Perhaps I’ll have better luck with the ‘Teach Yourself’ method, than I did last year when I signed up for a class. There’s something unpleasant about sitting in classrooms weekends after teaching in classrooms during week. Dropped out after just one session. Good news is > I haven’t given up. I’ve hatched a new plan. Here it is:
I’ll teach myself Complete Hungarian– the speaking, listening, reading, and writing package by Zsuzsa Pontifex. It comes with a 450-page book, two audio CD’s (MP3 compatible), and additional online content.
According to my calculations, here’s the time it will take:
Working through the book at a rate of 1/2 a page per day, on average, I figure it will take about 3 years to learn survival Hungarian. That’s what I’ll shoot for. I think it’s doable. And I’ll get the ball rolling as soon as I hop on a plane destined for Hungary next month.
I like the idea of becoming proficient in one of my ancestors’ many languages. That aside, I love the sound of the Hungarian language itself. It’s beautiful; unusual; mysterious. As far as languages go, it’s sexy.
I want to chat in Hungarian with Hungarian Facebook friends, and correspond with them in their language over e-mail. I want to make sense of Hungarian TV and movies and newspapers and books. I want to speak Hungarian when I’m visiting Hungary. And I want greater insight into Hungarian culture–cultural meanings are embedded in language, so learning the language is the best way to do it.