FSI - Hungarian - Basic Course (Volume 2)

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Hungarian Basic Course - Volume 2 - Unit 13A

Hungarian Basic Course - Volume 2 - Unit 13B

Hungarian Basic Course - Volume 2 - Unit 13C

Hungarian Basic Course - Volume 2 - Unit 14A

Hungarian Basic Course - Volume 2 - Unit 14B

Hungarian Basic Course - Volume 2 - Unit 14C

Hungarian Basic Course - Volume 2 - Unit 15A

Hungarian Basic Course - Volume 2 - Unit 15B

Hungarian Basic Course - Volume 2 - Unit 15C

Hungarian Basic Course - Volume 2 - Unit 16A

Hungarian Basic Course - Volume 2 - Unit 16B

Hungarian Basic Course - Volume 2 - Unit 16C

Hungarian Basic Course - Volume 2 - Unit 17A

Hungarian Basic Course - Volume 2 - Unit 17B

Hungarian Basic Course - Volume 2 - Unit 17C

Hungarian Basic Course - Volume 2 - Unit 18A

Hungarian Basic Course - Volume 2 - Unit 18B

Hungarian Basic Course - Volume 2 - Unit 18C

Hungarian Basic Course - Volume 2 - Unit 19A

Hungarian Basic Course - Volume 2 - Unit 19B

Hungarian Basic Course - Volume 2 - Unit 19C

Hungarian Basic Course - Volume 2 - Unit 20A

Hungarian Basic Course - Volume 2 - Unit 20B

Hungarian Basic Course - Volume 2 - Unit 20C

Hungarian Basic Course - Volume 2 - Unit 21A

Hungarian Basic Course - Volume 2 - Unit 21B

Hungarian Basic Course - Volume 2 - Unit 21C

Hungarian Basic Course - Volume 2 - Unit 21D

Hungarian Basic Course - Volume 2 - Unit 22A

Hungarian Basic Course - Volume 2 - Unit 22B

Hungarian Basic Course - Volume 2 - Unit 22C

Hungarian Basic Course - Volume 2 - Unit 22D

Hungarian Basic Course - Volume 2 - Unit 22E

Hungarian Basic Course - Volume 2 - Unit 23A

Hungarian Basic Course - Volume 2 - Unit 23B

Hungarian Basic Course - Volume 2 - Unit 23C

Hungarian Basic Course - Volume 2 - Unit 23D

Hungarian Basic Course - Volume 2 - Unit 23E

Hungarian Basic Course - Volume 2 - Unit 24A

Hungarian Basic Course - Volume 2 - Unit 24B

Hungarian Basic Course - Volume 2 - Unit 24C

Hungarian Basic Course - Volume 2 - Unit 24D


Foreign Service Institute Hungarian  - Image This is FSI Hungarian Basic course Volume 2 (of 2) in Spoken Hungarian; the forms and patterns of the language are intended to be colloquial. The emphasis in instruction is everywhere on speech, and an indispensable component of the learning process is the voice of the instructor, whose native language is Hungarian. On no account should the student attempt to use these materials without either a native instructor or recordings of a native instructor's voice.

The method of instruction incorporates guided imitation, repetition, memorization, pattern practice, and conversation. Working under the supervision of a linguist the instructor's role is to serve as a model for speech as Hungarians really use the language in actual conversation. In this connection the instructor will maintain the normal tempo of pronunciation as the classroom standard at all times; he will never distort his speech by slowing down. The student's job is to watch and listen carefully to the instructor and to imitate as exactly as he can the sounds that he hears, together with their pitch and stress patterns. He must keep in mind that to learn an entirely new set of language habits, he will require constant correction and repetition. Each time the student is given a new model to practice, the instructor says it for him first.

The student should never attempt to read from his text, but rather should watch the instructor and pay attention to him as he says a word or utterance for the class. As far as possible, he should leave his book closed during the presentation and concentrate on the speech and actions of the teacher. The normal procedure in class will consist of a great deal of choral and individual repetition of the basic sentences and drills, for only by frequent repetition after an authentic model for speech can habitual fluent and accurate reproduction of the sounds and forms of the foreign language be achieved.

The basic sentences are preceded by "build-ups" giving the component parts of the utterance separately. Each new item which is introduced appears first as a build-up. The instructor will ask the students to repeat the build-ups separately first, then combined into larger units, and finally the complete new sentence or utterance. The basic sentences are subdivided into numbered sections, each to be treated as a unit, repeated in chorus and individually, with and without build-ups, until the students' imitation is satisfactory. Only then may a new section be taken up. The time required to cover each part of the dialog in this way will differ widely, 'depending on the size and ability of the class. After acceptable imitation and accurate pronunciation have been achieved, the sections are then assigned for memorization outside of class or repeated in class until memorized.

The student should be able to give either the Hungarian sentence or its English equivalent on request, or switch from one language to the other and back again. The instructor will drill the class by repeating each sentence for each student; then by giving each student a different sentence, repeating it for him first; and finally by asking the class to recite the sentences in order, the first student the first sentence, the second student the second sentence, etc., without receiving a cue from the instructor. Repetition out loud outside of class, preferably with the help of recorded materials, should be continued to the point of overlearninq.

The student should not only be able to give the correct Hungarian sentence upon hearing the English equivalent at random selection, but he should also be able to give the correct Hungarian statement with equal ease and speed of response upon hearing its Hungarian cue. As a final step, the students are expected to act out the basic dialog in its entirety from memory, with the instructor or with other students. Only when the basic sentences have been mastered to this extent can they be considered to provide an adequate basis for control of the spoken language. It should be noted at this point that the English text accompanying the basic sentences is not primarily a translation but A* 4 '11 one should regard the English text as a symbolization of how a particular situation is rendered in English, and the Hungarian text as a symbolization of how that situation is rendered in Hungarian.

The pronunciation practice drills are taken up in class only after the presentation of the basic sentences has been completed and memorization of the dialogs has been started. The pronunciation exercises are arranged in groups according to the particular feature concerned, whether it be sound or stress. Words are to be repeated first in chorus and then individually by each student after the instructor, at first following the vertical columns and later, for variation and comparison, going horizontally across the page. Particular attention should be paid to items in contrast. These are minimum, meaningfully distinctive sound patterns, accurate control of which is important for communication and comprehension. Contrasting word pairs are linked by a dash, and after separate practice for accuracy, the items should be repeated by pairs to bring out the exact distinctions between them.

You can find the other volume of the FSI Hungarian Basic Course here: FSI - Hungarian Basic Course (Volume 1)

Hungarian is the official language of Hungary and one of the 24 official languages of the European Union. Outside Hungary it is also spoken by communities of Hungarian people in neighboring countriesespecially in Romania, Slovakia, Serbia and Ukraineand by Hungarian diaspora communities worldwide. Like Finnish and Estonian, it belongs to the Uralic language family, with its closest relatives being Mansi and Khanty. It is one of the few languages of Europe that are not part of the Indo-European family.

Hungarian is spoken in: Hungary

Hungarian is also called: Magyar

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