Exploring Hungarian from Folksongs for English Speakers: 101
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Using lyrics from a simple song students begin to learn to read Hungarian text, building vocabulary and grammar.
4.7 (3 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
127 students enrolled
Created by Judith Varga
Last updated 10/2015
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  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Explain what a digraph is
  • Give examples of digraphs in English and Hungarian
  • Correctly pronounce Hungarian digraphs
  • Read aloud the words to Kilenc kis gólya
  • Optionally sing the folksong Kilenc kis gólya
  • Count from 1 to 10 in Hungarian
  • Form plurals for regular nouns in Hungarian
  • Explain the idea of “vowel harmony”
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  • Need to be able to read English.

In this course I am going to share two of my passions – 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 how to count to 10
  • Form simple plurals

Learn to speak Hungarian by singing.

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 introduce you to the Hungarian alphabet. We start first with the consonants which stress out English speakers (those combined letters like “sz” or “ty”). 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 counting and plurals. And yes, there is a 102 planned.

You should finish the course with a sense of achievement and a new song to sing.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is suitable for those who would like to get a taste of Hungarian language from a different perspective - or who like foreign language folk songs.
  • This course requires no previous experience in foreign languages – or singing ability.
  • This course is not suitable for those wanting a quick once over for tourist Hungarian or extensive, systematic analysis of grammar.
Curriculum For This Course
15 Lectures
Song 1: Kilenc Kis Gólya
15 Lectures 01:11:16

An introduction to the tutor (me) and why I decided on this form of language learning - and a brief overview of what will be covered in the course.

Preview 02:49

An introduction to the Hungarian alphabet and its differences to the English alphabet ie the use of digraphs, difference in consonant pronunciation, and that it has 14 vowels. Also the idea of short and , and front and back, vowels will be covered.

Preview 07:46

Check approximate sound of Hungarian consonants with nearest English equivalent

Sounds of Hungarian consonants
5 questions

How to read Hungarian words aloud. This builds on the alphabet lesson and adds how to break words into syllables and where to put the stress. Examples are of Hungarians words common in English – and often mispronounced.

Preview 06:09

The chorus of the song will be picked apart syllable at a time. The meaning of words and phrases will be explained and a rough idea of the tune will be offered. The words will also be read aloud by native Hungarian speakers.

Reading the chorus of "Kilenc Kis Gólya"

You will further extend their knowledge of consonants and digraphs to pronounce the song verse. And you will also be introduced to the "lj" rule. Along with the pronunciation of the text you will also be told its meaning and tune.

Reading the verse of "Kilenc Kis Gólya"

Start with just the music and then native Hungarian pronunciation then follow along and sing "Kilenc Kis Gólya" a cappella.

Sing "Kilenc Kis Gólya"

The numbers 1-10 in Hungarian will be introduced. Then various collections of items will be counted. After the first few, a short pause will give you a chance to count them for yourself before I do.

Counting 1-10

Counting objects in Hungarian

How Many?
4 questions

Hear how Hungarian vowels should sound. Learn the difference between long and short vowels and front and back vowels.

Hungarian Vowels

How to use an English language keyboard to type Hungarian vowels such as ó, ö, ő.

Typing Hungarian on an English keyboard

Check your understanding of whether a vowel is a long or short and front or back.

What type of vowel
5 questions

You will be introduced to regular plurals for nouns - and made aware of some exceptions. As part of plural formation, we will use vowel harmony.

Introduction to plurals

A chance to try out by yourself what you have just learnt. (Answers provided)

BONUS Lecture - Practice with plurals
1 page

Looking at some of the exceptions to the standard rules for forming plurals for nouns. Then practice forming plurals.

Plurals continued and practice with Judith

Refine our practice with one of the many other verses available. This verse also introduces double vowels.

Optional second verse

Guided practice, making plurals of all the nouns in the song, before the quiz.

Revision of nouns in Kilenc kis gólya - and plurals

Students will add the appropriate suffix to the phrases.

Finding the right Plural
5 questions

A summary of what we have covered plus hearing native speakers singing the song - at full speed.

Course Summary
About the Instructor
Judith Varga
4.8 Average rating
4 Reviews
132 Students
2 Courses
Hungarian Kiwi

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.