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    1. Hungarian With Ease (Assimil With
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    2. In-Flight Hungarian : Learn Before
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    3. Teach Yourself Hungarian Complete
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    1. Hungarian With Ease (Assimil With Ease)
    by Not Applicable (Na )
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    Asin: 2700513738
    Catlog: Book (1997-09-01)
    Publisher: Assimil, Editions
    Sales Rank: 245306
    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars The best alternative to going to Budapest!
    Let's face it....Hungarian isn't easy! We can't really relate it to other languages (unless you speak Finnish...yeah right!!) But if you are ready to learn, Assimil does a great job of unravelling this puzzle which is Hungarian. The tapes do an impeccable job of helping you grasp the phonetics and intonations (VERY important). The translations are done in correct english so you understand and many times as word for word translations as well so you develop a sense of word order (also VERY important). Every unclear detail is explained in notes at the bottom of the page so you're never lost. Grammar is introduced gradually so as to not overwhelm the student. Text is practical, realistic and USEFUL! Being objective, the lessons can be a bit much towards the middle. There's a lot to learn! English and Hungarian have almost NOTHING in common. You can't get around that! Take it slowly! It will come. it's the next best thing to having a private tutor! ... Read more


    2. In-Flight Hungarian : Learn Before You Land (Living Language In-Flight)
    by Living Language
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    Asin: 0609810685
    Catlog: Book (2001-06-26)
    Publisher: Living Language
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    Living Language In-Flight Hungarian is the perfect boarding pass to learning Hungarian before you land.

    There's no better way to make use of all that spare time on a plane than to master the essentials of a language.This 60-minute program is the simplest way to learn just enough to get by in every situation essential to both the tourist and business traveler.

    The program covers everything from greetings and polite expressions to asking directions, getting around, checking into a hotel, and going to a restaurant.There are even sections for meeting people and spending a night on the town.

    Short lessons make In-Flight Hungarian easy to use, and a handy pocket-sized insert is included as a cheat sheet for use on the go.
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    3. Teach Yourself Hungarian Complete Course Audiopack
    by ZsuzsaPonifex
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    Asin: 007141892X
    Catlog: Book (2003-12-30)
    Publisher: McGraw-Hill
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    Bestselling language courses now with audio CDs !

    From Catonese to Thai, Gaelic to Modern Persian, learning the languages of the world is attainable for any beginning student. Learners can use the Teach Yourself Language Courses at their own pace or as a supplement to formal courses. These complete courses are based on thievery latest learning methods and designed to be enjoyable and user-friendly.

    Prepared by experts in the language, each course begins with the basics and gradually promotes the student to a level of smooth and confident communication, including:

    • Up-to-date, graded interactive dialogues
    • Graded units of culture notes, grammar, and exercises
    • Step-by-step guide to pronunciation
    • Practical vocabulary
    • Regular and irregular verb tables
    • Plenty of practice exercises and answers
    • Bilingual glossary

    The new editions also feature:

    • Clear, uncluttered, and user-friendly layout
    • Self-assessment quizzes to test progress
    • Website suggestions to take language study further
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    4. Hungarian: An Essential Grammar (Routledge Grammars)
    by Carol Rounds
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    Asin: 0415226120
    Catlog: Book (2001-08-01)
    Publisher: Routledge
    Sales Rank: 161738
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Hungarian: An Essential Grammar is a concise, user-friendly guide to the most important structures of this fascinating language. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent concise grammar
    I have to say Routledge is doing a great job with their Essential Grammar series, having previously read their books on Swedish and Danish, and I've also seen the books on Russian, Chinese, and Finnish, which I'll probably get to next.

    I learned a lot about Hungarian grammar from this book. Hungarian is the most important extant member of the Ugric sub-branch of the Finno-Ugric branch of the Ural-Altaic family, and as such, it deserves to have more resources like this book to encourage its study and scholarship. Many languages preserve complicated systems of both noun classification prefixes and verb prefixes, such as Swahili, or post-fixes, as in the case of Ural-Altaic languages such as Finnish and Estonian, which have 14 and 15 cases, respectively. Hungarian has 20, and some Caucausian languages in southern Russia have over 30. Hungarian is notable for another feature common along Uralic languages like Turkish known as "vowel harmony," wherein vowels in a word are similar and require similar positions of the tongue to pronounce.

    I also have to add my own comments to the two excellent ones already posted on this book. I understand what the reader from New York is saying with respect to the case endings, and I also agree with the second reviewer from New York, as they both make important points.

