Let's Learn Hungarian!
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Learn the basics of Hungarian with us! Steve + Györgyi, a native Hungarian speaker, present fun and enjoyable lessons for all learners of Hungarian. Get transcripts at our website, www.letslearnhungarian.net
||CleanLesson 18 – I have a surprise!||Noémi comes back from the doctor's and has a big surprise for Bernard!||4/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLesson 17 – A monthly pass, please||Using your Hungarian to buy something in real life!||2/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLesson 16 – Are we going to the theater today?||Bernard and Noémi's date doesn't go as planned!||1/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSurvival Lesson 2 (updated)||More useful phrases to use for your trip to Hungary||11/8/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLesson 15 – What lovely weather!||Learn how to talk about sunny and rainy weather!||6/26/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLesson 14 – BÚÉK!||Learn to wish someone a happy new year in Hungarian!||1/18/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLesson 13 – Christmas atmosphere||We visit a Christmas market in Budapest in this lesson, come join us!||12/21/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAdvanced Lesson 1 – Magyarország és a magyarok||With this installment of the podcast, we bring you our first Advanced Lesson! In this lesson, Györgyi talks about Hungary, and tells you a little about the people who live there, all in Hungarian. Don’t worry,||12/5/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLesson 12 – the 4-6 tram||Have you taken the 4-6 tram in Budapest? Did you understand the announcements? We'll teach them to you in this lesson!||11/13/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLesson 11 – I’ve finally made it to Hungary||WE'RE BACK! Lesson 11 continues the format we started in previous lessons. More to come in the future, so stay in touch and leave a comment on our blog www.letslearnhungarian.net||11/5/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLesson 10 – There’s a problem!||Lesson 10 is finally here! Thanks for the long wait, everyone. This lesson’s dialogue relates an actual situation that happened to us recently, so there’s a lot of authenticity to it (unfortunately). Also, we have a review of the previous lesson’s m||7/19/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSurvival Lesson 1||We introduce a new format to our podcast this time – the Survival Lesson! It’s designed for short-term visitors to Hungary to help them manage while in the country. We hope you like this format, which will be offered occasionally throughout the summer||6/21/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLesson 9 – Where’s Szentendre?||Lesson 9 introduces a new native speaker to our podcast – Milán! Milán has a great voice for podcasting and we’re really pleased to have his assistance for this lesson. Hopefully we’ll have him on the podcast again and get the chance to know him a||6/1/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLesson 8 – Happy Mother’s Day!||Lesson 8 is between a mother and her son on Mother’s Day, and the son’s embarrassing admission about his gift to her. We answer several listener questions on this lesson, and also discuss the tradition of Hungarian name days and other odd tidbits of H||5/8/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLesson 7 – I don’t drink coffee anymore||Lesson 7 brings us a dialogue between two old friends, Csaba and Katalin, who unexpectedly run into each other in a restaurant after not having met for a long time. Katalin wants to have a drink with Csaba, but he has a surprise for her!||4/15/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLesson 6 – What time is it?||Lesson 6 presents some very useful phrases for the traveler to Hungary! Have a listen and try to memorize as much as possible. This lesson’s dialogue isn’t as long as in previous lessons, so it shouldn’t be that hard to memorize it all.||3/27/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLesson 5 – I’d like a mineral water||Lesson 5 shows us a conversation between Ági, a customer, and a waiter. Ági just wants a drink, but has a hard time getting one! Please see below for the dialogue and vocabulary for Lesson 5 below. Try your best to learn all of the new expressions,||3/12/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLesson 4 – Everything hurts!||Lesson 4 introduces you to Zoltán and his Aunt Erzsi, who insists she is fine even though everything seems to hurt! This is another informal language dialogue with a number of useful, everyday expressions. We enjoy reading your comments and finding out..||2/25/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLesson 3 – Shall we go to the movies?||Lesson 3 is packed with lots of useful, everyday expressions, so make sure you learn them well! See below for the new dialogue, vocabulary, and some simple grammar forms. It’s a lot of new material, but try to learn it all if you can,||2/8/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLesson 2 – Buying a ticket||Lesson 2 is available here! It is a bit longer than the first lesson with A LOT of new vocabulary and grammar, so make sure you listen several times, follow along with the script below, and try to memorize as much as you can.||1/18/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLesson 1 – On the train||Lesson 1 is available for download or listening below! Note that you can also subscribe to our podcast for free through the iTunes link on the left, or through a podcatcher like Juice. We hope you enjoy the lesson and we’d love to get your feedback,||1/2/2008||Free||View in iTunes|
I'm an American who's spent a lot of time the past couple of years learning Hungarian in Szeged, Budapest and Kolozsvár. But, as many non-native speakers soon learn, Hungarian can be a tricky language. If you're stuck in a place with no Hungarians, it's easy to slip out of practice. Steve and Györgyi's podcast is really great for keeping the vibe alive. I'm happy to say that my Hungarian's good enough now that these lessons are really easy, but they still serve as great practice for pronunciation and as a reminder of those shaky early days encountering Hungarian's mind-blowing grammatical concepts. Steve and Györgyi seem like really nice people too; the lessons are low-key and pressure-free. One of the big problems in Hungarian is the seeming need to introduce complex grammar early on . . . as one of my friends said, "It's like you can't say *anything* in Hungarian until you know *everything!* They've obviously worked out the lessons in such a way as to stave this off to a reasonable extent, without the dialogues becoming stilted. Györgyi's accent is adorable, and I like the goofy dichotomy of Steve's earnestness with Györgyi's enthusiasm. I highly recommend this series of lessons.
This is a great way to brush up on your Hungarian, or to learn it for travel situations in Hungary. Hungarians seem to love that people try to communicate to them in their own language! Even with mistakes, they are very forgiving and appreciate the effort. Congratulations on a podcast well done!
Largely Hungarian myself, I've long been trying to find a course in the language (which my father has mostly forgotten... and only knew phrases about frustrations with the English language from my great grandma) and Hungarian classes are not the easiest to find. While still heeding the advice to not treat this podcast as a substitue for a certified teacher, it's a great way to get a feel for how the language sounds, plus of course learning important situational phrases. Great job.