Children’s day in Hungary

Learn about Children’s day in Hungary! Listen to a short text in Hungarian, read the transcript and the translation and look at the highlighted words. Do you celebrate Children’s day in your country? Is it any similar to the Hungarian Children’s day? Let us know in the comments.

Hangfelvétel | Audio recording

Átirat és fordítás | Transcript and translation

Habár Magyarországon a 20. század legelején tartottak először gyereknapot, csak 1954 óta van állandó napja. Május utolsó vasárnapján ünnepeljük a gyereknapot.

Ezen a napon számos különleges programot szerveznek a gyerekeknek. A boltok is készülnek gyereknapi akciókkal, hiszen a szülők, nagyszülők ajándékokat is szoktak ilyenkor venni a gyerekeknek.

Although the first Children’s Day was celebrated in Hungary at the beginning of the 20th century, it has only had a permanent day since 1954. Children’s Day is celebrated on the last Sunday in May.

On this day, many special programmes are organised for children. Shops also have special Children’s Day promotions, as parents and grandparents buy presents for their children.

Szólista | Word list

  • habár = although
  • század = century
  • a legelején = at the very beginning
  • tart = to hold, here: to organize, celebrate
  • először = for the first time
  • állandó = permanent, constant
  • utolsó = last
  • ünnepel = to celebrate
  • számos = several, numerous
  • különleges = special
  • szervez = to organize
  • akció = sale, promotion
  • hiszen = as

Extrák | Extras

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Hungarian learners’ favorite tips for learning Hungarian

We asked the members of our Daily Dose of Hungarian project about their favorite tips for learning Hungarian. As you will see, they shared various different tips. We are different, there is not a single method or tip that works universally for everyone. If you want to become a successful language learner, you need to discover your best way to learn a language (read more about this here). Read the tips, try them, and see if they work for you.

💬 If you’re in Hungary…take a beginner language class. I took one in Budapest in 2013 and it helped a LOT. It gave me some basic pronunciation/grammar/language structure tools that helped quite a bit initially, and are still a help today. (Jessica)

💬 Learn the language every day – even if it’s just 10-15 minutes a day. 10 minutes is better than nothing, and you can learn a lot in that time. (Ed)

💬 Use music! Find a song in your target language that you love, and work on translating the lyrics, maybe after listening for a few days. Add new words to your vocab-learning system (my second-favorite tip is using a spaced-repetition vocab app — I use Memrise for Hungarian) and repeat them. I’ve found that the words I learned from songs I love stuck MUCH more than random words I learned from other places. (Nina)

💬 Having a friendly community like Hungarize really helps to keep the motivation going. It’s absolutely not easy to learn a language alone!   (Yanntyng)

💬 Don’t worry about perfection! This was good advice when learning German, but it’s been GREAT advice with Hungarian. (Nina)

💬 My advice to a beginner is to get a good conversation pocket book with sound files and listen, imitate and practice the phrases you need or like. At this stage, don’t concentrate too much on grammar or individual words. The language will gradually explain itself. (Ed)

💬 Invest some time every day in learning the Hungarian language.  There is no shortcut to learning the language properly! It takes time.. (Marie-José)

💬 Daily practice with resources like Hungarize help with idioms and colloquialisms. (Jessica)

💬 Expose yourself to grammar topics early on, but be realistic about what’s going to stick the first time around. Focus early on on mastering the basics, but don’t shy away from dabbling in topics that seem over your head — just keep in mind they may not stick, and it may be the first of, say, 10 times that you have to read about them. (Nina)

💬 Invest in a good teacher who can teach you the grammar, preferably in your mother tongue. (Marie-José)

💬 Learn 10 minutes every day. This is more realistic than 3 hours a week. (Yanntyng)

💬 I’ll share advice which was given by my english teacher and by which I still stand: it is to dive into the language you learn, surround yourself with it even if you do not understand all. Let your subcounciousness do the work. With regular practice you won’t even know when you learn the language. Just make mistakes, learn and use it as often as you can. (Pawel)

💬 Listen to speech while reading along, which is why I love your podcast + transcript! (Nina)

💬 When you want to learn words: always learn the word in context, not just one word alone. (Elke)

💬 (This is not marketing, it´s my own personal experience!) Join Hungarize! Or a similar community with friendly, patient teachers who are truly passionate about what they do (and who collaborate with each other)! It helps when your teachers are as excited about your progress as you are! AND it´s great if you know your teachers are having fun and they are not afraid to keep changing and improving! If you have this, it can help to mitigate one´s dislike of learning.  (Yanntyng)

💬 Use the language every day (listen and imitate Hungarian, read out loud in Hungarian, sing in Hungarian, and talk to yourself in Hungarian all day if you don’t have a conversation partner) (Ed)

💬 Talk to yourself too! Every morning tell yourself what you want to do etc…. (Elke)

What’s your favorite tip for learning Hungarian? Tell us in the comments!

