Make language learning a habit #3: 2 suggestions for guided daily practice

In the first part of our article series (you can read it here) we have shown you 5+1 tips on building a habit, and in the second part (read it here) we gave you 10 simple ideas that you can build into your daily practice.

Do you need guidance with your daily practice? In the last part of our article series we’ll show you two suggestions. 

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Make language learning a habit #2: 10 simple ideas that you can easily build into your daily practice

In the first part of the article series (you can read it here) we have shown you 5+1 tips on building a habit. We highlighted that daily learning does not necessarily have to mean language lessons and worksheets; the point is to do something, anything with the language as often as possible.

Now we would like to give you some simple ideas that you can easily build into your daily practice.

1.

Try to think in Hungarian; at the beginning of the day try to think about your to do list in Hungarian (Ma délután 5-kor fogorvoshoz megyek.), or at the end of the day, summarize what you did that day (Ma fogorvosnál voltam. Nem is volt nagyon rossz. Csak egy kicsi drága volt.).

2.

Try narrating what you are doing (Nincs itthon tej. Elmegyek a boltba és veszek tejet.) or what you are seeing (Ott sétál egy kutya! Nagyon cuki!).

3.

If you like journaling, write your daily journal entry (or a part of it) in Hungarian.

4.

Designate a movie-night once a week when you watch films in Hungarian with English subtitles, or if you are at a more advanced level, in Hungarian with Hungarian subtitles.

5.

Listen to Hungarian songs and read their lyrics or find a karaoke version – you can also try to sing along. 🙂 Check the meaning of some words and expressions that have caught your attention.

6.

If you live in Hugnary, keep your eyes open on the streets: read the advertisements (A legkisebb is számít – Tesco), signs (Napi ajánlat: tyúkhúsleves 500.-), etc.

7.

Keep your ears open on the streets: listen to announcements (A következő megálló: Kálvin tér), how people address each other (Elnézést, szabad ez a hely?).

8.

Watch videos about your topics of interest in Hungarian: do you like cooking? Watch cooking videos in Hungarian. Do you do yoga? Find Hungarian yoga videos.

9.

Take advantage of each and every opportunity to interact with natives, whether in person or in a message. What you CAN say in Hungarian, DO say it in Hungarian. Even if it is just the word “Elnézést.

10.

Find resources that motivate you and use them regularly. You can find a collection of resources for learning Hungarian here: https://padlet.com/hungarize/Resources

In the last part of our article series on making language learning a habit we will give you some ideas for guided practice.

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Make language learning a habit #1: 5+1 tips to make learning Hungarian a habit

Do you ever feel that you will never speak Hungarian? Or that your progress is painfully slow? Or that you are stuck? Or that although you would really like to speak Hungarian, you just feel it’s a pain in the neck? 

Try making learning Hungarian a daily habit. 

Why? Habits drive our behaviour in powerful ways. You never have to gather the motivation to brush your teeth before going to bed: it’s a habit which means it’s automatic. When you build language practice into your habits, you automate your learning without much effort.

In the first part of our article series about making language learning a habit we will give you 5+1 tips on building habits.

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Boost your Hungarian with dialogues #3: Finding dialogues for learning Hungarian

In the first part of our article series, The power of dialogues, we’ve shown you why dialogues are an incredibly useful tool to improve your Hungarian, and in the second part, 18 tips to make the most out of dialogues, we’ve given you some ideas on how to work with dialogues. In the last part of our first article series with study tips, we’ll show you some resources where you can find dialogues.

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Boost your Hungarian with dialogues #2: 18 tips to make the most out of dialogues

In the first part of our article series (here) we told you why dialogues are an incredibly powerful tool to boost your Hungarian. In this article we are showing you 18 tips on how to make the most out of dialogues.

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Boost your Hungarian with dialogues #1: The power of dialogues

If you are learning a foreign language, then you must have come across many dialogues on your language learning journey. Language learning methodology has changed tremendously during the past decades; however, you can find dialogues in almost every coursebook, no matter when they were published. Why are dialogues so important? The answer is easy: your ultimate aim with learning a language is to be able to communicate in that language. And what best resembles this goal? Dialogues.

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Learn some flavors with the cakes of the country

🇭🇺 A legújabb Daily Word szövegünk az ország tortájáról szólt. Ha még nem olvastátok, itt elolvashatjátok:

🇬🇧 Our latest Daily Word text was about the Cake of the Country. In case you haven’t read it yet, you can read it here:

🇭🇺 Nagy örömmel jelentjük be, hogy elértük az 5. célunkat Patreonon (35 támogató), így ahogy ígértük, elindítottuk a második YouTube lejátszási listánkat. Ezen a listán felolvassuk nektek a szöveget, és meghallgathattok egy kis részletet az aktuális témával kapcsolatos podcast beszélgetésünkből. A támogatóink pedig a teljes beszélgetést meghallgathatják, és megkapják a teljes szöveget szólistával. 🤩 https://www.patreon.com/posts/40197046

