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Colloquial Hungarian (Colloquial Series) Audio CD – Audiobook, 14 Nov 2007

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (14 Nov. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415441978
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415441971
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 17 x 4.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,803,128 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'This is a thorough introductory package for the solo learner, which will also be greatly appreciated by school, university and evening classes led by a qualified teacher.' - Slavonic and East European Review --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

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Carol H Rounds is lecturer in Hungarian and has been teaching at Columbia University since 1988. Previous titles include Hungarian:An Essential Grammar, another in the Routledge language series. Erika S^'olyom is a PhD candidate in Linguistics at New York University. She has received a number of fellowships, including a Fulbright Grant and a Soros Foundation Fellowship.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By vonMoltke on 7 May 2012
Format: Audio CD
After having studied half a dozen foreign languages from different courses, I will not recommend Routledge for a beginner in Hungarian language, and this for many a reason.
Lessons are overcharged with material, especially new words, that one should take time to digest before getting to the next unit. Shorter lessons (40 instead of the actual 15) would work better.
After Unit 7, texts and dialogues are no longer translated in full, but the reader has to rely on words provided in the vocabulary at the end of the dialogues or, worse, in the glossary at the end of the book. This makes the student waste a considerable amount of time just to understand what he or she is reading, a time that could be better used in studying the grammar. In addition to that, there are words not included neither in the former nor in the latter listing, making necessary a good dictionary at hand.
The material in the cd's is recorded at full-speed, a speed that would challenge, in my opinion, many a native speaker in catching all the words, not to mention a beginner. On top of that, in a handful of cases the written text is not consistent with the recorded one.
Hungarian grammar is characterized by extensive use of cases (at least 17, but likely more). So I was struck in waiting until Unit 4 to be introduced to the Accusative and to Unit 6 (in a course of 15) before getting to other cases. One should be introduced earlier to those features, in order to familiarize with them.
As already noted by another reviewer, there is no excuse for the many misspellings in a course intended for first-time learners.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By bambina_p on 21 Oct. 2006
Format: Audio Cassette
I'm using this course to get familiar with hungarian language before actually coming to Hungary - and as such don't have native speakers around. While book is very good structured, I have enormous difficulties to understand the dialogs on Audio-CD. Each dialog is recorded only once, and even from the beginning on the "full-speed" - as it will be spoken in the real live. I thougth the book is for beginners!

Langenscheidt in their "30 days"-series records first 10 lessons twice - in "slow" version and then the real spoken. I think that is something the publishers of this book should think about.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By jazz convert on 18 Jun. 2007
Format: Paperback
I ahve been learning Hungarian as a challenge for a few years now. I started with the previous Colloquial Hungarian course (by Szuzsa Pontifex?) which was in my opinion a lot more fun, relevant and had much better audio materials - quite fast, but not as fast as the recordings on this newer course. The new course is still probably the best out there, but I don't think it represents any improvement on the previous one!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Monica b on 30 Nov. 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I do not like the book, cover is ok,I am hungarian but I find it very difficult to understand how to learn hungarian from this book. I wanted to give this book as a gift to my friend, but this is deffinately not for beginers. Book quality not too bad. Delivery was slow.
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A good book with snippits of Hungarian culture thrown in. More real life situations and not a sterile way to learn.
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