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Part 2 – How to improve your pronunciation in ANY language. Practice makes perfect

 

In my previous post I wrote you about how the native language means a barrier when we want to improve our pronunciation in a foreign language.

 

We learned to hear and to pronounce the sounds of our mother tongue. We learned to hear them, thus we exclude others. We identify sounds of a foreign language as the ones that we learned to hear – though they are not the same, but may be similar. Or totally different. It means we probably can’t exactly hear many of those sounds that exist in a foreign language. Also, our mother tongue is the restricted tool that we have when we produce the sounds speaking other languages. So yes, the sounds of the native language are the ones that we pronounce when we speak a foreign language. That’s why you can tell if someone is from Russia, France, Spain, etc….

 

So is this the end of the story? Is there no hope, really? I did not say that. But it takes a whole lot of practice!

 

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How to improve your pronunciation in ANY language – Part 1.

 

At last. A blogpost from me, yaay! I want to give you some pronunciation tips.

What can you do to sound more like a native?

 

  1. Get to know better your mother tongue
  2. Keep in mind that pactice makes perfect
  3. Watch and listen a lot
  4. Be surrounded by the language
  5. Don’t give up

 

 

 

Today I’m going to write about the 1st thing on the list:

 

 

Learn more about your native languge

 

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BÚÉK! New Year in Hungary

This post is in 2 languages. Please consider, the English part is not a translation, but rather an explanation.

 

December 31. Szilveszter napja. A barátok a szilveszteri buliban találkoznak és itt köszöntik az Újévet. Persze sokan – főképp a családosok – otthon maradnak. Én is otthon leszek a férjemmel és a gyerekkel! 🙂

 

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The possessive singular – part 2.

I know it took me a bit long to write this blogpost. But as Hungarians say:

Jobb később, mint soha!

/Better late, than never 🙂 literally: better later, than never/

 

In part 1 you learned the possessive of nouns ending in a vowel. Now let’s see those ending in a consonant.

 

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The possessive singular – part 1.

This is a post in English, because if you want to learn the possessive singular, you must be a beginner 🙂

 

Possessive case in Hungarian is expressed mainly by personal endings attached to the end of the nouns.

 

In this post you’ll learn about the singular possessive which means one has one thing and not more of them.

 

E.g. in English:

John’s hat – singular possessive (one single hat he has)

John’s hats – plural possessive (2 or more hats he has)

 

 

In the table below you can see the endings for the possessive (which are very similar to the verbal endings in definite conjugation).

 

possessive singular endings in Hungarian

 

Before we continue you have to make sure that you are familiar with the front vowels and back vowels in Hungarian language. Vowel harmony is there everywhere!

 

In bold letters you can see the basic ending that have to be attached in each case. Below each one of them in brackets you can find other options as well.

 

Let’s see what it means!

 

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Tavasz kezdőknek – spring for beginners

A tavasz hónapjai a március, április, május.

Tavasz Learn Hungarian online, magyar nyelv

 

A tavasz az egyik legszebb évszak, mert felébred a természet. Virágoznak a fák és nyílnak a virágok. Megjelennek a bogarak, rovarok, előjönnek az állatok.

 

Idén szokatlan a tavasz. A “szeszélyes április” helyett meleg, nyárias időnk volt, viszont a május hideg, esős, változékony. Szükségünk van esernyőre vagy esőkabátra, vastagabb ruhákra.

 

Márciusban megérkeztek a gólyák is. Fészkeikben tojásokat raktak és kikelnek a kis gólyák. A gólyafészkek általában magas villanypóznákon vagy kéményeken láthatóak.

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Tavasszal szeretünk többet kint sétálni (ha süt a nap és szép az idő), de sajnos ilyenkor megjelenik az allergia is.

tavasz allergia, Learn Hungarian, magyar nyelv

 

Tanuljunk még néhány szót a tavaszról a folytatásban!

 

Születésnap magyarul – birthday in Hungarian

 

Ma van a szülinapom-pom-pom, pompororompom, ezért arra gondoltam, írok Nektek a magyar születésnapi dalokról, köszöntésekről, szokásokról 🙂

Ez egy magyar-angol bejegyzés.

