Why?

Why am I writing this course? Because there are very few resources for Hungarian. (Trust me, I have looked.) But a lack of resources shouldn't stop you from learning Hungarian, as it really is a beautiful language. Since I'm not using a textbook (I found them all to be inefficient), I decided to write my own course to enhance my own learning (based on my "Teaching As Learning" article). It requires a lot of effort, but I don't think it requires much more than a standard course would. I write the sentences to be included here, covering vocabulary and grammar step-by-step, as I'm learning it. I have the writing corrected by native speakers, and then I have the corrected text read by native speakers. I do not claim to be an artist, but I have used a variety of sources for the images, including some of my own drawings.

Thanks

The audio is provided to you by volunteer native speakers. I give my special thanks to the users whatthefatis and csib on RhinoSpike for making recordings for this course.

Structure

The idea of using just pictures with text and audio to learn a language is not new. A small series of books was written decades ago using this principle for German, French, and Italian. More recently a series for English learners has been produced. Popular language courses also use this idea: Rosetta Stone and the Livemocha community are the two that immediately come to my mind.

But I'm not using a similar structure because it's popular, but because it's effective. This method is essentially comprehensible input, which is the bedrock of all effective language learning. Some people can "read" a book in a foreign language and eventually decode the message, but I think many people (myself included) would be overwhelmed by this method. It's easier to start with pictures and use them to build a larger vocabulary and understanding of grammar. And that's just what we'll do in Hungarian Through Pictures.

Layout

The course is arranged with 2 to 4 panels per page. They should be read from left to right, top to bottom, as shown here.

If this work will help even just a few people learn Hungarian, then I will be happy. I always welcome feedback, positive or negative, so if you have something to say, please contact me. I look forward to reading about your success with the Hungarian language!