    I have sometimes felt that the "markerese" of traditional structural linguistics gets out of hand in describing certain languages, but on the other hand, I don't see a viable alternative, either. Many languages preserve complicated systems of both noun classification prefixes and verb prefixes, such as Swahili, which has prefixes, infixes, and postfixes for noun classes, or extensive case systems, as in the Ural-Altaic languages. Finnish and Estonian have 14 and 15 cases, respectively, Hungarian has as many as 24, and some Caucausian languages in Russia have over 30. This is far more than the classical Indo-European languages like Sanskrit, which has 8, Greek, which also has 8, and Latin, which has 6. Contemporary Russian has 6, and German technically has 4. But Finnish has 14 and Estonian has 15, and Hungarian has 20 active cases and may have had 24 in the past, as I said. This makes the case system far more extensive and as a result poses a much greater learning problem for the foreign language speaker.

    So some sort of structure is required to organize the grammatical material for presentation to the foreign speaker, and I just don't see an alternative, although presenting the real postpositions on equal footing with the case endings would probably help, as the reader from New York suggests. This just means that no language, even Ural-Altaic ones, subsist only on cases and that some pre or postpositions are needed.

    Anyway, however this debate turns out, I found this to be an excellent, concise grammar and it is one of the few out there I have seen on Hungarian.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Response on cases
    I'm not sure whether I'm allowed to use this space for a pure response, but I'm wondering what the Reader from NY suggests as an alternative of case endings. Does he or she suggest that the language be changed so that the locatives and other case-endings become separate words? Postpositions? I would caution one against thinking to change the language to make it easier for an english speaker to learn. It's not as if some loony grammarian decided that some things are attached to words and some things are not: that's all part of the language. As a student of Finnish, I am quite familiar with this sort of case-ending particle: it's just something you have to get used to. I admit to enjoying the technical terms as a part of grammar study (as well as to being a Latin student) but they do not seem in any way necessary to the study of the language if they seem confusing. Finnish has an "inessive particle" which means you add -ssa/ssä to the end of a word when you're saying that something is in it, but there's no need to memorize the fact that it is called inessive: you just have to know that when you want to say "I am in bed" or "I live in Helsinki" you have to say "Olen sängyssä" and "Asun Helsingissa." If I have your complaint misinterpreted I apologise for the mistake, but I absolutely love the Finnish Grammar from this series which gets very technical about grammar and think that that is what a grammar reference should do, whether or not the student feels it helpful to use the technical terms provided.

    (NB: Finnish also has "post-positions," so that you say "sängyn alla" for "under the bed" (literally "[the] bed's under"), but I find it easier just to consider it a word meaning "under" and to remember that the other word has to be in the posessive/genitive than to start worrying about whether to call it a post-position or a case ending (although of course, the former is correct).)

    5-0 out of 5 stars An Important Contribution, But Major Reservation
    This book lives up to the standards of the Routledge grammars both in terms of attractive presentation and substantial content. On the other hand it continues what I consider to be a severe defect in Hungarian grammar books, involving what can only be described as a grammarian's approach to case.

    "Case" in most European (i.e., IE) languages involves small changes made to the end of nouns to indicate grammatical function (direct object, indirect object, etc.) With the exception of the direct object, or accusative, which is always "declined" (i.e., given the case ending), the other nouns in an ordinary European sentence are declined in four to six cases and are "governed" or preceded by prepositions (for, with, to, in, into, etc.) English is an exception since, while we continue to use prepositions, we don't decline our nouns after prepositions, indeed, we don't decline them at all, except to denote possession.

    Now Hungarian is a lot like English in this respect. Nouns themselves are not changed except to indicate possession or plural, and there is a direct object marker (letter "t"). Prepositions are widely used, but they come after the noun, rather than before, hence they are in effect "postpositions." (E.g., we say "in the box", Hungarians would say "(the) box-in".) But the noun itself is not declined.

    Now there are about two dozen Hungarian postpositions, about half of them having to do with location (in, out, around, through, across, about). About two thirds of these change their vowels to correspond with the vowels of the preceding noun, for the sake of euphony. Somewhere in here, someone got the idea of dividing these postpositions into two groups, half a dozen "postpositions" that are invariable and are written separate from the noun, and the rest which have been christened "cases" and which are written attached to the noun.

    This is a monstrosity, with all due respect, because it creates a vast list of bizarre Latin case names (adessive, essive, etc.), which intimidate the student, and has almost nothing to do with declining nouns, except for the vowel harmony (which is largely intuitive anyway) previously mentioned.

    It is also bad for three other reasons. First, most of the postpositions (now called "cases"!) have a wide conceptual reach, just like English, thus "-tol" is primarily a general preposition in post position ("from", "I came the house-from") but can also be used with certain verbs "ask s.o.-of", analogous to English. However, by learning the "case" one has to learn all the conceptual exceptions, even though the "case" in most instances is the same as an English preposition in final location.