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Setting SMART goals for learning Hungarian

Is one of your goals for the year to learn more Hungarian? Or maybe to speak Hungarian better by the end of the year? If so, I have bad news for you: unfortunately, these are not good goals. Sure, they sound very good, and it would be great if you could learn Hungarian more or speak Hungarian better by the end of the year, but such very general statements don’t actually help you achieve your goals.

This article is a transcript of a video I made for the members of our Daily Dose of Hungarian project. The video is available here for the members in Hungarian with Hungarian and English subtitles.

If you want your motivation to last more than 1-2 weeks, you need to be more specific when setting your goals. Have you ever heard of the acronym SMART? SMART goals were originally invented for entrepreneurs, but you can use the idea perfectly in many other areas too. The acronym SMART covers 5 criteria that a goal must meet. Let’s see what these five criteria are!

S for Specific

It’s no good if your goals are too general or too vague. So instead of saying, “I will learn more Hungarian.”, say, for example, “I will learn Hungarian at least 5 times a week for at least 15 minutes.” Instead of saying, “By the end of the year, I will speak Hungarian better,” you could say, “I want to be able to talk to my Hungarian relatives about everyday things.”

M for Measurable

It can be very motivating when you can see that you are making progress towards the goal you have set, and it helps you to keep moving forward on the path. Set goals that you can easily measure, that you can track. For example, the aforementioned “I will learn at least 15 minutes of Hungarian at least 5 times a week” is a perfectly measurable goal. Here’s another example: instead of “I will improve my vocabulary.”, you could say “I will learn 5 new words a day.” Journaling or various habit tracking apps can also help with this; I use an app called Streaks to track my habits, for example.

A is for Attainable, or Achievable

If you set goals that are unrealistic, that are impossible to achieve, it can quickly discourage you from learning. If, for example, you have a very busy day, a very busy job, it’s totally unrealistic to put in an hour of Hungarian every day. But if you want to make a habit out of learning Hungarian, you can say “I’ll spend at least 15 minutes on Hungarian every day.” So on a busy day you can just get through your daily Hungarian on public transport on the way to work, but on a more relaxed day you can sit down for a longer period of time.

R for Relevant

Set goals that are really important to you and do tasks that are relevant. For example, if your greatest desire is to be able to talk better with your Hungarian relatives, don’t set a language exam as a goal, because a language exam requires learning completely different things and doing completely different tasks than an ordinary conversation with friends and acquaintances. Or, if your goal is to expand your vocabulary, learn words that are really important to you, not every new word you come across.

T for Time Bound

Set a deadline. For example, for the goals you’ve set so far, add “for one month” or “in 6 months”. “I will learn at least 15 minutes of Hungarian every day for one month.”, “I will learn 500 new words in 6 months.” These deadlines should also be realistic, and what I think is also very important is that when the deadline expires, you should reflect on whether you have achieved the goal you set. If not, why not? Was the goal unrealistic? Did you expect too much of yourself? How could you change it to make it happen? And if you did, reward yourself and set your next goal. 🙂

I have created a collection of SMART goals that our Daily Dose of Hungarian program can help you with. Have a look at the list, pick the ones that appeal to you, adapt them to suit you, and go for it, reach your goals! 🙂

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Mistake #2 – Underestimating the power of short practice

Do any of these excuses sound familiar?

  • I don’t have time to study regularly.
  • I can only squeeze in one Hungarian lesson a week.
  • My schedule is too busy for regular practice.

Have you ever said any of these? Then you might be committing one of the most typical mistakes in language learning: underestimating the power of short practice sessions.

