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Introductory Hungarian I
CEUS-T 141/541
Valeria Varga

Course Objectives

The introductory-level Hungarian course is designed to enable students to converse about simple personal and social topics, meet basic needs, and read and write short texts. This course intends to cover all the basic sentence patterns in present tense and to introduce a wide range of everyday topics. The goal is to make students familiar with the fundamental structure of the Hungarian language as well as to enable them to use the material covered in class with an appropriate level of comfort and confidence. The material also provides general information about Hungarian lifestyle, society and culture.

In the first semester, the daily classes focus on the following: listening to and conducting simple conversations, pronunciation exercises, grammar exercises and writing simple dialogues. Topics include: getting to know someone, arriving at a hotel, phone calls, market, restaurant. In order to provide a guideline for further study, sentences including ‘to be’, indefinite and definite verb conjugations, and elementary suffixes and endings are treated with emphasis from among forms.

Required texts and materials

Hungarolingua 1. Magyar nyelvkönyv, by Edit Hlavacska et al., Debrecen, 1996.
Hungarolingua 1. Nyelvtani munkafüzet, by Edit Hlavacska, Debrecen, 1996.

Suggested texts and materials

Hungarian Verbs and Essentials of Grammar, by Miklós Törkenczy, Budapest, 1997.
Any Hungarian-English, English-Hungarian medium-sized dictionary.


Grades are based on class attendance, participation and assignments. Assignments include: presentations in class, oral and written homework, weekly journals, quizzes, tests, midterm and final exam. No bonuses or extra credit may be given for extracurricular events.  Graduates are held to a higher standard than undergraduates.

Grading based on:
- Active participation in class (40%)
- Homework, presentations, Portfolio (20%)
- Quizzes, tests (20%)
- Final test (20%)

Language learning requires greater participation in the classroom than most other subjects in the university curriculum. Students are expected to attend ALL classes. Students are allowed to miss three instructional hours during the course of one semester without grade penalty. Absences beyond three instructional hours will result in grade penalty of 2% per day. Additional absences can be considered by the department only with proper documentation of attested medical needs for which a doctor's note will be required, and with the possibility of a tutoring requirement to preclude class disruption for other students.

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