Colloquial Hungarian: The Complete Course for Beginners has been carefully developed by an experienced teacher to provide a step-by-step course to Hungarian as it is written and spoken today.
Combining a clear, practical and accessible style with a methodical and thorough treatment of the language, it equips learners with the essential skills needed to communicate confidently and effectively in Hungarian in a broad range of situations. No prior knowledge of the language is required.
Colloquial Hungarian is exceptional; each unit presents a wealth of grammatical points that are reinforced with a wide range of exercises for regular practice. A full answer key, a grammar summary, bilingual glossaries and English translations of dialogues can be found at the back as well as useful vocabulary lists throughout.
Key features include:
- A clear, user-friendly format designed to help learners progressively build up their speaking, listening, reading and writing skills
- Jargon-free, succinct and clearly structured explanations of grammar
- An extensive range of focused and dynamic supportive exercises
- Realistic and entertaining dialogues covering a broad variety of narrative situations
- Helpful cultural points explaining the customs and features of life in Hungary.
- An overview of the sounds of Hungarian
Balanced, comprehensive and rewarding, Colloquial Hungarian is an indispensable resource both for independent learners and students taking courses in Hungarian.
Audio material to accompany the course is available to download free in MP3 format from www.routledge.com/cw/colloquials. Recorded by native speakers, the audio material features the dialogues and texts from the book and will help develop your listening and pronunciation skills.
Table of Contents
Preface Introduction 1. Acquaintances 2. The Flight 3. Crossing the Border 4. Shopping 5. Taxi! 6. Do you Like Budapest? 7. Do You Have a Room Reservation? 8. In the Restaurant 9. Can You Tell Me Where the Post Office Is? 10. What Did Mr Newman Do at the weekend? 11. We are Interested in Music Too! 12. Get Well Soon! 13. I Love You! 14. If Only I Had More Free Time! 15. The Most Unbelievable Story Appendix I: Conjugations of Irregular Verbs Appendix II: Sample Nominal Declensions Hungarian-English Glossary English-Hungarian Glossary Grammar Index Topic Index
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 Sólyom, an NYU graduate, is a sociolinguist and she has been teaching Hungarian as a Foreign Language at Eotvos Lorand University and Corvinus University of Budapest. She is also the director of the American Corner Budapest at Corvinus.
Praise for the first edition:
An infectious love for the Hungarian language and culture, coupled with a sense of humour, suffuses the book.' – Times Higher Education Supplement