    The second problem is that, again, just like English, all the "case" markers can take personal endings, to correspond to English prepositional phrases like "for us, to me, out of it", but this again makes it difficult to grasp when it is being taught as a "case."

    The third problem is that all of this "case" business -- which involves page after page of paradigms! -- distracts the learner from understanding that the main difficulty with Hungarian, aside from the separable verb prefixes with are a lot like German (and English! "drink up" "He drank it up"), is that you have to put your prepositions after the nouns and not before.

    For some reason, the author here repeats the "case" approach of the grammarians, the same tools with which Arthur Whitney slew the Hungarian and Finnish languages.

    However, I am giving this book five stars for the following reasons. First, it is the only real grammar out there, the Torkenczy is a bare boned reference grammar for people who just want to consult paradigms (Rounds is three times longer). Second, It is meticulous in describing the use of seperable verb prefixes (coverbs) and in rendering all the usages of the "cases" and postpositions, all with illustrative sentences. Third, I want to encourage more work in Hungarian.

    This is a good book for the curious who want to know how Hungarian works, faute de mieux. If you want to learn Hungarian, skip Pontifex and the Colloquial series and spring the (dollar amount) for the FSI Hungarian set with 40-50 cassettes and drill your brains out. But this book would make an excellent side book for that set, better than any other. It will not give you any real subtleties of syntax, as with, say, Lewis' Turkish grammar, but it is a good book up through intermediate level.

    Although the case business still irks me, I do think that besides that this book deserves high praise. ... Read more


    5. Just Enough Hungarian
    by Passport Books
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    Asin: 0844295191
    Catlog: Book (1992-01-11)
    Publisher: McGraw-Hill
    Sales Rank: 104973
    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    3-0 out of 5 stars You shouldn't have to make much effort speaking Hungarian...
    ...So we won't make much effort writing a book. This guide to the Hungarian language begins with an explanation that locals will "feel gratified" that you're making an attempt at Hungarian and will "probably go out of their way to understand you." The editors' view is that Hungarian is very difficult to pronounce, so why bother with much of a pronunciation guide, so "just wing it." Hmm, well. To be fair, they do offer phonetic transliterations beneath each phrase that approximate the proper pronciation while still being pronounceable by English speakers. Still, since they offer three (whoo! three!) pronunciation hints in the pronunciation guide, they might have made a point of also mentioning something pretty major such as "J' apparently is pronounced as a "Y". However, they let you figure that out as you go along. Again, to be fair, the book is very economical and should be sufficient for a short trip.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Just Enough Hungarian
    I was deployed to Hungary last year and this book was extremely helpful. It not only spells out commonly used phrases but tells how to pronounce them. It also gives tips on Hungarian pronunciation in general, as well as the alphabet. I showed this book to our Hungarian translator and he said it was very accurate. I whole-heartedly recommend this book to anyone traveling to Hungary! ... Read more


    6. Hungarian Verbs And Essentials of Grammar
    by MiklosTorkenczy
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    Asin: 0844283509
    Catlog: Book (1997-09-11)
    Publisher: McGraw-Hill
    Sales Rank: 148407
    Average Customer Review: 3.86 out of 5 stars
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    This compact volume offers an integrated guide to both Hungarian verbs and the basics of grammar. All of the major verbal and grammatical concepts of the language are presented. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars No, It's NOT Complete, Nor Is It High-Level
    I couldn't disagree more with the previous reviewer, who criticizes this book for its alleged inaccessibility. As a beginning Hungarian student, I've been consulting this grammar from day one and have gotten quick answers to the questions raised by Teach Yourself Hungarian, which generally eschews the grammar approach. (I'll admit I have studied a number of foreign languages, but a person serious about Hungarian will need to learn some grammar early in the process or risk learning nothing at all.)

    Torkenczy's book is clearly organized and concise. In fact, it is at times a bit too concise, leaving the reader with the impression that the writer has not explained the more subtle grammatical points of the Hungarian language. Nevertheless, for a BEGINNER (not the expert), the book is most practical. The EXPERT (not the beginner) would be better served by Hungarian: An Essential Grammar (Routledge Grammars) by Carol Rounds.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A complete, but high-level outline of Hungarian grammar
    NTC's HUNGARIAN VERBS AND ESSENTIALS OF GRAMMAR is much like other books in the same series, giving of course first an explanation of verb conjugations and voices, and then an outline of grammar. This book is organized in a very logical way, and is very comprehensive.

    However, as other reviews have shown, HUNGARIAN VERBS AND ESSENTIALS OF GRAMMAR is not for the beginner in the Hungarian language. This book is written as a reference guide for professional linguists or those who already speak the language. NTC also publishes a series of grammar guides geared towards students, but unfortunately there has yet to appear a Hungarian entry in that series.

