Hungarian – Evening Language Course

LocationRegent Street, Central London
FacultySocial Sciences and Humanities

Would you like to learn Hungarian in London? Join one of our part-time Hungarian courses at our central London Regent Street Campus – just a few minutes' walk from Oxford Circus.

Our beginners’ Hungarian courses (Grade 1) start in October. If you already have some knowledge of Hungarian you can also join part 2 or part 3 of the Beginners’ Hungarian (Grade 1) course.

We also have intermediate and advanced Hungarian classes starting in October each year.

Who is this class for?

Hungarian Beginners’ (Grade 1) is the first exposure to the language, allowing you to start to communicate.

  • Part 1 is for you if you have no or little previous knowledge of Hungarian.
  • You can join Part 2 if you have studied Hungarian for about 20 hours.
  • You can join Part 3 if you have studied Hungarian for about 40 hours.

Booking

You can book:

  • each part individually for £225 (£240 after 24 September)
  • the whole year for £530 (£565 after 24 September)

Courses no longer available
Start date Part Day and time Duration Price Apply
3 October 2017 Part 1 Tuesdays 6–8pm 10 weeks £240 (£225*) Already started

Course content

Our Hungarian lessons follow a communicative approach to language teaching, focusing on the language you need to communicate in authentic situations with an emphasis on speaking and listening. Our evening classes are taught by experienced language teachers who are native speakers of the language or equivalent.

Part 1

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • a short introduction to the Hungarian language
  • personal introductions
  • formal and informal ways of address and greetings
  • numbers 0–1 million
  • ordinal and cardinal numbers
  • languages, countries and nationalities
  • professions
  • me and my family
  • objects of daily use
  • objects and their qualities
  • asking and giving simple personal information (name, address, occupation, age)

Grammar

You will learn:

  • the alphabet and pronunciation
  • vowel harmony rule
  • regular verbs in the present tense singular and indefinite (várni, tanulni, beszélni, ülni, állni etc)
  • verb ‘to be’ in the present tense (lenni)
  • common regular verbs in the present tense (beszélni, tanulni, etc)
  • personal pronouns
  • adverbs of place: suffixes
  • what language? –ul/ül suffixes
  • definite and indefinite articles
  • adjectives and nouns
  • possessive suffixes: singular
  • questions with Ki? Mi? Hol? Milyen?&
  • pronouns (ez, az, itt, ott)
  • word order: focus position, wh-questions and answers

Part 2

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • meeting at the office
  • technical problems
  • opposites
  • looks and appearances: describing objects and places
  • my home
  • looks and appearances: describing people
  • inner qualities: describing people
  • what’s your job like?
  • a day in the office
  • telephoning and telephone numbers
  • writing emails
  • at the café – food and drinks

Grammar

You will learn:

  • the use of the verb van/vannak
  • multiple suffixing
  • possessive endings: singular
  • negating the verb van
  • demonstrative articles before nouns
  • numerals before nouns
  • infinitive constructions 
  • regular verbs with connecting vowel: -ít, two consonants in the present tense
  • the use of the demonstrative pronouns
  • word order: complete sentence negation, partial negation

Part 3

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • telling the time
  • places in the city
  • a weekly schedule: talking about daily routine
  • free time activities: hobbies, likes and dislikes
  • giving simple suggestions
  • travelling by public transport (bus, tram, trolley bus)
  • asking and giving (simple) directions
  • the town and the village
  • famous sights in Hungary
  • places in Hungary: describing towns and villages
  • criteria for a high standard of living

Grammar

You will learn:

  • adverbs of time
  • modal verbs: lehet
  • suffixes (instrumental) : -val, -vel
  • full system of locative cases
  • pronouns and adverbs of place
  • suffixing personal pronouns
  • irregular verbs: jön, megy in the present tense
  • suffixing numerals: Hányas?
  • the plural -k
  • verbs ending in -ik in the present tense
  • word order: verbs and their components (dependent nouns)

There may be slight content variations at the discretion of the tutor. We may, for example, include additional content when general progress is good, or vary content according to students' interests.

Learning resources

We will use Magyar OK A1+ Volume 1 throughout the course, supplemented by the teacher's own materials. However, please wait until the first session before buying your course book.

