• Hungarian (formal)
  • Română (România)
  • Deutsch (DE-CH-AT)
  • English (United Kingdom)
Címlap Hungarian summer course


Teaching Hungarian as a foreign language

One would think that an elementary course is where things are easiest, and that is true to a certain extent: you do not have to deal with complex grammar problems, you do not need to pay particular attention to nuances in expression; you do however need to give a good overview of how the language works. This is the moment when you find yourself staring down into the vast rift that separates Hungarian from most other languages, and you feel the need to fall back on your training; then you realise that you have been provided with ample advice on explaining difficult issues to non-natives, but most of that does not come into play at this level. So you make due and do your best.

For me, this was where the fun part started: some time constraints, a blank sheet, and basically a free hand. This turned out to be inspiring in terms of preparation, as ideas started popping up immediately, and soon enough a plan emerged. Finding and preparing adequate teaching aids and materials was slightly more challenging, but that is hardly anything out of the ordinary. In the end the plan seemed to work, the materials were at hand, and the smaller issues worked themselves out on the spot.

Having studied several foreign languages, I had a good idea of what this course would/could be like for the participants. I also knew the feeling of elation one gets when finally managing to express a few thoughts in a foreign language while also understanding the hows and whys of doing it, so I knew what I wanted them to achieve. Having found out about the enthusiasm of the participants, my expectations were high, and I was not disappointed.

Teaching can give you a lot of satisfaction, but the experience of teaching something which is so familiar and dear to your heart, and which is in fact quite exotic to the small group of very interested students you are dealing with, is truly unique and memorable. Sometimes a pertinent question can reveal more about a problem than an entire textbook, and it shows understanding better than any number of nods of the head. I am happy to say that I had to answer a lot of questions, and they helped me enormously. I was even happier, when I asked a question, and the answer started with

“My instinct tells me…”, and it was the correct answer.
by Imre Izsák

I was pleased to attend the Hungarian classes presented by Colloquia University (? - Language Center). Our Hungarian teacher (Imre) was excellent. His knowledge of both English and Hungarian was at the highest level and as a result he was able to provide deep explanations as to the rationale of language grammar and the background of how certain exceptions have arisen.

The staff at Colloquia were all extremely helpful and friendly and did everything possible to make our stay comfortable and fruitful. We enjoyed exploring Oradea in our free time and the excursion into Hungary.
All in all a valuable learning experience and we will miss the new friends we have made during our time there.

by Kathy Tóth

I attended this course in mid-July, 2012.

I not only enjoyed the course, its content and delivery, but it was made more interesting by the fact that every afternoon after 3.00 pm we were also taken around the city and surrounds. This gave us a sense of the overall involvement of Hungary in the history of this region.

As stated above, the course was fantastic, both for content and delivery: because the lecturer was excellent in his presentation, his patience and very knowledgeable in Hungarian Philology. It was the first time that I “truly understood” how the Hungarian language evolved in terms of being agglutinative.

I can categorically state that the lecturer increased my levels of understanding Hungarian many fold, and the fact that my Hungarian pronunciation improved dramatically is an excellent recommendation..

Consequently I would recommend this course to anyone wanting a good first basis for the continuation of studying the Hungarian language.

by Toni Kaliszewski

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