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    carlphys is offline Junior Member 510 points
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    Did anybody start learning the language before they went to Hungary or the Czech Republic???

    If so what did you use: tapes? Books?
    and how helpful was it????
    Are the language classes given by the University sufficient or should I look at extra resources once i am in the country??
    thanks carl

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    Quote Originally Posted by carlphys
    Did anybody start learning the language before they went to Hungary or the Czech Republic???

    If so what did you use: tapes? Books?
    and how helpful was it????
    Are the language classes given by the University sufficient or should I look at extra resources once i am in the country??
    thanks carl
    IMO, the classes given by the university are ok, but far from enough. Students who learned the language simply applied themselves and socialized in native circles (staying away from their own "language" ghetto most of the time). One method was to find a native student and exchange lessons. You give an hour of conversational English, while they teach you the native language.

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    Everyone loves to say they'll teach themselves a language or start it, but the reality is after a few hours they rarely get much done. My experience you can find plenty of online resources for any language to hold you over and get some exposure to the language. If you have a bit of a linguistics background and understand how all the parts of a language interact, cases, genders, etc. then I'd say go for it. When learning a language you need to use any medium available...nobody learns from just books, just tapes or anything else. If you choose to continue I recommend finding a real textbook for the language..not that "Learn ______ in .55 seconds" stuff or whatever they always have. For the most part price kind of indicates quality. I've heard good stuff about the pimpseleur tapes (however it's spelled), and the US government has a series of tapes for about every language that are suppossed to be really good. Book wise there is a combination for starting. A standard grammar book, a book like Berlitz or something where it shows you how to pronounce it and teaches you to think in the language, a good dictionary!, and then a children's book of some sort. A lot of that you can buy used on places like amazon. (If it were for french, german, or russian I could probably be a bit more helpful with book names)
    University courses are pretty much good for a different way of learning...personally unless it is a literature course I have always found them pretty slow/worthless as oppossed to a personal tutor. It'll be enough if you put the effort outside of class to learn though aka...go out and speak, screw up and have people correct you otherwise it'll be like a high school spanish class or the like where you lose everything.

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    Try This

    I would recommend How to learn any language
    by Barry Farber.
    You can probably read this book in a day and it will offer you lots of inspiration and ideas. You will also be entertained. Definitely worth getting from the library. I speak 3 languages quite well and this book inspired me to go for another with good results so far.

    http://www.micheloud.com/FXM/LA/farber.htm

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    hmm

    learning new language...hmmmmmmmm
    A guy is doing push-ups on the beach. A sardar sees him and bursts out laughing. The sardar approaches the guy and tells him "Excuse me, i'm sorry to disturb you, but i wanted you to know that the woman under you has left."

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    I used to make out with Hungarian girls, they had no problems giving me Hungarian lessons, in any department that is. Seriously you pick it up socially, thats where you learn it the most.
    Dr. Hospitalist

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    Yea....that's where you learn the fun stuff! Slang, dialects, and um...other things.

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    kato lomb

    Hi,

    I have just read about a socalled "language genius" named kato lomb. She was Hungarian and spoke about sixteen languages. She has written some books about how she learned.

    borg

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