Who is this class for?

This level of Hungarian is post-beginner, allowing you to extend your range of basic skills.

  • Part 1 is for you if you have already studied the Hungarian language for approximately one year or 60 hours.
  • You can join Part 2 if you have studied Hungarian for about 80 hours.
  • You can join Part 3 if you have studied Hungarian for about 100 hours.

Booking

You can book:

  • each part individually for £225 (£240 after 24 September)
  • the whole year for £530 (£565 after 24 September)

Courses no longer available
Start date Part Day and time Duration Price Apply
3 October 2017 Part 1 Tuesdays 6–8pm 10 weeks £240 (£225*) Already started

Course content

Our Hungarian lessons follow a communicative approach to language teaching, focusing on the language you need to communicate in authentic situations with an emphasis on speaking and listening. Our evening classes are taught by experienced language teachers who are native speakers of the language or equivalent.

Part 1

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • shopping
  • food, quantities and recipes
  • at the market
  • eating habits of Hungarians and other nations
  • at the restaurant
  • colours and sizes
  • buying clothes
  • women and shopping
  • eating healthily
  • services in the town

Grammar

You will learn:

  • countable and uncountable nouns
  • transitive and intransitive verbs
  • the ending for the direct object -t
  • conjugation of verbs (ending in -s, -sz, -z)
  • suffixing adjectives
  • suffixing demonstrative pronouns
  • plural of adjectives
  • modal verbs
  • irregular verbs (megy, jön, eszik, iszik)
  • possessive structures
  • word order: negation

Part 2

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • places and situations
  • everyday telephone conversations
  • some typical situations in town
  • hobbies and spending leisure time
  • on holiday
  • tourist destinations in Hungary
  • sending a postcard
  • the four seasons and the weather
  • busy weekdays: a daily work schedule
  • at work
  • studying abroad

Grammar

You will learn:

  • modal auxiliaries
  • the dative case
  • the habeo structure
  • infinitive constructions
  • conjunctions
  • adverbs of time
  • the past tense of the verb: van
  • conjugation of irregular verbs
  • prefixes indicating directions
  • indefinite direct object, definite direct object
  • suffixing numerals: how often? Which?
  • word order: sentences with prefixes
  • word order: sentences with modal verbs

Part 3

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • learning languages
  • languages in the European Union
  • sweet home: our family
  • family events: birthdays
  • invitation
  • rooms and furniture in the house
  • activities at home, house chores
  • kitchen, the centre of the house
  • my neighbourhood
  • what did you do after work

Grammar

You will learn:

  • definite conjugation of regular and irregular verbs
  • possessive endings and expressing possession
  • irregular possessives
  • the verbs van in all tenses
  • the personal pronoun as direct object
  • the past tense of regular verbs
  • conjugation (-lak, -lek)
  • noun endings (-ék)
  • postpositions indicating place
  • definite conjugation: verbs ending in -s, -sz, -z
  • word order: sentences with possessive structures

There may be slight content variations at the discretion of the tutor. We may, for example, include additional content when general progress is good, or vary content according to students' interests.

Learning resources

We will use MagyarOK 1 throughout the course. However, please wait until the first session before buying your course book.

Who is this class for?

You have a solid intermediate knowledge of the Hungarian language and its grammar, and can communicate confidently and fluently in most everyday situations.

  • Part 1 is for you if you have already studied Hungarian for three years or 120 hours.
  • You can join Part 2 if you have studied Hungarian for about 140 hours.
  • You can join Part 3 if you have studied Hungarian for about 160 hours.

Booking

You can book:

  • each part individually for £225 (£240 after 24 September)
  • the whole year for £530 (£565 after 24 September)

Courses no longer available
Start date Part Day and time Duration Price Apply
4 October 2017 Part 1 Wednesdays 6–8pm 10 weeks 240 (£225*) Already started

Course content

Our Hungarian lessons follow a communicative approach to language teaching, focusing on the language you need to communicate in authentic situations with an emphasis on speaking and listening. Our evening classes are taught by experienced language teachers who are native speakers of the language or equivalent.

