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Hungarian Reference Books That Teach Well
On this web page you will find Hungarian Book links that range from Dictionary to Conversation to Hungarian Grammar. Although not all of them will be needed or suited to your kind of learning, they will give you some idea to the types of Hungarian books available in 2017.
NOTE WELL: I buy my Hungarian books in Szeged, Hungary whereby they are at least half the price of the same Hungarian books sold in London (UK) and on Amazon (UK). So it is worth shopping around.
Practical Hungarian GrammarPractical Hungarian Grammar is one of the main Hungarian Grammar books used by students in Hungary. Although it covers the major topics and exercises for a school student, I would say the absolute beginner will struggle to self-teach from this book due to its layout and complex grammar per se; and would advise them to start off with an easier grammar book first.
The Akadémiai DictionaryAkadémiai Dictionary can be bought as one large dictionary (Magyar & English) or as a half dictionary (English<>Magyar or Magyar<>English). The one part books save you money, space and search time (because you search via your dedicated language book part only).
This 6 Books and 3 Audio CDs - (Learn Hungarian 11,
Learn Hungarian 22
and Learn Hungarian 33) - 'Learn Hungarian' series by Péter Durst comprise of 3 levels of learning. Each level has 1 Coursework book, 1 Exercise book and 1 Audio CD.
Although these are grammar books, they are made fun with drawings and varied exercises. Two things to note though: 1) You need basic knowledge of Engish grammar (i.e. Personal Pronouns, Verbs and In/Definite) and 2) Understanding of basic Hungarian words and sentences. So study these books after learning around 500 Hungarian words and sentences.
It is worth noting that some 'Magyar to English' books, meant primarily for Hungarian students learning English, also work well vice versa. Picture dictionaries are an example.
Also worth noting are the book prices. Where possible, buy them in Hungary simply because prices in the UK for example are double if not treble. Example: One Péter Durst book set currently
costs 5,500 HUF (£14.66) in Szeged, Hungary whereas in London, UK it costs £31.50 (11,812 HUF). The same with the above Dictionary. In Szeged it costs 2,350 HUF (£6.26) and in the UK it
costs £20.99 (7,871 HUF).
This Simple Hungarian SeriesHungarian Dialogues book is part of the 'Simple Hungarian' series by Alexander Pavlenko. It contains 40 short Hungarian dialogues with their English equivalents (summaries) together with 80 fluency practice stories. Topics include In School, The Family, Reading, In The House, TV and On Holiday. Overall this book is ideal for those looking to advance their Hungarian with useful conversational dialogues.
This Simple Hungarian SeriesShort Hungarian Stories book is aimed at those at Intermediate level already; so it contains actual short stories that you read as a book. The theme of many stories are based on outdoor travel, with questions at the end of each story based on that story.
You really need to be on an intermediate level to read these stories as the Hungarian words are not 'beginner words'.
Hungarian DictionaryHungarian Dictionary
is aimed at children, it works equally well for adult beginners as it has plenty of everyday basic sentences inside it. I would argue that if you read this dictionary all the time, you
could learn Hungarian a lot quicker.
If you need a dictionary with plenty of example sentences inside it, you should definitely buy this book.