They say Hungarian is difficult. Don’t you believe it!
I am sure you have noticed that Hungarian is nothing like any other language in Europe. Since it does not resemble Germanic, Latin or Slavic languages, people who attempt to learn it would call Hungarian difficult. But what this only shows is that it’s different, not difficult. You’ll be forced to really think outside the box, sure, but is it mission impossible? Not in the slightest.
Hungarian is part of the Finnougrian language family and uses no genders (phew!). However it adjusts affixes and in divides definite and indefinite conjugation. So you can state that Hungarian differs in its grammar from most languages. All these possibly unfamiliar elements in Hungarian structure originate from a different language philosophy. This is also the reason why learning Hungarian can enrich you in more ways than simply speaking a new language.
Challenge or self discovery?
When you speak another language, you also start to think in another language, maybe even have a different voice when pronouncing. Studies have shown that alternative parts of the brain might activate when speaking your native and when speaking foreign languages. The amount of difference depends on how much you need to “rewire” your brain, how many new moves it takes to learn from this language. Well, Hungarian has quite a few tricks to teach your hypothalamus.
You can exercise pronouncing new sounds, understanding new shades of a certain expression, or deducting the meaning of a slang phrase on your own. I won’t lie, you will need to hit the books from time to time. But why not try and watch your favorite series dubbed in Hungarian with subtitles? The key is not to let yourself despair and find the enjoyment in this wonderful experience.
Keep up a good attitude
Many people who come to me tried learning Hungarian before and felt they were not making any progress. Even those who already had experience in mastering a second or even third language could feel they are not getting anywhere with Hungarian. Don’t worry, you’re not doing anything wrong. In fact, you’re probably doing just fine. Thing is Hungarian is also different in it’s learning curve.
While English allows you to get to a casual conversation quite quickly and becomes tough when you try to entangle all those wonderful tenses, Hungarian starts with the grammar part since you need it for even as basic as saying hello. But don’t worry, I’m here to help you! Not just with explaining the grammar, but by monitoring your knowledge and skills to reassure you that you are making progress. The right mindset is taking it day by day. A bit similar to yoga: never rush yourself, just practice consistently and don’t give up. You could say that in a sense, learning Hungarian helps build character.
So you see studying Hungarian is about so much more than vocabulary exercises, learning words, or burning the midnight oil over grammar sheets. It’s up to you how quickly you want to accomplish learning Hungarian and how you want to have your lessons. Just pick a time and method that is most suitable for you! I am happy to see you progress in any case and am looking forward to getting to know you in the process!