Part 1

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • introducing ourselves: studies, family, jobs, interests
  • mixed marriages, double citizenship
  • learning languages, studying abroad
  • interpreting statistics
  • a typical Hungarian family and family models in Europe
  • family events, festivals
  • written invitation
  • moving into a new home
  • household chores: change of roles in the family
  • what do you do after work?
  • expressing someone’s interests
  • how to persuade someone

Grammar

You will learn:

  • the personal pronoun as direct object
  • the past tense: -tam/-tem
  • expressing dates
  • referring to a group of people
  • postpositions
  • definite conjugation: verbs ending in -s, -sz, -z
  • word order: sentences with possessive structures
  • suffixes for adverbs of place
  • the system of the verb conjugation
  • intransitive and transitive verbs
  • the direct object and its types
  • verb conjugation: verbs with vowel loss
  • more than one possession: -i

Part 2

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • describing a person: parts of the body, accessories and clothing
  • the place where I live: types of housing
  • online flat advertisements: renting or buying
  • furniture and objects in a flat
  • agreeing, disagreeing
  • rules of how to live in a town building: neighbours
  • typical ways of life in the countryside and in the big city
  • free-time activities, hobbies
  • what’s on at the cinema: genres, describing films
  • at the cash-desk

Grammar

You will learn:

  • suffixes for adjectives (-i, -s)
  • indicating possessions
  • verbs with dependent endings
  • word order: the emphasis rule
  • postpositions (indicating directions): mögé (behind), alá (under)
  • postpositions with personal endings: answering the question where?
  • modal auxiliary verbs: kell (must, have to), szabad (may), tilos (is forbidden)
  • comparisons: magas (tall), magasabb (taller), a legmagasabb (the tallest one)
  • word order: kell, szabad, tilos
  • indicating regularity, frequency: naponta (daily), hetente (weekly)
  • suffixes for nouns: -ás/-és
  • suffixes: -hat/-het
  • professions made out of expressions with a direct object using suffixes for nouns: -ó/-ő
  • prefixes: completion of an action
  • forward reference and backward reference: azért, ezért
  • forms of the personal pronoun: belőlük (out of them), bennük (in them), rajtuk (on them), róluk (about them)

Part 3

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • music: genres, instruments, festivals and concerts in Hungary
  • sports and famous Hungarian sportsmen
  • museums and exhibitions in Hungary
  • weekends and weekdays: how was your weekend? (formal and informal discussions)
  • hiking in the Bükk mountains
  • at the airport
  • stories: Ágota-Marietta arrived from the Philippines last weekend
  • newspaper articles
  • a weekend in Tihany and the Tihany Abbey
  • a weekend at home
  • stories with records

Grammar

You will learn:

  • affixes for nouns: -ó/-ő
  • verbs with a dependent noun: the most important transitive/intransitive verbs in the chapter
  • word order: sentences with prefix
  • past tense: indefinite and definite conjugation
  • past tense with endings: -t vagy -ott/-ett/-ött
  • reported questions: yes/no questions
  • reported questions: wh- questions
  • verbs with dependent ending: the most important intransitive and intransitive verbs
  • word order: verbs with dependent endings in neutral (narrative) sentences
  • word order: verbs without prefix and one dependent noun (no article in front of the dependent noun)
  • word order: verbs without prefix and one dependent noun (article in front of the dependent noun)

There may be slight content variations at the discretion of the tutor. We may, for example, include additional content when general progress is good, or vary content according to students' interests.

Learning resources

We will use MagyarOK 1 and 2 throughout the course. However, please wait until the first session before buying your course book.

Who is this class for?

  • Part 1 is for you if you have already studied Hungarian for 300 hours or equivalent.
  • You can join Part 2 if you have studied Hungarian for about 320 hours.
  • You can join Part 3 if you have studied Hungarian for about 340 hours.

Booking

You can book:

  • each part individually for £225 (£240 after 24 September)
  • the whole year for £530 (£565 after 24 September)

Courses no longer available
Start date Part Day and time Duration Price Apply
5 October 2017 Part 1 Thursdays 6–8pm 10 weeks 240 (£225*) Already started

Course content

Our Hungarian lessons follow a communicative approach to language teaching, focusing on the language you need to communicate in authentic situations with an emphasis on speaking and listening. Our evening classes are taught by experienced language teachers who are native speakers of the language or equivalent.

