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Another official language of the European Union, Hungarian is the official language of Hungary. With approximately 13 million native speakers this is another beautiful and unique language.
The Hungarian Course has been written with the aim of providing the student with a firm control of the basic structure of the spoken language and a vocabulary adequate for him to make limited practical use of both the spoken and written language in his travels, work, and social obligations. In addition, the course should provide the learner a sound background for further development of fluency and proficiency in Hungarian.
The materials in each of the two volumes of the text are contained in twelve lessons or units. Each unit includes a set of basic sentences that are intended for memorization. These are in the form of conversations or dialogues focused on specific situations in which a person might find himself in Hungary. Notes to the basic sentences are added occasionally to provide additional background information on some cultural feature unfamiliar to Americans, or to clarify some special difficulty in vocabulary or idiom. Notes on pronunciation are included in each of the first seven units. Sound, stress and intonation features which have been found to be particularly troublesome for American students are here presented with explanations and a series of practice drills.
The notes on grammar in each unit concentrate on those structural features illustrated in the basic sentences which are considered appropriate for analysis at a given stage in the course. The section after the grammatical explanations in each lesson provides for systematic and detailed practice of the new features comprising a particular unit. Specifically, the substitution drills are designed for exercise in the manipulation of forms through substitution of specific items in fixed sentence patterns. This practice is intended to build habits of association, so that in a given syntactic environment the appropriate grammatical form automatically comes to mind.
Vocabulary drills provide practice in the use of new words and also allow for manipulation of sentence elements, the particular form and arrangement of which depends upon their association with that vocabulary item. The manipulation of all these drills as presented in the units is carried out generally with the use of English equivalents. Specific translation drills are also provided, however. In general these exercises supplement the material of the basic dialogue in the form of a narrative. In this way they provide content review of the basic sentences and practice in the transformation from active dialogue to descriptive narration.
The response drills are question-and-answer-type exercises on the situations of the basic dialogues but are also designed to develop the student's ability to give realistic answers to appropriate real-life situations. Conversation practice and additional situations in outline bridge the gap to free conversation.
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