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Colloquial Hungarian: A Complete Language Course (Colloquial Series) [Paperback]

Jerry Payne
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28 May 1987 0415045894 978-0415045896 New edition
Colloquial Hungarian is the ideal introduction to the Hungarian language. Specially written for by experienced teachers, the course offers a step-by-step approach to written and spoken Hungarian and covers a variety of modern everyday situations. What makes Colloquial Hungarian your best choice in personal language learning?Emphasis on up-to-date, conversational languageComprehensive vocabulary lists (Hungarian-English and English-Hungarian)Useful reference grammar notesDialogues and cultural notes provide introduction to Hungarian culture By the end of this rewarding course you will be able to communicate confidentl and effectively in Hungarian in a broad range of everyday situations, both formal and informal. Two 60-minute cassettes or CDs are available to accompany Colloquial Hungarian . Recorded by native Hungarian speakers, these compliment the book and will help you develop your pronunciation and listening skills.

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; New edition edition (28 May 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415045894
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415045896
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 13.4 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 471,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seriously a good introduction to Hungarian 17 May 2002
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Colloquial Hungarian by Jerry Payne
Planning a holiday sightseeing and walking in Hungary we discover to our horror that the language is, for practical purposes, totally unlike any other! So needing a friendly book to get to grips with pronunciation and the basic words for survival and civility, we bought this book unseen from Amazon - and we have not been disappointed.
There is an audio cassette which needs to be purchased separately.
First published by Routledge, London in 1987, Colloquial Hungarian was simultaneously published in USA and Canada. There have been seven reprints up to 2000 which is a good indication of popularity.
After 4 pages of very readable introduction the book is divided into 16 units, generally each of these is divided into three parts:
1. Texts - practical examples, dialogues and articles, introducing useful vocabulary (rather than postillions being struck by lighning), word lists, exercises.
2. Grammar - utilising the words already learned, more exercises.
3. Functions - day-to day communications skills such as greetings, time, dates, requests, expressing quantity, writing letters, reading signs and notices.
46 pages of 'answers to exercises' and a handy 64 page 2-way Glossary (Dictionary) complete the A5 size book, just about small enough to carry around on holiday as an emergency reference if (as is most probable) you have not committed it all to memory before travelling.
Some good things this book tells you about learning Hungarian -
* Pronunciation and emphasis is absolutely regular (almost). The introduction says that memorising words is hard but it gets easier, but it does not say how long this takes.
* No grammatical genders to complicate learning nouns.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good to start with 7 Feb 2010
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its really a very good starting book to learn Hungarian Language. with 16 chapters its a complete starters kit. Grammer is good. I can speak someof the basic hungarian bcz of this book. Will refer it to everyone...
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Hungarian is one of the languages that especially fascinates linguists because it bears no discernible relationship to those spoken in any neighbouring countries.

Though categorised as part of the family that includes Finnish and Estonian, it belongs to a quite different branch of that family, and the only tongues to which it bears close kinship are Khanty and Mansi (once known as Ostyak and Vogul) ... which are spoken 2,000 miles away in Siberia!

"Colloquial Hungarian" by Jerry Payne is an exemplary textbook from which to learn this difficult, near-maverick language.

However, on first perusal, even more intriguing than the linguistic explication are the hints of a love story in the sample sentences and the dialogues (which read much more like genuine conversations than the stilted exchanges normally found in such textbooks).

On p 15 we are told "Janos is Hungarian" and "Eva is a beautiful woman."

On p 17 we read "Eva is here" and "Janos is clever."

But then on pp 18 - 20 we get the first extended dialogue: Eva is hitch-hiking to Budapest, and Janos offers her a ride all the way from Vienna. We learn that Eva has an English father and a Hungarian mother. Janos compliments Eva on speaking her mother's tongue so well. They cross the border into Hungary.

On pp 27 - 28 they seem to be achieving a real rapport. We discover she's a student, and he works as an export salesman for a firm in Budapest.

On pp 44 - 47 they fill up at a petrol station, and then stop off at a roadside restaurant for a drink, teasing the waiter about stocking only expensive German beer (not Hungarian or Polish) and ruffling him further by seeking assurance that it will be served cold!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good introductory book to get you started. 15 Jun 2000
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The book starts with pronunciation exercises, and then consists of a series of lessons, each of which simulates a common scenario setting (restaurants, gas station, etc). It presents new vocabulary and a few grammatical rules along the way. It makes for easy reading, and along with the tape can get you started easily into the language. However, if you want something more than "survival hungarian", you will need to go on to an intermediate book. The learnings from this book will not allow you to have a full conversation, but only to interact as a tourist in Hungary.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good introductory book to get you started. 15 Jun 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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The book starts with pronunciation exercises, and then consists of a series of lessons, each of which simulates a common scenario setting (restaurants, gas station, etc). It presents new vocabulary and a few grammatical rules along the way. It makes for easy reading, and along with the tape can get you started easily into the language. However, if you want something more than "survival hungarian", you will need to go on to an intermediate book. The learnings from this book will not allow you to have a full conversation, but only to interact as a tourist in Hungary.
4.0 out of 5 stars Colloquial Hungarian by Jerry Payne 21 May 2002
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I think this book is great. However, the complexity of Hungarian requires a LOT of study, and hence, I recommend you get the cassette with it, and play it over and over and over and over again until the pronunciation exercises and first two dialogues make you sick. Once you have done this, the material in the book is much clearer, and like the other reviewer said, allows you to learn and get into Hungarian very quickly. Stuff I learnt in chapters 1 and 2 of this book I use regularly in Hungary and it seems to work! Be prepared for two months of vowel sound learning though - not a fault of the book, but the fact that Hungarian is very hard to pronounce, learn and understand - but nothing ventured...I do it for fun and I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to start - the dialogues are also funny, though I don't think anyone says "elvtars" in Hungary anymore - making this slightly outdated, but very enjoyable!!
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