És íme az első videó:

🇬🇧 We are happy to announce that we have reached our 5th goal on Patreon (having 35 Patrons), so, as we promised, we have launched our second YouTube playlist. On this list we will read out the Daily Word texts and you can listen to a short extract from our podcast where we talk about the current topic. And our Patrons can listen to the full talk and get the full script with word list. 🤩 https://www.patreon.com/posts/40197046

And here is the full video:

🇭🇺 A mai blogposztunkban pedig egy pár ízt tanulhattok az elmúlt évek ország tortáinak segítségével. Lapozzátok végig a galériát! A bal oldalon az aktuális év ország tortájának, a jobb oldalon pedig az ország cukormentes tortájának főbb ízeit láthatjátok.

🇬🇧 In today’s blog post you can learn some flavors with the help of the cakes of the country of the past years. Flip through the gallery! On the left side you can see the main ingredients of the cake of the country, and on the right side you can see the main ingredients of the sugar-free cake of the country.

🇭🇺 A Patreon oldalunkon Quizlet listával és interaktív feladattal gyakorolhatjátok a szavakat: https://www.patreon.com/posts/40202229

🇬🇧 On our Patreon site you can practice the words with a Quizlet list and an interactive practice task: https://www.patreon.com/posts/40202229

Join us on Patreon for a huge Daily Dose of Hungarian

Would you like to listen to a short dialogue every day and learn more about Hungarian grammar, vocabulary, expressions and more?

Support us and help us get closer to our next goal (having 45 Patrons), and in exchange we provide you daily practice opportunity in a welcoming, encouraging environment. 🤗

If we reach our next goal we will launch our 3rd YouTube channel where we will talk about some of our Daily Quiz posts in detail.

What to do at Lake Balaton

🇭🇺 A legújabb Daily Word szövegünk a Balatonról szólt. Ha még nem olvastátok, itt elolvashatjátok:

🇬🇧 Our latest Daily Word text was about Lake Balaton. In case you haven’t read it yet, you can read it here:

🇭🇺 A szöveghez kapcsolódó blogbejegyzésünkben tippeket adunk, hogy mit csinálj a Balatonnál. (És közben gyakoroljuk egy kicsit a felszólító módot is.)

🇬🇧 In our blog post related to the text we give you some tips on what to do at Lake Balaton. (Meanwhile we also practice the imperative form a little bit.)

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Hungarian dishes – Quiz

On Monday we’ll send out our second monthly newsletter, on the topic of Hungarian dishes.

One of the free resources will be a quiz on Hungarian dishes; here’s a little sneak peek to it. Answer the questions, collect the puzzle pieces and watch the video in the background. 🙂

In our July newsletter you’ll get…

  • the full version of the quiz above, with the reward video
  • vocabulary about Hungarian food
  • the audio version of one of our Daily Word dialogues related to a special Hungarian dish
  • a list of further resources in connection with Hungarian dishes

Sign up ASAP if you would like to get this in your inbox. 🤗

If you sign up, you’ll also get a huge pack of free resources as a welcome gift.

UPDATE: We have sent out our July newsletter. Sign up now if you don’t want to miss the next one and if you’d like to get the welcome resource pack. 🤗

Learn some words in connection with nature with a poem by Szabó Lőrinc

🇭🇺 A legújabb Daily Word szövegünk Szabó Lőrinc: Nyár című verse volt. Ha még nem láttátok, itt is elolvashatjátok:

🇬🇧 Our latest Daily Word text was a poem by Lőrinc Szabó, entitled Nyár (Summer). In case you haven’t seen it yet, you can read it here, too:

🇭🇺 A mai blogposztunkban pedig Szabó Lőrinc egy másik versét szeretnénk megmutatni nektek, ami az én (Barbi) kedvenc versem Szabó Lőrinctől. Ebben a versben nagyon sok természettel kapcsolatos szó szerepel, így ma ez lesz a fókuszunk.

🇬🇧 In today’s blog post we would like to show you another poem by Lőrinc Szabó, which is my (Barbi’s) favorite poem by Lőrinc Szabó. There are loads of words in connection with nature in this poem, so today this is going to be our focus.

Feladat / Task

🇭🇺 Először csak hallgassátok meg a verset, és figyeljetek a természettel kapcsolatos szavakra! Írjátok le, milyen természettel kapcsolatos szavakat hallotok.

🇬🇧 First just listen to the poem and pay attention to the words in connection with nature. Write down what words you hear in connection with nature.

🇭🇺 Most olvassátok el az eredeti verset és Leslie A. Kery fordítását. (A fordítás nem szó szerinti.) Ismeritek a kiemelt szavakat? A vers alatt megtaláljátok a szólistát.

🇬🇧 Now read the original poem and the translation by Leslie A. Kery. (It is not a literal translation.) Do you know the highlighted words? You can find the word list under the poem.