During our studies, we got used to longer lessons: in Hungary, lessons in primary and secondary schools are usually 45 minutes long, seminars and lectures at university are 90 minutes long, language school lessons are usually 2×45 minutes long, and private language lessons are 60 or 90 minutes long. So we tend to think that if we don’t have at least 45 minutes to sit down and study, it’s pointless to start at all.

Consider this: even just 10 minutes of practice is more than nothing. In fact, those 10 minutes can be more valuable than you think. Here are some activities you can accomplish in that short span of time: 

  • Write a paragraph on any topic. 
  • Read a short text out loud.
  • Revise what you’ve learned recently.
  • Watch a short YouTube video.
  • Send a video message to a friend (or me 😊 )
  • Listen to a dialogue or podcast.
  • Learn a few new words. 

Now, envision having ten free minutes three times a day. Think about how much you can achieve in a single day with just those 30 minutes! Remember the saying: “Many small streams make one big river.” By capitalizing on these short but valuable opportunities to practice, you don’t have to wait for a full hour to dedicate to studying.

Don’t let the illusion of needing lengthy study sessions hold you back. Embrace the power of short practice sessions in between your longer sessions. To further support your journey in learning Hungarian, I invite you to join my 10-Minute Hungarian email series. In this series, I’ll share practical tips and engaging tasks to help you make learning Hungarian a daily habit with 10-minute study sessions. Sign up now and discover how consistent, bite-sized efforts can lead to remarkable progress in your language skills. 😊

Would you like to get the most of your 10-minute practice sessions?

If you’re a member of our Daily Dose of Hungarian program, in 10 minutes you can listen to the daily short dialogue, read it in Hungarian, in English, and you still have time to look at the word list as well. Alternatively, you can engage with the question of the day (either in writing or speaking) or delve into the note of the day. 

Mistake #1 – Neglecting certain skills

Are any of these sentences sounding familiar?

  • “First, I’ll learn all the grammar and a bunch of words, and then I’ll start speaking.”
  • “Why should I bother reading in Hungarian? I don’t want to read books in the language.”
  • “Listening to Hungarian people is so challenging; I can’t understand them anyway. I’ll just learn a lot of words and then I’ll focus on improving my listening skills.”
  • “Writing is not important for everyday communication. I’ll just focus on speaking.”
  • “Speaking in Hungarian is so stressful. And I have nobody to practice with. I’ll just read and listen and I’ll get better at speaking, too.”

If any of these sentences resonate with you, you’re in the right place! In this blog post, I’ll delve into two compelling reasons why it’s crucial not to neglect any single language skill.

Reason #1: Every skill is important for something

When it comes to language learning, every skill has its own special mojo. 😉 Listening and reading are receptive skills that should not be overlooked. These skills allow us to observe and comprehend language in action, providing valuable patterns and insights. Through reading, we have the opportunity to analyze words, phrases, and sentence structures at our own pace. On the other hand, listening exposes us to pronunciation and intonation, enhancing our overall understanding of the language. Additionally, developing strong listening comprehension is vital for effective communication. It’s not enough to simply speak; we must also understand our conversation partners, right? 😅

TIP: To optimize our learning, it is recommended to find materials like our Daily Dose of Hungarian program that offer both audio and text together, facilitating a comprehensive learning experience.

Writing and speaking, on the other hand, are productive skills that demand active language usage. Neglecting these skills would undermine our ability to respond and engage with the language. Writing grants us the advantage of time, enabling thoughtful consideration of words and sentence structures. By practicing writing, we refine our language proficiency and have the opportunity to learn from our mistakes through constructive feedback. On the other hand, speaking speaking is like our holy grail in language learning, isn’t it? 😊 It may not leave us much time to ponder, but it’s an absolute must-have skill to master. The practice of speaking equips us with the ability to communicate effectively and express ourselves fluently.

In conclusion, every language skill holds its own significance. Listening and reading provide us with valuable input, while writing and speaking put us in the driver’s seat to actively use and engage with the language.

By recognizing the importance of each skill and dedicating equal attention to their development, we ensure a well-rounded and comprehensive language learning experience.