    Bottom line: if you're serious about Hungarian, HUNGARIAN VERBS AND ESSENTIALS OF GRAMMAR is worth buying. However, it provides only limited help to beginners because of its high-level style.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Excellent as far as it goes
    As a reference grammar for someone with either a grammar background or a decent linguistics background this book really cannot be beat. I don't know of any clearer explanations of the formal aspects of Hungarian morphology and elementary syntax,

    On the other hand the subtitle "A practical guide to the mastery of Hungarian" is somewhat misleading. The book is primarily useful if you, (a) already speak Hungarian and just need some clarification on grammar points you may not know or have forgotten, or, (b) are one of those people who like to approach a language through a grammar-based approach.

    This book would be somewhat difficult to use for those not used to grammar-based approaches. Inasmuch as grammar-based approaches have become less popular in language-training circles (possibly because they demand more of the students and teachers than do "sit-around-the-circle-and-sing-folk-songs" approaches) most language students looking for an introduction would be better off with _Teach Yourself Hungarian_ or some such book. Get this book after you have some basics under your belt.

    Based on this I give the book three stars because I feel its actual usability for many is limited, even though for my own use I find it hard to imagine a better reference book of its sort.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great book on hungarian grammar
    This is an eccelent book on Hungarian grammar. I highly reccomend this for all of you learning Hungarian, it is a must have. The only bad part of this is that some things are not very well explaned. This is most prelevelent on the noun cases sections, where it just gives a very rough translation of what the cases mean, which could lead to people using them wrongly. The verbs on the other hand are very well done.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great book on Hungarian grammar
    Everything is included in this book, from conjugations to participles this book is marvelous. Some things may take awhile to understand and the book could use a couple more examples. Other than that this book is a must have for anyone learning Hungarian. ... Read more


    7. Hungarian Phrase Book & Dictionary (Berlitz Phrase Books)
    by Berlitz Editorial Staff
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    Asin: 2831577357
    Catlog: Book (2000-09-01)
    Publisher: Berlitz Guides
    Sales Rank: 382008
    Average Customer Review: 1 out of 5 stars
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    Whether you'd like to converse with the locals on a Danube River boat or soak with the best in Budapest's famous baths, the Berlitz Hungarian Phrase Book has all the expressions you need to know. Perfect for both business travelers and vacationers, this easy-to-use, color-coded book contains phrases for you to communicate with confidence and travel with ease. The Berlitz phrase book is the unparalleled market leader in its category. ... Read more

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    1-0 out of 5 stars Completely worthless
    If I'd give it zero (which I may be able to but don't know how), I would. There are some general problems with the book listed next and a really really BAD problem listed at the end.
    If you're going to a major city in Hungary, say Budapest, don't bother with this book. Almost everyone there speaks English anyway so to the extent that you need to learn phrases like "thank you", "please", etc. just to be polite, you can use the language index from a regular old guidebook like Fodors. Even if you do go out into the country, you won't be able to use much more that what's in the guidebooks anyway. After all, a few key phrases and lots of pointing and smiling will get you farther than being able to say lots of complicated phrases in Hungarian. Sure I can phoenetically babble all the mumbo jumbo I want, but that doesn't mean that I can actually communicate something with someone in Eastern Europe.
    And THE WORST THING ABOUT THIS BOOK! is the fact that the phonetic notation that it uses is almost worse than actual Hungarian (which is saying a lot.) You'll find yourself constantly referring back to the index to figure out how to pronounce the ae indicator that they use. This is worthless. Is it really that hard to write out the sounds as you would say them in English? We never could figure out how to say most of the words in the book b/c the phonetic notation was so cumbersome. Almost considered leaving it in our hotel room in Budapest (not sure why we brought it back.) ... Read more


    8. Hungarian Basic Course (Hippocrene Language Studies)
    by August A. Koski, Iiona Mihalyfy
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    Asin: 0870528173
    Catlog: Book (1990-01-01)
    Publisher: Hippocrene Books
    Sales Rank: 675357
    Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars The Gold Standard of Hungarian Books, Part One
    This is a downsized copy (5 x 8 from original 8 x 12)of the first volume of the legendary FSI Hungarian set put out by the US government in 1964. That set comprised two volumes, each about 500 pages each, plus a reader of another 600 pages, all with tapes (50 for the first two volumes alone!).

    The layout is the same for all 12 lessons. First, a dialogue, which takes 3-6 minutes at normal speed. Then, a description of the grammar contained in that dialogue. Then, various drills, based on the vocabulary and grammar of the dialogue. Finally, some suggestions for conversations and a reading selection.