Szabó Lőrinc: Ima a gyermekekért

Ima a gyermekekért

Fák, csillagok, állatok és kövek,
szeressétek a gyermekeimet. 

Ha messze voltak tőlem, azalatt
eddig is rátok bíztam sorsukat.

Énhozzám mindig csak jók voltatok,
szeressétek őket, ha meghalok.

Tél, tavasz, nyár, ősz, folyók, ligetek,
szeressétek a gyermekeimet.

Te, homokos, köves, aszfaltos út,
vezesd okosan a lányt, a fiút.

Csókold helyettem, szél, az arcukat,
fű, kő, légy párna a fejük alatt.

Kináld őket gyümölccsel, almafa,
tanítsd őket csillagos éjszaka.

Tanítsd, melengesd te is, drága nap,
csempészd zsebükbe titkos aranyad.

S ti mind, él‹ és holt anyagok,
tanítsátok őket, felhők, sasok,

vad villámok, jó hangyák, kis csigák,
vigyázz reájuk, hatalmas világ.

Az ember gonosz, benne nem bízom.
De tűz, víz, ég, s föld igaz rokonom.

Igaz rokon, hozzátok fordulok,
tűz, víz, ég s föld leszek, ha meghalok;

tűz, víz, ég és föld s minden istenek:
szeressétek, akiket szeretek!

A prayer for the children

You, trees, you creatures, stones and stars above,
I ask you all: do give my children love.

Till now, at times when I could not be there,
I trusted you and they were in your care.

You always looked at me with kindly eyes,
do love my children after my demise.

Rivers, parks, winter, spring, the summer, fall,
give to my children love, I ask you all.

You sandy, stony, sealed road, hark a spell,
keep wisely leading girl, the boy as well.

Kiss them for me, you wind that blows aloft,
you stones and grasses, ‘neath their heads be soft.

You, apple tree, offer your fruit to them,
and starry sky, do teach them all you can.

You too, dear sun, instruct, with warmth enfold,
into their pockets smuggle secret gold.

And you of all kinds, living and no more,
teach them you cloud-banks, eagles as you soar,

wild thunderbolts, good ants and tiny snails,
you mighty world, give them what care entails.

Mankind is evil, I lack faith therein.
But fire, water, sky and earth are kin.
 
True kin of mine, I turn to you for I,
will be flame, water, sky, earth when I die;
 
flame, water, sky, earth, all the gods above:
I ask you, do love all the ones I love!

Szólista / Word list

fa = tree
csillag = star
állat = animal
kő = stone, rock
tél = winter
tavasz = spring
nyár = summer
ősz = autumn
folyó = river
liget = park

homok = sand
út = path, road
szél = wind
fű = grass
gyümölcs = fruit
almafa = apple tree
csillag = star
éjszaka = night
nap = sun
felhő = cloud

sas = eagle
villám = lightning
hangya = ant
csiga = snail
világ = world
tűz = fire
víz = water
ég = sky
föld = ground

További gyakorlás / Further practice

On our Patreon site you can listen to two other recitals of the poem and a song adaptation and also do an interactive gap-filling task. Moreover, you can get access to a Quizlet set with the words above, where you can listen to the pronunciation of the words and practice them. https://www.patreon.com/posts/38883622

Related resources

Daily Word dialógus / dialogue

We shared the dialogue below on Facebook and Instagram on the 2nd of June.

You can listen to the dialogue and talk about the question at the end of the dialogue in a safe, encouraging environment on our Patreon site:
https://www.patreon.com/posts/daily-word-37705351

🇭🇺 természet

  • Mit csinálunk a hétvégén? Nem megyünk el egy érdekes kiállításra?
  • Hát, én inkább a természetben szeretnék lenni, túrázni, sétálni.
  • Én valami érdekeset akarok látni. Tudod mit? Akkor menjünk el az állatkertbe! Ott van természet is, és érdekes dolgokat is megtudhatunk az állatokról.
  • Na ez a tökéletes kompromisszum! Imádom az állatkertet!

Te is szeretsz a természetben lenni?

🇬🇧 nature

  • What will we do at the weekend? Shall we go to an interesting exhibition? (Literally: don’t we go to an interesting exhibition?)
  • Well, I would rather like to be in nature, to hike, to walk…
  • I would like to see something interesting. You know what? Then let’s go to the zoo! There’s nature there, and we can learn (literally: get to know) interesting things about animals.
  • This is the perfect compromise! I love the zoo.

Do you like being in nature, too?

Daily Quiz – Időjárás / Weather

You can find more useful information and practice tasks about weather on our Patreon site:

  1. Weather-related words on Quizlet and an interactive practice task:
    https://www.patreon.com/posts/vocabulary-36879250
  2. A collection of useful expressions about weather:
    https://www.patreon.com/posts/useful-about-37019752
  3. Interactive practice task about the -s/-os/-as/-es/-ös suffix:
    https://www.patreon.com/posts/interactive-task-37377582