Reason #2: Skills are closely linked

The other reason why none of the skills should be neglected is that they are not isolated entities but rather closely intertwined, with each skill enhancing the others. Let me give you a few examples:

  • When you dive into reading, soaking up words, phrases, and sentence structures in context, you’re setting the stage for easier listening. The more you read, the more familiar you become with the language, making listening easier.
  • The more you indulge in reading and listening, the more language models you collect. These models become your secret weapons when it comes to writing and speaking. They infuse your vocabulary, sentence construction, and overall language finesse.
  • When you put effort into improving your writing skills by constructing sentences and choosing the right words, you’re actually building a strong foundation for your speaking abilities. The language patterns and structures you learn through writing naturally transfer to your spoken communication, helping you express yourself confidently and coherently.

So here’s the thing: that skill you’ve been (intentionally or unintentionally) neglecting may actually be the key to unlocking your language goals. It’s often the unexpected path that leads to success. Make it a priority to explore effective ways of developing all four skills and ensure you don’t overlook any of them.

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10 ways you can learn Hungarian with YouTube videos

🇬🇧 How do you learn Hungarian with YouTube videos? You just watch them and that’s it, the learning is over? Big mistake! I’ll give you 10 tips on how to learn with YouTube videos – besides watching them. 🙂

1.Take notes

Get a notebook and a pen and take notes while watching videos. Take notes on anything (that you find interesting, that is new information for you, that you find useful to remember, that you don’t understand) related to anything (be it grammar, vocabulary, phrases, pronunciation, culture). You can read your notes again later.

2. Stop and repeat

If you want to practise your pronunciation, or maybe memorise a useful phrase, pause the video and repeat what you’ve heard word for word.

3. Summarise verbally

Every now and then, you can pause the video and try to summarise orally what you have heard. You can use the words and phrases that were used in the video.

4. Choose X word or expression to learn

You can set yourself a goal to learn, for example, 5 useful words or phrases from every YouTube video. You don’t have to learn all the new words; pick the five you find most useful and that you definitely want to build into your vocabulary. Write them down, with context. Write down not just the word, but the whole sentence in which you heard it.

5. Write a comment

If you have watched the video, write a comment in Hungarian! Tell how you liked the video, what you found interesting, what you think about the topic. Read other people’s comments too. This way, you not only practise the language, but also connect with the video makers and your fellow students. 🙂

6. Talk to someone about the topic

If you have a teacher, or perhaps a fellow student, you can talk to them about the video. Ask each other questions about the video, ask each other for opinions! If you have no one to talk to, you can talk to me: you can book an appointment in my calendar.

7. Read the transcript

If there is a transcript for the video, download it, print it out and read it. You may notice things while reading that you didn’t notice while listening.

8. Find other resources on the same topic

If you’ve seen an interesting YouTube video about, for example, Hungarian name days, you can look for another source (podcast, article, other video) on the same topic. It is likely that keywords (staying with the name day example, calendar, celebrates, toast, gift, etc.) will be repeated in these, so you can deepen your knowledge.

9. Write an essay about it

Writing is a great way to practice. You can write about practically anything; so why not a YouTube video? Briefly summarise what the video was about and then write down your thoughts about it. Then ask your teacher to correct your essay. If you’re studying on your own, you can send me your essay; just book an appointment in my calendar. 🙂

10. Make your own video

You can also make your own video on the same topic. You can use sentences from the original video, find more information on the topic, give your opinion – whatever, the point is just to talk! If you have a “studygram” page on Instagram, you can upload it there too.

💬 Can you add anything else to the list? 🙂

If you’re looking for YouTube videos for learning Hungarian, check out these links:

🇭🇺 Te hogyan tanulsz a YouTube videókkal magyarul? Csak megnézed őket és kész, vége a tanulásnak? Nagy hiba! Mondok neked 10 tippet, hogyan tanulhatsz YouTube videókkal – azon kívül, hogy megnézed őket. 🙂

1. Jegyzetelj!

Vegyél elő egy füzetet és egy tollat, és készíts jegyzeteket videónézés közben. Lejegyzetelhetsz bármit (amit érdekesnek találsz, ami új információ számodra, amit hasznosnak tartasz megjegyezni, amit nem értesz), bármivel kapcsolatban (legyen az nyelvtan, szókincs, kifejezés, kiejtés, kultúra). A jegyzeteidet később újra elolvashatod.

2. Állítsd meg és ismételd!

Ha szeretnéd gyakorolni a kiejtést, vagy esetleg memorizálnál egy hasznos mondatot, állítsd meg a videót és ismételd meg szóról szóra, amit hallottál!