    There are two ways in which the approach followed here is superior. The first is that the description of grammar is incremental and cumulative without stupid "case" jargon. The cumulative aspect means that the each lesson builds on the vocabulary and grammar of the previous lesson.

    Second,the key to learning _any_ language is drill. ALL of the FSI series provide a tremendous number and variety of drills, and that is why they are so well known and widely copied (almost the entire Barron's "Mastering XYZ" series of language books and tapes derives from the FSI series, and all follow the same drill format.)

    Skeptics may ask: why the drill? It's boring! But that's the point. Anyone _could_ write their own drills, I suppose, but it is very time consuming and you'd have to be careful that you weren't making mistakes. Second, language learning, especially speaking, is essentially a subconscious mental activity: the only way to make it automatic, and hence "easy", is to practice, practice, practice. Hence the need for drill.

    The twelve lessons contained in this book covers the present, past and future verb constructions in Hungarian, plus all irregular verbs, basic accusative, dative and genitive forms, several postpositions and "locative cases", plurals, and possessives, and about 1,000 words in vocabulary. If mastered through the drill, you could carry on a basic conversation in Hungarian with this. I did.

    The second volume covers the conditional, past and present, subjunctive-imperative, and other verbal forms, and the remainder of the postpositions and "cases" and another 2,000 words. For this reason, while I would highly praise this book, I would strongly suggest obtaining the FSI series (there are at least three ways to get it on the Net, in fact, I think you can get it through Amazon) in order to get both volumes as well as the tapes, either condensed onto 40 or the full 50 (it costs several hundred dollars). I _guarantee_ that once you work through all that you will be able to do just about anything with Hungarian.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The best ever language book
    Very practical because it starts with conversation all in the present tense. Keeps incorporating what has been learned into each new lesson, thus helping learner retain the language. Conversation is practical, excellent for basic conversation. Find a Hungarian to read into a tape recorder so you can listen to the pronunciation.

    This format should be copied by writers of other language books.

    4-0 out of 5 stars old-fashioned, but still one of the most useful textbooks
    Originally published in 1962 by the US Foreign Service Institute to help Cold-War-era diplomats learn Hungarian (thus the emphasis in the reading selections on press conferences and embassy cocktail receptions), this is still rated by students as one of the best textbooks available. Although the topical content and the grammatical explanations are both quaintly old-fashioned, this is the only textbook currently in print that has enough drills and exercises to enable a student to learn Hungarian outside of a classroom setting.

    For more thorough grammatical explanations, students can supplement this textbook with an up-to-date descriptive grammar of Hungarian: _Hungarian_ by I. Kenesei, R.M. Vago & A. Fenyvesi (Routledge, 1997). ... Read more


    9. Hungarian-English/English-Hungarian Dictionary and Phrasebook (Hippocrene Dictionary & Phrasebooks)
    by Judit Hajnal Ward
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    Asin: 0781809193
    Catlog: Book (2003-03-01)
    Publisher: Hippocrene Books
    Sales Rank: 268142
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Usefull phrases
    I had an excellent trip to Budapest & Debrecen assisted by using this book. I was able to order food, beer, and travel with ease. ... Read more


    10. Teach Yourself Hungarian Complete Course
    by ZsuzsaPonifex
    list price: $16.95
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    Asin: 007142024X
    Catlog: Book (2003-07-25)
    Publisher: McGraw-Hill
    Sales Rank: 518012
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    Bestselling language courses now with audio CDs !

    From Catonese to Thai, Gaelic to Modern Persian, learning the languages of the world is attainable for any beginning student. Learners can use the Teach Yourself Language Courses at their own pace or as a supplement to formal courses. These complete courses are based on thievery latest learning methods and designed to be enjoyable and user-friendly.

    Prepared by experts in the language, each course begins with the basics and gradually promotes the student to a level of smooth and confident communication, including:

    • Up-to-date, graded interactive dialogues
    • Graded units of culture notes, grammar, and exercises
    • Step-by-step guide to pronunciation
    • Practical vocabulary
    • Regular and irregular verb tables
    • Plenty of practice exercises and answers
    • Bilingual glossary

    The new editions also feature:

    • Clear, uncluttered, and user-friendly layout
    • Self-assessment quizzes to test progress
    • Website suggestions to take language study further
    ... Read more

    11. Hungarian-English/English-Hungarian Concise Dictionary (Hippocrene Concise Dictionary)
    by Geza Takacs
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    Asin: 0781803179
    Catlog: Book (1996-08-01)
    Publisher: Hippocrene Books
    Sales Rank: 63089
    Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars By far the best pocket resource for students of Hungarian
    It can be frustrating for the student of Hungarian to find a decent pocket dictionary. Phrasebooks, such as those by Berlitz and Rough Guide, are geared obviously towards travellers and do not have vocabulary suitable for someone tackling a newspaper or short story. Luckily, this Hippocrene Concise Dictionary is an essential resource and I'd recommend that anyone entering the adventure of studying Hungarian obtain it.

