A Hungarian Language Course

Contents of the Course
Hungarian Cultural Links

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In Lesson Nine some samples and exercises are still missing, but the material is all there. No new lessons will be added.

This page was awarded the "Net Hero Award", March '96.

Last updated April 20, 2000 (lessons); October 23, 2006 (links). Though I rarely modify the content, the site is still maintained.

Interesting Hungarian Linguistic Facts

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Magyar (pronounced /Mawdyar/), as the Hungarians call their language, is spoken by the approximately 11 million inhabitants of Hungary, as well as another 4 million people in neighboring countries and a million others scattered around the world. It belongs to the Finno-Ugric language family, which includes Finnish and Estonian, but its closest relatives are several obscure languages spoken in Siberia. Hungarian is not at all related to the Indo-European languages which surround it, and is very different both in vocabulary and in grammar. Hungarian is an agglutinative language, meaning that it relies heavily on suffixes and prefixes. The grammar is seemingly complex, yet there is no gender, a feature that most English speakers grapple with when learning other European languages. Hungarian does use the Roman alphabet however, and after learning a few simple rules one can easily read Hungarian. Pronunciation is also very easy, especially compared to other neighbouring languages like Czech, German, and Russian.

This course was designed for beginners and no previous knowledge of Hungarian is assumed. However, the lessons may also be helpful for those people who have had previous experience and would like to improve their grammar or just simply brush up.


Alphabet and Pronunciation
Lesson One: Some Basics
Lesson Two: More Basics
Lesson Three: Intro to Verbs & More
Lesson Four: Using Verbs
Review: Lessons One to Four (includes some new grammar)
Lesson Five: Motion
Lesson Six: Location and Numbers 1-10
Lesson Seven: Plurals and Numbers 10 to 100
Lesson 8: Possession
Review: Lessons Five to Eight
Lesson 9: Past Tense

Other Hungarian-Related Links

(all are unaffiliated with this site)

Pannonia Bookstore Canada also has a large selection of books, CDs, and more.
The Hungarian Homepage is an extensive list of sites in Hungary.

Magyar Marketing has a nice selection of of books and gifts.
A Hungarian-English/ English-Hungarian Online Dictionary
Otto's Hungarian Import Store and Deli mail order food, books, music, gifts, computer software, and more.
Magyaróra offers newspaper articles and teaching materials.
Hungarian Prime Minister's Office
Hungarian Parliament
Hungarian National Museum
Balkanarama: Hungary
Yahoo Index of Hungarian Sites
For Hungarian slang, go to the the Alternative Dictionaries' Hungarian section.
Another really great site is the Travlang Hungarian for Travelers Pages, which include sound. Click below to go there.

To download a PC font supporting special Hungarian characters click here.

Also check out my Online Swedish Course

This page was created 1/27/96 by Aaron Rubin and has been accessed times since 9/2004.
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