 

Today is my birthday, so I thought about writing about Hungarian birthday songs, greetings and habits 🙂

This is a Hungarian-English post.

 

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Hány óra van? Mennyi az idő? 1. — What time is it? 1.

 

Először nézzük az időkifejezés könnyű módjait, utána a nehezebbeket! 🙂 /egy következő bejegyzésben/

First let’s see the easier ways of telling the time and then the more complicated ones 🙂 /in another post/

 

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Verb conjugation 3 – verbs that break vowel harmony

As you already know, vowel harmony is especially important in Hungarian. It is there… everywhere!
So let us repeat the main rules:

  • words containing back vowels (a, á, o, ó, u, ú) take endings with back vowels
  • words containing front vowels take endings with front vowels (e, é, i, í, ö, ő, ü, ű)

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Verb conjugation 2 – the -ik verbs

 

If you have read my previous post on verb, you already know the basic and most common verb conjugation (verb conjugation 1) in Hungarian.

 

Now let’s see another type of verbs. These verbs caused me a lot of problem as a child, because they need an additional -ik only in the 3rd person form. Children tend to overgenerize, what means if they learn a rule, they apply it everywhere. At around age 4 I knew, that some verbs needed the -ik. So what did I do? I added it to all verbs! My mom told me, not to do that. So what did I do after that? I left it out everywhere, even in the verbs that needed it 🙂 You see, it is not easy for children either 🙂

 

E.g. the verb “ül” (to sit) does not have an -ik an, but the verb “játszik” (to play) does. So I would start saying “ülik” which is nonsense in this case. After my mom told me not to do that, I started saying word like “játsz” which is also nonsense in this case.

 

Ok, that was my little story, and now let here stand your story 🙂

 

What you need to know is that there are just a few verbs that take -ik in the 3rd person. You will be able to learn them as they come along the way.

 

Click below to continue and you will read why these verbs are different and which are these verbs.

 

-ik verbs in Hungarian

-ik verbs in Hungarian

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Milyen az idő? – What is the weather like?

Milyen az idő?
Most gyönyörű időnk van. 35 fok. Ez már túl jó… túl meleg… már olyan jó az idő, hogy szinte rossz! 🙂

 

What is the weather like?
We have a wonderful weather. 35 degrees Celsius. It is already too good…. too hot… the weather is already so good, that is is nearly bad! 🙂

 

Az időjelentése: 1. time, 2. weather!

 

Az időjárás jelentése: weather!

 

Nézzük, mit mondhatunk az időjárásról.
Let’s see what we can say about weather.

 

Időjárás magyarul, weather in Hungarian

 

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Magyar nyelvi teszt I. – Test your Hungarian I.

Milyen jól tudsz magyarul? Talán alapfokon? Az alábbi teszt segítségével megtudhatod. Ha legalább 80%-ot elérsz a teszten, akkor nagy valószínűséggel minimum alapfokon ismered a magyar nyelvet.

 

How well do you know Hungarian? At elementary level (A2)? Filling in the following test will help you to  know. If you reach at least 80% then you probably know Hungarian at least at level A2.

 

Középfokú teszt hamarosan!
Intermediate test coming soon!

 

test your hungarian, hungarian language test

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***VIDEÓ*** Hogy néz ki? Kezdőknek – What does he/she look like? Beginner Hungarian

Ebben az új videóban a kinézetről tanulunk. Hogy néz ki ez a kislány? Hogy néz ki ez a néni? Nem tudod, hogyan kell mondani? Segítek Neked! 🙂

 

In this new video we will learn about one’s look. What does this little girl look like? What does the lady look like? Don’t you know how to say that? I’ll help you! 🙂

 

Olvass tovább a videóhoz!

Read more for the video!

kinézet

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Mit csinálsz hétfőn? És vasárnap? – Days of the week

A hét napjai:
hétfő
kedd
szerda
csütörtök   +    -n/-on/-en/-ön –>
péntek
szombat
vasárnap

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