BEGINNER'S HUNGARIAN >by Katarina Boros, Katalin Boros
Ten lessons provide an introduction to conversational Hungarian for students, travelers, and business people. The lessons teach basic language skills needed in a variety of everyday situations, including when introducing people, asking directions, eating out, and getting medical care. Introductory chapters discuss such topics as doing business in Hungary and the country's geography, history, and culture. Boros teaches at the Eurolingua Institute in Boulder, Colorado. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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The lessons are filled with grammar, but it is barelt explained so it is hard to fully understand. The conversations are good for learning how the language works, but no one can really use them in real life. It is much like other language courses where conevrsations are included with a list of vocabulary and some grammar, but this is a long list with one strange conversation. Not enough activities to enforce learning, so learners have to push themselves and understanding the conversations is hard. However, it is good for review and it contains useful idioms which do help make the book better, but true beginners should try Teach Yourself.
This is not a good book for beginners to start with, instead I recommend the Teach Yourself Hungarian book. Why beginners should NOT start with this book: 1. the grammar is too poorly explained 2. too few exercises 3. no useful and practical exercises: learning is based on memorization of texts. People who might benefit from using this book are those, like me, who have studied Hungarian previously and need a revision every now and then. It has good vocabulary coverage and vocabulary listings for word-memorization, and is very direct and 'to-the-point' with the grammar.