Exploring Hungarian from Folksongs for English Speakers: 102
What you'll learn
- Read the words to a simple Hungarian folksong aloud and possibly sing it.
- Recognize the words for basic colours in Hungarian.
- Recognize the words for basic body parts in Hungarian.
- Conjugate the present tense of the verb "to be" in Hungarian.
- Form simple sentences eg "The cat is black".
- An interest in learning the Hungarian language.
- No previous foreign language experience needed.
In this course I combine two of my interests – Hungarian language and singing. The singing is optional – but by singing the words you will find it sticks better.
An easy, fun introduction to the Hungarian Language.
Learn to read Hungarian words aloud
Learn to sing a simple Hungarian song
Learn the words for 14 colours
Learn the words for basic parts of the body
Learn personal pronouns
Learn the present tense of the verb "to be" in Hungarian
Form simple sentences with adjectives, nouns and pronouns
Learn to speak Hungarian from a song.
I decided on this approach to learning Hungarian as I struggled with keeping up spoken Hungarian in an English speaking environment. I remembered my Hungarian family who would sing for hours and realized it is a great way to practice the language.
This course will re-cover the basics of the Hungarian alphabet. Using that knowledge, we will try the words of a simple Hungarian folksong.
You will find that much of Hungarian pronunciation is predictable and easy as we try to read the song lyrics. I will help you with the words – and tell you what they mean. Then I will sing them to you. I encourage you to sing along at home.
Then we will explore some vocabulary and grammar suggest by the song. In this case colours, body parts, pronouns and the verb to be. With this you can make simple sentences such as "The eyes are red" or "You are tall".
And yes, there is a 103 planned.
You should finish the course with a sense of achievement and a new song to sing.
Who this course is for:
- Beginners in Hungarian language. This course is not intended for those with already a solid understanding.
- Those interested in learning a Hungarian folk song.
I am a New Zealander of Hungarian descent with an interest in Hungarian language and culture. I have made several trips back to Hungary to visit family and friends and two to study Hungarian at the month-long Debrecen Summer School.
The discipline involved in singing with my Hungarian family made me realize that learning songs is a great way of reinforcing language skills. It just needs someone to select the right songs in the right order and add the necessary grammatical points. That would be me.
When you do my language courses, you will be gaining insights from someone who is both within and outside the Hungarian culture. I can think like an English speaker – and recognize some of the potential issues; I can compare Hungarian with other (human) languages I have dabbled in; and there is also a deep background with family who still live in Hungary and enjoy discussing (among other things) the language and music.
My initial training was as an Electrical Engineer and I have worked as such as well as a Software Engineer. Both of these taught skills in analysing and simplifying large amounts of information. In addition, I am a trained High School teacher; I have a Certificate in Dance Teaching; and have completed courses in Adult Tutor Training. When not programming, I still teach computer skills as well as exercise and dance. So, not only can I analyse and create courses - I have current experience teaching a range of topics to adults.