3. Foglald össze szóban!

Időnként megállíthatod a videót és megpróbálhatod összefoglalni szóban, amit hallottál. Használhatod azokat a szavakat, kifejezéseket, amiket a videóban használtak.

4. Válassz ki X szót!

Kitűzhetsz magad elé egy célt, hogy minden YouTube videóból megtanulsz például 5 hasznos szót vagy kifejezést. Nem kell az összes új szót megtanulnod; válaszd ki azt az ötöt, amit a leghasznosabbnak tartasz, és amit mindenképp szeretnél beépíteni a szókincsedbe. Ezeket írd le, kontextussal együtt! Ne csak a szót írd le, hanem a teljes mondatot, amiben hallottad. 

5. Írj egy kommentet!

Ha megnézted a videót, írj egy kommentet magyarul! Mondd el, hogy tetszett a videó, mit találtál érdekesnek, mit gondolsz a témáról. Olvasd el mások kommentjeit is. Így nemcsak gyakorlod a nyelvet, de még kapcsolódsz is a videó készítőivel és a tanulótársaiddal. 🙂 

6. Beszélgess a témáról valakivel!

Ha van tanárod, vagy esetleg egy tanulótársad, beszélgethetsz vele a videóról. Tegyetek fel egymásnak kérdéseket a videóval kapcsolatban, kérdezzétek meg egymás véleményét! Ha nincs kivel beszélgetned, velem is tudsz beszélgetni: ehhez a naptáramban tudsz időpontot foglalni. LINK

7. Olvasd el az átiratot!

Ha készült a videóhoz átirat, töltsd le, nyomtasd ki, és olvasd el! Olvasás közben olyan dolgokat figyelhetsz meg, amiket hallgatás közben észre sem vettél. 

8. Keress más forrást ugyanarról a témáról!

Ha láttál egy érdekes YouTube videót például a magyar névnapokról, akkor kereshetsz egy másik forrást (podcastot, cikket, másik videót) ugyanarról a témáról. Valószínűleg a kulcsszavak (a névnapos példánál maradva a naptár, ünnepel, felköszönt, ajándék, stb) ismétlődni fognak ezekben, így jobban elmélyítheted a tudásodat. 

9. Írj róla egy esszét!

Az írás egy eszméletlenül jó gyakorlási módszer. Gyakorlatilag bármiről lehet írni; akkor egy YouTube videóról miért ne lehetne? Foglald össze röviden, miről szólt a videó, majd írd le a gondolataidat róla. Aztán kérd meg a tanárodat, hogy javítsa ki a fogalmazásodat. Ha egyedül tanulsz, nekem is elküldheted az írásodat; csak foglalj egy időpontot a naptáramban. 🙂

10. Készíts saját videót!

Elkészítheted a saját videódat is ugyanarról a témáról. Felhasználhatsz mondatokat az eredeti videóból, kereshetsz további információt a témával kapcsolatban, elmondhatod a véleményedet – mindegy, a lényeg, hogy beszélj! Ha van “studygram” oldalad Instagramon, oda is feltöltheted ezt. 

💬 Hozzá tudsz még valamit adni a listához? 🙂 

Ha YouTube videókat keresel magyartanuláshoz, nézd meg ezeket a linkeket:

Watching videos with dual subtitles on YouTube

🇬🇧We often get asked why our YouTube videos don’t have bilingual subtitles like our social media videos. At the end of this article, I’ll show you how you can set up bilingual subtitles on YouTube, but in the meantime, I’ll tell you a little bit about why I prefer YouTube subtitles.

On YouTube, there is a “subtitle settings” button. This allows you to choose whether you want to watch the video with or without subtitles, and if you want to watch it with subtitles, which language you want to watch it in. On social media, you don’t have a choice: if a video has subtitles, you have to watch it with subtitles, if it doesn’t, you can’t watch it with subtitles.

Why is it good to have a choice? I find that if a video has subtitles, I certainly read them. Even if I don’t need it, because I understand everything perfectly. So if your goal is to improve your listening comprehension, it is very good if you can turn off the subtitles.

If you have a choice, you can watch a video with different settings: for example, first without subtitles, then with English subtitles, then with Hungarian subtitles, then with both subtitles at the same time, then again without subtitles – whatever you want.

