- Why do you learn Hungarian?
- Whom do you recommend the course?
- What is your study technique?
- What have you learned about the language/culture?
Here are the answers:
The answer to question number 1, why I have decided to improve my language skills in Hungarian is a combination of a few different reasons. Firstly, I am very active in the Hungarian community and have many friends within the community. My best friends are Hungarian, my worst enemies are also Hungarian. The Hungarian community has many different factions and I am associated in those micro communities in a variety of ways.
Secondly, my Father is Hungarian and has always instilled in us his children a strong emphasis in having a belonging within the community. Thirdly, I love exercising my mind and learning new languages. I can greet people in approximately 30 different languages. I can speak about 30 different phrases in punjabi for example. Anything that I can do to keep the wheels turning upstairs appeals to me, and learning more about other languages and cultures, particularly my own, is just the ticket.
The answer to question 2, whom do I recommend the course? I recommend the course to people who like myself who have Hungarian parents who for one reason or another did not learn the language through them. Secondly, I recommend the course to those who are involved in a relationship with someone who is Hungarian. Thirdly, I recommend the course to those individuals who understand the global significance of Hungary joining the EU and the wonderful English/Hungarian business opportunities that could be realized. I myself for example have entertained the possibility of dual citizenship with an eye on the bigger picture of being a citizen of Europe. I discussed this issue with Bela Balazs, the former consul approximately 15 years ago.
Question 3, my study technique: Is terrible, I basically show up for class when I can and have as much fun as possible without being arrested or thrown out of class! Beautiful, Love it, the way I have always been with whatever I do in life and no future plans to change my course.
Question 4: What have I learned? I have learned what a caring and dedicated person Eva Bezdek is and what a Gem the Hungarian community has to have such a wonderful person representing them in teaching other people this beautiful language. Secondly, I have improved my speaking and reading ability dramatically. I have a much greater understanding of some of the root Hungarian words and sentence structure.
Why do you learn Hungarian? (Why would you like to learn...)
I don’t do a lot of review of my notes but I try to make use of what I’ve learned in class when I am out of class. My Hungarian friends are very encouraging, although sometimes frustrating as there are times when they won’t speak in English in order to help expand my Hungarian vocabulary. Also, when I am outside of class with a friend of mine who is also learning the language, we try to use the Hungarian we do know to communicate in place of English.
What have you learned about the language/culture etc.?
I have learned a great many things about the people/language/culture. Some things I knew before, but it has been wonderful to be introduced to the things I did not.
I find the language to be difficult in that it is unlike any other. I love that everything sounds just as it is spelled. I like this because once you have learned the sounds of the alphabet, you can read just about anything. The grammar is particularly difficult and does take time and effort to grasp.
The food is beautiful. It is rich with color and flavor and nothing is ever spared because of a “diet”. I am blessed to have grown up with it and even more blessed to know how to prepare it. I think the people and their traditions are very much like the food. Their ceremonial dress is full of color and the talent in their arts, everything from their music to their wine making reflects the flavor that is Magyar.
The culture is very rich because it goes so far back in the history of man. I am sure it goes back further than what we have known to be recorded. Hungarians take most things seriously and are very stubborn and emotional people. Although, like any culture, there are both good and bad, I see them as very proud people. They are smart and they are survivors. As a people and a country they have survived so much. They never falter in their beliefs (whether they’re right or wrong), and fight for all that they know and are. They celebrate the simple things that most people take for granted because they know what it is like to be without them. They value friends and family.
As I write these things I could cry. Cry for the beauty and the complexity that somehow work together to create Hungary and all her people. And although I was not born in Hungary, I feel very much part of a culture that I wish more people(with no disrespect for their own), could feel and understand. I feel that many of the things about myself on all levels that I am proud of and thankful for come from my Father and from the family that made their trek to Canada all those years ago.
I am proud of my heritage and wish to share it with any and everyone who would like to also be a part of it.
I decided to study Hungarian so that I may learn more about my ethnic background, be able to speak with family and friends, talk with local people in Hungary when I travel there, and gain a better cultural understanding of this great nation.
I recommend this course to anyone who wishes to learn more about the language, culture and customs of this wonderful country. The course highlights new and builds on previously learned material to ensure comprehension and understanding of day-to-day conversation. It ensures the student has a strong foundation before continuing or advancing too quickly.
As when learning any new language, the student must put to use as much of the language as possible on a regular basis. Daily practice however simple, is imperative. I review class notes on a regular basis in addition to immersing myself with online content and streaming media direct from Hungary to ensure regular reinforcement of the speed and sounds of the language outside of the classroom from a native speaker.
The course has teaches many cultural aspects (some of which one may only obtain from learning, understanding and speaking the language). The course has teaches local customs and traditions one would observe in current-day Hungary. I have gained a good understanding in basic conversational Hungarian without the dry grammar studying that is found in most other language course. It’s an excellent course taught by an excellent instructor.
I learn Hungarian because my wife is Hungarian and she loves to communicate in Hungarian. Also, understanding the language helps to communicate with her family and friends when they are visiting or when we visit Hungary.
I recommend the course to anybody that wants to visit Hungary or persons who have some relation to Hungary. (wife, girlfriend, parent, friend)
My study technique is to learn words first and then build sentences after. I prefer when my wife repeats Hungarian words that are common in daily use, which makes it easier to memorize. Also, I like to read a sentence in Hungarian and then translate into English.
The Hungarian language course covers a variety of topics in language and culture. I have learned have to pronounce and write words in Hungarian and how to communicate in typical situations (restaurant, store, train station, etc.). I have learned more about Hungarian unique history and music.