available for your smart phone and laptop.
I am also learning German as well.
Hope this helps.
Crashcage

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