Part 1

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • vacation: experience and stories
  • what is a healthy lifestyle?
  • Benda Judit, Simply Delicious: a revolutionary cookbook
  • the history of chocolate and ‘sugar blues’
  • Hungarikum: typical Hungarian products from the world of food
  • entertaining guests
  • the language of invitation
  • ‘punctuality is the courtesy of kings’: rules of manners in Hungary and in other countries
  • short stories, poems, and songs of the season
  • current cultural events in Hungary: reading Hungarian newspapers
  • episodes from the latest Hungarian films

Grammar

You will learn:

  • revision of tenses
  • the imperative mode: definite and indefinite conjugation
  • the imperative/subjunctive in compound sentences
  • verbs with dependent endings
  • word order: imperative sentences for giving advice and suggestion
  • the reciprocal pronouns (egymás)
  • impersonal constructions
  • foreword reference and backward reference: az, ez
  • suffixing personal pronouns, regular and irregular forms
  • verbs with a dependent prefix

Part 2

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • a school reunion: important moments in life, studies, family life
  • snapshots of famous teachers and educational ideas from Hungary and the different countries of the students
  • the language of making excuses
  • concentration and how the mind works
  • the history of coffee: a research
  • theories about sleep and how it is reflected in Hungarians’ way of life
  • the language of giving suggestions
  • an article: different physical positions in daily activities
  • metalanguage, sign language
  • the idea of proximity: cultural differences
  • current cultural events in Hungary: reading Hungarian newspapers
  • poems and songs of the season
  • a Hungarian road movie
  • communication on social websites
  • project work of students’ own choice

Grammar

You will learn:

  • the use of the infinitive with personal endings
  • word order of infinitive constructions
  • multiple negation
  • word order of multiple negation
  • relative clauses: the form of the relative pronoun
  • relative clauses: indication time, place and mode
  • the use of the present participle and the adverbial participle
  • a systematic overview of the adverbs of place
  • negative question, positive answer: de, dehogynem, de igen (yes, yes sure)
  • word order with words always and never in focus
  • verbs with dependent ending: the most important intransitive and transitive verbs of the chapter

Part 3

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • walks around Budapest (extracts from Tittel Kinga, Stories of Budapest)
  • events for the summer around Lake Balaton
  • different forms of politeness
  • places everybody should see in their lives
  • current cultural events in Hungary: reading Hungarian newspapers
  • poems and songs of the season
  • services in the town and around the house
  • using technical devices
  • shopping on the internet
  • at the lost property office
  • project work: free choice

Grammar

You will learn:

  • comparison: irregular forms, modulation
  • word order: imperative with prefixed verbs
  • word order: polite constructions with the infinitive
  • the use of prefixes be-, ki- and meg- with verbs
  • verbs with a dependent noun (beszél, él, ért, fizet, jár)
  • causative and fake causative structures
  • the conditional (summary and revision)
  • the conditional of modal auxiliaries
  • irregular nouns
  • compound sentences: simple conjunctions and coordinate conjunctions
  • past participle constructions

There may be slight content variations at the discretion of the tutor. We may, for example, include additional content when general progress is good, or vary content according to students' interests.

Learning resources

We will use MagyarOK together with tutor's own material throughout the course. However, please wait until the first session before buying your course book.

Contact us

Kate Bielawska and Kai Zs
Short Course Administrators

[email protected]

+44(0)20 3506 9900

Course dates 2017–18

September intake
Part 1: 2 October – 8 December 2017
Part 2: 15 January – 23 March 2018
Part 3: 9 April – 15 June 2018

January intake*
Part 1: 15 January – 23 March 2018
Part 2: 9 April – 15 June 2018
Part 3: 18 June – 20 July 2018

April intake*
Part 1: 10 April – 16 June 2017
Part 2: 2 October – 8 December 2017
Part 3: 15 January – 23 March 2018
Part 4: 9 April – 15 June 2018

*Please note that not every language has a January or April intake.