    Like most Hipprocrene dictionaries, this is nothing special in the looks department, the layout is plain and regrettably the binding isn't double-stiched. However, the actual content of the dictionary is excellent. It manages to include the most common words in written and spoken Hungarian but remains pocket-sized. There are even a few appendicies, such as a list of original Magyar names, and a list of holidays in Hungary. This dictionary will prove all the more useful to students of Hungarian travelling in Hungary with its index of geographical names and short menu reader.

    I am a bit unsatisfied with the price. The book is a short paperback, such as would usually go for less than it does, but Hipprocrene tends to price its books too high.

    If you're learning Hungarian, hunt down this dictionary as soon as you can. You will find it invaluable in your study of this fascinating language.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good for Genealogy Research
    Pretty good for translating records from the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

    4-0 out of 5 stars lots of words, still small size. Ideal for travellers
    Complete dictionary, still a small size, ideal for traveller ... Read more


    12. Colloquial Hungarian (Colloquial Series)
    by Jerry Payne
    list price: $18.99
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    Asin: 0415045894
    Catlog: Book (1987-06-01)
    Publisher: Routledge
    Sales Rank: 750588
    Average Customer Review: 3.33 out of 5 stars
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    This paperback in the Colloquial Language Learning Series is available individually or as part of a pack. For more information, please refer to the cassette pack listing for this language. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Colloquial Hungarian by Jerry Payne
    I think this book is great. However, the complexity of Hungarian requires a LOT of study, and hence, I recommend you get the cassette with it, and play it over and over and over and over again until the pronunciation exercises and first two dialogues make you sick. Once you have done this, the material in the book is much clearer, and like the other reviewer said, allows you to learn and get into Hungarian very quickly. Stuff I learnt in chapters 1 and 2 of this book I use regularly in Hungary and it seems to work! Be prepared for two months of vowel sound learning though - not a fault of the book, but the fact that Hungarian is very hard to pronounce, learn and understand - but nothing ventured...I do it for fun and I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to start - the dialogues are also funny, though I don't think anyone says "elvtars" in Hungary anymore - making this slightly outdated, but very enjoyable!!

    2-0 out of 5 stars It moves along too fast, but it's at least something
    Routledge's COLLOQUIAL HUNGARIAN offers just what its title suggests, a presentation of everyday spoken Hungarian. However, it's not the best course on the market.

    Any attempt to teach oneself such a complex language as Hungarian is going to require several textbooks, as a variety of approaches to aspects of the language help avoid confusion. COLLOQUIAL HUNGARIAN certainly deserves a place among one's materials, but it is not fit to be the primary source.

    COLLOQUIAL HUNGARIAN moves along too quickly and is very difficult to keep up with. I find a single one of its lessons offers enough information for three units in other textbooks. As a result, one should use COLLOQUIAL HUNGARIAN as reinforcement and a reference after learning the concepts in another textbook. The cassettes offer useful further listening practice.

    As a primary textbook, I recommend TEACH YOURSELF HUNGARIAN. While it's not too great, COLLOQUIAL HUNGARIAN does have a role and for Hungarian self-taught I would suggest getting it (with the cassettes!)

    4-0 out of 5 stars A good introductory book to get you started.
    The book starts with pronunciation exercises, and then consists of a series of lessons, each of which simulates a common scenario setting (restaurants, gas station, etc). It presents new vocabulary and a few grammatical rules along the way. It makes for easy reading, and along with the tape can get you started easily into the language. However, if you want something more than "survival hungarian", you will need to go on to an intermediate book. The learnings from this book will not allow you to have a full conversation, but only to interact as a tourist in Hungary. ... Read more


    13. Lonely Planet Eastern Europe Phrasebook (Lonely Planet Eastern Europe Phrasebook)
    by Angel Pachev, Pavlinka Georgiev, Katarina Steiner
    list price: $8.99
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    Asin: 1864502274
    Catlog: Book (2001-02-01)
    Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications
    Sales Rank: 238457
    Average Customer Review: 2.33 out of 5 stars
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    Watch a divadlo among the theatre literati of the Czech Republic, wander through an Albanian shesh, or splash out on a plaza at the seaside resorts of Croatia! Whether you're dipping into history, exploring the arts scene, or simply enjoying the set, the 11 languages in this phrasebook will help you tune into the local lore...and more...