And if you want to read both the Hungarian and the English (or any other language) subtitles at the same time, you can do that too, using a browser add-on called “YouTube dual subtitles” (this works in Chrome, but you can certainly find similar ones in other browsers.) You can also use this add-on to set up automatic translation into basically any language – but be careful, these automatic translations shouldn’t be trusted completely!

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On our YouTube channel, we provide English and Hungarian subtitles for all our videos. Have a look around our channel, choose a video you like and feel free to experiment with subtitles!

🇭🇺 Gyakran kérdezitek tőlünk, hogy YouTube-on miért nincs a videóinkon kétnyelvű felirat úgy, mint a közösségi médiás videóinkon. A cikk végén megmutatom, hogyan tudjátok beállítani a kétnyelvű feliratot YouTube-on, de addig is, mesélek egy kicsit arról, miért szeretem jobban a YouTube feliratokat.

A YouTube-on van egy “feliratbeálltások” gomb. Így eldöntheted, hogy felirattal vagy felirat nélkül szeretnéd megnézni a videót, és amennyiben felirattal szeretnéd nézni, milyen nyelvű felirattal szeretnéd nézni. Közösségi médián nincs választási lehetőséged: ha egy videón van felirat, felirattal kell nézned, ha nincs, akkor pedig nem is tudod felirattal nézni.

Miért jó, hogy van választási lehetőséged? Magamon is azt veszem észre, hogy ha van felirat egy videón, akkor azt bizony olvasom. Akkor is, ha egyébként semmi szükségem nincs rá, mert mindent tökéletesen értek. Tehát ha a célod az, hogy a hallásértésedet fejleszd, akkor nagyon jó, ha ki tudod kapcsolni a feliratot. 

Ha van választási lehetőséged, egy videót meg tudsz nézni különböző beállításokkal: megnézheted először felirat nélkül, majd angol felirattal, majd magyar felirattal, majd egyszerre a két felirattal, majd újra felirat nélkül – ahogy szeretnéd. 

És ha szeretnéd egyszerre olvasni a magyar és az angol (vagy más nyelvű) feliratot, ezt is meg tudod tenni, a “YouTube dual subtitles” nevű böngészőkiegészítővel. (Ez a Chrome-ban működik, de biztosan más böngészőkben is lehet hasonlót találni.) Ezzel a kiegészítővel beállíthatsz automatikus fordítást is gyakorlatilag bármilyen nyelvre – de vigyázz, ezekben az automatikus fordításokban azért nem szabad teljesen megbízni! 

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A YouTube csatornánkon minden videónkhoz készítünk magyar és angol nyelvű feliratot. Nézz körül a csatornánkon, válassz egy szimpatikus videót, és kísérletezz bátran a feliratokkal! 

YouTube Channels for learning Hungarian

🇬🇧 YouTube is an amazing free source for learning Hungarian in your free time. Fortunately, there are more and more YouTube channels especially created for Hungarian learners. Here is a collection of such channels; check them out and subscribe to the ones you like. If you know a channel that is not yet on the list, click on the plus button in the bottom right corner and add it.

🇭🇺 A YouTube egy fantasztikus ingyenes forrás, ha a szabadidődben magyarul szeretnél tanulni. Szerencsére egyre több és több YouTube csatorna van kifejezetten magyarul tanulóknak. Itt találtok egy gyűjteményt ezekből a csatornákból; nézzétek meg őket, és iratkozzatok fel azokra, amik tetszenek! Ha ismertek olyan csatornát, ami nincs a listán, kattintsatok a plusz gombra a jobb alsó sarokban és adjátok hozzá!

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Why is it important to enjoy language learning?

🇬🇧 We study for many years at primary school, high school, university, and in the course of our studies we have to learn a lot of things we are not interested in at all. But we do it because we have to. A lot of language learners carry this mentality on into their adult language learning. But it is very important to enjoy learning.

If we don’t enjoy learning a language, we find it harder to get ourselves to learn. If we find it harder to get ourselves to learn, we make excuses and sit down to learn less often. If we sit down to learn less often, we progress more slowly and with more difficulty. If we study slowly and with difficulty, we become unmotivated. If we are unmotivated, we do not enjoy learning a language. It is a self-perpetuating process from which we need to break out.

