To introduce the students to the basic grammar and syntax of the Hungarian language
■ To help the students acquire an initial basic vocabulary and build on it
■ To enable the students to use the language in reading, writing, hearing and speaking
■ To help the students to extend their capacity for independent learning using a variety of sources (computer assisted language exercises, DVD and video recordings, newspapers etc.)
■ To help them develop their ability appropriately to seek help and clarification and their capacity for problem solving and self-evaluation
■ To help them develop a positive attitude towards the speaking of Hungarian and in particular develop the confidence to communicate in Hungarian without the fear of making mistakes
Hungarian is the native language of about 15 million people living in Hungary, in other countries in the Carpathian basin, and in other parts of the world. It belongs to the Finno-Ugric languages, but it is only very distantly related to Estonian and Finnish. Its vocabulary has also absorbed significant German and Slavonic elements, but the language is markedly different from its geographical neighbours or distant relatives. It is written in the Roman alphabet and its spelling system is very consistent and regular.
This half-year course gives some basic knowledge of the Hungarian language