    • includes Albanian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Hungarian, Macedonian, Polish, Romanian, Serbian, Slovak and Slovene
    • details of national festivals, including the arts
    • clear pronunciation guides for each language
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    2-0 out of 5 stars Don't bother
    If you're going to a major city in Eastern Europe, say Prague or Budapest, don't bother with this book. Almost everyone there speaks English anyway so to the extent that you need to learn phrases like "thank you", "please", etc. just to be polite, you can use the language index from a regular old guidebook like Fodors. Even if you do go out into the country, you won't be able to use much more that what's in the guidebooks anyway. After all, a few key phrases and lots of pointing and smiling will get you farther than being able to say "You should visit us in Scotland sometime when you're in the area". And you'll never ever ever understand anything that's said back to you based on a book like this. The motto "Don't just sit there, say something" is meaningless. Sure I can phonetically babble all the mumbo jumbo I want, but that doesn't mean that I can actually communicate something with someone in Eastern Europe in their language. And we couldn't find how to ask for the check in a restaurant anywhere in this book, which is one of those useful phrases when you head to places like this.

    1-0 out of 5 stars In Hungary and Romania this Book was Completely Useless
    This is NOT the phrase book that you want to buy for your trip. The best thing that can be said about it is that it is compact and fits into a pocket or small bag easily. The layout of the book is its biggest problem. The people at Lonely Planet need to go back and try to use it themselves. The sections on food are incredibly limited and gives only a few of the dishes that appears on most menus. Take my advice -- save your money and carry a book that has a little more substance even if it doesn't fit in your front pocket.

    4-0 out of 5 stars The book is very useful and it has six Languages in one book
    The Phrasebook is very comprehensive and easy to use. For anyone traveling to Eastern Europe it is a must. It includes common phrases and small talk with pronunciations and how it is written. I would recommend this book and other books from Lonely Planet Languge kits. ... Read more


    14. Lonely Planet Hungarian (Lonely Planet Phrasebooks)
    by Christina Mayer
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    Asin: 1741042321
    Catlog: Book (2005-03-15)
    Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications
    Sales Rank: 214648
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    If you thought Rubik's cube was difficult, imagine travelling in Hungary without this phrasebook!Take the confusion out of your travels and invent your own Hungarian experience.

    Our phrasebooks give you a comprehensive mix of practical and social words and phrases in more than 120 languages.Chat with the locals and discover their culture - a guaranteed way to enrich your travel experience. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent New Hungarian Phrasebook!
    Well, I am a native speaker of Hungarian myself, so I was quite curious to see this book.
    For the most part, I found it very good.
    The main part of the book, the phrases are quite good and natural - it really shows that they had native speakers check it.
    The phrases cover all sorts of issues from shopping to visiting a doctor or even dating and having sex!
    The boxed texts on culture are also quite good and often amusing.
    It has only 12 pages on grammar, but that's quite spot on.
    It does include a box on present tense verb conjugation (taking vowel harmony into account!), and has even devoted a whole page to conjugating four common, but irregular verbs (come, go, eat, drink). Another box conjugates "to be" and yet another shows the suffixes for possessions. I guess it's quite OK for the space.
    The 2000 word dictionary at the back is quite comprehensive.
    A weaker point is the "phonetical transliteration" system used - Hungarian is written fully phonetically in its original form (thankfully also presented here), but the phonetical transliteration provided here for English-speakers may result in blank looks in many cases - you could always choose to ignore it.
    The intro contains useful facts about the history and roots of the language, though the map showing where Hungarian is supposedly spoken might raise some eyebrows in neighbouring countries! ;-)
    The layout is attractive, with color illustrations.
    I even like the cover (different from what is shown on Amazon)- certainly better than a kitshy horseman or traditionally clad dancer could have been! ;-)
    Overall: RECOMMENDED.
    If you are planning to spend any time away from the major cities and tourist areas, you will find it VERY useful!
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    15. NTC's Hungarian and English Dictionary
    by TamasMagay
    list price: $24.95
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    Asin: 0844249696
    Catlog: Book (1996-01-11)
    Publisher: McGraw-Hill
    Sales Rank: 343059
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    Book Description

    More than 18,000 entries. Includes scientific, medical, literary , and legal terms. ... Read more


