Is Hungarian easy to learn? or better Czech?
Thread poster: Yolande Haneder (X)

Yolande Haneder (X)  Identity Verified
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Jul 12, 2006

Background info:

I got an offer to get a free set of languages CD'S (Czech, Slovak or Hungarian) - Language for business purpose.

Since I really love courses (and in the past year I jumped from one course to another) and my current course will be probably over next month, I think it would be a good idea to start in the Autumn.

In the autumn, we will slow down the activity of the agency for a couple of months because I will have to avoid too much stress for medical and personnal reasons - so I will have more time to learn another language but I can't hold it having nothing to do.

So, to make things short : I can't decide much between Czech or Hungarian but it seems that hungarian is going to have a more practical use if I come alone to budapest next year (my biggest fear is to be stuck in the airport not being able to call a taxi and tell him my way).

Czech is 30 km from here but as far as we have gone (on the border), they do speak or understand german or one can make oneself understood. Markus opinion "Why learning Czech? they all learn German!"

From a business perspective, Czech and Hungarian seem to be much more in demand than Slovak (because the slovak people understand czech?).

So what would you recommand me? From a business issue and starting from German, English and French, is Czech or Hungarian better? Are more other languages related to either Czech or to Hungarian?

Any view would be welcome.

[Edited at 2006-07-12 08:57]


Johan Venter  Identity Verified
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Biased opinion Jul 24, 2006

Already quite a few days after you posted this message, but I thought I'd give you my two cents' worth and considering that I am a foreigner living in the Czech Republic I might be biased, so take my opinion for what it is worth.

Insofar as learning Hungarian is concerned for travelling purposes that is of course always a great idea since locals appreciate it when foreigners come to their shores and are able to say a few words in the local language. Considering, however, that you want to go to Budapest I can’t imagine that it would be too difficult to get by with English and German as this is a tourist hotspot.

Czech is a very good language to learn in my biased opinion as it is a Slavic language, which provides a good solid base for learning other Slavic languages such as Polish and Russian. Slovak is of course very similar to Czech, so there is another plus. Having said that, however, Czech is a very difficult language, especially as the words are so very different from English and the grammar system even for basic Czech is much more complicated that English, but with considering that German also has a complicated system this should not be too big an issue.

Good luck and I sure wish I had so much willingness (and perhaps brain capacity) to learn so many new languages.


Yolande Haneder (X)  Identity Verified
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Thank you Jul 24, 2006

I applied for the czech language. We will see how it goes.
My mother tongue is french so I am jumping from a lating language to a slavic language, which should be quite a big step.

I am going to have some time then (my workload would be too irregular then to commit to a 10 000 words translation). Maybe if I manage it it would be a good incentive to go over the border when (now should be spring 2008?) they would stop controlling at the border and then we will be quicker in Brno than in Vienna.

I remember on the border there is a shoping center with czech article. It was funny at the time to recognize the packaging through the picture on the box (quite identical to here in Austria) rather than what was written "on" the box.


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Agree with Johan Jul 25, 2006

Czech is more versatile because it belongs to the Slavic language family, but also Hungarian is an agglutinative language, only distantly related to Turkish as I understand. Maybe harder to learn.


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hungarian Jul 29, 2006


hungarian is very difficult too. I'm a hungarian girl. I think you should learn czech, because after that you can learn other slavik languages.
But if you come to hungary, of course hungarian will be more useful. But don't be frightened, a lot of hungarian speaks english.

If you need help with hungarian, just ask me!

(few month isn't enough for learning hungarian I think it's more difficult)

Oh now I'm reading that you shoose czechicon_smile.gif)

[Edited at 2006-07-29 04:19]

[Edited at 2006-07-29 04:19]


Yolande Haneder (X)  Identity Verified
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Thanks Jul 29, 2006

I have gone to Hungary once. We went to the Lake Balaton.
There I wasn't frightened about not speaking Hungarian because all trips were more or less organized and we were coming with the car up to the hotel.

The Lake Balaton is a kind of small Germany, it is quite fun to see that the summer residents were also German people owning a second house in Hungary. You could speak German everywhere, price lists were in German or English.

If I come, I will be on my own and I am not going to make the 8 hours drive alone. I will be probably flying. Last decison will be made around January 2007.

Budapest was very nice. We made a day round trip (with the coach) and ended up on the hills to have a nice sight. We didn't come to speak much with residents then.


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