Because if we enjoy learning a language, we are more willing to sit down and learn. If we enjoy getting ourselves to learn, we don’t make excuses, we learn more often. If we learn more often, we progress faster and more easily. If we learn quickly and easily, we will be motivated. And if we are motivated, we enjoy learning more. 

What’s more, research shows that what we enjoy learning, we understand better and remember longer. 

So it’s important to find the methods, the materials, the exercises that you enjoy doing. And how do we know we found the best methods, the best materials? With the best method and best materials, we almost feel as if we weren’t learning at all.

💬 Do you enjoy learning Hungarian? If not, what will you do to enjoy it more?

Try Hungarize’s resources and see if you enjoy learning with them. 🙂

Listen to Réka (Languages with Reka) talk about the topic of enjoying language learning YouTube:

If you want to discuss language learning topics with Réka from Languages with Reka and Barbi from Hungarize, join our Facebook group here:

🇭🇺 Hosszú éveket tanulunk általános iskolában, gimnáziumban, egyetemen, és a tanulmányaink során sok olyan dolgot is meg kell tanulnunk, ami egyáltalán nem érdekel minket. De csináljuk, mert kötelező. Nagyon sok nyelvtanuló ezt a mentalitást viszi tovább akkor is, amikor felnőttként nyelvet tanul. Pedig nagyon fontos, hogy élvezzük is a tanulást.

Ha nem élvezzük a nyelvtanulást, nehezebben vesszük rá magunkat a tanulásra. Ha nehezebben vesszük rá magunkat a tanulásra, kifogásokat keresünk és ritkábban ülünk le tanulni. Ha ritkábban ülünk le tanulni, lassabban és nehezebben haladunk. Ha lassan és nehezen tanulunk, motiválatlanok leszünk. Ha motiválatlanok vagyunk, nem élvezzük a nyelvtanulást. Ez egy önmagát erősítő folyamat, amiből ki kell törnünk.

Mert ha élvezzük a nyelvtanulást, szívesebben ülünk le tanulni. Ha szívesebben ülünk le tanulni, nem keresünk kifogásokat, gyakrabban tanulunk. Ha gyakrabban tanulunk, gyorsabban és könnyebben haladunk. Ha gyorsan és könnyen haladunk, motiváltak leszünk. És ha motiváltak vagyunk, még jobban élvezzük a nyelvtanulást. 

Ráadásul kutatások bizonyítják, hogy amit szívesen tanulunk, azt jobban megértjük és hosszabban megmarad az emlékezetünkben. 

Ezért nagyon fontos, hogy megtaláljuk azokat a módszereket, azokat a tananyagokat, azokat a feladatokat, amiket szívesen csinálunk. És honnan tudjuk, hogy megtaláltuk a jó módszert, a jó forrást? Onnan, hogy szinte úgy érezzük, hogy nem is tanulunk.

💬 Te élvezed a magyartanulást? Ha nem, mit fogsz tenni azért, hogy jobban élvezd?

Próbáld ki a Hungarize tananyagait, nézd meg, élvezed-e velük a tanulást! 🙂

Nézd meg Réka (Languages with Reka) videóját a témáról YouTube-on:

Ha szeretnél nyelvtanulással kapcsolatos témákról beszélgetni Rékával (Languages with Reka) és Barbival (Hungarize), csatlakozz a Facebook csoportunkhoz itt:

What’s the best way to learn a language?

🇬🇧 Are you looking for the best way to learn a language? Look no further! 
Would you like to boost your Hungarian twice faster? We have the perfect solution for you!
Do you want to get from beginner to intermediate level in 6 months? We’ve got you covered!

These all sound amazing, right? Let’s stop beating around the bush; these are good marketing lines, but you shouldn’t take these promises for granted. The thing is, there simply CANNOT be ONE best way to learn a language, ONE perfect solution, and no one can guarantee that his or her method will take YOU from level A to level B in X amount of time. Let’s see why.

If you like cooking, you must have seen recipes that start with “make the perfect Tiramisu”, or you might have heard a friend inviting you for dinner saying “this is the most delicious butternut squash soup you’ve ever eaten”, only to feel disappointed and think, “no, the way I make Tiramisu is much better”, or “my mother’s butternut squash soup is way more delicious than this one”. We all know that tastes are different; what I find delicious, others might hate, and vica versa. It is the same with language learning.