    16. Colloquial Hungarian (Colloquial Series)
    by Carol Rounds, Erika Solyom
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    Asin: 0415288290
    Catlog: Book (2003-02)
    Publisher: Routledge
    Sales Rank: 610470
    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    Colloquial Hungarian is a user-friendly guide to the basic grammar of contemporary Hungarian. Through dialogues and narratives of modern, every-day situations, the novice learner of Hungarian is led step-by-step through the intricacies of this very different and exciting language. Students will learn to speak about a variety of topics-including travel, shopping, sight-seeing, family, business, free-time, illness, love-as well as learn the different social registers of communication. The dialogues and situations are fresh, lively and realistic; the presentation of grammar is clear and direct. Each chapter presents approximately three dialogues (or the equivalent) that systematically introduce new situations with appropriate necessary vocabulary in both formal and informal settings. New grammatical constructions are introduced incrementally with each new dialogue, while at the same time re-enforcing the material learned previously. An introduction to life in Hungary is simultaneously provided through both the dialogues and cultural notes provided in each chapter. Thus while learning the language, the student is exposed to some exemplary Hungarian poetry and prose as well as historical notes and information on other cultural specialties of Hungary: dance, music, cuisine. The appendices containing irregular verb forms, noun classes and full noun paradigms also serve as a handy reference guide. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Better than Teach Yourself Hungarian
    This book is easy to follow, doesn't overcrowd the pages with information, is written with humour and encourages the student along the way. I do not have the audio cassettes for this book, however I would definitely recommend you purchase them too, as listening to foreign speakers and trying to imitate their accent is essential when learning a foreign language, especially one like Hungarian where intonation and stress are so important.

    Colloquial Hungarian is an excellent starting point for your Hungarian language experience. ... Read more


    17. A Concise Hungarian-English Dictionary
    by T. Magay, L. Orszagh
    list price: $32.25
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    Asin: 9630566680
    Catlog: Book (1994-01-01)
    Publisher: I B D Ltd
    Sales Rank: 761000
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    Book Description

    This expansive volume is a completely revised edition of the standard concise Hungarian-English dictionary in general use among students and translators.The volume includes over 105,000 words and phrases; 180,000 translations; hundreds of illustrative examples and idiomatic expressions; and generous coverage of American usage. ... Read more


    18. HUNGARIAN CASSETTE PACK WITH PHRASE BOOK (Cassette Packs)
    by Berlitz Publishing
    list price: $18.95
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    Asin: 2831577438
    Catlog: Book (2000-10-01)
    Publisher: Berlitz Guides
    Sales Rank: 252039
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    From ordering gulyás (goulash) to asking for directions to theDanube River, learn basic Hungarian words and phrases easily and quickly. Thispopular series helps ensure a more enjoyable, successful, and rewarding trip.Practice pronunciation and listening comprehension before you leave, then takethe book along for an optimal travel experience. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars I agree with "A reader from Holland MI"
    This is a useful book and cassette. The lessons on the tape are helpful for commonly used phrases in Hungarian. Appears to be the best tape for beginners.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Berlitz Hungarian (Audio Tape and Phrase Book)
    I found "Berlitz Hungarian" to be the best introduction to the Hungarian language of several audio casette courses that I tried. It consists of a series of English vocabulary words, each followed first by its Hungarian equivalent, then by a short sentence using that word, first in English and then in Hungarian. The cassette covers vocabulary and phrases needed for a series of real-life situations, such as purchasing tickets, shopping, reserving a room in a hotel, etc.

    This single Berlitz audio cassette is less comprehensive than the similar two-tape series from Language/30, which I also found very useful, but the Berlitz cassette is easier to start with. Each Hungarian sentence is read through slowly and clearly and then repeated at normal speed after a short pause. That gives you an opportunity to test yourself and make corrections before moving on to the next vocabulary word and sentence. Several bodies of material are followed by brief dialogues. The dialogue is read through in two voices and then repeated with just one person's voice alternating with short silences for you take the part of the other dialog partner using the words and phrases you have just learned.

    I found that I could easily use this cassette while commuting and on the easier stretches of long trips. After working my way (and frequently rewinding) through it three times, I felt I knew most of the material and could move on to a more advanced course. The Berlitz audio cassette only explains a few points of grammar. Other points of grammar gradually become clear from usage as you go along, but the finer points would require a more advanced level of instruction. This is only a "getting to know you" kind of introduction. ... Read more


    19. Say It in Hungarian (Dover Say It Series)
    by Juliette Victor-Rood
    list price: $5.95
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    Asin: 0486244237
    Catlog: Book (1983-11-01)
    Publisher: Dover Publications
    Sales Rank: 1244172
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    Book Description

    Contains over 1,000 useful sentences and phrases for travel or everyday living abroad: food, shopping, medical aid, courtesy, hotels, travel, and other situations. Gives the English phrase, the foreign equivalent, and a transliteration that can be read right off. Also includes many supplementary lists, signs, and aids. All words are indexed. 128 to 190pp
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    20. English-Hungarian Standard Dictionary (Hippocrene Standard Dictionary)
    by Tamas Magay, Laszlo Kiss
    list price: $40.00
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    Asin: 0781803918
    Catlog: Book (1995-09-01)
    Publisher: Hippocrene Books
    Sales Rank: 650268
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