Just like in all walks of life, we are all different when it comes to language learning. We have different motivation, different levels of determination, a different native language, different background knowledge, different experience in language learning, and, most importantly, different learning styles. This means that what might be the perfect method for some, might not be the perfect method for you. 

Many people make the mistake of quitting learning a language because they hate learning or they feel that their progress is painfully slow. In most cases, this does not mean what they think it means (“it is impossible to learn this stupid language”, “I am not capable of learning this language”); it might simply be an indicator that they are using a method that is not suitable for their individual needs and learning styles.

It would be really nice to get the perfect recipe and just follow the steps, wouldn’t it? But the thing is, you are more likely to make real headway in your learning if you try different recipes, different methods, see which of them work FOR YOU, which you ENJOY doing, where you feel real progress, and maybe combine their elements to find YOUR best way of learning a language.

In our newsletter, we are giving some recipes; try them all and see which work for you best.

Special thanks to Sziszi ( Hungarian with Sziszi ) for proofreading the blog post and for the inspiring late night talks about the topic. 😘

🇭🇺 A legjobb módszert keresed a nyelvtanulásra? Ne keress tovább!
Szeretnéd kétszer gyorsabban felpörgetni a magyar nyelvtudásodat? Van egy tökéletes megoldásunk a számodra!
Szeretnél 6 hónap alatt kezdő szintről középhaladó szintre jutni? Mi segítünk ebben!

Ezek mind elképesztően jól hangzanak, igaz? De hagyjuk a mellébeszélést; ezek jó marketingszövegek, de nem szabad ezeket az ígéreteket készpénznek venni. A helyzet az, hogy egyszerűen NEM létezhet EGY legjobb módszer a nyelvtanulásra, EGY tökéletes megoldás, és senki sem garantálhatja, hogy az ő módszere X idő alatt elvisz téged A szintről B szintre.

Ha szeretsz főzni, biztosan láttál már olyan recepteket, amik úgy kezdődnek, hogy “készítsd el a tökéletes Tiramisut”. Vagy hallottad már egy barátodtól, aki vacsorára hívott, hogy “ez a legfinomabb sütőtökleves, amit valaha ettél”. Majd aztán csalódottan azt gondoltad, hogy “nem, ahogy én készítem a Tiramisut, az sokkal jobb”, vagy “anyukám sütőtöklevese sokkal finomabb, mint ez”. Mindannyian tudjuk, hogy az ízlések különbözőek; amit én finomnak találok, azt mások lehet, hogy utálják, és fordítva. Ugyanez a helyzet a nyelvtanulással is.

Ahogy az élet minden területén, úgy a nyelvtanulásban is mindannyian különbözőek vagyunk. Más a motivációnk, más az eltökéltségünk, más az anyanyelvünk, más a háttértudásunk, más a tapasztalatunk a nyelvtanulás terén, és ami a legfontosabb, más a tanulási stílusunk. Ez azt jelenti, hogy ami egyesek számára tökéletes módszer, nem biztos, hogy neked is az.

Sokan elkövetik azt a hibát, hogy abbahagyják a nyelvtanulást, mert utálnak tanulni, vagy mert úgy érzik, hogy fájdalmasan lassú a haladásuk. A legtöbb esetben ez nem azt jelenti, amit ők gondolnak (“lehetetlen megtanulni ezt a hülye nyelvet”, “nem vagyok képes megtanulni ezt a nyelvet”); egyszerűen csak azt jelezheti, hogy olyan módszert használnak, ami nem felel meg az egyéni igényeiknek és tanulási stílusuknak.

Igazán jó lenne, ha megkapnánk a tökéletes receptet, és csak követnénk a lépéseket, nem igaz? De a helyzet az, hogy nagyobb valószínűséggel jutsz előre a tanulásban, ha különböző recepteket, különböző módszereket próbálsz ki, megnézed, melyik működik neked, melyik az, amit SZÍVESEN csinálsz, ahol valódi fejlődést érzel, és esetleg kombinálod az elemeiket, hogy megtaláld a TE legjobb módszeredet a nyelvtanulásra.

A hírlevelünkben mutatunk neked számos receptet; próbáld ki mind, és találd meg azt, ami számodra a legjobb.